The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland has been shortlisted for the Carmichael Good Governance Awards 2020 in the ‘Best Governance Improvement Initiative’ category for the work undertaken over the past three years to improve the corporate governance structures under the Governance Implementation Programme.
On this nomination, Dr Terry McWade, CEO of RCPI, said, “I am delighted that all the hard work that has gone into our recent Governance Implementation Programme hasn’t gone unnoticed. To receive this nomination reflects positively on the changes we have implemented in this area. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of those within RCPI who have worked so hard within the area of governance to make these changes.”
He added, “I would also like to extend congratulations to all those nominated alongside RCPI within this category and wish them the very best of luck at the upcoming Carmichael Good Governance Awards 2020.”
With over 11,000 trainees and members, a history going back to 1654 and governing charters granted by royal decree, modernising the governance of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland was always likely to be a challenging task.
In 2017, the Council of the RCPI commissioned external consultancy firm, EY, to carry out an independent review of governance within the College and to make recommendations on the changes required to bring the College governance in line with best practice.
You can read more about the programme here.
One of the most significant changes to the College governance over this time included a full review and restructure of RCPI Council. Thanks to the work undertaken by those involved in the Council review RCPI now have a fully reformed Council elected (with representation from across the Faculties and Institutes in the College), a reduced membership to facilitate better decision making and clear by-laws and associated terms of reference.
You can read more about the Council reform here.
About the Good Governance Awards
Now in its fifth year, the Good Governance Awards recognise adherence to good governance practice by non-profit and charitable organisations in Ireland. The awards night will be held virtually this year on the November 19.