Kids’ Own Governance

Kids’ Own is an organisation that blends strong social goals with artistic excellence. Kids’ Own is a registered charity: Charity Number: 20639; 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.

We receive 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 are our audited accounts 2014–2016:


Audited Accounts 2015

Audited Accounts 2014

Kids’ Own Constitution 2016

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

Maria Corbett (Chair)

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.

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.

Irene Lawlor 

Irene has been Communications Manager at GSK since November 2016. Previously, she was Communications Manager at Barnardos, Ireland and Commonwealth Bank of Australia, New Media Specialist with O2 Ireland, and Instructional Designer with Riverdeep.

Mark O’Brien

Mark is Director of axis, Ballymun, an organisation at the heart of Ballymun on the northside of Dublin. Axis is an arts centre, production company, arts development organisation & resource centre.

Mark also practices as a theatre director. Credits include: Feast or Famine by Sinead Moriarty as part of 24 hour plays at the Abbey Theatre. For axis, ‘Bang Bang’, ‘Tea Chests and Dreams’ and ‘The Parting Glass’ by Dermot Bolger (touring nationally and Internationally), ‘Glimmer’ by Joe Flavin, ‘Stór’ by Ciaran Taylor, ‘The Good Father’ by Christian O’ Reilly, ‘Cleaners’ by Colm Maher, ‘Waiting for Elvis’ by Eileen Gibbons,  Other work include ‘Shorts’ (Fishamble), ‘Jack Fell down’, (Team) ‘The Welcome’ (Druid), ‘Pass the Parcel’ (The Ark), ‘Sparkleshark’ (Draiocht), ‘Hype’ (Broke Theatre Co.),‘The Oresteia’ (Galloping Cat), ‘A Soldiers Tale’ (Co-Opera).

Mark also practices as a composer/sound designer and has facilitated theatre workshops nationally and internationally

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).

Our Duty of Care to Children

In 2018, Kids’ Own has published a Child Safeguarding Statement, in compliance with the Children First Act 2017. You can read our Child Safeguarding Statement here.

Date: April 15, 2014