Beauchamps’ & CGAI event with Charities Regulatory Authority provides practical guidance to charities sector on governance best practice and restoring public trust
The event, which was moderated by James Kavanagh, Chair of the CGAI, provided a forum for clients, CGAI members and participants in the sector to engage on the governance challenges currently facing charities and not for profit organisations in Ireland. The purpose of the event was to spark some fresh thinking about governance best practice and provide practical guidance to help organisations develop strategies for dealing with reputational and public trust issues. The event also provided an opportunity to hear about the Charities Regulatory Authority’s new Fundraising Guidelines and other work being done to promote better governance.
The event was attended by over 60 representatives from the sector whose organisations focused on a wide range of issues including health, social housing, youth development and support, education, and suicide and bereavement.
John Farrelly, Charities Regulatory Authority, speaking at the event
The event looked at:
- The key features of the new Fundraising Guidelines issued by the Charities Regulatory Authority and the Authority’s plans to issue future guidance documents for the sector
- The lessons to be learnt from high profile governance failures over the last 18 months and how to work to restore public trust and confidence in the sector
- The role, qualities and obligations of charity trustees
- How charities should deal with governance crises and what practical steps to take when facing a crisis
This follows on from Beauchamps’ last governance event for the charities and not for profit sector, in partnership with the CGAI, in October 2016.
- John Farrelly, Charities Regulatory Authority - John has been CEO of the Charities Regulatory Authority, Ireland's national statutory Authority for the regulation and protection of charitable trusts and organisations since May 2016.
- Ita Gibney, Gibney Communications - Ita is one of Ireland’s most respected and experienced communications professionals with over 30 years at the forefront of media and Irish corporate life. Ita founded Gibney Communications in 1995 and drove it to become a real force as a source for strategic communications advice and action. She was previously Director in one of Ireland’s largest public relations consultancies and then became Group Director of Corporate Affairs in Greencore Group plc. She is a Council Member of the Institute of Directors. She is an arts graduate of UCD and holds a Masters in Communications from Boston University which she attended as Ireland’s John F. Kennedy scholar.
- Mark Pery-Knox-Gore, Beauchamps - Mark is a partner and works with clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors on a range of corporate and commercial matters. Mark has significant experience in advisory work in the areas of business regulation, corporate governance, public administration, grants / funding and commercial agreements. Mark’s charity and not for profit clients include national and international healthcare, childcare, disability and poverty relief / homelessness organisations, as well as religious congregations and educational bodies. He also has an extensive public sector practice.