Message from Tom Costello, Chair of the Children's Rights Alliance
I am delighted to inform you that the Children’s Rights Alliance has won a Good Governance Award 2017 (Category 2, income between €250,000 and €1 million).
The Good Governance Awards recognise, support and encourage adherence to good governance practice by non-profit organisations in Ireland. The Awards were developed by the Carmichael Centre with the support of the Charities Institute Ireland, Dóchas, Volunteer Ireland, The Wheel, Davy, Governance-Online.com, Mason Hayes Curran and Mazars Ireland.
Governance is all about how we hold ourselves accountable, how we make decisions and how we communicate this to those we work with. Good governance helps us to prove to those that put their trust in us that we work transparently and that we are effective in what we do. You can read all about how we achieve this in our most recent Annual Directors’ Report 2016.
Strong governance in the non-profit sector has never been more important. The public, and indeed the law, rightly demands that organisations like the Children’s Rights Alliance are operating to the highest standards. An organisation like ours trades on its excellence, including its reputation with funders and stakeholders, both governmental and civil society based.
I would like to thank all our members, friends and funders for their support. For their hard work and commitment, thank you to our Treasurer, Noreen Flynn, members of the Board (Maureen Dillon, Catherine Keane, Tom Maher, Katie Mannion, Tess Noonan, Pablo Rojas Coppari and June Tinsley), recently retired members of the Board (Michael Barron, Denise Charlton (Vice-Chair), Fergus Finlay and Mairead Healy), Colm Bryson, Head of Finance, IPB Insurance (independent Finance, Audit and Risk Committee member) and to our auditors JPA Brenson Lawlor.
Thanks is also due to our funders who have supported us to uphold good governance – Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government; Pobal; The Community Foundation for Ireland; Department of Children and Youth Affairs; Irish Family Lawyers’ Association; the Katharine Howard Foundation; the Irish Youth Foundation; the Tomar Trust; the Tony Ryan Trust; European Commission, Eurochild and The Bar of Ireland.
Very special thanks to the staff of the Children’s Rights Alliance for their work to ensure that the organisation adheres to the highest standards. Finally, thank you to Tanya Ward, Chief Executive for steering and counseling us so effectively and ensuring that the Children’s Rights Alliance strives to achieve excellence and continuous improvement.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.