The NCRC is committed to maintaining the highest standards of governance to ensure full transparency in how we operate. We are fully compliant with all relevant Irish Charity legislation and regulatory frameworks.

The NCRC is committed to the governance standards set out in The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.

Board Members

The Board Members, by joining the NCRC Board, agree to comply with the NCRC Corporate Governance Philosophy, Code of Conduct, Code of Governance, processes and procedures, including the Board and Committee Terms of Reference, as detailed in the NCRC Board Corporate Governance Manual (pdf). Members of the Board Directors serve in an entirely voluntary capacity and do not receive any pay or remuneration.

The NCRC sub-committees and associated members are as follows:

Finance & Audit Committee;

  • William Shannon (Chair)
  • Dr Ruth Barrington
  • Professor Eleanor Molloy

Governance Committee;

  • David O’Donohue (Chair)
  • Dr Ruth Barrington
  • Professor Con Feighery
  • Mary Finlay Geoghegan
  • Dr Michael McDermott

Strategy Committee;

  • Professor Jonathan Hourihane (Chair)
  • Professor Frank Casey
  • Professor Michael Keane
  • Professor Eleanor Molloy
  • Professor Deirdre Murray

Nomination’s Committee;

  • Joanne Ferris (Chair)
  • Dr Ruth Barrington
  • Professor Con Feighery
  • Carol Hilliard
Governance Code

The NCRC is fully committed to performing to the highest standards of Governance and is compliant with The Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisation. For more information please visit

The Principles of the Code are as follows:

1. Leading our organisation

We do this by agreeing our vision, purpose, mission, values, and objectives, making sure that they remain relevant; Developing, resourcing, monitoring, and evaluating a plan so that our organisation achieves its stated purpose and objectives; Managing, supporting, and holding to account, staff, volunteers, and all who act on behalf of the organisation.

2. Exercising control over our organisation

We do this by identifying and complying with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements; Making sure there are appropriate internal financial and management controls; Identifying major risks for our organisation, and deciding ways of managing the risks.

3. Being transparent and accountable

We do this by identifying those who have a legitimate interest in the work of our organisation (stakeholders) and making sure there is regular and effective communication with them about our organisation; Responding to stakeholder’s questions or views about the work of our organisation, and how we run it; Encouraging and enabling the engagement of those who benefit from our organisation in the planning and decision-making of the organisation.

4. Working effectively

We do this by making sure that our governing body, individual board members, committees, staff and volunteers understand their: role, legal duties, and delegated responsibility for decision-making; Making sure that as a board we exercise our collective responsibility through board meetings that are efficient and effective; Making sure that there is suitable board recruitment, development and retirement processes.

5. Behaving with integrity

We do this by being honest, fair, and independent; Understanding, declaring, and managing conflicts of interest and conflicts of loyalties; Protecting and promoting our organisation’s reputation.

NCRC Finances

The NCRC incorporated as a separate legal entity in October 2014; however, it remains almost fully dependant on the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation (CMRF) Crumlin for funding. The CMRF Crumlin provides funding to both the NCRC and Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin (formally Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin) to support investment in Paediatric Research and assets for the Hospital.

The NCRC Board’s financial objective is to ensure transparent effective financial stewardship through value for money, financial control, internal control, financial planning and strategy.


The National Children’s Research Centre is a company limited by guarantee, registered at Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin, Dublin 12.

Company registration number: 551661
Registered Charity Number (RCN): 20103132
Company Auditors: Deloitte
Company Solicitors: Eugene F Collins