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.
- 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
MAI Board Members
Name: John O’Riordan (Chair)
Date Appointed: 06/11/2017
Experience: 30 years business sales experience, involvement in youth work and a long term active member of the Cork Migraine Awareness Group.
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: Derek Bell
Date Appointed: 04/11/2013
Experience: Business Consultant and served on numerous other charitable boards.
Name: Gobnait Lucey
Date Appointed: 20/05/2014
Experience: Long time active member of the Cork Migraine Awareness Support Group.
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. Mel Farrell
Date Appointed: 20/08/2018
Experience: Historian, Author and current Director of Irish Humanities Alliance, has served on several boards and committees.
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.
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