Governance Structure

CIDP is a company limited by guarantee. The company is governed by a Board of Directors operating under the Memorandum and Articles of Association.

The Board comprises of nominated individuals, each of whom bring specific expertise to the Board table. The Board operates under the Presidency of the Archbishop of Dublin and the Chairmanship of Geraldine Tallon. Most Board members are nominated by the Archbishop.

The Board have appointed an Interim Chief Executive Officer Tara McBreen.

The Board meets six times a year and has one full day strategic planning meeting every second year.

The Board also operates four sub committees who report into the Board itself namely

  1. Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
  2. Safeguarding, Protection and Welfare Committee
  3. Governance, Strategy & Organisational Development Committee (GSOD)
  4. Remuneration & Appointments Committee


The Board has representatives on the Board of

  • Deaf Village Ireland Limited
  • The National Deaf Sports and Leisure Company Limited which trades as the Inspire Fitness Centre in Deaf Village Ireland.

CIDP mangers meet as  a Management Team every six weeks. CIDP also operates a DLP meeting structure which includes the Dublin Diocese safeguarding team

The CEO attends and reports in writing to each Board meeting and facilitates the work of the various committees.

CIDP produce mostly management accounts and all operations are audited annually by an external audit firm, the results of which are published.
The core staff at the administrative centre of CIDP is small, namely

  • CEO
  • Finance Team
  • HR
  • Office Administration, Social Media and Funding
  • Property & Facilities

The finance team are made up to three staff who provide all financial functions including payroll to the whole organisation. The Financial Controller reports to the Audit & Finance committee. The team also provide accounting services to CIDP’s subsidiary company National Deaf Village Sports & Leisure which includes Inspire Fitness Centre.

HR is another function of CIDP and with over 100 staff delivers on every aspect of HR from recruitment to retirement as well as providing support to management and staff and ensuring all policies and procedures are in line with best practice.

The Facilities function is responsible for the general management of a campus that spans four locations and consists of several buildings of varying age. This function also provides a wider support to the Deaf Village Ireland organisation.

Office Administration, Social Media and Funding looks after the day to day running of the office and ensures that all website detail is up to date. Currently we are working on improving the look and feel of the website. We also looking at enhancing our social media presence and this will form a large part of the job going forward as well as continuing to seek new funding options to supplement the actives of both adults and children in our charge.

CIDP carry all required insurance policies and operate in line with the requirements of the soon to be published Charities legislation.

CIDP has signed up to the Governance Code.