Last places for our Board Member Training on May 22nd

We only have two spaces left for our Board Member Training day which is taking place on the 22nd of May in Accenture, Dublin 2.

This training day provides a comprehensive overview of the role and responsibilities of not-for-profit board members and is tailored towards prospective, new and existing board members looking to strengthen their role on the Board.

Cost: 120 Euro p/p

Location: Accenture, Grand Canal Square Dublin 2

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

The full-day training is led by Boardmatch Business Development Manager Fidelma Keogh.

The Trainer
Previous to her role with Boardmatch, Fidelma was based in the Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups, working with member group Children in Hospital (Irl).Fidelma is a graduate of European Studies from Trinity College Dublin, having also studied at Paris VII, the Jussieu campus of the Sorbonne. She also received a First Class in Management for the Community & Voluntary Sector (NCI) and is currently attending the IPA programme in Governance, as part of the National University of Ireland (NUI) network.

Fidelma has worked in the not for profit sector for 10 years. Previous to this, she worked extensively in Ireland and internationally in the Arts sector for 10 years.

Main topics will include:

  • Role, expectations and liabilities of voluntary Directors
  • Governance and management
  • Information needed by voluntary Directors
  • Board recruitment & stakeholder management
  • Relationships with your Chief Executive and Chair

For further information, or to book a place, please contact Eva Gurn at or call the office on 01-671 5005.

Minister names Charity Regulatory Authority Board

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.”

Source: Irish Times

Charity Commission for England and Wales Appoint new CEO

Paula Sussex has been appointed as the new CEO of the Charity Commission. She will take up the appointment on the 30th of June, replacing Sam Younger who has held the post for the last four years.

Sussex is a qualified barrister and is currently Senior Vice President, Public Sector for CGI which is a leading Information Technology multi-national. She will be paid an annual salary of £125,000 plus pension contributions.

Speaking about her appointment, Ms Sussex said: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Charity Commission, which has a key role in maintaining public trust and confidence in charity through effective regulation. I believe firmly in the vital role of charities in our society and their power to do good, and I want to play my part by building the Commission into a proactive, efficient regulator of charity.”

Source: Civil Society

UK Charity Commission to launch new register of charities

The charity regulator for England and Wales will launch a new online register of charities at the end of May which will display a host of governance-related information on individual charities.

The register will include information such as whether a charity’s trustees are paid, whether it is a member of the Fundraising Standards Board and whether its accounts have been qualified.

CEO of the Charity Commission Sam Younger said that the new register will allow researchers to obtain more information about charities.

“It will be much easier to pull down information from the Charity Commission register. We already have six million views a year, and we expect that to increase with this new information” he said.

Source: Civil Society

Excessive trustee expenses a main concern in Northern Ireland

Charities paying ‘excessive’ trustee expenses are some of the main concerns reported to the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.

The NI regulator has received a total of 284 concerns over the past three years, according to the report Latest lessons learned from concerns about charities.

The report stated that although such expenses may have been authorised, and in line with charity law, the collective impact of expenses viewed as unnecessary can create a perception that is detrimental to the charity’s reputation.

Amongst other concerns raised, the report also highlighted that there are examples of lack of clarity when trustees and their families are appointed as service providers.

Of the 284 concerns received by the regulator, 323 have now been concluded.

CEO of the Charity Commission Francis McCandless said “The majority of concerns we receive involve minor governance issues, easily put right with the correct advice or guidance from the Commission.”

Source: Civil Society