Leave No Trace Ireland is governed by a Board of Directors and by the terms of the organisation’s Memorandum and Articles of Association. Leave No Trace Ireland is a non-profit company limited by guarantee (CRO: 465628). Our registered charity number is 20082178 and charity number (CHY: 20657).

For the current Strategic Plan period (2016-2021), Leave No Trace Ireland has adopted the following priorities:

  1. To provide informed and enjoyable educational programmes on responsible and sustainable outdoor recreation throughout the island of Ireland.
  2. To undertake, collate and publish research that underpins and informs our education programme which will inform our decision and policy making in outdoor recreation.
  3. To be the first port of call for statutory and non-government organisations interested in responsible and sustainable outdoor recreation.
  4. To be financially sustainable, administratively effective and meet relevant codes of good governance for charities on the island of Ireland.
  5. To provide a range of high-quality services for partners, volunteers and supporters to facilitate informed and enthusiastic communication of the Leave No Trace message through a robust, self-sustaining and comprehensive network.

The Board agree the strategic direction of the organisation and the CEO and staff team deliver it. You can read more about Leave No Trace Ireland staff and our current Board on this website and download our Strategic Plan on this page.

There are three subgroups of the Board, namely the Education and Research Group, Corporate Governance Group and the Communications and Engagement Group.

Board of Directors

Education & Research Group (ERG)

The purpose of the Leave No Trace Ireland Education and Research Group is to provide advisory services to develop the Leave No Trace Ireland education and research programme.

Corporate Governance Group

The purpose of Leave No Trace Ireland’s Corporate Governance Group is to ensure financial accountability and full compliance and transparency of the organisation with best practice in the sector.

Communications & Engagement Group

The purpose of Leave No Trace Ireland’s Communications and Engagement Group is to develop and oversee the organisation’s communications and engagement programme, and to provide advisory assistance to the Board and staff of Leave No Trace Ireland.

Annual Reports

Leave No Trace Ireland is committed to transparency in relation to finance and governance. We have prepared this page to provide you with an overview of our financial statements, organisational activities and compliance. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact our team at info@leavenotraceireland.org.

You can download and read the Annual Reports which include our Audited Financial Statements to learn more about our successes and accomplishments in prior years. If you have any questions, or queries, please contact info@leavenotraceireland.org.

Leave No Trace Ireland Annual Report 2018

Leave No Trace Ireland Annual Report 2017

Leave No Trace Ireland Annual Report 2016

Leave No Trace Ireland Annual Report 2015

Governance Documentation

Board of Directors
Board members receive no remuneration for their role. They are reimbursed for vouched expenses for Board duties, including attending Board meetings, only.

Annual Audit
Leave No Trace Ireland prepares its accounts in line with the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP), and because of this, all income received in a year must be recognised in the same financial year. You can view our audited accounts in our Annual Reports.

Compliance Tax Compliance
Leave No Trace Ireland is fully tax compliant and has an up to date Tax Clearance Certificate from Revenue (copy available on request).

Charities Governance Code
The company delivers its duties and discharges the full range of corporate governance responsibilities as required by company law. Leave No Trace Ireland is compliant with the Charities Governance Code, issued by the Charities Regulator in late 2018.

Leave No Trace Ireland Mid-Term Strategic Review 2020-2021

Impact Report

Training Guidelines

Business All-Star Accreditation

Leave No Trace Ireland was awarded the coveted All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation in 2019.

This is an independently verified standard mark for indigenous businesses, based on rigorous
selection criteria.

The accreditation is overseen by the prestigious All-Ireland Business Foundation, whose adjudication
panel is chaired by Dr Briga Hynes of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick and
Kieran Ring, CEO of the Global Institute of Logistics.

Dr Hynes said the accreditation, which is now held by over 350 firms, is needed by the thousands of
small and medium businesses which operate to their own standards, but have nothing to measure
them by.

“We evaluate a company’s background, trustworthiness and performance, and we speak to
customers, employees and vendors,” she said.
“We also anonymously approach the company as a customer and report back on the experience.
“The business goes through at least two interviews and is scored on every part of the process against
set metrics.”
The All-Ireland Business Foundation is responsible for overseeing the All-Ireland Business Summit
and All-Star awards, ongoing All-Star accreditation, Thought Leader awards and promoting peer
dialogue among members.

Maura Kiely, CEO of Leave No Trace Ireland said “On behalf of all the team at Leave No Trace Ireland,
we are delighted to achieve Business All-Star Accreditation. The accreditation process gave our
organisation the opportunity to reflect on our achievements, growth strategy and above all, the real
value Leave No Trace Ireland creates for all stakeholders engaged in responsible outdoor recreation
across the island of Ireland.”
“The opportunity to receive first-hand feedback from the panel of auditors, our employees, clients
and suppliers through the reference check round was particularly insightful. I would like to take this
opportunity to thank not only the Foundation but also our dedicated team, Board of Directors and
most importantly our trainers, members and suppliers and all those that continue to support us in
our mission to promote the ethos of Leave No Trace across Ireland. We look forward to continuing
to meet and indeed exceed the standards set by the AIBF.”

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