"where ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference"

Governance

board2sCork Counselling Services CLG is a company limited by guarantee and governed by a Company Board.  The Company was registered in 1985 and was granted charitable status in 1989. Charity Number CHY8911. Our Charities Regulator number is 20022327.

Cork Counselling Services Financial Statements 2016

The Company Board

The Board currently has four members: Mr Tony O’Riordan, ex CEO Good Shepherd Services, Mr Tom O’Brien, Principal, Clonoulty Central National School, Ms Kathleen Lowney, Principal, Ballincollig Community School (Company Secretary) and Mr Eamonn Kiely, Regional Manager, Courts Service (Chairman) photographed here.

The role of the Board of the organisation is one of governance. It is concerned primarily with formulating the policy and strategic direction of The Centre; its development, fundraising, control and management. The Board is charged with the responsibility to manage the charity in accordance with its mission statement and objectives as laid out in its Memorandum and Articles of Association.

There are a number of legally binding obligations which Directors must ensure they comply with in the running of the charity.
The Board is required to:

  • File an annual return with the national registrar of companies, including balance sheet, income and expenditure accounts, director’s report and auditor’s report,
  • Maintain a Register of Members and Directors
  • Hold an Annual General Meeting
  • Keep minutes of all meetings

Strategic Governance

  • The Board has authority for, and is accountable to, the members and the public at large for ensuring that the charity is appropriately managed and achieving the strategic objectives agreed by the Board. To this end the Board employs a Management Team.
  • The Board discharges its responsibilities through the Management Team by supervising the overall budgetary planning and strategies. Members of the Board are also active ambassadors for the charity, and seek opportunities to raise funds for the charity’s mission.
  • The Board reviews the charity’s internal controls and risk management policies and approves its governance structure. It further appraises and approves major financing, investment and contractual decisions in excess of defined thresholds.
  • In addition, the Board evaluates and monitors the performance of the charity as a whole.
  • This includes engaging at Board meetings with the Management Team on the financial and operating performance of the charity and external issues material to the charity’s prospects.
  • The Board must also monitor the key significant risks facing the charity.
  • At all times the Board acts collectively. The Board gives the management team broad authority to operate the business of the charity. The Management Team is accountable for and reports to the Board on business performance.
  • The Board of Directors meets regularly (between 10 – 12 times a year).

The Board ensures that the Charity operates and is compliant with legal and regulatory requirements in the following areas:

  • Charities Act 2009
  • Best Practice in Fundraising
  • Employment
  • Health and Safety Legislation
  • Data Protection Legislation
  • Equality Legislation

The Current Management

Ms Laura Maybury (Head of Clinical Practice).

Ms Karen Walsh (Head of Training).

Mr Hugh Morley (Head of Business).

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