December 05, 2017

MIA Nominated for Good Governance Award 2017

MIA was recently shortlisted for the The Good Governance Awards

L-r: Mary Moorhead (MIA Board, Good Governance Committee), Mary Reynolds rsm (Executive Director MIA), Kevin Hoy (MIA Board, Good Governance Committee),  Margaret Scroope rsm (MIA Administration and Finance)

This successful initiative, established by the Carmichael Centre, is now in its second year. The Carmichael Centre is the leading provider in Ireland of quality services and supports to organisations with a social purpose to help maximise their impact. Building on the work of the Charities Regulator who recently highlighted the need for an appropriate governance framework for charities to be put in place, the Good Governance Awards seeks to showcase how good governance and driving social change are effectively interlinked.  They also aim to promote awareness of effective governance principles and to recognise and provide practical examples to other organisations as to what an excellent or very good directors’ report & financial statements looks like.

The awards are made on the basis of the organisation’s Annual Report. Organisations are encouraged to use their annual reports to manage and communicate their adherence to good governance more effectively.Good governance matters not only because it promotes compliance with the law but also because it has a strong bearing on the organisation’s effectiveness in achieving its mission. It is at the heart of what makes organisations successful. An annual report can provide a comprehensive picture of an organisation, as well as its achievements and future plans rather than meagrely meeting minimum compliance requirements. It can also serve to reinforce relationships with stakeholders and build relationships with the public, potential donors, volunteers and supporters.

Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, CEO of the Carmichael Centre said ‘excellent governance is intrinsic to a successful organisation, its culture and its people’


The Governance Code for Community Voluntary and Community organisations (the Governance Code) provides the framework for assessment. A panel of judges with appropriate experience and expertise adjudicate the organisation’s annual report, based on a desk based evaluation with a screening, shortlisting and judging process. The panel of experts, this year,included: Dr Oonagh Breen, UCD Sutherland School of Law; Ian Brady, Head of Davy’s Charities; Deirdre Garvey, The Wheel; Tom Costello, David Duffy founder of Governance-Online; Gerry Egan, Dóchas; Caitríona Fottrell, Ireland Funds; Penelope Kenny, Arts Governance; Aedín Morkan, Mazars; Bob Semple, Patricia Quinn, Benefacts; Geraldine Sheehan, Volunteer Ireland and Kevin Smyth.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

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