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Governance

To us, good governance means being clear in our objectives, ethical and transparent in our dealings, accountable to our stakeholders and compliant with legal requirements. It is a way of working rather than a tick box exercise. It is about a commitment, from the Directors down, to operate in the best way at all times, for the benefit of all patients, member organisations and stakeholders.

As an umbrella organisation for other charities, it is particularly important that HRCI acts as a positive example in all aspects of governance. We have built the trust of our members and funders and we work hard to retain that trust.

Overview of HRCI Governance:

  • In 2019 our Directors signed off on our compliance with the Charity Governance code and now review it on an annual basis. We are delighted to say that we meet all the core standards outlined in the code and are compliant to a level that would be expected of a charity many times our size.
  • We undergo an independent financial audit on an annual basis.
  • Our statutory financial statements are SORP compliant (in line with the Statement of Recommended Practice, Accounting and Reporting by Charities) and made publicly available on our website.
  • In addition to our statutory Directors’ report, we produce in-depth and engaging annual reports, reviewing our achievements against our strategic goals.
  • We have a strong HRCI Strategy, 2020-23, that has been developed by the Directors and an organisational structure capable of implementing the plan.
  • We are compliant with all relevant legislation including the Charities Act 2009, the Companies Act 2014, the Lobbying Act 2015, GDPR, employment legislation and equality legislation.
  • We have many policies and controls in place to guide our operations. They can be broadly divided into financial and risk policies, HR policies, terms of reference, codes of practice, membership policies and a number of others including those relating to data protection and complaints/feedback.
  • We provide detailed reports to our funders (Pobal and the HRB) and are very focused on how best to report our impact rather than simple outputs.

Link to Irish Government websiteLink to Pobal websiteLink to Health Research Board website