Board and Governance

Governance

Suas Educational Development is committed to maintaining the highest standards of governance. We believe that setting and maintaining standards is a key element in demonstrating accountability to all stakeholders, funders and supporters.  Suas is formally on the journey to compliance with the Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland - the journey to full compliance is being closely monitored by the Board. 

We are also compliant with all the requirements of the Charities Regulatory Authority, particularly in relation to reporting obligations. Suas operates under a completely transparent financial culture. All of our financial statements can be found at www.suas.ie/finances

The Board has determined that the organisation complies with the following principles and codes of good practice:

Board Members

The Suas Board of Directors is made of highly experienced non-executive members, drawn from diverse backgrounds, supported by the highly experienced Company Secretary Martin Jacob. The Board meets at least six times a year.

Bob Semple: Chairman of Suas, Company Director, Facilitator and former partner with Price Waterhouse Coopers. Bob has over 36 years’ experience providing a range of audit and consulting services including corporate governance, risk management and internal audit. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, Chartered Accountants Ireland and of the Irish Computer Society. He is a director of GS1 Ireland and of CIMMYT, an international food research institute headquartered in Mexico.

Michael King: Founder of Suas and Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Trinity College. Michael’s research interests focus on banking and household finance in developing countries, development policy; in particular policy coherence for development and impact measurement, and national competitiveness. Michael holds a Masters in Economics and International Development from Harvard University and a PhD in Economics from TCD.

Ronan O'Loughlin: Director of Education and Training, Chartered Accountants of Ireland. Ronan is responsible for development, oversight and management of the ACA education programme at Chartered Accountants Ireland and management of the examinations system.

Sadhbh Coyle: Educational Psychologist. Sadhbh is an Educational Psychologist, working with the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) in the Department of Education and Skills.

Mike Williams: International Development Consultant . Mike Williams is a graduate in Civil Engineering from UCC with a Masters in Development Studies from UCD. Mike established the Overseas Programme for Oxfam Ireland, worked as Regional Manager for Central Africa for Concern and as Head of the International Department in Trócaire. Mike now works as a self-employed consultant in International Development and NGO management.

Mary Rose Greville: Assistant Professor in Business Studies in the TCD School of Business. Mary Rose has a particular interest in leadership in changing situations, and in building high performing teams. She has extensive international experience as a company consultant, within the public sector in Ireland, the World Bank in Africa and India, UNESCO and the European Community. She is a skilled coach and specialises in accelerating individual growth.

Peter Finnegan: Managing Director of communications consultancy Communique International. Peter has 25 years of experience in designing and directing communications consultancy and skills-development projects across the public and private sectors. Acknowledged as a leading expert in the area of media communication, crisis communication, persuasive communication and the communication of change, Peter acts as advisor and strategist to a wide range of multinational companies and governmental organisations in Ireland and internationally.

David Moffitt: Director of a number of for profit and not for profit organisations. David began his career with the Jefferson Smurfit Group holding several positions including General Manager of Smurfit Box and Chief Executive of Executive Travel. He established Tech Group Europe, a manufacturer of drug delivery devices. David was a member of IBEC’s National Executive Council from 2005 to 2009 and is currently CEO Kayfoam Wolfson. He is also Chairman of Folens Publishing and serves on the Investment Committee of Enterprise Ireland.

Sarah Gibney: is a Quantitative Social Scientist working with the Department of Health. She has particular interests in measurement, analysis and policy development in the areas of socio-economic inequality, psychological well-being and health literacy.

Martin Jacob: Company Secretary, Martin formerly ran the Company Secretarial services of Price Waterhouse Coopers and then of Deloitte. He now operates his own firm providing services in this area to a wide range of clients. He lectures on company secretarial topics for the International Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and is a former President of that organisation.

Governance Arrangements

Suas is committed to maintaining the highest standards of corporate governance.

There are clear distinctions between the roles of the Board and the executive management team. The Board is responsible for providing leadership, setting overall strategy and monitoring budgets and outcomes of the organisation. The Board is also responsible for identifying the risks affecting Suas and ensuring procedures are in place to reduce and manage the major risks identified.

The day-to-day management is delegated to the executive management team. The executive management prepares and present policies, work plans and annual financial budgets and cash flows for consideration and approval to the Board. There is a schedule of matters reserved to the Board for decision and a schedule of matters delegated to the Chief Executive Officer.

The Board has two formal sub-committees - an Audit and Risk Management Committee and a Nominations Committee. Both Committees are accountable to the Board of Suas. The Chair, Bob Semple, and two other Board members with considerable financial and business experience (Ronan O’Loughlin, Michael King) also act as a Finance Oversight Working Group working closely with Finance Manager and CEO.

The key objectives of the Audit & Risk Management Sub Committee are:

  1. To assist the Board of Suas fulfil its fiduciary responsibilities by: Reviewing financial information that will be provided to stakeholders and the public; reviewing the systems of internal financial controls of Suas; reviewing Suas’s auditing, accounting and financial reporting processes.
  2. To assist the Board of Suas fulfil its governance responsibilities by: Ensuring all categories of risk (strategic, financial, operational and compliance) are identified; ensuring all identified risks are assessed, rated and recorded on the risk register; and, ensuring the risk management policy of Suas is being implemented.

The key objective of the Nominations Management Sub-Committee is to assist the Board of Suas in the identification and appointment of suitably skilled Directors to its Board and to undertake any additional, related duties, at the direction of the Board.