Tuesday 20 November 2018

Goal to bring in general manager to replace CEO

Ex-Goal CEO Barry Andrews. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Ex-Goal CEO Barry Andrews. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Fionnán Sheahan

The aid charity Goal will tonight appoint an interim successor to departed chief executive Barry Andrews.

The charity is also setting up a counter-fraud and investigation unit to be headed up by a retired senior police officer with extensive experience of investigating serious crime.

Mr Andrews' resignation followed a US-led investigation into the charity's multimillion-euro Syria operation.

The organisation will now appoint a general manager, who is an expert in change management, for the next 12 months.

The board of Goal will meet this evening to confirm the appointment.

As a result of the aid investigation carried out by the US Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the Department of Foreign Affairs withheld €10.1m funding from Goal pending the results of the inquiry.

Goal is also implementing an action plan, which is based on a consultant's report, which was commissioned in response to the ongoing investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of USAID (OIG) into alleged supply chain irregularities relating to US-sponsored humanitarian aid programmes in Syria.

This BDO report shows that, despite the organisation's best intentions, its processes and controls were not adequately equipped to handle the growth and scale of challenges it had set itself.

Read more: 'GOAL requires a fresh start in terms of leadership' - Irish charity CEO Barry Andrews steps down as inquiry into charity’s multimillion-euro Syria operation continues

Goal's action plan will involve implementing a series of measures to strengthen procurement, capacity and assurance systems. In addition, the charity is reviewing its conflict of interest policy and has committed to implementing more frequent and extensive training sessions on its anti-fraud and whistleblowing policies.

Goal will also be strengthening its own internal investigatory and complaints mechanism by appointing a senior complaints response director to its senior management team in the coming days.

The charity is establishing a counter fraud and investigation unit within the organisation which will be headed by a retired senior police officer with extensive experience.

Goal is adding a number of additional resources to its finance team at a senior level.

The board feels it is appropriate that the charity is led by someone with experience and competence in these areas in particular. So it has decided to appoint a general manager for a 12-month period to proceed with this change management.

Within the next 12 months, Goal will conduct an open, competitive process for the selection of a new CEO.

Irish Independent

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