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Public Funding Management

The Organisation:

SECAD was formed in 1995 bringing together a variety of local groups that, for many years, were attempting to support the development of their communities using a ‘bottom-up’ approach and were frustrated with the lack of resources to support their ideas, plans and vision. With the introduction of the EU Local Development approach and the National Social Inclusion Programmes these groups, under the umbrella of SECAD, gained access to the funding to enable them to actively pursue this vision. The principles of the bottom-up approach encourage local people to come together to determine their priorities. Employment, enterprise, community, and environmental priorities are determined through local decision making, cooperation with a range of bodies and partnership with state and local government services.

In the quarter-century which has passed since its establishment, the environment within which SECAD operates has changed significantly. SECAD itself has grown and evolved over the same period to respond to these changing environments. It has developed new services; it has accessed new sources of funding; and it has significantly extended its staff numbers.

SECAD is committed to delivering exceptional service to our clients and promoting innovative collaborations to address issues of disadvantage and sustainability with our public, private, academic and community partners. In order to do this valuable work SECAD needs a Board of Trustees that will embrace this approach and commit to supporting the organisation to achieve it strategic goals.


SECAD works with a wide range of clients, customers and beneficiaries, some of whom are the most vulnerable within the communities we serve, and so it is vitally important that any prospective candidate aligns with SECAD’s values of Respect, Honesty & Integrity, Continuous Improvement, and Inclusion.

The Role:

SECAD Partnership are seeking to recruit a trustee with a background in Public Funding Management. The ideal candidate will have expertise in and knowledge of Public Funding processes and public procurement.

Current Board Members:
Sharon O' Mahoney
Yvonne Murphy
Michael O' Brien
George Bulman
Evin Gyves
John Clifford
Andrew Whitaker
Timothy Hoban
Bill Ramsell
John Colbert  
Gerard McMahon


Charities Regulator’s General Duties of a Charity Trustee

  • Comply with the Charity’s governing document
  • Ensuring charity is complying with its charitable purpose for the public benefit
  • Acting in the best interest of the charity
  • Act with Reasonable Care and Skill
  • Manage the assets of your charity

By being a trustee of SECAD Partnership your responsibilities will include the following:

  • Providing input to the strategic direction of the organisation and contributing with insight, oversight, and experience at board meetings and any additional commitments
  • Policy development and implementation as required
  • Assist with the development of our strategy for managing relations with, and funding streams from the public sector.
  • Advising on issues related to public policy and relationships with key public service organisations
  • Board members are asked to join sub-committees

Desired Skills/Qualities required for this role:

  • Experience working in the public sector, at an appropriately senior level
  • Expertise in public procurement and knowledge of the public funding system highly desirable, either managing national funds or involved in procuring national public sources
  • Experience managing or applying for public tenders
  • A deep appreciation and knowledge of the Not-For-Profit sector
  • An understanding of and commitment to our mission and values
  • Commitment to highest levels of corporate governance 

Board Meetings:

The Board typically meets ten times per year on the last Wednesday of the month. The Board meets at our offices in Midleton, Co. Cork but we have facilities for hybrid meetings for members who cannot always attend in person.

Public Funding Management

Published on 07.11.2023

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