Tuesday 19 November 2019

Experts' report found CEO Kerins' pay was below market average

Angela Kerins: Rehab boss will face a grilling from the Public Accounts Committee today
Angela Kerins: Rehab boss will face a grilling from the Public Accounts Committee today

Shane Phelan Public Affairs Editor

PAY experts hired by Rehab Group produced a report which found that CEO Angela Kerins' €240,000 salary was 21pc less than the market average.

They also concluded that other senior staff – of which there are seven earning between €130,000 and €179,999 on the executive management team – were on packages 26pc below the market average.

However, its report, compiled last month, did not make comparisons with the salaries of other charity executives. A copy of the report has been provided to the Dail's Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

The findings were made by international consultancy firm Towers Watson, which said it compared executive pay levels at 58 unnamed companies across general industry in Ireland.

The second best-paid charity executive operating in Ireland is RNLI UK and Ireland chief executive Paul Boissier, who earns €159,600.

The report said the Rehab board had traditionally referenced the "market median" when setting pay rates for the chief executive and senior management team.

It said Ms Kerins' base pay was 91pc of the market median. When base pay and bonus entitlements were combined, her package was worth 79pc of the market median.

Ms Kerins is entitled to performance-related pay of up to 35pc, which would add €84,000 to her package. However, she has waived bonuses for the past four years.

Meanwhile, Ms Kerins denied misleading the PAC on her husband Sean's involvement in a coffin-importing business called Complete Eco Solutions (CES).

Ms Kerins' brother Joseph McCarthy and former Rehab chief executive Frank Flannery were also directors of the firm.

A fortnight ago, Ms Kerins told the committee her husband had stood down as a director of the company once it signed a contract with Rehab in January 2010. However, it emerged that he had remained a director for a further eight months.

Ms Kerins also made no mention of his ownership of a third of the shares in CES.

In a letter to the PAC, Rehab said: "Ms Kerins wishes to make it clear that it was her belief that Mr Kerins had stepped down as both a director and a shareholder. There was no attempt on the part of Ms Kerins to mislead the committee."

The letter said Rehab had set up a coffin business on a trial basis to see if it could sustain employment at subsidiary company Rehab Enterprise's Kilkenny facility.

An executive at Rehab Enterprises asked Ms Kerins if she had any objection to it seeking help from her brother, who had significant business in China, to source materials.

The letter said Ms Kerins agreed to this on the basis that the matter be brought to the Rehab Group's board.

It said Ms Kerins informed the board from the outset of her husband and brother's involvement and absented herself from any meetings where it was discussed.

According to Rehab, a once-off purchase of two container loads of coffins was made in 2010. Some €70,400 plus VAT was paid for the delivery of 252 coffins, at a net cost of €279 per unit.

However, no further orders were placed and the operation was deemed unsuccessful. Rehab said it understood CES made no profit from the deal.

Irish Independent

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