The Board of Directors is elected at the Annual General Meeting. Each director brings personal and or professional experience of coeliac disease and relevant professional skills to enhance the charities strategy and operations.The board meets approximately eight times a year in the Coeliac Societies offices in Dublin. The board provide their time and expertise on a voluntary basis. They follow a code of conduct. This code is reviewed annually.
Current Board of Directors
Chairperson: Aileen Markey
Aileen joined the board as a Director last September. She has a background in Human Resources Management and has worked with companies like Microsoft and Barclays bank. Aileen has lived away from Ireland for many years and returned home in 2016 to set up her own business called Unglu-d which is a dedicated shopping experience for those with Coeliac Diseases, being a Coeliac herself Aileen knows the challenges faced with sticking to a gluten free diet.
Honorary President: Dr. Nicholas Kennedy
Dr Nick Kennedy is a registered medical practitioner (since 1981) and has been an active member of board of the Coeliac Society since his since his election as Honorary President in 2008. He is an Associate Professor in Clinical Medicine (Nutrition) in Trinity College Dublin and has contributed to the multidisciplinary coeliac clinic at St James’s Hospital since 1995. He has taught medicine at undergraduate level since 1984 and clinical nutrition at undergraduate and postgraduate level also. He has been a member of the CORU Dietitians’ Registration Board since its establishment in 2013, as an academic involved in the education of dietitians.
Secretary: Margaret Escott
Meg first volunteered for the Coeliac Society in 2008 and was elected to the Board in 2012. Meg is a freelance IT Consultant helping companies design and implement their IT systems. She has been lucky enough to live and work in a number of different countries including Australia, Canada, France and Japan. She settled in Ireland with her coeliac son and family in 2006.
Treasurer: Laura Daly
Laura joined the board in March 2018. She is a qualified accountant and a fellow of ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). She has over 20 years’ experience working in industry as an accountant from retail, IT, food and construction. She is currently the Finance Manager with IJM Timber Engineering Ltd. Her daughter was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in 2017 which led her to becoming involved with the Coeliac Society.
Richelle joined the Board of the Coeliac Society in February 2016. She is a state registered Dietitian with CORU and a nutritionist. She is also a board member of the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute and a member of the Healthy Ireland Council. Richelle runs her own Dietetic practice and nutrition consultancy, NutritionWise. Richelle was only recently diagnosed with coeliac disease, driven by her own knowledge as a Dietitian. This made her acutely aware of the lack of proper and timely diagnosis, which led her to become involved with the Society to help raise the profile of coeliac disease.
Niall joined the Board of the Coeliac Society in 2018. He is a Chartered Secretary (FCIS), Barrister and Non-executive Director. He is also a member of the ICSA Ireland Company Law and Regulatory Sub-Committee chaired by the ICSAs representative on the Company Law Review Group, where the Committee’s role is to review the activities and proposals of governments, legislators and regulators which affect the governance of Irish companies. Niall is a coeliac for over ten years also has a first class honours degree in Physiology from Trinity College Dublin.
Patrick joined the Board of the Coeliac Society in late 2016 and brings more than 25 years’ experience in Information Technology management roles to the organisation, offering advice and support to a charity he believes is well governed and strongly focused on its Members. His career to date has included time spent in Dublin and London for international financial services companies, supporting customers in Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Americas. Patrick is currently Director of IT Services for Trinity College Dublin.
Denis ORiordan has worked in the Irish and International Food industry for over 30 years with Kerry Group. He has worked in roles in Quality, Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing Communications, and business development. Denis is Coeliac for 15 years or so now and is on the board since Oct 2017 and is interested in supporting the society in areas of food industry connection and well as communications.
Mattie joined the board of Directors in May 2016 and brings with him nearly 20 years experience in many senior leadership positions in the food, retail and services industries. Mattie a Coeliac himself was diagnosed in 2006 and is well aware of the needs and requirements of people suffering from coeliac disease and of the improvements required for the betterment of sufferers.
Darren is Technological University Dublin’s bakery programme chair (culinary arts) & fourth programme tutor. Darren drafts & consults on research & development grants/ tax credits. He lectures in functional foods & allergens, test baking & analysis & bakery technology. In addition, Darren has worked in fine dining, world class hotels, high volume catering and various artisan bakeries. In addition to being a former R&D lead in a state of the art production site he specialises in product reformulation, new product development & innovation.
The Board of Directors is elected at the Annual General Meeting. The Board of Directors meet approximately eight times a year at the Coeliac Society of Ireland’s office in Dublin.
Memorandum & Articles of Association
Memorandum of Association of the Coeliac Society of Ireland Limited, Company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital.
Coeliac Society of Ireland – Constitution 2019
Funding is gained through several sources
- Annual membership fee
- Grant from the Health Service Executive
- Occasional project grants
- Fundraising efforts (e.g. marathons/mini-marathon, annual raffle held and Christmas cards)
- Product sales (e.g. cookbooks, eating out cards)
The annual accounts and budget are presented at the Annual General Meeting.
Statement of recommended practice or SORP:
SORP, the Statement of Recommended Practice, Accounting and Reporting by Charities was developed, in accordance with Accounting Standards Board guidelines, by the UK Charity Commission. While Charities SORP is not a requirement outside the UK, many Irish charities have voluntarily adopted it in order to follow best practice in relation to accounting and reporting, and particularly to demonstrate the highest level of transparency and accountability for all their stakeholders.