The Board confirm we are fully compliant with all the requirements of the Companies Act 2014 as well as those of The Charities Regulatory Authority.
The board of directors and executive continue to adopt best governance practice as set out in the voluntary Governance Code. We adhere to the principles of clarity, good governance, Value for Money and Fairness detailed in Appendix 2 of DPER Circular 13/2014. The board is aware that the Charities Regulator has a new Governance Code out that all charities have to comply with in 2020 and report on by 2021.
As Directors, we affirm that Carlow Arts Festival endeavours to deliver value for money in the use of its funding and in a manner that maximises effectiveness and outcomes in the use of public funds. In addition, it is the intention of the board of directors and the executive to always co-operate with the Arts Council in the achievement of value of public money.
The festival has a rigorous financial procedure detailed below. Accounts are audited annually.
A reserves policy was agreed at the last AGM to allow CAF to plan effectively, to ensure that all commitments can be met and to allow the continued development of the festival.
A strategic planning process in 2017 developed a clear roadmap for the period 2018-20. This has also had the effect of creating actions and timelines for the delivery of change through the organisation including performance monitoring.
It is a priority of the board that the agreed strategic objectives of the organisation underpin the artistic direction of CAF and ensure continuity of this vision in succession planning for the Executive.
Emma Geoghegan – Chairperson – 04/2014
Emma joined the board in April of 2014, and has been in role of Chairperson since 2017; her areas of expertise are architecture and urban design, focusing on community-based projects. She currently lectures in Dublin School of Architecture, DIT.
Edward Cahill – Vice Chairperson – 08/2015
Ed joined the board in 2015. Ed’s background is in community and international development along with management and event planning. He currently runs Tully’s Bar Carlow and Tully’s Bar Waterford.
David joined the board in 2015 he is the Managing Director of a small import/export business called Hotron Ltd employing 10 people in Carlow town. He qualified as an engineer from Carlow RTC in 1993 and spent 8 years working and living in Tokyo before returning home to run Horton Ltd in 2001. David has a great love of the arts, which stemmed from attending Carlow Arts Festival as a teenager in Carlow town. He has a passion for 35mm and medium format B&W film based photography
Chris joined the board in July of 2014, his main focus being strategic development. His background is in community development and has worked in the fields of Social Care, Education, and Sustainability.
Suzanne Morrissey Forde-Director -07/2017
Suzanne Joined the Board of CAF in July 2017. Suzanne’s background is in finance and she also has some knowledge of HR. She has been employed as a Financial Accountant for over 20 years, and employed by Charitable Organisations for the last 9 years.
Fintan joined the board in September 2019; he is an elected member of Carlow County Council and served as Mayor of Carlow from 2016/17. He has a first class honours degree in Economics Politics and Law from Dublin City University.
Niamh Lunny -Director -08/2019
Niamh joined the board in August 2019. She previously served on the Board of the Abbey Theatre for 4 years and was a member of the Gender Equality sub-committee. She worked as the head of costume in the Abbey for 11 years, where she started a successful hire business. Outside of this she has worked extensively as a freelance designer. She was the recipient of the Clore Leadership Scholarship in 2018/19 and is now working as a producer on the Púca Festival.
Emma Martin-Director- 08/2017
Emma is a choreographer and director, and her company is United Fall. She joined the Carlow Arts Festival board in 2017