Governance & Charity Regulation - a 2-day Survival Guide: Dublin - 28 & 29 November 2017

Training provider: 
The Wheel
Date / time: 
28 Nov 2017 - 9:15am - 29 Nov 2017 - 3:30pm
Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2
Price details: 
Full 2-day programme - 85 Euro for Members of The Wheel / 130 Euro Non-members. More options below.

An intensive 2-day training opportunity for Irish charities determined to excel in good governance, income diversification, complying with charity regulation and understanding the requirements of transparency at all times.

This workshop is now fully booked. If you would like to join the waiting list for this workshop please email 

Course details: 
These are difficult days for Irish charities. With increased scrutiny of the way in which we govern ourselves, the onus is now clearly on us to ensure that we are all adhering to existing charity regulation and the highest possible standards of good governance and transparency.
This intensive 2-day practical workshop has been carefully developed to address these precise needs with: 
  • A clear and achievable pathway towards successful compliance with all facets of charity regulation (including an entire day given over to good governance); 
  • A thorough understanding of income diversification and how to make services financially sustainable;
  • How to adhere to best practice in terms of transparency, as well demonstrating impacts and outcomes.
The workshop (an updated delivery of our Ready for Regulation 2-day workshop) will be split into 2 days as outlined below: 

DAY 1 – Exploring Good Governance

The first day of the workshop will be devoted to the theme of good governance and is divided into:

Session 1: Intro to Governance

The morning will commence with a thorough introduction to governance – what it is, why it matters and what practicalities you must consider in order to ensure that your organisation is ready to being a journey to good governance.
The session will also introduce the updated and revised Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations. Beginning with an outline of the structure of the Code, you’ll be provided with ample food for thought as we break for lunch.

Session 2: Investment Strategies for Charities, a Governance perspective

This financial governance session with Peter Ryan of Sarasin & Partners will touch on the importance of understanding which investment strategies are right for different charities and the factors to be considered by trustees in arriving at a suitable strategy.

Session 3: Governance Code In-depth

The remainder of the day will be given over to the practical ‘nuts and bolts’ of applying the Governance Code, beginning with a walk-through of the Code itself. You’ll also gain a thorough understanding of the 5 Principles of the Code, how to go about the process of beginning your journey towards compliance and also how the Code fits into the overall context of charity regulation in Ireland.  


Day 2 – Regulation. Resources. Recognition.

Session 1: Regulation

The day will begin with a detailed overview of existing Charity Regulatory Frameworks - namely The Charities Act 2009, The Lobbying Act 2015 and The Companies Act 2014.
You’ll be learning about the compliance requirements that are expected of your charity, including the registration process for the Charities Regulatory Authority and the potential relevance of the Lobbying Act 2015 to your activities. 

Session 2: Resources

You cannot deliver your mission in the community unless you can make your organisation financially sustainable. 
This session will be covering the key components necessary to build a financially sustainable organisation, including: 
  • Sourcing grants 
  • Generating earned income
  • Securing contracts. 

Session 3: Recognition

The third session of the day will focus on recognition. Irish charities are doing a great job and it’s imperative that we communicate this properly:
  • Transparency: learn about the practical steps you can take (e.g. publishing your accounts online) to ensure your non-profit is operating with maximum transparency.
  • Communications Tools: we’ll wrap up the day with some practical pointers towards resources, tools and applications that you can employ – often for free – to help your organisation communicate the important work that you do in the communiity. 


Mairead O'Connor (Training & Advice Coordinator, The Wheel)

Mairead O'Connor
Mairead O'Connor joined The Wheel in November 2016 as Training and Advice Coordinator. She coordinates the advice and capacity-building support services we provide to our members. As well as driving and supporting the overall training programme delivered by The Wheel, Mairead facilitates groups in various programmes and can deliver a variety of Wheel training for members. 
Mairead comes to us after spending the past 5 years in a training and development role in Grey Heron Media, working closely with Craol - The Community Radio Forum of Ireland coordinating a nationwide QQI certified Training initiative. She is also an award winning radio documentary producer.

Peter Ryan, (Head of Charities, Dublin Branch Sarasin & Partners)

Peter has over 24 years of investment experience and joined Sarasin & Peter RyanPartners in 2012 as Head of Charities at our Dublin Office. Responsibilities include new business development in Ireland, management of relationships with the firm’s Irish charity clients and general marketing and promotion of Sarasin & Partners services within the Irish market.
Peter previously worked for Prescient Investment Managers in Dublin (formerly AIB Investment Managers) for over 22 years, working with Charity clients for the entire time.
Peter is an Associate of both the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Hugh O'Reilly, (Director of Business Development, The Wheel)

As Director of Business Development Hugh is responsible for directing, leading and supporting work areas on behalf of The Wheel and its members.

Hugh O'Reilly

The primary focus is to drive and implement a strategic and operational funding plan that meets income targets for The Wheel and funds programmes and services that support the sector.
Hugh has over ten years in management and business development roles in Construction, Education, Arts, Fundraising Consultancy and Community & Voluntary organisations. Hugh has a Certificate in Fundraising, a BA in Design and an MA in Public & Political Communication.


Gert Ackermann (Communications Coordinator, The Wheel)

Gert joined The Wheel as Communications Officer in March 2008. He studied Political Science and Journalism before cutting his teeth in the world of journalism, talk radio and book publishing.

Gert is responsible for The Wheel's communications strategy and publications and he is the editor of the sector magazine, Be The Change. Gert also works as a freelance publicist and consultant in the community & voluntary and publishing sectors.

A number of bursaries are available for attendance of this 2-day training event. Please contact Jayne Tennyson for further details:

Feedback from Previous Participants of Mairead's Governance Workshops/Webinar:

"The session was an excellent overview of best practice in governance, with ample opportunity for questions." - B. Grehan, Women in Technology and Science (WITS) Ireland 
"Facilitator was excellent, very informative and a good mix of information and encouraging Q and A." - T. Coffey, Canal Communities Training Program Turas
"Mairead was able to clear up some areas of confusion. She offered helpful advice and encouragement. The opinions and useful tips from other organisations who attended the event were also helpful. Its nice to feel you are not alone. The process seems a bit less daunting after attending this event." - E. Moynihan, Bóthar
"Mairead was an engaging and personable presenter. I thought the discussions added hugely to the content presented. Overall it was an excellent training delivered in a very professional manner" - I. Spangenberg
"Just getting started was really helpful, it seems so overwhelming, but Mairead was so helpful." P. Rigney, Alpha Ireland
"The information we received was very useful. The time keeping was excellent, and the interaction between the different groups invaluable." - C. Slater, Samaritans

The Governance Code

The new Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable (CVC) Organisations in Ireland.

This Code has been developed by the sector and for the sector, with the express purpose of enabling CVC organisations to achieve the highest standards of governance in the running of their organisations.

Seeking Further Assistance with The Governance Code?

The Wheel provides tailored training solutions to community, voluntary and charitable organisations in the areas of: Corporate & Financial Governance; Strategic Planning; Income Diversification & Fundraising; Risk Management; and Communications.

Click here to learn more.

This Programme is brought to you by:

National Development PlanThe Department of Education and Skills

Gert Ackermann joined The Wheel as Communications Officer Gert Ackermann joined The Wheel as Communications Officer

Who Should Attend: 

Anyone working in, or on, the governing body of a community and voluntary organisation with responsibility for ensuring that good governance is an integral part of their (and any) successful organisation e.g. a management committee, a board of directors.

How to Register: 

Registration on the day from 9.15am.

This workshop is now fully booked. If you would like to join the waiting list for this workshop please email 

If you have any problems accessing the venue, please phone The Wheel main office on 01-4548727.

Note: lunch will be provided to all attendees, along with tea / coffee breaks that will provide ample opportunity to network and connect with your fellow attendees from across the sector.

Course contact details

01 454 8727