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Practical Tips for Good Governance

Practical Tips for Good Governance
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 08:00 to 09:30
Grant Thornton Board Room, 10th Floor, Clarence Street West, Belfast

Cleaver Fulton Rankin and Grant Thornton (NI) LLP will be holding a joint breakfast seminar on the top tips associated with corporate governance in Northern Ireland on Tuesday 14 June 2016 at Grant Thornton, Belfast Office.

The seminar will provide attendees with essential information and practical approaches to key issues surrounding corporate governance, accounting and legal compliance for Third Sector organisations and social enterprises. The seminar will draw on relevant case studies that will include a presentation on:

  • what you need to know in order to comply and why;
  • what good practice looks like; and
  • the challenges to good governance an organisation may face.

A question and answer session will commence after the presentation. 

Both Trustees and CEOs are encouraged to attend, to consider practical support for those who are responsible and to ensure that Third Sector organisations comply with the law and best practice.

To register for this event please email sarah@co3.bz or Tel: 028 90 245 356.


Meet the Speakers


Michael Barnett
Grant Thornton (NI) LLP
Head of Not for Profit and Third Sector

With over 18 years’ experience in professional practice, Michael joined the Grant Thornton team in Belfast in 2014.

In addition to providing Audit services to his client portfolio, Michael takes a hands-on role in providing business support services and corporate advice to growing entities throughout Northern Ireland.

He is a past member of the Northern Ireland Technical Committee and the Charities Focus Group of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.


Sinead Watts
Grant Thornton (NI) LLP
Assistant Manager
Forensic and Investigation Services

A key member of our Forensic & Investigation Services practice, Sinead uses her skills in a different way to many accountants, focusing on the investigation of potential breaches of controls, and quantification of the impact on the various organisations involved.

Sinead’s experience of investigating whistleblower claims in a number of publicly funded entities, including charities, has led her to review a wide range of failures in corporate governance, often leading to financial loss. She has also worked on a number of fraud cases and commercial disputes.

In addition to her ACA qualification, Sinead is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.


Sarah Burrows
Cleaver Fulton Rankin Solicitors
Associate Solicitor
Head of Charity Department

Sarah joined Cleaver Fulton Rankin in 2008.

Sarah’s charity clients range from small charitable trusts to companies limited by guarantee with a UK wide presence.

Sarah advises both her local and national charitable clients on matters ranging from secured borrowing to governance and compliance issues.

Sarah’s voluntary work includes being the current ambassador for The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, a Branch Officer and Chair of the North & West Belfast Branch of the National Autistic Society, Trustee of the Northern Pharmacies Limited Trust and Director and Charity Trustee of Parenting NI.


Aisling Byrne
Cleaver Fulton Rankin Solicitors
Associate Solicitor
Employment Department

Aisling is an Associate in the Employment Department at Cleaver Fulton Rankin and has been with the firm since 2001. Aisling previously worked as an Employment Law Solicitor at the Dublin firm, Matheson.

Aisling provides employment law and equality advice to a wide range of clients ranging from SMEs to multinationals.  She regularly appears before the Industrial Tribunal, Count Court and High Court.

Aisling has been a guest lecturer for a number of years at the Ulster University, speaking on the Masters course in Digital Marketing.  She has recently spoken at Women in Business and Chartered institute of Marketing events and runs an annual programme of training seminars for clients.


Kathryn Laverty
Cleaver Fulton Rankin Solicitors
Company Commercial Department

Kathryn joined Cleaver Fulton Rankin as a trainee solicitor in 2013 and qualified into the Company Commercial department in 2015.

As well as advising businesses on a wide range of commercial legal issues, Kathryn also advises local and national charitable clients on corporate governance and compliance matters.

Kathryn also advises charitable clients on their obligations with respect to data protection and confidentiality.

Kathryn sits on the committee of the Company Commercial Lawyers Group Northern Ireland.