Board & Governance


Board Members and the Chairman are volunteers and donate their time without payment.

Daisyhouse Housing Association is committed to complying with and implementing the AHB Code of Governance and The Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations of Ireland.

Daisyhouse Housing Association publishes its annual financial accounts on its website. They are prepared in accordance with UK best practice -*SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice). This will continue until the charities regulator sets statutory reporting standards for charities in Ireland.

Daisyhouse Housing Association abides by Fundraising Ireland Code of Professional Conduct. Daisyhouse complies with the Statement for Guiding Principles for Fundraising and formally discussed and adopted the Statement at a Board Meeting.

Our Board

Mark Brennock: Chairman: Joined July 2014.

Mark Brennock is Director of Public Affairs with Murray Consultants advising clients on dealings with national and local government and other regulatory and public bodies, as well as providing general public and media relations services.

He is a former journalist and worked for 20 years with The Irish Times in a variety of roles including Chief Political Correspondent, Northern Editor, Deputy News Editor and Foreign Affairs Correspondent. He has a degree in Economics and Politics from UCD and a post-graduate diploma in journalism from DCU.

Mary Bradley: Joined July 2010.

Mary joined the board of Daisyhouse in July 2010 having been involved with the charity in an advisory capacity since 2006. She is a solicitor practising in Dublin 8 and has over thirty years experience in all aspects of Property Law.

She is an ADR Group Accredited Mediator in Family Mediation and in Civil and Commercial Mediation and holds a Certificate in Adjudication from the Law Society.

Deirdre Ward: Joined February 2012.

Deirdre has extensive PA and administrative experience and has worked in IMMA, The Honorable Society of Kings Inns and Dail Eireann. She currently works in the educational sector at National University of Ireland Maynooth. Deirdre is a graduate of NUIM and has a Diploma in Public Relations from the PRII.

Paul Duignan: Joined March 2008.

Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.
Worked in senior financial roles for over 20 years. Past chairman of local residence Association.

James Walsh: Joined August 2017.

James has worked in the Bio-pharmaceutical area for a number of years in positions of increasing seniority.  A qualified Analytical Chemist from DCU, James is currently completing his M.Sc in Project Management at UCD Michael Smurfit Business School.  James joined Daisyhouse as a board director in August 2017.

The Governance Code Principles

The Board of Daisyhouse practice The Governance Code Principles of Good Governance through the following Principles:

Principle 1. Leading our organisation

We do this by:

1.1 Agreeing our vision, purpose and values and making sure that they remain relevant;
1.2 Developing, resourcing, monitoring and evaluating a plan to make sure that our
organisation achieves its stated purpose;
1.3 Managing, supporting and holding to account staff, volunteers and all who act on behalf of the organisation.

Principle 2. Exercising control over our organisation

We do this by:

2.1 Identifying and complying with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements;
2.2 Making sure there are appropriate internal financial and management controls;
2.3 Identifying major risks for our organisation and deciding ways of managing the

Principle 3. Being transparent and accountable

We do this by:

3.1 Identifying those who have a legitimate interest in the work of our organisation (stakeholders) and making sure there is regular and effective communication with them about our organisation;
3.2 Responding to stakeholders questions or views about the work of our organisation
and how we run it;
3.3 Encouraging and enabling the engagement of those who benefit from our
organisation in the planning and decision-making of the organisation.

Principle 4. Working effectively

We do this by:

4.1 Making sure that our governing body, individual board members, committees, staff and volunteers understand their: role, legal duties, and delegated responsibility for decision-making;
4.2 Making sure that as a board we exercise our collective responsibility through board meetings that are efficient and effective;
4.3 Making sure that there is suitable board recruitment, development and retirement processes in place.

Principle 5. Behaving with integrity

We do this by:

5.1 Being honest, fair and independent;
5.2 Understanding, declaring and managing conflicts of interest and conflicts of loyalties;
5.3 Protecting and promoting our organisation reputation.

We confirm that our organisation is committed to the standards outlined in these principles. We commit to reviewing our organisational practice against the recommended actions for each principle every year.

Fundraising Codes and Policies

We at Daisyhouse are fully committed to achieving the standards contained within the Voluntary ICTR Daisyhouse-Statement-of-Guiding-Principles. Please find guidelines for a Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising by ICTR

Charity Legislation: We are fully compliant with current charity legislation. You can find more information on the legislation for the charity sector here – ICTR.

Public Compliance Statement: To view Daisyhouse Public Compliance Statement please click here.

Our Guiding Principles for Fundraising: To view Daisyhouse guiding principles for fundraising please click here.

Our Donor Charter: We will ensure that we are accountable and transparent in every facet of our business, so that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in all aspects of the way in which we run our organisation. You can view our charter here.

Our Complaints Procedure: The process provides safe, accessible and effective ways for individuals to exercise their right to raise complaints about our operations, and for a response or redress to be given. We welcome feedback in every manner, please read our procedure and please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can view Daisyhouse Feedback and Complaints Procedures here. Should you have any questions then please contact us at (01) 454 6078 or email