The Dublin Well Woman Centre CLG is governed by a Board of Directors, which has strategic oversight of Well Woman. The Board sets our direction and priorities, and ensures the organisation is effective and accountable. Board members give their time voluntarily and are not remunerated. The Chief Executive, Alison Begas, reports to the Board, and runs the organisation on a day-to-day basis.
The Board meets eight times during the year, and meetings focus on the overall purpose and direction of the Dublin Well Woman Centre, ensuring the charity is financially sound, and scrutinising progress reports from the Chief Executive and Medical Director. There is also a Finance Committee which comprises of the Chairwoman, two Finance Accountants (both are members of the Board of Directors), the Chief Executive and Finance Manager, who meet regularly through the year, and report to the Board of Directors. The Dublin Well Woman Centre CLG is a limited-liability company. It has charitable status (CHY6123), and is registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority (Registration Number 20010355).
Approximately 30% of Well Woman’s annual revenue comes in the form of two different Section 39 Service Level Agreements with the HSE – these are for our medical card service in Coolock, and for crisis pregnancy and after-abortion counselling and medical services across the three clinics. We are registered smear-takers in CervicalCheck, the national cervical screening programme, which provides women aged 25 – 60 with regular, free smear tests. We comply with standards and reporting requirements in all our funding. In addition to this, we charge for provision of healthcare services to women and men in our three clinics. We keep our charges under constant review. Our aim is that our services remain at the cutting edge of women’s health in primary care, that they are delivered with excellence and integrity, and that they are affordable. We do not currently engage in fundraising.
Along with most other charities and businesses, and in the years immediately following the economic crash of 2008, the Dublin Well Woman Centre saw a steady decline in government funding and service fees, along with a decrease in the ability of individuals to pay for services.
After initially restructuring our clinics during 2010–11, along with a small number of redundancies, we implemented pay cuts of 6–9% in January 2012. This was necessary to ensure we could continue to provide services. Following a lengthy period of stabilisation, two-thirds (66%) of the pay-cut was restored during 2017, with the final one third being restored in May 2018. We have also cut overhead costs where possible – a process which is ongoing.
In early 2015 we embarked on a more significant restructuring of our clinic opening hours. We moved to having one Operations Manager overseeing the three clinics. These steps have ensured that we can continue to provide our important healthcare services to women. This strong approach to our finances by senior management and the Board’s Finance Committee has ensured that Well Woman remained open during a challenging period.
Our 2016 audited accounts are now available for download.
LIST OF BOARD MEMBERS 2018
- Jan Richards (Chairwoman)
- Breena Cooper
- Pat Edmondson
- Eimear Farrell
- Pamela Iyer
- Grainne Keane
- Amelia Sorohan
Jan Richards (Chairwoman)
Jan is Head of Insights and Planning at Dublin Airport where she is responsible for managing the Dublin Airport brand and for the research programme.
Breena is Creative Director with Drury Porter Novelli Public Relations; her particular expertise is in devising Consumer PR strategies, as well as in Fashion and Beauty PR and in the Blogosphere.
Pat is the Development Manager with DCU Educational Trust.
Eimear is a CIMA Qualified finance professional with over twenty years experience working in a number of banks and financial services companies. Since 2014 she has worked as Management and Financial Accounting Manager in Trinity College, Dublin.
Pamela is a solicitor, admitted in England and Ireland and has been practising as a solicitor since 1998. Previously with Arthur Cox in Dublin and more recently with PM Group, she is studying for a MSc and is also director of Raglan Capital Limited.
Grainne is a Chartered Accountant, and works in Finance and Strategy in the School of Health and Agricultural Science, University College Dublin, where her responsibilities include budgetary planning, statutory reporting, and governance obligations.
Amelia is a solicitor, qualified in Australia and Ireland, who trained with Arthur Cox. Since leaving private practice, Amelia has worked as in-house legal counsel for the Central Bank of Ireland, and currently works in the private sector for an international Irish engineering and project management company
- Chief Executive – Alison Begas
- Medical Director – Dr Shirley McQuade
- Finance Manager – Maureen Benefield
- Operations Manager – Josephine Healion
- Head of Counselling Services – Catherine Clements