Governance & Transparency

In this section:

Board of Management

80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World’s Board of Management advise and assist on the governance of 80:20.

The Board of Management are the custodians of 80:20’s vision and values; they approve strategy, structure, annual plans and budgets and ensure the organisation is effective and accountable. The Board appoint the Co-ordinator of 80:20 and have delegated a range of day-to-day decision-making powers to the Co-ordinator.

The Board is currently made up of the following people:

  • Mary Rose Costello
  • Mags Crean
  • Louise Gaskin (Treasurer)
  • Gráinne McGettrick (Chairperson)
  • Dermot O’Brien
  • Fiachra O’Mathuna

Codes of conduct and regulation initiatives

80:20 is committed to the highest standards of good governance, accountability and transparency. As part of this work 80:20:

  • Registered with the Charities Regulator public register of charities in the Republic of Ireland (charity number 20034221) as the national statutory regulator for charitable organisations, and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.
  • Embarked on the Governance Code adoption journey in April 2016 and is currently reviewing organisational policies and practices, to be up-to-date in 2018. Note: the Governance Code is a code of practice for good governance of community, Voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland.
  • Is a signatory to the NGDO Charter on Basic Principles of Development and Humanitarian Aid NGOs in the European Union.
  • Is a member of the Charities Institute of Ireland and working towards achieving the ‘triple lock standard‘ in 2018 that demonstrates best practice in transparency and accountability.


We are transparent and open about our finances. As a charity supported by voluntary public donations 80:20 is committed to:

  • Preparing fully audited accounts which are available for inspection. From 2017, financial statements are prepared in accordance with the Statement of Recommended Practice for Charities SORP (FRS102);
  • Adopted the Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public produced by the Charities Regulator
  • Working hard to keep governance and fundraising costs to a minimum
  • One-third of the members of the board of management shall retire every year, to constantly refresh ideas and skills. Board members do not receive any remuneration;
  • 80:20 does NOT give salary top ups or bonus payments to any personnel.

80:20’s annual accounts are prepared by chartered accountants Brendan Roddy & Associates, submitted to the Companies Office and the Charity Regulatory Authority and are available online:

80:20 is part-funded by Irish Aid, the Irish Government’s programme for overseas development. The views expressed on this website are those of the authors and not necessarily those of Irish Aid.

Policies and Procedures

80:20 has developed a range of policies and procedures that align with best practice and regulatory standards and frameworks as an Irish company and employer. These include:

  • Child Protection Policy (updated 2017)
  • Financial Controls and Procedures and Reserves Policy (updated 2017)
  • Management Committee Handbook (updating in 2018)
  • Volunteers and Interns Policy (updating in 2018)
  • Environment Policy (updating in 2018)

Note: 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World Company Limited by Guarantee. It is registered in Dublin, Ireland as Company Number: 261518