GDPR – How To Become Compliant

Corporate Governance & Accountability

A one-day conference

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Date: 26th June 2018

Compliance, Transparency, Corporate Governance and openness are all essentials for Irish Charities in today’s environment to ensure your operations are up front with volunteers, donators, the public and trustees to help maintain their confidence, encourage others to get involved and help your organisation raise vital funds.

CMG events typically sell out quickly, so prompt booking is strongly advised to secure your place at the Early Bird Rate of €345.00 + VAT (Normal rate €445.00 + VAT)

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

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6 Structured CPD Points

This conference will give delegates a detailed breakdown of all the key areas your organisation needs to have in order including; fiscal transparency and accountability; Governance and board viability; an update on the Charities Act and if the case arises where your operations are investigated, what do you need to have in order? This and much more will be covered at this one day intense conference and it is a must attend event for any Irish Charity, charitable trusts, not for profit organisations or religious orders who need to get a handle on essential regulatory and compliance requirements of your organisation now and in the future

An expert line up of speakers will cover an array of important topics on the day helping attendees leave better informed and equip with the right information on where the charities sector is going over the next 12 / 24 months.


What Will the Future Look Like for Charities – Challenges & Opportunities to expect?
Speaker: Deirdre Garvey, Chief Executive Officer, The Wheel

  • Horizon Scanning projecting the opportunities and challenges over the next 5-10 years for Charities in Ireland
  • International lessons learning from other jurisdictions
  • The role of Governance and ethical leadership in building a sustainable charity
  • More than regulation the need for values based leadership and integration of good governance in the culture of the organisation
  • Where are we now and where do we need to get to?
  • Key features in terms of good governance and sustainable Charities going forward. 

Charities Statement of Recommended Practice – SORP – An Analysis
Speaker: Lucy Dwyer, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

  • What is SORP?
  • Objectives of SORP
  • Key changes introduced with SORP
  • Challenges with SORP
  • SORP going forward

Charities Regulatory Authority 

Report of the Consultative Panel on the Governance of Charitable Organisations (April 2018)

Speaker: Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, CEO, Carmichael, Board member of the National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities and of Enclude

  • The Panel was established by the Regulator to consider how the administration and management of charities can be improved and make recommendations to the Regulator on:
  • Regulations in relation to the Governance of Charities,
  • Codes of Governance.
  • Charity Trustees – Guidance, Support & Education.

Charities Regulatory Authority
Speaker: Jonathan Miller, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

  • Charitable purposes
  • Register of Charitable Organisations
  • Operational Accountability of Charities – Investigation of Charity Affairs

Charities & GDPR – The role of the DPO (Data Protection Officer)

Charities, Volunteers & Data Protection – How to meet the challenges of the GDPR

  • Some basics of Governance – things you should have in place…
  • Direct marketing and fundraising for Charities – common pitfalls and issues
  • Charities and Data sharing (in particular with Public Sector bodies/ Govt departments)
  • Understanding the types of personal data you are processing as a charity
  • Subject Access Requests and charities
  • Data Breaches and Charities – how they can happen, what they can lead to
  • Data Retention for Charities – what should you be considering
  • The DPC’s Guidance to Charities

Speaker: Aidan Healy, Senior Associate, DAC Beachcroft Dublin 

Duties and Liabilities of Charitable Trustees
Speaker: Niamh Callaghan, Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran

Duties of Charitable Trustees

  • Liabilities of Charitable Trustees
  • Disqualification of trustees
  • Indemnity and  insurance in respect of charity trustee

Compliance, Corporate Governance & Accountability

  • Operational Accountability
  • Board compliance and essentials in corporate governance for charities
  • Duties of collectors
  • Provisions for non –cash collections & related matters
  • Investigation of Affairs – Charity Appeals Tribunal / Implications of operational accountability / Scope of Investigative powers
  • Governance and Management:
  • For Charitable Companies
  • For unincorporated Associations
  • For Charitable Trusts
  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Provisions for non-cash collections & related maters
  • Duties of collectors
  • Sale of mass cards

Investing for charities in a time of uncertainty and low returns
Speakers: Neil Carroll, Investment Manager, Wealth Management, Goodbody

  • Is the world a more uncertain place or are we just more conscious of it?
  • Geopolitical developments and what they mean (if anything).
  • Growing importance of ethical and sustainable investing.
  • How can charities get a return in a low interest rate environment?

Whistleblowing in the Charity Sector
Speaker: Lauren Kierans, Barrister

  • Why your organisation should encourage whistleblowing 
  • What is a protected disclosure for the purposes of the Protected Disclosures Act, 2014?
  • How must a protected disclosure be made in order to attract the protections under the Protected Disclosures Act, 2014?
  • What legal protections are available for whistle-blowers?
  • Internal whistleblowing procedures.

Board Assurance Framework (BAF) – Best-Practice in Charity Governance
Speaker: Alan McDonnell – Principal – Good Governance Solutions

  • The Board’s consideration of risks to their charitable purpose and objectives and the allocation of related sub-committee responsibilities for oversight and assurances.
  • The challenges posed to an Audit Committee when mandated risk responsibilities by the Board.
  • The Committee competencies and capabilities required to perform such expanded responsibilities.
  • The key role played by Internal Audit in helping the Committee adopt an externally-focussed strategic orientation in addition to its traditional role.
  • How the Audit & Risk Committee facilitates enhanced Board engagement with management through the provision of assurances and escalations on:
    • Strategic Performance
    • Risk Management
    • Internal Controls
    • Financial Reporting
  • The Board Assurance Framework (BAF) reporting model that facilitates the Audit & Risk Committee and Management provide assurances for effective Board oversight.

This event will be of real interest to all Irish Charitable organisations, trustees, religious orders, consultants, regulatory bodies, policy setters, not for profit organisations, aid agencies, financer, legal consultants, Universities, government bodies and semi-state agencies.

There will be 6 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service. 6 CEU Points Certified By the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

Deirdre Garvey

Deirdre Garvey

Chief Executive Officer, The Wheel

Deirdre Garvey is Chief Executive Officer of The Wheel, Ireland’s national association of charities, community and voluntary organisations, with over 1,400 members.

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Deirdre has represented the charity, community and voluntary sector’s interests in the media and on many fora over the years including: the Charity Regulator’s consultative panel on the ‘Regulation of Fundraising’ (2016); the Working Group on ‘Citizen Engagement in Local Government’ (2013/2014); the Steering Groups for the European Years of, the Citizen (2013), and of Volunteering (2011) respectively.

She is a regular public speaker on the topics of corporate governance in non-profits; best practice in charities; active-citizenship and all issues affecting charities and the non-profit sector.

Prior to joining The Wheel, Deirdre was Director of Development at Barretstown in Kildare. Before moving into full-time work in the community and voluntary sector in 1995, Deirdre worked in the ‘hi-tech’ sector in Germany. Having studied science for her bachelors degree in 1986, she completed a Masters in Business Administration in 2003.

Alan McDonnell

Alan McDonnell

Principal, Good Governance Solutions

Alan McDonnell is Principal at Good Governance Solutions.

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He has been advising organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors on corporate governance for over 10 years. His credentials in the governance field starts with his own direct experience of serving on boards in all sectors. He currently serves on the board of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland where he chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Alan also holds a UCD post-graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance; the IOD Diploma in Company Direction; and, the AACB Governance Assessor accreditation. He is a founder of the Corporate Governance Association of Ireland (CGAI) and chaired its special interest group in the voluntary sector.

Neil Carroll

Neil Carroll

Portfolio Manager, Wealth Management, Goodbody

Neil has worked with Goodbody for over 29 years.

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In his role as Head of the Institutional Bond Desk, he provided on-going investment advice and ideas to a broad range of domestic and international fund managers. Neil has now worked in the Wealth Management area for 10 years where he chairs a team focused specifically on the Not For Profit sector. Neil provides investment management and advice services to a range of charities, corporates, high net worth individuals, credit unions and funds across a range of assets. Neil sits on the main Goodbody Asset Allocation Committee and is a Registered Stockbroker and an MBA graduate of University College Dublin.

Lucy Dwyer

Lucy Dwyer

Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

Lucy Dwyer was called to the Irish Bar in 2014.

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She practices in the area of civil law, specialising in conveyancing, banking, commercial and chancery law. She is a graduate of University College Dublin with an undergraduate degree in Business and Law and a Masters in Commercial Law.

Aidan Healy

Aidan Healy

Senior Associate, DAC Beachcroft Dublin

Aidan is an experienced regulatory law practitioner specialising in data protection and cyber risk.

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He advises clients across a wide range of sectors including insurance, health, sport and the public sector. He advises on both the advisory side in relation to data protection audits and compliance matters and in relation to data breach response and the regulatory investigations and enforcement issues which can arise from a breach.

Lauren Kierans

Lauren Kierans

Barrister-at-Law, Lecturer in Law Middlesex University, London and National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Lauren is a practicing Barrister who specialises in the area of whistleblowing law.

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She is also an Associate Lecturer in Employment Law. She is currently undertaking a PhD in whistleblowing law. She recently drafted the Guidance on behalf of the Irish government for public bodies who are obliged under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 to put in place whistleblowing procedures. She has produced two country reports on whistleblowing law and has presented a number of conference papers on this topic. She has also published articles on whistleblowing law and has been interviewed on national radio on numerous occasions to discuss whistleblowing law and related matters. She is currently writing a textbook on whistleblowing law and a chapter on whistleblowing law for an Employment Law textbook.

Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí

Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí

CEO, Carmichael, Board member of the National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities and of Enclude

Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí is CEO of Carmichael, Ireland’s oldest and biggest shared services facility for the nonprofit sector.

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Carmichael provides expert guidance and supports to nonprofits. The Carmichael Centre has 48 nonprofit resident members and it provides governance training and consultancy supports to 100s of nonprofit organisations nationwide. Diarmaid has extensive experience working with boards and providing governance support and advice. He is a board member of the National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities and of Enclude. He is a former Chairman of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and Ruhama. He previously worked as a management consultant with Prospectus and Accenture.

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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