According to the World Health Organisation a spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most devastating and life changing injuries that a person can sustain. Founded in 1994, Spinal Injuries Ireland (SII) is a registered charity that actively supports people who sustain a spinal cord injury and the family and friends who love them. As the only support and service agency in Ireland of its kind, we provide a person centred service to assist people to engage fully in society.

Board of Directors

As a company limited by guarantee, we have a non-executive Board of Directors, which is appointed in accordance with the organisation’s constitution. Our Directors are appointed to the Board either at an Annual General Meeting or through co-option by the Board. Each member of the Board is a volunteer representing a combination of service users, business and professional individuals. They work to ensure the organisation delivers on its strategic goals, upholding the mission and values of the organisation, remains solvent and complies with the Charities Regulator Governance Code. The CEO and Senior Management Team are responsible for the day to day running of the organisation.

Chairperson: Mr John Twomey

Directors :  Dr Eimear Smith, Mr Herman Wilmink, Mr Brian Dempsey, Ms Emma Cahill, Mr Michael Lynam and Mr Diarmuid Corry

Company Secretary: Ms Louise Moore

Patrons: Ms Diane Davison, Mr Felix Jones, Mr Mark Governey

Our Mission

Our mission is to engage the people with a spinal cord injury, along with their family members. Together, we address barriers to full participation in society and empower our service users to work towards achieving personal, social and vocational goals once again.

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide on-going personalised support services for people with a spinal cord injury and their families, empowering them all to live independent and fulfilling lives at home, for as long as they need us.

Our Values

Informed

We know how to help

Compassionate

We deliver this with empathy and understanding

Reliable

We follow through every time

Empowering

We give hope and inspiration

Our Team

Fiona Bolger

CEO

fiona@spinalinjuries.ie

Mary Dunne

Operations Manager

mary.dunne@spinalinjuries.ie

Eric O'Connor

Finance Manager

eric@spinalinjuries.ie

Naomi Fitzgibbon

Head of Services

naomi@spinalinjuries.ie

David Fitzgerald

Community Outreach Officer

david@spinalinjuries.ie

Hilary Keppel

Community Outreach Officer

hilary@spinalinjuries.ie

Emily McIlveen

Community Outreach Officer

emily@spinalinjuries.ie

Brian Lawlor

Peer Support Co-Ordinator

brian@spinalinjuries.ie

Phil O'Kelly

Head of Fundraising

phil@spinalinjuries.ie

Sharon Dagg

Corporate and Philanthropic Fundraiser

sharon@spinalinjuries.ie

Philip Quinlan

Q Ball, Cork Jazz Ball & Spring Lunch Co-ordinator

philip@spinalinjuries.ie

Lucy Grant

Communications & Fundraising Officer

lucy@spinalinjuries.ie

Robert Kenny

Support Centre Co-Ordinator

Robert@spinalinjuries.ie

Rita Mahony

Administration Volunteer

info@spinalinjuries.ie

Governance

Founded in 1994, Spinal Injuries Ireland (SII) is a registered charity supporting people who sustain a spinal cord injury and their families. We are a company limited by guarantee with a non-executive Board of Directors who are appointed in accordance with the organisation’s Constitution.

Directors are appointed to the Board either at an Annual General Meeting or through co-option by the Board.  The Board of Directors are all volunteers representing a combination of service users, business, and professional individuals. They work to ensure the organisation delivers on its strategic goals, upholding the mission and values of the organisation, remains solvent and complies with the Charities Regulator Governance Code.

The CEO and Senior Management Team are responsible for the day to day running of the orgnaisation.

Accountability & Transparency

Public support is very important to us. We are committed to delivering a quality service and providing a high level of accountability and transparency into how we run our organisation and how we spend donations. We are open and transparent in our financial reporting and adhere to all applicable legislation such as the Companies Act, Charities Act and SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice) for accounting and reporting practice.  Our Annual Report and financial statements are also published annually.

We achieved compliance with the voluntary Governance Code – a code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland in 2018. We also comply with the Charities Regulator Governance Code which replaced the voluntary Code in 2019 and also adhere to codes of practice such as the Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public.

Charities Institute Triple Locked Member

We are a Charities Institute 2021 Triple Locked Member. This demonstrates our commitment to best practice in all aspects of transparent reporting, ethical fundraising and good governance. 

 

Ethical Fundraising

We are committed to upholding the Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public. Our Board of Directors have each passed Trustee Resolution regarding the Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public, along with a Donor Charter.

Privacy & Data Protection

We have technical measures in place to protect our service users, donors and supporters data.   Our Privacy & Data Protection Policies outline our commitment to protecting your data.

Dealing with Feedback and Complaints

We are committed to delivering a quality service and being open and transparent in all our dealings with service users, donors and supporters. However, if you are ever dissatisfied with any aspects of our services or fundraising campaigns, you can provide feedback or raise a complaint with us. The procedures for making a complaint are outlined in our Feedback and Complaints Procedure for Service Users and Handling Feedback and Complaints procedures for Donors.

 

We'd love to hear from you to see how we can help