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Governance

As an organisation we take pride in meeting all statutory compliance and governance requirements and constantly review our practices and procedures to ensure that we deliver across all areas.

Governance Structure

The company is governed by a Board of Directors operating under a Memorandum and Articles of Association.

The Board comprises nominated individuals, each of whom brings specific expertise to the Board table. The Board operates under the Presidency of the Archbishop of Dublin and the Chairmanship of Geraldine Tallon. One third of Board members are nominated by the Archbishop.

The Board appointed a Chief Executive Officer, Tara McBreen, in July 2021.

The Board meets seven times a year and has one full day strategic planning meeting every second year.

The Board also operates four sub committees who report into the Board itself namely

  • Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (FAR)
  • Safeguarding, Protection and Welfare Committee
  • Governance, Strategy & Organisational Development Committee (GSOD)
  • Remuneration & Appointments Committee (R&A)

Reach Deaf Services has representatives on the Board of

  • Deaf Village Ireland Limited
  • The National Deaf Sports and Leisure Company Limited which trades as the Inspire Fitness Centre in Deaf Village Ireland.

Reach Deaf Services senior management team meets every six weeks. Reach Deaf Services also operates a DLP meeting structure, which includes the Dublin Diocese safeguarding team.

The CEO attends and reports in writing to each Board meeting and facilitates the work of the various committees.

Reach Deaf Services produce mostly management accounts and all operations are audited annually by an external audit firm, the results of which are published.

The core staff at the administrative centre of Reach Deaf Services is relatively small, namely:

CEO

  • Finance Department
  • HR Department
  • Office Administration, Social Media
  • Property & Facilities Department

The finance team comprises four staff who provide all financial functions including payroll to the whole organisation. The Financial Controller reports directly to the CEO and to the Finance, Audit and Risk committee. The team also provides accounting services to Reach Deaf Service’s subsidiary company National Deaf Village Sports & Leisure which includes Inspire Fitness Centre.

With over 130 staff, the HR Department of Reach Deaf Services delivers on every aspect of HR from recruitment to retirement as well as providing support to management and staff and ensuring all policies and procedures are in line with best practice.

The Property and Facilities function is responsible for the general management of a campus that spans four locations and includes several buildings of varying age. This function also provides a wider support to the Deaf Village Ireland organisation.

Office Administration, Social Media and looks after the day to day running of the office and ensures that all website material is up to date.

Reach Deaf Services carries all required insurance policies and operates in line with the requirements of the Charities legislation. We are compliant with the Charities Governance Code and review our compliance tracker regularly.

Governance and Ethics

As an organisation we take pride in meeting all statutory compliance and governance requirements and constantly review our practices and procedures to ensure that we deliver across all areas.

We operate within the requirements of company law and charity regulation as well as ensuring adherence to sound financial accounting practices.

We are committed to the highest standards of protection, safeguarding and welfare across our services, in compliance with national legislation and best practice requirements.

At all times we demonstrate fairness, equity and equality in our HR and employment practices.

In addition to our 4 committees Reach Deaf Services promotes various training initiatives including Social Role Valorisation (SRV) to ensure the organisation delivers a service that promotes person centeredness, a rights based approach, independence, equality and safeguarding. The theory of Social Role Valorisation (SRV) focuses on valued roles for every individual to ensure the foundations for equality, inclusion and access to the good things in life.

Board Members

Reach Deaf Services is filling additional board vacancies with a focus on members coming from the Deaf Community
Board Member
Geraldine Tallon
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Board Member
Rosemary Grant
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Board Member
John Cleere
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Board Member
Andrew Fagan
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Amanda Casey
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Board Member
Kevin Lynch
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Gráinne Meehan
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Peter Tolan
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Ger Deering
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Board Member
Geraldine Tallon

Geraldine Tallon was appointed as Chairperson of the Board of CIDP in April 2016. She comes from Co Meath, and is a graduate of UCD. She was a career Civil Servant, and worked in the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, where she retired as Secretary General in 2014.

Board Member
Rosemary Grant

Rosemary Grant graduated in social work from Trinity College Dublin in 1978. She worked in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital from 1978 to 1983 at which point she moved to the Maternity Unit in St. James’ Hospital as Senior Medical Social Worker. She returned to the CWIUH in 1985 as Principal Medical Social Worker and remained there until her retirement in September 2019. During her career she had regular contact with members of the Deaf community. She hopes to bring to CIDP her experience in the areas of safeguarding and risk management.

Board Member
John Cleere

John Cleere is Head of Corporate Services in the Courts Service with responsibility for Finance, Court Funds, Risk Management and Procurement amongst other things. In addition to being an Accountant he has a Diploma in Corporate Governance and is a qualified Company Secretary. He has worked in the Courts Service since 2000, prior to which he worked in the private sector in a number of industries; postal, insurance and technology. He joined the Finance & Audit Committee of CIDP in November 2016.

Board Member
Andrew Fagan

Andrew Fagan is Director of the Child Safeguarding and Protection Service of the Archdiocese of Dublin, a post he has held since 2010. A social worker, Andrew previously worked in the fields of child protection and residential child care as a practitioner, manager and inspector of services for children. Andrew has been associated with CIDP for the past ten years offering advice on matters relating to safeguarding and child protection.

Board Member
Amanda Casey

Amanda Casey is a social worker with 20 years experience, the majority of which is in the acute medical sector. She qualified with a degree in Social Work from Trinity College Dublin and completed a Post Graduate Masters in Guidance and Counseling in 2005. During her professional career she has worked within the Infectious Diseases Unit, the Heart and Lung Transplant service and the area of Bereavement and Post Mortem support. She is now the manager of a social work department in a Level 4 acute teaching hospital. She has an interest in Quality Improvement methodologies and is currently completing a Diploma in QI with the RCPI developing best practice guidelines for shared decision making in acute hospitals.

Board Member
Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch was born in Youghal Co Cork and married with two hearing children. Was educated in St. Joseph’s School for Deaf Boys, Cabra. Co-founder of Irish Deaf Sports Association [Now Deaf Sports Ireland] and served on the committee for over 45 years. Held all honorary offices in IDSA and was President of IDSA/DSI. Was the first Chairperson of SignLink [Now Sign Language Interpreting Service. Also the first Chairperson of National Deaf Village Sports and Leisure Company. Now a Director of DVI Board of Management.

Board Member
Gráinne Meehan

Gráinne Meehan, from Dublin, is Deaf and attended mainstream school in the Glasnevin area at both primary and secondary level. She holds the position of secretary on the Irish Deaf Youth Association board. Gráinne is a graduate of the MA in Community and Youth Work professional programme in Maynooth University and recently completed a full-time PhD candidate with the Department of Applied Social Studies in Maynooth University. Her research explored the lived experiences of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing women accessing reproductive and sexual health services and information in Ireland.

Board Member
Peter Tolan

Peter Tolan was born profoundly Deaf to hearing parents and attended local mainstream school in Mayo before joining AIB, where he is currently leading and implementing various business change programmes. His parents were very active members of the Mayo Branch of the National Association for the Deaf (NAD) for many years and his father was also a Board Director with NAD. Peter is a graduate member of the British Computer Society and also obtained an MSc in IT and Management from Sheffield Hallam University. He chairs the recently established Dunboyne branch of the ‘Friends of the Elderly Ireland’ which aims to alleviate social isolation for elderly people through friendship.

Board Member
Ger Deering

Ger Deering is the Financial Services Ombudsman and the Pensions Ombudsman. He established and led the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) and the Commission for Taxi Regulation. He also worked in Local Government, Community Development, the Civil Service and the private sector. He has been a board member of a number of charities and community groups and is currently a Trustee of Airfield Trust and a Director of the Delta Centre Carlow.