The Children’s Sunshine Home operating as LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice is a voluntary charitable organisation which is governed by a Board of Directors and managed by a professional management team.
Charity No: CHY 2633
Registered in Ireland No: 107248
Registered Office: Leopardstown Road, Foxrock, Dublin 18
Our Codes of Practice
1. The Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations
We confirm that our organisation complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland
Our Service has four Trustees appointed by the Board who have responsibility for the land and facilities developed for and utilised by the Service as well as ensuring that donations and gifts to the Service are used for the purposes for which they are intended. The Trustees ensure that the charity complies with Charity Law and the Charity Commission requirements.
- Niall McHugh (Chair)
- David Andrews
- Michael O’Donoghue
- Nicholas Quigley
Our Board Sub-Committees
The Board of Directors has appointed sub-committees to address and deliver key aspects of its work. Each Board Sub-Committee is chaired by a member of the Board. Membership of sub-committees are appointed by the Board and terms of reference are agreed by the Board.
Finance & Operations
The role of the Finance & Operations Committee is to assist the Board in its oversight of finance and operations, ensuring that the organisation is meeting its targets as identified and as determined by the Board. At least one member of the Committee will have accounting or related financial experience.
The Committee is responsible for developing the overall plans and budgets for the various operational entities that are represented on the Committee. It also holds to account support service budget-holders for the delivery and outcomes of their plans and budgets. The Committee tracks those projects delegated to it by the Board of Directors.
The role of the Fundraising Committee is to discuss, agree and action key elements of LauraLynn’s Fundraising & Marketing strategy. The Committee reviews and advises on strategy and action on specific fundraising and marketing initiatives. They proactively promote, attend and assist with events. Directors review and evaluate the work of the committee.
Nominations & Corporate Governance
The role of the Nominations & Corporate Governance Committee is to monitor and review the structure, size and composition of the Board. It leads to a process for all Board and senior executive appointments (Senior Executive, Non-Executive Directors and Chair) and make recommendations to the Board for approval. The Committee keeps the skill mix of the Board under review and is responsible for ensuring the governance of the organisation is robust and in compliance with the Governance Code and HSE requirements.
The Clinical Governance Committee has a remit to ensure that the principles and standards of clinical governance are applied to all aspects of the service with the ultimate goal of improved care to children and young people. The Committee oversees clinical audits and evaluates the effectiveness of services on behalf of the Board.
The Research Ethics Committee is responsible in ensuring that research is conducted according to best practice, maintains ethical standards and preserves the rights of all subjects. The Committee provides reassurance to the Board, public and outside bodies that standards are in place for all research ethics projects.
The Financial Audit Committee has a remit to assist the Board in discharging its responsibility in ensuring the organisation adopts, maintains and applies appropriate and accurate accounting and financial reporting processes and procedures. The sub-Committee facilitates an independent audit process and addresses issues arising. It ensures LauraLynn maintains effective risk management processes relating to the organisations’s management of financial risks, prevention of corruption and waste and the system of internal control. Read the Financial Audit Committee Terms of Reference here.