Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland was established to support, extend and improve wildlife rehabilitation resources in Ireland; promote awareness and education about Irish wildlife for the general public and for professionals working in this and adjacent fields; take any other action that will improve wildlife welfare and conservation in Ireland.
Our most challenging and exciting project at present is building Ireland's first Wildlife Rehabilitation & Teaching Hospital. The aim of which is to save the lives of thousands of injured wild animals, whilst promoting public respect and love for nature, & providing educational opportunities and therapeutic benefits to people who visit and work at the wildlife hospital.
• Comply with WRI’s governing document
• Ensure WRI is complying with its charitable purpose for the public benefit
• Act in the best interest of WRI
• Act with reasonable care and skill
• Manage the assets of WRI
The responsibilities of the Governance Director are as follows:
- To ensure that WRI complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and other relevant legislation and regulations.
- To ensure that all activities and expenditure are in pursuit of WRI's charitable objectives.
- To contribute to decisions about WRI’s strategic direction and policy.
- To ensure that WRI promotes equality & diversity in all aspects of its work and relationships.
- To regularly review and evaluate the performance of the organisation, ensuring that WRI complies with requirements of the Charities Governance Code.
- To oversee WRI’s financial affairs to ensure financial stability.
- To ensure that the Annual Report and Accounts are produced and submitted on time.
- To represent the Board of Directors if necessary, on internal disciplinary and complaints panels and on external bodies by agreement.
- To offer induction to all new Directors in the policies, standards and practices of the organisation.
- To offer training in specific policies or topics with which Directors may not be fully familiar.
Qualities and skills required
- A high level of understanding and interest in the issues WRI seeks to address / represent
- Strong business and financial acumen
- Experience of committee work
- Ability to understand complex strategic issues, critically assess, analyse and resolve difficult problems
- Sound, independent judgement, common sense and diplomacy
- Clear understanding of the legal duties, liabilities and responsibilities of trustees
- Sound knowledge of charity governance
- A desire to implement the highest standards of governance
WRI have monthly board meetings and additional sub-committee meetings. Meetings are held via zoom at present, and will return to in-person meetings, with an optional zoom link, when Covid restrictions permit.
Registered Charity: 20142551
Company No. 555237