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Board of Directors (June 2017)

Chairperson                   Pat Balfe

Secretary                        Caoimhe O'Callaghan

Treasurer                        Jennifer Pucka

Board Members:             Pat Corcoran

                                         Debbie O’Rourke

                                         Seamus Carey

                                         Avis O'Donovan

                                         Miriam Farrell
                                         Lisa Ennis

Ex-Officio:                       Tom Dunne (Regional Director)

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.