Board & Governance

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 the communications company Murray, and a former journalist. He has been Chairperson of Daisyhouse since 2016. He is also a member of the Boards of the autism advocacy group AsIAm and of The Wheel, the national association of community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises.

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.

Deirdre Ward: Company Secretary:  Joined February 2012.

Deirdre has extensive administrative experience and joined the Civil Service in 2018. She previously worked in Dáil Éireann, The Honorable Society of King’s Inns, NUIM and IMMA. Deirdre has an honours Arts Degree in Sociology and English from National University of Ireland Maynooth. She also has a Diploma in Public Relations from the PRII.

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.

Aideen Hayden

Aideen Hayden has worked in the field of housing and homeless prevention for almost three decades. Aideen joined the Daisyhouse Board in August 2019 after a brief role as Interim CEO.  She is best known for her work as chair of the national housing charity Threshold, the leading advice and advocacy organisation working on behalf of vulnerable families in the private rented sector in Ireland. Aideen was appointed by an Taoiseach to the Seanad in 2011, in recognition of her work and advocacy on housing and social justice issues. During her time in office as a Senator, Aideen was appointed vice chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, was deputy government whip in the Seanad and worked closely with the then Minister for the Environment on housing matters. Aideen also holds a PhD in housing policy from UCD, is a qualified Solicitor and is also a member of the boards of the Housing Finance Agency and the Property Services Regulatory Authority.

Anne-Marie Dermody

Anne-Marie Dermody joined the Board in December 2018. Originally, from Galway, Anne- Marie graduated from UCD in 1992 with a BCL in Civil Law. Anne- Marie has been a practising solicitor for over twenty years, having been a managing partner of her own firm for over eight years. In 2011, she was co-opted onto South Dublin County Council. She was re-elected to South Dublin County Council in 2014. She resigned from her position as Managing Partner in September to devote her energy full time to campaigning as a candidate for Fine Gael in the general Election of 2016. In September 2017, she returned to practice, first of all in a consultancy role and now runs her own general practice with a particular emphasise in the area of family law and mediation. Anne-Marie’s commitment to the Daisyhouse Charity is borne from her concern for women affected by domestic violence, homelessness and addiction.

Danny Buttle

Danny has spent the last the 13 years working in the telecoms industry, primarily dealing with Government and Large Corporate customer segments. During this time, Danny has worked in a combination of small agile companies and some of the largest employers in the country. Danny currently works as the Head on Business Service Management in Vodafone Ireland. In his career, he has been a keen participant in Diversity and Inclusion initiatives both in Ireland and Globally. This has involved engaging with global leadership to explain the importance of D&I and Ally-ship. He holds a Bsc. in Computer Applications from Dublin City University.

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
risks.

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 ceo@daisyhouse.org