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The Governance Code for Community, Voluntary & Charitable Organisations

As a member of the Community, Voluntary and Charitable (CVC) Organisations we have a responsibility to provide and follow a code of good practice when it comes to how we run our organisation. It is the responsibility of the Board of Management to make sure this happens.

What does governance mean?

Governance refers to how an organisation is run, directed and controlled. Good governance means an organisation will design and put in place policies and procedures that will make sure the organisation runs effectively.

The Governance Code is based on five main principles, each with three sub-principles. For each principle there are recommended guidelines and actions on how to put that principle in place.

YAP is committed to the standards outlined in these principles. We commit to reviewing our organisational practice against the recommended actions for each principle every year.

YAP Ireland's signed copy of the Code of Governance

To view the register of compliance click here

Aidan Browne


Aidan has been on the Board of Directors since January 2012 and was appointed Chair in 2015. Aidan has spent 40 years working in the Irish Health and Social Services Sector.  Following a 14 year career in clinical nursing he moved into Nursing Management and onward through area and regional health services management before being appointed as the first National Director for Primary, Community and Continuing Care in 2004. 

Aidan was appointed as Chief Executive of The Children Acts Advisory Board in 2007.  The Board’s function was to advise the Ministers for Health and Children, Education and Justice on child protection and welfare matters.  Aidan held this position until the Board was subsumed into the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in 2010.  Aidan has held Board positions on An Bord Altranais (The Nursing Board) as an elected member, and the National Disability Authority as a ministerial appointee.  He holds a Masters in Business Administration.  Aidan retired from the Public Sector in 2011 and currently works as a Project Manager with Crosscare Teen Counselling.  He is Chairman of the Safeguarding Committee for the Dublin Archdiocese and is a member of the Risk and Audit Committee of the Adoption Authority of Ireland.

Paula Cahill O'Sullivan

Vice Chair

Paula joined the Board of YAP Ireland in May 2013. Paula is a senior HR professional with broad international human resources experience.  Paula brings a wealth of Human Resources knowledge to the Board of YAP Ireland having held a number of senior HR positions since 1989 with organizations such as Cadbury Ireland, SaRonix Kony Ireland Limited, Oracle Ireland and Bank of Ireland before taking up her current post with DataDirect Networks Inc.

Claire Fitzpatrick


Claire is a member of the Board of Directors of YAP Ireland since 2013 and was appointed Secretary in 2015. Claire qualified as a chartered accountant with PWC in 1999, having completed a BComm and Masters of Accounting at UCD.  At PWC, Claire trained in general audit as Assistant Manager prior to working in industry.  Claire has spent the past many years in finance, operations, project management and management within large multinationals.  Claire currently holds the position of Strategic Projects (Finance & Technology) Manager at Telefonica Ireland and is based in Dublin.

Claire is interested in travel and plays netball competitively.  Claire is passionate about the growth of young people which the YAP model promotes with the support of family and community and sees her role on the board as a way to contribute to its overall success.

Lynette Brown Sow


Lynette M. Brown-Sow is Vice-President of Marketing and Government Relations at Community College of Philadelphia.  In 1980 she founded L.M. Brown Management Group, a certified minority/female- owned consultant firm that provides professional services to corporations, non-profits, and governmental entities. Lynette also helped to create Health Pass, one of the nation’s first health insurance organizations (HIO). In 1991 Mayor Edward G. Rendell appointed Lynette as Deputy Mayor of Administration.

Lynette earned a Master's Degree in Policy Planning and Development and a Bachelor's Degree in Administration. The city’s Board of Judges gave her a life-long appointment on the Board of City Trusts. In 2008 Mayor Michael Nutter appointed her to the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment, which she chaired from 2010-2013. Lynette is a member of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees and has other diverse board appointments. She founded and now chairs the Hardy Williams Education Fund which provides support for and scholarships for people interested in careers in law, government or social action. She also is chair of the Board of Directors of Youth Advocate Program Inc.

Vivian Sanks-King


Vivian Sanks-King joined the Board of YAP Ireland in 2014.  Vivian practices law in New Jersey and frequently speaks to professional organisations, university faculty and community groups on various health law topics. Her professional history includes Assistant Counsel to the Newark Board of Education and Assistant Dean of Seton Hall University School of Law.  Vivian’s numerous awards include the 2002 Raymond A. Brown, Esq. Social Justice Award, the 2002 Community Service Award and the 1998 Salute to Policy Makers award.

Vivian serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey, the New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute (Chairperson), the Garden State Bar Association, the New Jersey Women and AIDS Network, and Leadership Newark (Vice Chair). She was honored by Seton Hall University School of Law as its Distinguished Graduate (1995) and by Rutgers University Newark College of Arts and Sciences' Alumni Association as its Distinguished Alumni in 1998.

Edel Quinn


Edel is the Senior Legal and Policy Officer at the Children’s Rights Alliance which unites over 100 organisations working to secure the rights of children in Ireland. She has almost a decade of experience working in the human rights field with organisations such as the Free Legal Advice Centres, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the NGO Alliance Against Racism, authoring various submissions and reports at both national and international level and engaging in high-level advocacy, training and media work. 

Edel spent two years lecturing at the National University of Ireland, Galway on the EU and women’s rights. She was international visiting scholar at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Policy at the University of Minnesota and interned at the Department of Foreign Affairs.  She has also worked in the technology sector in Asia-Pacific.  Edel is a qualified Attorney for the state of New York and she achieved a Bachelors of Civil Law and German degree at University College Cork and her Masters (LLM) in Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham.  

Paul McGettigan


Paul is a former member of An Garda Siochana, he served mainly in Kilkenny where he was involved in community policing initiatives and also worked as a Juvenile Liaison Officer. While serving in Kilkenny Paul was a member of the board of Kilkenny Employment for Youth.  Paul also worked with the Kilkenny Sports Partnership and with the Schools Completion Programme.

On his retirement Paul worked as an Advocate with YAP in Galway City and had an opportunity to see at first hand the work that YAP does with young people and families. Paul is also a trained carer and has worked mainly with the elderly across a range of physical and mental abilities. 

Donncha Hughes


A self employed trainer and business mentor, Donncha specialises in working with technology startups on business strategy and market validation to start up and grow their businesses. As a service provider to startups, Donncha's client base includes Enterprise Ireland, InterTrade Ireland, GMIT, University of Limerick and several Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) . A graduate of NUIG with a BComm and Masters in Marketing, his work career includes 4 years as manager of Limerick Institute of Technology's Enterprise Acceleration Centre following 7 years with IBEC. For more see LinkedIn.

Donncha is a Member of the Advisory Board of Bizmentors.ie which provides pro-bono business mentoring to startups and SMEs. Through an interest in Social Entrepreneurship and the Startup Community in Galway, he became familiar with the work of YAP Ireland in Galway and was impressed with the Investing in Children Ireland initiative. He looks forward to working as an active YAP Ireland Board member to support the work of the organisation as it strives to meet its core goals and serve its core values. 

Réidin Dunne


Réidin Dunne is the National Advocacy Manager with EPIC which stands for Empowering People in Care. EPIC is the only independent advocacy service which works for children and young people in State Care in the Republic of Ireland. EPIC Advocates for children and young people in institutional residential care, relative and foster care, secure care and young people in detention. Réidin is currently working in partnership with Tusla Child and Family Agency to facilitate nationally, the development of formal structures in which young people currently in care can use their experience of the care system to influence policy and practice development.

Réidin has 15 years’ experience of working directly with children and young people. Her work has focused on seldom heard young people, young people in institutional care, state care and the juvenile justice system. She is a passionate advocate of children and young people’s right and capacity to participate in all aspects of civil society, particularly the community of young people in which the state acts as corporate parent. Réidín holds an MA in Child and Youth Care and has had an eclectic career, with a specific focus on directly working with marginalised communities with a strong focus on children and young people. In recent years she has diversified to working creatively with young people using the medium of theatre, spoken word, devised theatre and process theatre to facilitate dialogue and create a platform for change.

Greg O’Leary


Greg joined the Board of YAP Ireland in June 2017. Greg has 20 years’ experience in Financial Services in Ireland having held senior management roles in Bank of Ireland and most recently with Permanent TSB where he is currently Head of Operational Excellence. Greg has developed a broad base of experience across areas such as strategy development and transformation, change management, financial control and risk management and also gained valuable international experience during a 2 year period based in Germany.

Greg holds a BSc. Finance from University College Cork and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College Dublin.  Outside of work, Greg is an active member of his local community as a mentor and member of a number of local sports clubs and residents groups.