Human Resources Sub Committee


Staff employed within Federation member organisations are key in ensuring that people accessing services are supported to live as full and meaningful a life as possible.  In giving effect to the provisions of key national policies changes which are introduced within organisations need to be fully embraced and supported by staff members. 

The National Federation has two groups focused on the theme of 'human resources' which aim to support staff working within Federation member organisations:

  • Strategic Human Resources Sub-Committee chaired by Patricia Doherty, Chief Executive, St. Michael's House &
  • Operational Human Resources Group chaired by Olive Leonard, Human Resources Manager, Muiriosa Foundation.

The Strategic Human Resources Sub-Committee concentrates on the overarching human resource issues facing the sector and addressing the human resources related proposals outlined in key national policy documents / action plans.  The Operational Human Resources Group meanwhile is more focused on ‘day-to-day’ operational human resources issues.  Both groups aim to provide a forum through which issues can be discussed, information shared and positions developed in relation to key human resource matters.  The groups are a key consultation forum within the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies through which members can debate and reach agreement on human resource policy related issues. 

Strategic Human Resources Sub-Committee:

The terms of reference of the Strategic Human Resources Sub-Committee are as follows:

(1) To support member organisations to realise the potential of the Public Service Agreement.

(2) To disseminate member organisations experience / expertise in the implementation of National Policy e.g. Congregated Settings, New Directions, Value for Money, etc.

(3) To identify the staff and management core competencies required to implement new service models as outlined in Congregated Settings, New Directions, Value for Money, etc.

(4) To support the development of organisational structures and the leadership / management skills required to implement the current change agenda.

(5) To promote standards and quality in staffing and human resources across Federation organisations to ensure best practices and excellence in service provision.

(6) To address the challenge of identifying and implementing initiatives to overcome the challenges presented by the employment control framework / moratorium on public sector recruitment.

(7) To work with the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies Communications Working Group to develop a focused communication strategy which outlines the HR related achievements and efficiencies introduced by organisations.

(8) To explore the potential for the development of shared service arrangements across National Federation of Voluntary Bodies member organisations.

Membership of the Strategic Human Resources Sub-Committee:

Chair: Patricia Doherty, CEO, St. Michael’s House
Pauline Brennan - Western Care Association
Conor Counihan - St. Joseph’s Foundation
Adrian Harney - Ability West
Pat Fitzgerald - Peamount Healthcare
Michelle Kenny - Brothers of Charity Services , Galway
Sonya Kirwan - Brothers of Charity Services, South East
Olive Leonard - Muiriosa Foundation
Gerry Mulholland - Stewarts Care
Aine O’Callaghan - COPE Foundation
Paula O’Riordan - Cheeverstown House
John Pepper - St. John of God

Operational Human Resources Group:

The Operational Human Resources Group aims:

 (1)         To provide a communication and networking forum for Human Resource practitioners within National Federation member organisations whereby they can meet with colleagues, pursue HR objectives of common interest and share information concerning best practices regarding human resource management.

(2)         To gather and disseminate information in relation to key issues of relevance to member organisations and to provide support regarding human resource related developments.

(3)         To examine and furnish reports on relevant human resource related issues and legislation and to provide advice to member organisations through National Federation structures.

(4)         To provide a strategic decision making forum whereby common positions can be developed where this is considered beneficial.

(5)         To represent the views and interests of National Federation of Voluntary Bodies members at national level, in particular in relation to the management of industrial relations matters.

(6)         To liaise with the HSE and in particular with the HR Directorate, on human resource related issues.

(7)         To advise the Board of the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies on human resource issues.

(8)         To ensure that the intellectual disability sector is recognised, connected and has a voice at national level.

Membership of the Operational Human Resources Group is open to personnel working within human resources in National Federation member organisations.

Both groups meet on a quarterly basis.

Further Information

You will find links to relevant legislation here.  For further information on the work of the Human Resources Sub-Committee, please contact our Human Resource Training & Development Co-Ordinator, Jillian Sexton, Tel: 091-792316.

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