Governance is vital to our work, and our adherence to current guidelines and standards enables our compliance with the law, and also all the relevant regulations we need to meet as a result of the work we undertake across two jurisdictions.
Extern is compliant with The Charities Act (NI) 2008 and the Charities Act (NI) 2013 in Northern Ireland, and the Charities Act 2009 in the Republic of Ireland, as well as a range of additional company, employment, health & safety and Data Protection law etc.
Extern operates in a Group structure consisting of Extern Group, Extern Ireland, and Extern Northern Ireland.
The work of each company is overseen by a Board of Trustees, which is responsible for our governance and strategic direction. The Board is accountable for everything we do, including setting our strategic direction, scrutinising our performance and supporting and empowering our Executive Team of Directors.
Board Members do not receive any remuneration in respect of their services to the charity. Receipted expenses are reimbursed when incurred. The Directors, who are non-executive, represent a diverse range of relevant experience including:
Our Boards delegate some of their powers and responsibilities to a range of committees.
Extern is proud to be a member of Strictly Boardroom, a scheme aimed at bridging the gap between aspiration and reality for those wanting to serve on #NIBoards, and to encourage more women to apply for Board Membership.
The scheme enables an ‘apprentice’ trustee to sit on our board and be mentored and for us to support a member of Extern staff to sit on the board of another organisation in order to help them to develop their skills with a view to becoming a trustee and sharing their experience in the future.
Extern’s vital work would not be possible without the support of a range of organisations and agencies. In addition to receiving donations from the general public, we also gratefully acknowledge the support of the following: