Cork Simon Structure and Governance

Cork Simon Community is registered in Ireland as a company limited by guarantee, not having a share capital.

Community Structure
How Cork Simon is structured and governed

Cork Simon Community has a Memorandum and Articles of Association, which can be downloaded HERE.

Cork Simon Community is owned by its members. Membership is open to any person who embraces the values of Cork Simon and has volunteered with Cork Simon Community. Membership is also open to residents of Cork Simon and people who use our services.

A voluntary Board of Directors is elected from among the membership of the company. The Director of Cork Simon reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Voluntary Board of Directors
Elected by our members

The current directors on the Board of Cork Simon Community, all of whom are volunteers:

  • Ann FitzGerald
  • Eoin MacCuirc (Chair)
  • Tim McCarthy
  • Angela McDonald
  • Bernie McGonigle
  • Ernest Cantillon

  • John Murphy
  • Tomás O’Callaghan
  • Anthony O’Donovan
  • Jim O’Shaughnessy
  • Brendan Ryan (Secretary)
  • Peter O’Meara



Board Members attendance at Board Meetings in 2015

The Board of Directors follow a Governance Policy Manual.

The Board have also:

  • Signed up to the Governance Code for Voluntary Organisations. You can view the Code HERE
  • Signed up to the Voluntary Regulation Code for Approved Housing Bodies. You can view the Code HERE
Management Team
Responsible for day-to-day operations

Our Director, Dermot Kavanagh, reports directly to the Board of Directors. The management team works with Dermot in running Cork Simon’s day-to-day operations:

  • Dermot Kavanagh – Director
  • Aaron O’Connell – Assistant Director
  • Kerry Brennan – Head of Housing
  • Tom Cremin – Acting Head of Emergency Support Services

  • Colin Meikle – Head of Finance and Admin
  • Rachel Stevenson – Head of Fundraising
  • Paul Sheehan – Campaigns and Communications Manager
  • David Nevin – HR Manager

Voluntary Codes and Practices

Cork Simon Community is committed to and follows a number of voluntary codes and practices, including:

  • The Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising
  • Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP)
  • The Governance Code for Voluntary Organisations
  • The Voluntary Regulation Code for Approved Housing Bodies
  • The National Quality Standards Framework (NQSF) for youth work
  • Putting People First

Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising

Cork Simon is fully committed to achieving the standards contained within the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.

The Statement exists to:

  • Improve fundraising practice,
  • Promote high levels of accountability and transparency by organisations fundraising from the public, and
  • Provide clarity and assurances to donors and prospective donors about the organisations they support.

We have considered the Statement and believe we meet the standards it sets out.

  • Read the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising HERE
  • Visit the Charities Institute Ireland website HERE
  • Read our Compliance Statement HERE
  • Read our Donor Charter HERE
  • Read our Feedback and Complaints Procedure HERE

Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP)

Cork Simon Community’s annual accounts are independently audited every year by PricewaterhouseCoopers. We prepare our accounts in accordance with Irish accounting standards and with reference to the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) for charities.

This is a comprehensive framework that enables us to explain what we aim to do, how we go about it and what we achieve.

You can download and view our most recent audited accounts (2015) HERE.

Governance Codes

Cork Simon Community’s Board of Directors have signed up to the Governance Code for Voluntary Organisations – a code of practice for good governance of community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland. View our Governance Code Principles Statement HERE and read more about the code HERE.

Cork Simon’s Board of Directors have also signed up to the Voluntary Regulation Code for Approved Housing Bodies. The Code assists housing bodies to improve their governance, management and financial capabilities. You can read more about this code HERE.

Service Codes

Cork Simon follows the National Quality Standards Framework (NQSF) for youth work – a support and development tool for youth work.

Read the framework HERE.

Cork Simon follows best practice as set out in Putting People First – a good practice handbook for homeless services.

Read more about Putting People First HERE

Cork Simon is working to become compliant with QuADs (Quality Standards in Alcohol and Drug Services) – the national quality standard framework for HSE Addiction Services in Ireland.

Read more about QuADs HERE.

Cork Simon is working towards accreditation with Investing in Volunteers – the national quality standard for good practice in volunteer management.

Read more about Investing in Volunteers HERE.


Please contact us if you have any questions