Good Governance Award Winner 2019

The Care Trust has won the prestigious Good Governance Award for best Annual Report. Award Winners were announced at an event in the National Concert Hall on 14th November 2019.

The Good Governance Awards are national awards that recognise and encourage adherence to good governance by non-profit organisations in Ireland. The awards were developed by Carmichael with the support of partners and leading national bodies in the non-profit sector.  A year ago, The Care Trust won the award for best Governance Initiative.

Published Accounts Awards – Finalist

The Care Trust is proud to be a finalist in the Published Accounts Awards 2019. This selection by the Chartered Accountants Ireland Leinster Society, announced on 1st October 2019, recognises the quality of reporting in our latest published Annual Report. This is the second time in 3 years that we have been shortlisted for these prestigious awards.

Celebrating excellence in Annual Report presentation, the Published Accounts Awards have been encouraging companies to attain the highest standards in financial reporting for more than 40 years. The Award winners will be announced on 7th November 2019.

Good Governance Award 2018


The Good Governance Awards recognise, support and promote adherence to good governance practice within the non-profit sector in Ireland.

Public trust in the sector has been damaged by a number of high profile cases of bad governance and unacceptable activities. In this context, the Good Governance Awards aim to support and encourage non-profit organisations to manage and communicate their adherence to good governance more effectively and in doing so build greater trust.


Since 2016, Carmichael Ireland has held the Good Governance Awards to recognise and encourage adherence to good governance practice in Ireland, Carmichael Ireland is the leading specialist training and support body for non-profit companies in Ireland.

In 2018, the adjudication panel comprised  eighteen judges, with a wealth and variety of  experience and expertise in various areas of best practice for charities

The Care Trust Board and SMT with the Good Governance Trophy


The Care Trust entered the category for ‘Best Governance Initiative’.

Since 2015, TCT has maintained a comprehensive Risk Register. This Register lists all of the potential risks to the company’s viability, from bad publicity to an electricity failure. It tracks critical risks at any point in time, as well as noting work done to mitigate and manage risks. Maintaining a Risk Register is a key requirement for good governance, and it is generally used by the Board to assess the company’s performance and plan for the future.

TCT identified a need to make the Risk Register a functional resource across the organisation. Our Management team wanted it to be more interactive and accessible to staff, while  our Board needed to retain high-level oversight of critical challenges.

TCT developed a Risk Dashboard: a condensed front-end view allowing oversight of risks. This is securely hosted on a web-based platform, SharePoint, to allow users continual access. This gives comfort to the Board regarding the current risk environment and TCT’s robust controls. The Register is integrated with a comprehensive Business Continuity Plan, which means we’ve considered  all known risks and put in place practical action plans for all scenarios.

The Dashboard is now demonstrated at meetings with Field and Administration staff. This allows staff to understand risks, the importance of controls and encourages their input into mitigation plans.

The Board continues to oversee TCT’s risk appetite and to  strategise accordingly. At other levels of the company, risks are assessed and mitigating controls are designed and implemented.

The Care Trust’s Trophy


TCT did not win a Ford Fiesta car or a cash prize. . We did win the acknowledgment of our peers that we are committed to and demonstrate the highest standards of good governance in our policies and in our actions.  And we did get a very nice trophy for  our office and a logo to share on our website, email signatures and advertisements.


It means that Contributors and potential Contributors can trust that TCT are doing everything possible to safeguard their valuable contributions and to secure sustained charitable giving, in an open and transparent manner, to empower children and adults with disabilities and serious illnesses to live life to the full.

TCT strives to embed good governance at all levels, from our Board to our door-to-door fundraising representatives.  We are delighted this has been recognized by the Good Governance Awards.