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FOUNDED by Katherine Zappone and the late Ann-Louise Gilligan, An Cosán (The Path) has been leading the way in education in Tallaght since 1986. Thanks to the hard work of its staff and the current CEO, Liz Waters, An Cosán is now the pre-eminent community education resource in Ireland. The organisation provides the spectrum of education across 81 locations for over 1,000 clients every year. With its roots in Tallaght, the organisation has expanded across Dublin and developed nationally with the launch of An Cosán Virtual Community College in 2015. The years 2017 and 2018 have been record years for An Cosán in terms of funds raised and services provided. There is now a huge opportunity to build on this and, with the retirement of Liz Waters, they are now seeking a leader for the next phase of their growth. The next CEO of An Cosán will have the capacity and the empathy to further the vision of its founders. An Cosán receives State funding and has won support from leading corporations, foundations and individual benefactors. The future CEO must be able to operate successfully in these networks. The CEO serves as the principal resource to the Board of Directors and its key committees and gives direction in policy formulation and interpretation. The CEO is also accountable for building and leading a high- performing management team and ensuring all teams are aligned and collaborating to achieve results which advance individual and community development. Reporting to the Board via the Chair the CEO’s principal accountabilities include, ‘strategic planning and development of the resources of An Cosán; working with the entire team to ensure they are the best and that the best quality services are provided; leading the articulation of the vision for An Cosán and campaigning for the rights of our users; maintaining and developing effective working relationships with relevant public and private bodies, locally and nationally; and maintaining the highest standards of corporate governance.’ TWO entrepreneurs have created an App, that allows you to donate spare change to a charity of your choice at the shopping till. William Conaghan (27), a Kimmage resident and Lizzy Hayashida (34), recently won a €7,000 investment fund from Dublin City’s “Best Young Entrepreneurs” for their concept Change Donations. The platform allows donors to round up their card purchases to the nearest euro for a charity or non-profit of their choice – its creators say it is “building a community of everyday philanthropists.” “I was working on the idea for a few years with my brother but nothing came of it at the time,” said William, a Washington DC native, and Change Donations co-founder and CFO. “When I moved here to pursue a MBA (Business and Admin) in Trinity, I met Lizzy [Change Donations co-founder and CEO], and we entered a sustainable business model competition in Trinity and won. It showed us it had legs, and was picking up traction.” Following this early success, the pair engaged their social enterprise concept with supports available via the Dublin City Council Local Area Office, ultimately winning the ‘Best New Idea’ category and a €7,000 investment fund. “We are in close contact with the LEO, which is fantastic,” said William. “The App is still in Beta mode and not officially live or active yet, but we are hopeful it will be active by the end of summer, or September.” People can sign up at www.changedonations.com. Change Donations were also among a recent group of Irish tech start-ups accepted to join the latest Google Adopt a Startup Programme. Winners from the Best Young Entrepreneurs progress to the Dublin regional finals on June 12. Up to 24 national finalists will be selected at regional finals to compete for a national title on September 15, at Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin, with a €100,000 investment fund at stake. E business recruitment,motoring & property June 6, 2019 tel: 01 4685350 email: business@echo.ie property@echo.ie motoring@echo.ie By Brendan Grehan news@echo.ie App allows you donate spare change to charity By Maurice Garvey maurice@echo.ie Change Donations wins a €7k investment fund from Dublin City’s Best Young Entrepreneurs The App is still in Beta mode and not officially live or active yet, but we are hopeful it will be active by the end of the summer ‘ ‘ BEST NEW IDEA: William Conaghan and Lizzy Hayashida An Cosán are looking for new CEO RETIRING: Liz Waters is retiring as CEO of An Cosán