Fingal LEADER Partnership (Dublin Rural LEADER) was formed in 2008 with the amalgamation of Co-operation Fingal and Rural Dublin LEADER Company through a process known as cohesion. In this time Dublin Rural LEADER has delivered a wide range of European and National programmes such as LEADER 2007-2013, LCDP, TUS Community Policing, FAS LTI Training, Jobs Club, Care and Repair, Youth Mental Health Programme, Friends of ADHD Programme to great success.
Dublin Rural LEADER is managed by a Board made up of up to 17 representatives from national social partners, community & voluntary sectors, and statutory sectors. The Board is the overall decision-making body on policy, appointments, and finance. The Board is responsible for deciding the strategic approach of the company, formulation of policy, and for the implementation of its programmes. The specific powers and duties of the Board are set out in the company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association, which were prepared in accordance with the Guidelines on the Governance of Integrated Local Development Companies and Urban Based Partnerships.
The strategic roles of the Board are described below:
- To maintain a long-term overview of Fingal LEADER Partnership Company Ltd. and its work
- To make strategic, major, and often difficult decisions about the company’s objectives, policies, and procedures
- To ensure that the company’s strategic plans are implemented in accordance with the company’s mission statement
- To ensure that adequate resources (particularly people and funding) are available to implement the strategic plans
- To guarantee that the expenditure of allocated funds will accord strictly with funding guidelines
- To regularly monitor the implementation of the company’s strategic plans
- To adjust the strategic plans in response to changing circumstances
- To oversee and communicate with the committees, working groups, and associated special project working groups
- To accept legal responsibility for the company’s strategy
All Board decisions are recorded in the minutes of Board meetings by the recording Secretary. Board meetings are held monthly, with a minimum of 8 in a year.