Governance at Leave No Trace Ireland

Governance of Leave No Trace Ireland

Leave No Trace Ireland is committed to maintaining the highest standards of corporate and clinical governance across all areas of its work. Leave No Trace Ireland is governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association. A voluntary Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic development and governance oversight of the charity on behalf of its Members.

Leave No Trace Ireland is compliant with The Governance Code - a Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland:

Leave No Trace Ireland is registered with the Companies Registration Office as a Company Limited by Guarantee. 

Charity No:  CHY 20657

Strategic Plan 

The Strategic Plan for 2016-2021 was approved by the Board in 2016 and the team has commenced working towards achieving our goals for this period entitled The Outdoors is Yours Protect it! It identifies the following five strategic themes for the organisation:

  1. Education
  2. Research
  3. Advisory
  4. Governance and Administration
  5. Partnerships.

We are delighted to share this with you and would like to thank each and every person who contributed towards it - volunteers, Committee and Board members, management and staff.

You can find a copy of the Plan here:

Code of Governance

Leave No Trace Ireland comply with the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland.

"We confirm that a review of our organisation’s compliance with the principles of the code was conducted in 2017. This review was based on an assessment
of our organisational practice against the recommended actions for each principle. The reviews out actions and completion dates for any issues that the assessment identifies as needing to be addressed”.

Two staff are employed. With thousands of people participating in Leave No Trace Ireland’s services in 2018; an increase of 70% unique visits to the website, and 22% of annual income received from the state, staff with relevant professional competencies and skills are required to ensure the organisation and its services operate effectively, professionally and in line with clinical best practice.

Staff also work to ensure the organisation complies with legal requirements under a wide range of Acts, policies and charters including Registration with the Charities Regulatory Authority; Garda vetting; data protection legislation; employment legislation; health & safety legislation; Children First guidelines; the Irish Charities Tax Reform Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising, and the new Lobbying Act 2015. 


Child Protection

Leave No Trace Ireland has a corporate duty to promote the safety and well-being of children with whom it is in contact in any capacity.

Our Child Protection Policy deals with the recognition, reporting and management of child safety concerns and will assist anyone working on behalf of Leave No Trace Ireland in having due regard for the rights and interests of children.

Leave No Trace Ireland interacts with young people in several different ways; through the provision of the Schools programme, EU Projects, other grant aided projects and education projects.

Leave No Trace Ireland are tasked with putting in place suitable child protection guidelines and policies in line with Children First – National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children. The Department of Community and Rural Affairs also ensures compliance with this obligation through the Service Level Agreement Process.

Given the wider societal concerns in relation to child protection, it is essential that strong guidelines regarding child protection are in place to support all staff and those supported by Leave No Trace Ireland who may interact with children in any capacity and to ensure the protection of any child in our care. 

Please email us at or call us on 01 9059009 if you have any questions.


Data Protection 

We respect the trust you place in us when you share your information with us. So we are letting you know about improvements to how we use, store and share the information we hold about you. The changes are thanks to new legislation on the way from the European Union. Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on 25 May 2018, we will have more obligations and you will have more rights about your information.If you have any questions, you can ready a copy of our Data Protection Policy or also email us at or call us on 01 9059009 

Yours sincerely,
Data Protection Officer
Leave No Trace Ireland


Privacy Policy

Leave No Trace Ireland , is committed to protecting your privacy. We have adopted this Privacy Policy to let you know how your personal information is processed and used. We promise that we will take steps to use your personal information only in ways that are compatible with this Privacy Policy.

The following policies are only in effect for the web pages, newsletters, discussion lists and opt-in announcement lists owned and operated by Leave No Trace Ireland

What information are we collecting and how are we collecting it?

Every computer connected to the Internet is given a domain name and a set of numbers that serve as that computer's "Internet Protocol" IP address. When a visitor requests a page from any Web site within Leave No Trace Network, our Web servers automatically recognize that visitor's domain name and IP address. The domain name and IP address reveal nothing personal about you other than the IP address from which you have accessed our site. We use this information to examine our traffic in aggregate, but do not collect and evaluate this information for individuals.

What are cookies?

From time to time, we  may send a "cookie" to your computer. A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. A cookie can't read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. Cookies do not damage your system. We use cookies to identify which areas of you have visited or customized, so that in time we may provide a better and more personalized experience for you.

You can choose whether to accept cookies by changing the settings of your browser. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies, or allow your browser to show you when a cookie is being sent. If you choose not to accept these cookies, your experience at our site may be diminished and some features may not work as intended.

What other information do we request?

We may also request your e-mail address or mailing address for the purposes of conducting a survey or to provide additional services (for example, subscriptions to e-mail newsletters, announcement lists or information about seminars) Whenever we request the identity of a visitor, we will clearly indicate the purpose of the inquiry before the information is requested. In addition,  Leave No Trace will not send you email that you have not agreed to receive.

Will we disclose the information you collect to outside third parties?  may share aggregate information about our users to third parties but will not share any personally identifiable information about you without your express consent. Leave No Trace uses reasonable precautions to keep the information disclosed to us secure. We do not intend to sell, rent, or otherwise give your e-mail address to a third-party, without your consent. Furthermore, we are not responsible for any breach of security or for any actions of any third parties who receive the information. As a directory, has links to a wide variety of other sites. We are not responsible for their privacy policies or how they treat information about their users. Please note that we will release specific personal information about you if required to do so in order to comply with any valid legal process such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute, or court order.

Your Consent To This Agreement

By using our website, you consent to the collection and use of information by us as specified above. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.