Improve your Governance with Boardmatch Ireland

In light of the recent focus on governance in the not for profit sector Boardmatch, the national corporate governance charity are offering Governance Reviews for your organisation at a new rate to ensure that charities are able to deal with the governance queries they are facing and look to learn the lessons from what went wrong at the Central Remedial Clinic.

If the sector is to restore public confidence then it needs to be able to deal with the key issues that have been highlighted. It also needs to be ready for the establishment of the Charity Authority.

Boardmatch can offer your organisation two options which will place your organisation and your Board in good standing and ready for the challenges ahead.

A: Desk Review of the Governance of your Organisation:

  • Examination of the Articles and Memorandum or constitution
  • Recommendations and advice on amendments
  • Review of the transparency of the organisation
  • Recommendations on best practice in current governance thinking
  • Source one new board member

 

B: Review of the Governance of your Organisation:

  • Examination of the Articles and Memorandum or constitution
  • Recommendations and advice on amendments
  • Review of the transparency of the organisation
  • Recommendations on best practice in current governance thinking
  • One training session with your with board
  • Presentation of the governance review to a board meeting & implementation discussion
  • Source one new board member

 

Option A

Under €100k – €500 (reduced from €900)
Under €500k – €650 (reduced from €1,000)
Under €1m – €1,000 (reduced from €1,400)
€1m + – €1,200 (reduced from €1,500)
 

Option B

Under €100k – €650 (reduced from €1,250)
Under €500k – €800 (reduced from €1,350)
Under €1m – €1,250 (reduced from €1,550)
€1m + – €1,750 (reduced from €2,000)

Last few places for CEO & Chair Training March 4th

We only have a few places left for our CEO & Chair Training day on the 4th of March in the Arthur Cox offices, Dublin 2. For further information or to book a place, please contact Eva Gurn at eva@boardmatchireland.ie or call the office on 01-671 5005.
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The performance of any not-for-profit organisation is underpinned by the relationship that exists between the CEO and Chair. The training explores this critical Management/Governance interface, and is relevant to both seasoned practitioners and those just stepping up to the top job.

The full-day training course is delivered by Dorothy Dalton, editor of the UK-based Governance magazine and a prominent figure in the area of good governance training. Throughout her career, Dorothy has advised several leading national charities on their governance structures.

The price of the full day training is €300 per organisation.

Main topics will include:

  • Roles and expectations of Chairs and trustees
  • Ensuring trustees fulfil their governance role
  • Refreshing the Board and finding new trustees
  • Case study of where things went wrong
  • Developing a learning organisation

 

CEO and Chair Training Timetable

9.30am Registration and coffee

10.00am Introductions

Roles and expectations of chairs and trustees

  • the chair’s leadership role
  • what the chair cannot do – limitations on the chair’s role
  • respecting the collective authority and responsibility of trustees

Ensuring trustees fulfil their governance role:

  • trustees’ role and the chair’s relationship with trustees
  • the three key strands of governance: corporate/ fiduciary; strategic and impact

11.30am Coffee break

11.45am Refreshing the board and finding new trustees

  • providing support to and ensuring new trustees become effective as quickly as possible
  • ensuring trustees address the right issues: why it is important to get the right agendas
  • making informed decisions: ensuring the board gets the information it needs for good governance
  • chair/CEO relationship including: ensuring trustees can hold the chief executive to account without meddling in management

1.15pm Lunch

2.00pm Case study of where things went wrong – tackling difficult/sensitive situations and learning from others’ mistakes.

Delegates split into groups to decide how best to lead the charity in the case study out of its difficulties

3.15pm Tea and coffee

3.30pm Developing a learning organisation – why reviewing performance is important even at board level:

  • appraising the chief executive’s performance
  • reflecting on the chair’s performance
  • the board collectively reflecting on its performance

4.15pm End

Board Member Induction Training on March 25th

Boardmatch will be hosting a Board Member Induction Training day on the 25th of March in Davys Offices, Dawson St 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: Davys Offices 49 Dawson St Dublin 2.

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

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

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 eva@boardmatchireland.ie or call the office on 01-671 5005.

Charities Regulatory Authority to be established by Easter

Minister Alan Shatter has announced emergency plans to establish the Charities Regulatory Authority. The decision was made in the wake of the recent controversies and mounting public criticism surrounding the Central Remedial Clinic.

The Minister confirmed that funding for the new regulator has been approved with the Board recruitment process set to begin next week. It is envisaged that the regulator will be up and running by Easter.

In a statement, the Justice Minister said: “The recent revelations about certain organisations in the charitable sector have understandably damaged public trust and confidence. The commencement of the key measures in the Charities Act will provide the increased transparency and accountability that will allow this trust to be rebuilt.”

The Department has issued a call for expressions of interest from suitably qualified people to join the new Board. Arrangements are also being made for the appointment of an interim CEO by the end of February.

Click here for a full transcript of the speech delivered by Minister Shatter on the 21st of January 2014.
 
 

KEY ASPECTS OF THE CHARITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY

 

Register of Charities

The Regulator will be responsible for maintaining a register of all charitable organisations operating in Ireland. The information maintained on this register will be publicly available as a means of boosting transparency and by extension, public trust of the sector.

  • Charities in receipt of charitable tax exemption from the Revenue Commissioners will be automatically registered with the Regulator once it is established.
  • All other charitable organisations must register within six months of the establishment of the Regulator.
  • Under the new legislation, all charities will be required to state that they are registered with the Regulator on their public literature. This would include letters, reports, publications etc.

Reporting

Annual Activity Report
In line with the new reporting standards outlined in the Charities Act, all charities will be required to submit an Annual Activity Report to the Regulator. The format of the document was discussed during the public consultation period earlier this year but is yet to be finalised. For a synopsis of responses from the organisations and individuals that took part in the consultation click here. It is envisaged that the Annual Activity Report will be akin to the document required by either the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland or the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

Financial Accounts
Company Law states that charities that are registered as companies are required to submit annual accounts to the Companies Registration Office (CRO). Under the regulatory framework, the CRO will submit these annual accounts to the Regulator.

A different set of requirements will apply to charities that are not registered as companies.

  • Unincorporated charities will be required to submit an Annual Statement of Accounts to the Regulator.
  • Where the gross income or expenditure of a charitable organisation in a financial year does not exceed €100,000, the charity may prepare an income and expenditure account and a statement of the assets and liabilities of the charitable organisation.
  • Charities that are not companies which receive less than €10,000 in a financial year will be exempt from filing annual accounts. These bodies are still required to submit their Annual Activity Report.

Trustees

The Charities Act defines ‘Charity Trustees’ as those persons having day-to-day control of a charitable organisation.

  • Under the new legislation, all charities will be obliged to inform the Regulator of the identities of all its trustees. For companies limited by guarantee this refers to its Directors, but there are also different types of trustee which are included under this provision.
  • For example, members of ‘management committees’ or core groups’ will be deemed trustees under the new legislation.

 
 
The Charities Act 2009 outlines the following functions for the Charities Regulatory Authority:

  • increase public trust and confidence in the management and administration of charitable trusts and charitable organisations;
  • promote compliance by charity trustees with their duties in the control and management of charitable trusts and charitable organisations;
  • promote the effective use of the property of charitable trusts or charitable organisations;
  • ensure the accountability of charitable organisations to donors and beneficiaries of charitable gifts, and the public;
  • promote understanding of the requirement that charitable purposes confer a public benefit;
  • establish and maintain a register of charitable organisations;
  • ensure and monitor compliance by charitable organisations with this Act;
  • carry out investigations in accordance with this Act;
  • encourage and facilitate the better administration and management of charitable organisations by the provision of information or advice, including in particular by way of issuing (or, as it considers appropriate, approving) guidelines, codes of conduct, and model constitutional documents;
  • carry on such activities or publish such information (including statistical information) concerning charitable organisations and trusts as it considers appropriate;
  • provide information (including statistical information) or advice, or make proposals, to the Minister on matters relating to the functions of the Authority.

Department of Justice and Equality

 
 
To view the entire Charities Act 2009 which details the full remit of the new Charities Regulatory Authority, click here.

NI Regulator removes five crew members from lifeboat charity

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has removed five crew members from the charity Lough Neagh Rescue.

The removals were made following a statutory investigation by the regulator in May of last year. The five crew members were removed from their posts in October.

It is not the first time the charity has come under scrutiny from the NI Charity Commission. In August of last year the regulator removed a trustee from the Board because of concerns over the charity’s ‘historic administration and governance.’

The five crew members who are volunteers, have lodged an appeal with the charity tribunal in Northern Ireland.

Source: Third Sector

Don’t miss our Board Member Induction Training Day January 23rd 2014

‘Everything you need to know to become a board member, but were too afraid to ask’

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. With the impending establishment of the Charity Authority and its impact on the sector, this course is a must for all not-for-profit voluntary directors.

 

Cost: 120 Euro p/p

Location: Davy Offices, 49 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Time: 9.30am to 4pm

 
The full-day training is led by Boardmatch CEO Chris White. Chris has extensive experience in the provision of good governance training and has worked nationwide to provide good governance support to not-for-profit organisations.

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 eva@boardmatchireland.ie or call the office on 01-671 5005.