Pictured: Bernard Brogan with Alan Morris, Chairman of Aware.
Gaelic Football star Bernard Brogan has been matched to the Board of Aware, a charity which works to promote awareness of depression and mood disorders in Ireland. Boardmatch worked with Bernard to find a suitable Board position after he expressed an interest in working in the area of mental health promotion.
Speaking about his appointment, Bernard said: “I’m genuinely pleased to be in a position to do some work with Aware and to use the experience and connections that I have to help them reach out to more people. The work they do throughout Dublin and the rest of the country is really fantastic and it’s great to see a charity that is transparent, whose services are independently evaluated and based on clinical best practice, and most importantly one that is making a very real difference in the lives of so many individuals and families nationwide.”
Pictured: Dominick Chilcott British Ambassador, Fidelma Keogh Business Development Manager with Boardmatch Ireland and Tony O’Brien Director General of the HSE.
Last month, the British Ambassador’s Residence opened its doors to some of Ireland’s leading business and charities to celebrate the important role that Ireland’s businesses can play in strengthening good governance in the charity sector. The event was hosted by Boardmatch Ireland in association with Hays Recruitment.
Tony O’Brien, CEO of the HSE was amongst those in attendance and addressed the crowd on the current need for effective governance in the charity sector. He noted the valuable contribution which the not-for-profit and voluntary sector makes to wider Irish society and the importance also of ensuring that the sector had proper governance and regulatory structures in place. Referring to the recent issues at the CRC, he also spoke of the important role which organisations, such as Boardmatch Ireland, can play in ensuring that the highest governance standards are implemented and applied by the not-for-profit sector.
Speaking at the event, Fidelma Keogh who is Business Development Manager with Boardmatch Ireland noted:
“The traditional business skills of finance, legal or marketing are pivotal for the effective running of charitable organisations. The non-profit sector has become increasingly aware of how vital a role diversity plays in the composition of non-profit Boards, indeed any Board. Having access to those skills from the private and public sector is now critical if the non-profit sector is to remain a vibrant and essential part of Irish society. It essentially creates a win-win situation for all involved; the charity gains from much needed expertise and business individuals gain valuable experience whilst sharing the leadership role.”
Other attendees included CEO of JP Morgan Carin Bryans, CEO of the Ireland Funds Caitriona Fottrell and Dee Ahern, CEO of Barretstown along with the Chief Executives of Barclays Bank, Goldman Sachs, Eircom, St Vincent de Paul and the Irish Wheelchair Association.
Many of those in attendance are already offering their skills at charity Board level including Carin Bryans, CEO of JP Morgan who is on the Board of the ISPCA, Christine Heffernan, Head of Corporate Affairs at Tesco who has joined the Board of Threshold and Brendan Jennings, CEO of Deloitte who is on the Board of Paralympics Ireland. All of whom have been matched through Boardmatch Ireland.
The new Chairman Designate of the Charities Regulatory Authority has vowed to stop ‘bogus’ charities from continuing their activities.
Conor Woods was speaking at the Oireachtas Justice Committee where he said that the new regulator will “establish who’s bogus and who’s not.”
He added that the “[Charity Register] will give absolute clarity to the public and that is a key issue for us.”
This February, it was announced that the new charity Regulator would cost €960,000 in its first year. Woods told the committee that the new body would need to be allocated proper resources if it was to be a success.
Charities are being asked to pay a yearly registration fee on a sliding-scale basis to assist with the funding of the new body.
Woods told the committee that all charities, regardless of their legal status would fall under the Regulator’s remit and “have to abide by the stipulations in the Charities Act ”.
Source: The Journal.ie
The role and remit of the Company Secretary will vary depending on the size and style of the organisation. Some Company Secretaries will take on the full breadth of responsibilities outlined below, whilst others will delegate tasks to the staff of the organisation. It is important to note that every company is required by law to have a Company Secretary. He or she can either be out-sourced, or one of the Directors of the Board.
Here is a list of some of the core responsibilities of the Company Secretary of a not-for-profit organisation:
Upholding Legal Requirements
The Company Secretary is responsible for helping to ensure that the organisation adheres to its relevant legislative requirements. This could include:
- Signing the Annual Return, certifying that it is correct and submitting it to the Companies Registration Office (CRO).
- Ensuring that the quorum is met for Board meetings.
- Acting as the custodian on the organisation’s governing document.
- Helping to ensure that the charity’s activities fall in line with its objectives.
Administration and Disclosure
The Company Secretary is responsible for ensuring that the organisation’s records are filed correctly and kept up to date. This encompasses:
- Ensuring that the CRO has accurate and up to date details of the organisation. This would also include the names and addresses of the organisation’s Directors.
- Sending any updated information to the CRO. For example this could include filing a B10 for the change of a Director, or amended Articles of Association & and Memorandum.
The Company Secretary will also have a number of important administrative duties, including:
- Keeping the organisation’s minutes of the Board
- Maintaining the Members Register
- Communicating upcoming meetings to Directors
- Timely circulation of relevant information in advance of meetings (e.g. financial statements etc.)
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has formally announced the appointment of the Board for the incoming Charities Regulatory Authority.
Conor Woods, an accountant, senior auditor and chairman of the Chartered Accountants of Ireland, has been named Chairman of the new Board.
The full Board is as follows:
- Graham Richard – Charity Commissioner and Consultant
- Anne Fitzgerald – Barrister and Director at Cork Simon Community
- Patricia Cronin – Solicitor and Vice-Chairwoman of Transparency International Ireland
- David Brady – Accountant and Advisor to Charity sector
- Patrick Hopkins – Accountant and Board Member of SVP
- Anne Classon – Head of Fundraising at RNLI
- Fergus Finlay – Barnardos CEO
- Cynthia Clampett – CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation
- Tom Costello – Programme Executive with Atlantic Philanthropies
- Senan Turnbull – Chairman of Think Ahead Advisory Committee, Irish Hospice Foundation
- Barbara O’Connell – CEO of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland
- Hugh Maddock – Rehabilitation Institute and Rehab Group
- Sandra Chambers – Tax Specialist
- Katie Cadden – Solicitor and Former Legal Advisor to the Private Residential Tenancies Board
- Noel Wardick – Former Head of the International Department at the Red Cross
The establishment of the Charities Regulatory Authority was fast tracked in light of the spate of well-publicised controversies to hit the sector earlier this year.
Speaking about the establishment of the new regulator, Mr Shatter said: “This is essential to the restoration and maintenance of public trust and confidence in our charities, whose work across many sectors makes such a crucial and highly valued contribution to our economy and society.”
I have been Boardmatch CEO now for Four years and in that period, the awareness of understanding of Governance has grown enormously. The focus on Governance may not have been motivated in the way we would have wanted but certainly understanding and appreciating the value of Good Governance may be one of the few good things to have come out of the recent focus on the charity sector.
I leave Boardmatch with a higher profile, a charity which offers more services, with a small but excellent staff that are committed to best practice and serving the sector.
The future for Boardmatch is bright, as it is for the sector itself. The charities in Ireland are amazing, they do wonderful things every day without anyone really knowing. Governance is about allowing those wonderful events to happen unimpeded. The potential of the sector is unlimited if we adopt a best practice approach to what we do and how we do it, if we are open and transparent and if we are proud of what we do.
It has been an honour to lead Boardmatch and to work with so many great people and wonderful organisations, can I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.
I look forward to meeting many of you again in my new role as CEO of the National Council for the Blind and if anyone is ever in doubt about anything to do with Governance, just ask Boardmatch.