New Board appointed to Rehab Group

The Rehab Group today announced significant governance changes at its Annual General Meeting with the appointment of a new board of 16 people, 13 of whom are newly appointed. The new Rehab Group board will have a diverse range of experience, skills and backgrounds from the charity, public and private sectors. All will serve in a voluntary (unpaid) capacity. Rehab also announced reforms aimed at enhancing the effectiveness and oversight of the board.
 
The new appointments follow a robust and widely-advertised recruitment process overseen by a transitional board nominations committee, whose membership is drawn from the Rehab Group board, augmented by charity sector leaders. The same committee was responsible for sourcing and nominating the Rehab Group Chairman and interim CEO Seán Egan earlier this year.
 
A comprehensive review was initiated by Rehab last May to address acknowledged failings in governance that had come to light earlier in 2014. One of the aims of this review has been to rejuvenate the Group board with independent individuals of broad-ranging expertise who would be willing to lead the Rehab Group through a challenging period of transformation and change. In addition to their core skills and diverse professional backgrounds, many of the new board members have significant personal experience and knowledge in relation to disability.

The Rehab Group has also formally committed to the adoption of the Fundraising Code for Charities and the Governance Code for voluntary organisations in Ireland. In addition the Group had earlier this year committed to publishing its accounts in line with the Statement of Recommended Practice for Charities (SORP) from 2014.


 
The Rehab Group has also formally committed to the adoption of the Fundraising Code for Charities and the Governance Code for voluntary organisations in Ireland. In addition the Group had earlier this year committed to publishing its accounts in line with the Statement of Recommended Practice for Charities (SORP) from 2014.
 
Announcing today’s developments, Chairman of the Rehab Group and Acting Chief Executive Seán Egan said he is: "extremely pleased that the process of appointment of a new board has attracted individuals of such high calibre, all of whom are enthusiastically committed to supporting Rehab. The new board has the right mix of relevant experience, skills and empathy – and this will benefit the organisation hugely. Rehab Group is pleased that the process has also produced a diversity of age, gender and geographical spread among board members. The process to appoint a new CEO is well advanced with strong candidates emerging and we hope to be in a position to make an announcement in this regard early in October.

“Recent public interest in the charity sector brought to the fore aspects of Rehab’s governance and management which did not meet the high standards which the public rightfully expects of a charitable organisation. Some months ago the Board acknowledged these failings and expressed its regret. Rehab Group's commitment today is to work to the very best of its ability along with the new board members and the incoming CEO to restore public confidence in Rehab and rebuild public trust.  
 
“Rehab Group has commenced a programme of change and reform that will bring about a stronger, more transparent Rehab and today’s developments are an important milestone in that regard. Rehab is an excellent organisation, delivering quality services to thousands of people every day and making a real difference to their lives.
 
“Many thousands of people with disabilities, people with mental health difficulties, older people and people who are distant from the labour market rely on Rehab to provide them with the best possible services. Mr Egan said he looks forward to "working with the new board, a new Chief Executive and all of our people to achieve that goal.”
 
Mr Egan also expressed his thanks to all retiring board members:
“While Rehab Group will retain continuity through two members being reappointed in the new process, the majority of the previous board has retired today. All have deep personal commitments to Rehab, and have given significant time and effort to the organisation.

Click here for a list of the new board members and brief biographies.