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Board of Directors and Governance

Our Board of Directors and Junior Board

Kildare Youth Services is a limited company and the voluntary Board of Directors provides governance, leadership and direction to the organisation. The Board is made up of volunteers from within the clubs and projects who are nominated and elected in accordance with our agreed procedures.  In 2018, at our Annual AGM,  it was agreed that as part of our governance structure we would establish a Junior Board that would support the organisation in having young peoples voices at the very centre of decision making.

The current member of the  Board of Directors and Junior Board are:


Chairperson                   Jennifer Pucka             (Co -option)

Secretary                        Seamus Carey             ( Co- option)

Treasurer                        Sarah o Neill                ( Co - option)

Board Members:             Bernie Sexton             (Co - option)
                                         Ger Conlon                  (Prosperous Youth Club)     
                                         Gary Cogan                 (KLGBT+)
                                         Paula Kane                  (KLGBT+)
                                         Avis O'Donovan           (Clane Youth Club)
                                         Pat Balfe                      (Co option)
                                         Clodagh Shortt             (Clane Youth Club)
                                         Margaret o Gorman      (Co - option)    
                                         Marc Tuffy                     (Scooters Youth Cafe)
                                         Erney Breytenbach       (Youth Counselling)
                                         Colin Connolly               (Youth Counselling)
Ex-Officio:                       Tom Dunne (Regional Director)


Timmy   Ibrahim               Leixlip  

Rachel  Fareye                Leixlip

 Anna     Duffy                  Clane

Ryan     McKeown           Clane

Natalia   Deans                Naas

 Coilin     Campbell          Naas

Sarah     Murphy              Naas

Callum   Callaghan          Naas

Cillin      Dowling              Naas  

Shannon Foley                Dunlavin

Fergal  Hennigan             Dunlavin

Darren Kiely                    Curragh

Rauls Bergs                     Curragh

Naomi Carrol                    Athy

Cormac Delamare            Athy

Principles of Good Governance

The Board of Kildare Youth Services aspire to operate to the highest standards of governance and best practice and are guided by the following principles: 

1.         We provide leadership for our organisation by:

  • Agreeing our purpose, vision, values, and mission statement and ensuring that they remain relevant and valid.
  • Developing, resourcing, monitoring and evaluating a strategic plan to make sure that our organisation achieves its stated purpose.
  • Managing, supporting and holding to account staff, volunteers and all who act on behalf of the organisation.

2.         We exercise control over our organisation by:

  • Identifying and complying with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Making sure that there are appropriate internal financial and management controls.
  • Identifying major risks for our organisation and deciding ways of managing the risks.

3.         We are transparent and accountable by:

  • Identifying those who have a legitimate interest in the work of our organisation (stakeholders) and making sure that there is regular and effective communication with them about our organisation.
  • Responding to queries or views expressed by stakeholders about the work of our organisation and its governance.
  • Encouraging and enabling the engagement of those who benefit from our organisation in the planning and decision-making of the organisation.

4.         We work effectively by:

  • Ensuring that our governing body, individual board members, sub-committees, staff and volunteers where applicable, understand their role, their legal duties and their delegated responsibility for decision-making.
  • Making sure that as a board we exercise our collective responsibility through board meetings that are efficient and effective.
  • Making sure that there are suitable board development, recruitment and retirement processes in place.

5.    We behave with integrity by:

  • Adhering to the highest standards of honesty, fairness and independence.
  • Understanding, declaring and managing conflicts of interest and conflicts of loyalties.
  • Safeguarding and promoting our organisation's reputation.