Nominated Name:Aubrey McCarthyOrganisation:Tiglin ChallengeCharity Reg no. :200321731. What is the purpose of the nominee’s organisation, and how has the nominee advanced that purpose through their work on the board?
2. How has the nominee demonstrated leadership as part of the board of trustees?
- Please describe the organisation’s mission, and how the nominated trustee has helped to drive that purpose forward as part of the board. What are the stated values of the organisation? Describe the way(s) in which the nominee has enabled the organisation’s stated values to become a lived reality through their governance.Tiglin helps those that the society has labelled as lost causes. Initially a Mountaineering Centre in the Wicklow Mountains, upon the purchase, Tiglin has turned it into a Rehabilitation Centre for men and women (later only men). Tiglin has worked with people of whom some have spent decades in the addiction, some of whom had no formal education or work experience. Many of whom have spent their entire lives within "the system". E.g. care, the prison, etc. The Tiglin founders initially concluded that there is no place in Ireland to help these individuals. We have noticed that in every society there are that "fall through the cracks" and we wanted to be the ones to pick them up and show them alternative ways. Tiglin believe in person centred & evidence based approaches. "Teach people to fish" Since volunteering with Tiglin in 2008 Aubrey Mc Carthy subsequently joined the board and brought about significant change. Corporate Governance became a priority and an immediate strategic review was carried out resulting a 5 year strategic plan. This resulted in regular training sessions for the Tiglin Board with outside experts employed to facilitate. transparency became a key topic with Aubrey publishing annual accounts on the Tiglin website and all staff, board, members and volunteers being vetted and trained.
3. What good practice governance standards has the nominee championed within the board?
- Describe the way(s) in which the nominee has been an inspiring leader at board level.Aubrey has managed to bridge the gap between the needs apparent in today’s society and the ability of the charity to meet those needs. As chair Aubrey has overseen the charity grow from six beds to one hundred beds. Aubrey has also overseen the growth of resources, infrastructure and funding. Implementation of both an educational aspect ,and an employment aspect has empowered many people to reengage with society. The results of this has been acknowledged through various awards and has enabled individuals develop a variety of life skills. Recently, President Michael D. Higgins singled out Aubrey McCarthy for his outstanding contribution in creating a place "where people who have had their participation in life disrupted, discover a new space [in Tiglin], and become full of hope and joy.
4. What makes the nominee a particularly effective trustee?
- Describe how the nominee has integrated good practice standards of governance — new or existing — into how the board (and the organisation) works. How have they helped the board to do the best work that it can? Aubrey has ensured that Tiglin, working in the area of drug and alcohol addiction, have quality standards in its service provision which are compliant with those set out by the Quality in Alcohol and Drug Services (QuADS) organisational standards. Prior to the setting up of the CRA he ensured the charity abided by The Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations which at the time was the then de-facto standard. In transitioning to CRA compliance he implemented a comprehensive and exhaustive monitoring plan to ensure the organisation would be fully compliant with the CRA Charities Governance Code. He additionally has ensured that Tiglin prepares their annual accounts and report on their finances in accordance with The Charities SORP.
5. How has the nominee upheld standards of transparency and accountability within the board?
- Describe how the nominee has helped to ensure that the board (and by consequence, the organisation) runs effectively. Aubrey instigates an annual review where the board scrutinises the following: key policies, the charities strategic plan, board membership including board succession planning and board skills review, fundraising compliance & financial budget, risk management & insurance policies, suitability of governing documents and organizational structure as well as the structure & terms of reference for board sub-committees. He ensures all board meetings are scheduled in advance for the year and are held bi-monthly. Sufficient notice is given to all board members regarding the agenda for each meeting enabling members to come well prepared. Additionally, each board meeting receives a review from sub-committee covering finance, health and safety and risk management.
- Describe how the nominee, through their work on the board of trustees, has helped to ensure that the organisation is accountable and transparent in its governance.Aubrey has a proven track record with multiple charities. He strives to ensure truth, transparency and accountability are values which are embedded in the organisations culture. He ensures all board meetings are exhaustively minuted and minutes and actions are reviewed at the top of the agenda. Management sits on board sub-committees and are accountable to the board of trustees. He has ensured all conflicts of interest are declared on time and a register is strictly maintained. All annual audited accounts, prepared in line with SORP guidelines, are publicly available on the charity’s website, as are annual reports. Centre management reports on activities must be prepared and presented at every board meeting. Tiglin has immaculate results from all external stakeholder audits.