Kids’ Own Governance

Kids’ Own is an organisation that blends strong social goals with artistic excellence. Kids’ Own is a registered charity: Charity Registration Number: 20082109.

Kids’ Own continues to demonstrate excellence of practice at national level and continues to singularly represent a niche sub-sector within the arts sector of Ireland, as the only dedicated publisher of books by children for children in Ireland.

Kids’ Own receives core funding from the Arts Council of Ireland and public funding from other statutory organizations on a project-by-project basis. Kids’ Own accounts are audited annually. Attached is a copy of our most up-to-date annual audited accounts.

KOPP Signed Account 2015

KOPP Signed Accounts 2014

Kids Own Financial Statements 2013 signed

Kids’ Own Constitution 2016

Kids’ Own is a company limited by guarantee with a governing board of three directors:

Irene Lawlor (Chair)

Irene is Communications Manager at Barnardos, Ireland. Irene has previously worked as Communications Manager with Commonwealth Bank of Australia, New Media Specialist with O2 Ireland, and Instructional Designer with Riverdeep.

Siofra Kilcullen

Siofra Kilcullen has over 17 years experience in the local government and local development sectors.  Siofra’s main expertise lies mainly in the areas of strategic economic and community research and planning. She was Project Leader for a Regeneration Project in Sligo for  7 years which involved working at a grass-roots level to transform an area with significantly high levels of socio-economic disadvantage. Siofra holds an MA in Sociology of Development, BA in Public Management and BA in European Studies (Social Research) and she is particularly interested in the socio-economic benefit of cultural planning.  She worked in Sligo for the last 11 years but she is currently Head of  Community & Engagement Section with Mayo County Council.

Maria Corbett

Maria Corbett has twenty years’ experience as a children’s rights advocate, policy analyst and researcher. Maria is currently a PhD candidate with the School of Law, NUI Galway. Her research topic is to examine from a human rights perspective the decision making processes that lead to children being taken into State care. Maria was previously the Legal and Policy Director and Deputy Chief Executive with the Children’s Rights Alliance, an organisation which unites over 100 members working together to make Ireland one of the best places in the world to be a child.

Incoming – Jennifer Hennessy
Jennifer is Social Finance Executive at Clann Credo – The Social Investment Fund. Jennifer has a background in finance and banking. In her role with Clann Credo she has worked with hundreds of nonprofit organisations.

In March 2013 Kids’ Own signed up to comply with the Governance Code, a code of practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organizations in Ireland. Kids’ Own is also committed to comply with the Charity Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP).



Date: April 15, 2014