Governance Code

Governance Compliance

The Migraine Association of Ireland is a registered charity  – Registered Charity Number is 20030414, CHY Number is 11252.


The MAI is a Company Limited by Guarantee and is fully registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA). It is also listed on the Register of Charities.

Register of Charities

The Migraine Association of Ireland (MAI) is committed to complying with the Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public.

Fundraising Guidelines

2020 Audited Accounts

2020 Audited Accounts

The MAI fully complies with the Principles of Good Governance as outlined by The Governance Code (a code of practice for good governance of community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland) and is listed on the Register of Compliance.

Register of Compliance

Please click here for the MAI Statement on the Principles of Good Governance 2018 MAI was shortlisted for the inaugural Good Governance Awards in 2016 for our Annual Report.

Governance Principles


HSE Section 39 Grants and the Department of Rural and Community Development’s ‘Scheme to Support National Organisations’ (SSNO) pay 100% of staff salaries, therefore no fundraised money is used to pay for salaries.
  • The CEO’s annual salary is €61,200 per year, having risen by only €1,200 since being appointed in April 2008. No additional bonuses are paid.
  • MAI does not have a pension scheme
  • No special allowances are paid to staff e.g. Away from Home Allowances, Maternity Benefits, etc.
  • Like other voluntary organisations, MAI suffered substantial reductions in funding throughout the recession, but has substantially reduced running costs since the cuts began through membership of Group Schemes with The Wheel and DFI
  • MAI work is also supported by occasional corporate funding in the form of unrestricted educational grants, which are governed by a strict code of guidance.
  • MAI has the A Standard on the Boardmatch Transparency Scale
Boardmatch Transparency


Terms of Reference
for our
Finance Group
Terms of Ref.
Constitution and
Articles of
 MAI Strategic
Strategic Plan

MAI Board Members

Name: Derek Bell(Chair)

Date Appointed: 12/04/2021

Experience: Business Consultant and served on numerous other charitable boards.

Name: Ian Swanton (Treasurer)

Date Appointed: 25/08/2014

Experience: Chartered Accountant and Financial Controller of a diverse range of private companies.

Name: Audrey Craven

Date Appointed: Ex Officio

Experience: President of MAI, immediate Past President of both the European Headache Alliance (EHA) and the European Federation of Neurological Association (EFNA) and internationally acknowledged patient advocate.

Name: Rachel Lynch

Date Appointed: 20/08/2018

Experience: Graphic designer and psychotherapist, has developed self management programmes for chronic pain conditions. Previously a board member of FibroIreland.

Name: Dr. Jeff Smith

Date Appointed: 04/08/2020

Experience: Jeff is a physician by training and has worked for pharmaceutical companies for the last thirty years, most recently with Alder Biopharmaceuticals who have developed one of the CGRP medications. The company was recently taken over by Lundbeck which led to Jeff’s retirement from the company.

Medical Advisors

Dr. Edward O’ Sullivan – Clinical Director of the Migraine Clinic in University Hospital, Cork City

Dr. Mary Kearney – General Practitioner and ICGP Tutor, Vista Clinic, Naas & Dunlavin Health Centre, Co. Wicklow

CNS Esther Tomkins – Clinical Specialist from the Migraine Clinic in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin City

Healthcare Professionals

The Migraine Association of Ireland

is a Non-Profit Patient Charity

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