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Our Governance

Our Governance

Young Social Innovators was founded in Ireland by Stanislaus Kennedy and Rachel Collier.

It began its life in 2001 as a pilot project of Social Innovations Foundation Ireland Ltd. Young Social Innovators Ltd. (YSI Ltd) was incorporated in its own right in December 2005. YSI Ltd. was granted Charitable Status in June 2006 and is conducting its business independently since 1st July 2006.

We now work with hundreds of teachers and thousands of young people each year delivering social innovation education programmes, training workshops, events and resources.

Our Board

Our Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing our strategic direction and our governance. All of our Board members including the Chairperson are volunteers giving their time, skills and expertise to help us advance social innovation education and the empowerment of young people in Ireland.

An Audit & Governance sub-Committee reports to our Board of Directors and supports us in ensuring the adequacy of risk management, internal controls, efficient and effective use of public funds and governance arrangements within our organisation.

YSI Patron

Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D. Higgins

YSI Board of Directors
  • Joe O’Flynn (Chairperson)
  • Donal O’Callaghan (Treasurer)
  • Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy (Co-Founder)
  • Sheila Coady
  • Pauline McKiernan
  • Chantal McCabe
  • Eddie Shaw
  • Paddy Ward
  • Company Secretary: Geraldine Hegarty
  • Chief Executive Officer: Rachel Collier (Co-Founder)

Our Board

Management and staff

We are a team of thirteen full time staff members and one part time staff member that includes our CEO and a Management Group of four. Our team is complimented with a Panel of Trainers who help us in the delivery of our training workshops to young people, educators and youth leaders throughout Ireland. We also have a wonderful group of volunteers who generously give their time to help us run our regional and national events. No top up payments are made to Young Social Innovators employees. 

Good Practice in Governance

We are committed to applying the standards and practices outlined within the Governance Code of Practice. We review our organisational practice against the recommended actions for each principle every year. 

We are registered with Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA), Ireland's national statutory regulatory agency for charitable organisations.

We confirm that our organisation complies with the Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.


Young Social Innovators is a registered company (Company No 412810) with charitable status (CHY No 16909). The registered office is DCU Alpha, Old Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11, D11 KXN4.

YSI Audited Accounts
2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010