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

Mary Rose is coordinator of the Supporting Parents and Early Childhood Services (SPECS) initiative in Bray (County Wicklow). Previous to this Mary Rose worked in a community development project in Dublin’s north inner city coordinating a child and youth education service. Mary Rose first engaged with 80:20 as a student in secondary school and has continued her interest in development education and the work of 80:20 ever since.

Caoimhe Fox

Caoimhe works in publishing, marketing and development with Books Ireland magazine and is the head of publicity and marketing for New Island Books.

Louise Gaskin – Treasurer

Louise is an accountant, a fellow of Accounting Technicians Ireland, a director of Gaskin Management Services and of the Headlamps School Support Programme.

Valerie Lewis – Chairperson

Valerie is an education specialist currently working as Post Primary Educational Policy and Development Officer for Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI). As part of this role she advocates for and supports over 270 Post-Primary schools in the ETB sector. She has over twenty years of experience in the Irish education arena at post-primary and tertiary level, working across a range of sectors including in the Global Citizenship Education section and Public Information and Communication section of Irish Aid, in the Department of Foreign Affairs. She also works with a variety of organisations, both in Ireland and at European level, developing education and training materials.

Fiachra O’Muthuna

Fiachra manages the Charlemont Community Resource Centre, Dublin an adult education centre, and founded the Sports 4 Development Ireland initiative.

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.
  • Completed the Governance Code adoption journey in September 2018 and is compliant with the Code. 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 achieved the ‘triple lock standard‘ in 2018 that demonstrates best practice in transparency and accountability.
  • Is a signatory to the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages, which demonstrates a commitment to uphold the values of human dignity, respect and equality in all of 80:20’s communications.


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 Byrne O’Byrne Accounting & Tax Advisors Limited, submitted annually 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 and the European Union. The views expressed on this website are those of the authors and not necessarily those of Irish Aid or the European Union.

Compliance with Guiding Principles for Fundraising

80:20 is committed to achieving the standards outlined in the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising produced by the Charities Regulator. For more information on this please read the documents below:

For information on how to give feedback or should you have a complaint please read our Handling Feedback & Complaints Procedure.

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:

Page updated: July 28, 2020

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