Boardmatch Ireland is the National Corporate Governance Charity in Ireland. We work to improve governance in the not-for-profit sector by strengthening boards and management committees.
We do this by providing services and support to not for profits and charities to help them improve and strengthen their board composition.
Our model is to provide boards with the right composition of experts from the voluntary sector and dynamic people from the commercial sector which contributes to a well governed sector.  We believe the right balance of skilled voluntary directors provides a charity with the necessary skills to respond to changes, meet the challenges of the sector and to achieve their strategic objectives.

Boardmatch does this primarily through:

  • A FREE online matching service matching professionals from the corporate/public sectors to not-for-profit boards.
  • A bespoke Board Search service for not-for-profit organisations.
  • A range of training and consultancy services to the not-for-profit sector on Good Governance practice.
  • Developing and providing training packages and other supports for boards and board members.
  • Providing advice, support and guidance on Governance.

Our core objective is building the governance capacity of not-for-profit boards. We have over 1,300 not-for-profits using our services and have placed over 2,300 candidates onto not-for-profit boards.


Boardmatch Ireland has come about as a response by interested people from the voluntary and corporate sectors to address the skills needs on the governing bodies of not-for-profit organisations. A model for the process of matching skills sets often found in the corporate world to the boards of not-for-profits had been successfully implemented in Canada. Boardmatch Ireland was established to bring this concept to Ireland.


Core Value: Sustainable and transparent improved corporate Governance of the not-for-profit sector in Ireland

Mission:  To facilitate the improvement of Governance in the not-for- profit sector

To support the Governance needs of the not-for-profit sector through web based facilities

To facilitate the matching of skilled professional people with the Governance needs of not-for-profit boards in Ireland

Vision:  A not-for-profit sector that is well led, well governed and open to learning


Boardmatch Ireland is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital, registered in Dublin, Ireland (company number 400151).

Boardmatch Ireland is registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority, Registered Charity Number (RCN): 20058968.

Boardmatch Ireland is also a registered charity with Revenue (CHY number 16398). 


It is Boardmatch Ireland’s policy to promote openness and transparency.

Boardmatch Ireland is currently funded by:

  • funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development  (25% of total income)
  • revenue from the provision of matching services, training, and consultancy to both the commercial and voluntary sector (75% of total income)

Boardmatch are compliant with the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations.

We have also adopted the use of Charities SORP (FRS102) in our financial statements.

Click here to see our latest Annual Reports:

Boardmatch Financial Report 2017

Boardmatch Financial Report 2016

Boardmatch Financial Report 2015


Once an individual candidate or not-for-profit organisation registers on our Free Matching website, they fall under the terms and conditions of said website. Both candidates and organisations have the ability and right to notify Boardmatch at any time, by phone (01-6715005) or email (info@boardmatchireland.ie), should they wish to have their profile deleted from the Boardmatch database. By registering with Boardmatch Ireland, the user consents to receive information from Boardmatch with regards to the management of their account, and the services Boardmatch offers to assist candidates and organisations with good governance, i.e. our board training and review service. Boardmatch will not contact any website users about anything other than relevant information about boards and voluntary directorships.

Boardmatch has the right to remove candidates’ information from the website if they are no longer active on the service. If a candidate has not logged in to the Boardmatch platform in 12 months or more, Boardmatch will deactivate the candidate’s profile. If a candidate has not logged in to the Boardmatch platform in in 24 months or more, for data accuracy reasons, Boardmatch will delete the candidate’s details from the website. Boardmatch will keep a record of the date of all data changes and deletions from the database.

Boardmatch also has the right to remove board vacancies from the website if we deem the information to be no longer accurate or the organisation ceases communication.

To ensure accuracy and consistency of information, if you wish to DELETE your Boardmatch Profile, please contact the Boardmatch Ireland team at info@boardmatchireland.ie. If you wish to change your login details, please contact the Boardmatch Ireland team.

Should an individual wish to submit a Subject Access Request, they can do so in writing by post or email. 

For further information on our Governance, GDPR, Policies & Procedures, please visit contact the Boardmatch Ireland team at info@boardmatchireland.ie.


Eva Gurn CEO

Eva is CEO of Boardmatch Ireland. She is a graduate of the National University of Galway with an honours degree in  Economics and Social studies and is also a graduate of National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She has always had a keen interest in the not-for profit sector. Eva joined Boardmatch Ireland in March of 2011 as the Corporate Services Officer and became Executive Director in 2016. In July 2018, Eva became CEO of Boardmatch. Eva is currently completing a Masters in Management and Corporate Governance through the University of Ulster.

Email: evagurn@boardmatch.ie 

Helen Behan Charity Account Manager

Helen joined the Boardmatch Ireland team in December 2016. Helen has a degree in Social Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance and Development. Helen has a keen interest in the charity sector having previously volunteered in charities in  Ireland and Uganda. Helen manages the Premium Search Service, assisting charities to find a suitable trustee for their board.

Email: helenbehan@boardmatch.ie 

Hannah Coleman Communications Officer

Hannah joined the Boardmatch Ireland team in March 2017. She graduated from UCD with an honours degree in English with Film Studies. She has substantial experience volunteering in the arts sector and with charities in Ireland and abroad. Hannah oversees all aspects of Boardmatch’s marketing and communication, as well as the free matching website for candidates and charities, board training, and board effectiveness reviews.

Email: hannahcoleman@boardmatch.ie 

Orla O'Kane Consultant

Orla is a graduate of UCD where she completed an MA in politics. She has lived and worked abroad for many years but is now delighted to be back living in Dublin. She has over 20 years’ experience in HR and Recruitment in both the commercial and not for profit sector in Ireland and the UK.

Orla has worked with Boardmatch since 2011 as an expert in leadership development programs and is passionate about the benefits of appointing commercially experienced individuals to the boards of charities.

Email: orlaokane@boardmatch.ie 


The founding Boardmatch Ireland board came from the initial group of people who came together in 2004 to develop and implement the concept in Ireland.

The founding board also included Roger Acton of ACCA, Mary Davis, Director of Special Olympics Ireland, Mary Redmond of Arthur Cox, Siobhan Toale, Corporate HR, Bank of Ireland and John Babb, Hays Group.

Mike McDonagh: Chair

Appointed: June 2015

Mike McDonagh is a Senior Business Director with Hays, the specialist recruitment firm. He joined Hays in 2002 in London after he completed his degree in History at the University of Sheffield. Mike is responsible for the Executive, Accountancy & Finance, Construction & Property, Human Resources, Procurement, Multi-lingual and Office Support specialisms within Hays’ business in Dublin. He is a long-suffering supporter of his beloved Preston North End, a keen cyclist and 5-a-side footballer, occasional golfer and father of 2 children and husband to Aifric. Currently learning to speak Irish through osmosis!

Sarah O’Connor

Appointed: 02/02/2012 Sarah O’Connor is Head of Sport at Wilson Hartnell. Previously she was the Executive Director of the Federation of Irish Sport, the National Umbrella Federation for sporting associations in Ireland. Prior to her involvement in the sports sector, Sarah enjoyed a successful legal career and was a Solicitor in Arthur Cox for a number of years where she specialised in the commercial property/financial services sector. She is also the Registrar at Just Sport Ireland and serves on the boards of Dublin City Sports Network and South Dublin County Local Sports Partnership.

Anne Carthy

Appointed: June 2015

Anne is a strategy and organisational development specialist, with twenty years experience implementing strategic and operational change programmes for international corporate and not-for-profit organisations – including IBM, PA Consulting and a number of Irish and international charities. Anne currently supports an International NGO, Solidarity Projects, as Development Director.  Solidarity delivers teacher training, health service training, and infrastructure development in East Africa. Anne brings twenty plus years experience managing new teams and new processes working from Europe, US, Asia, and East Africa.

Brendan Lawlor

Appointed: June 2014

Brendan is Head of Supervision in the Anti-Money Laundering Division at the Central Bank of Ireland. A Chartered Accountant, Brendan has worked in the financial services sector as an Internal Auditor, External Auditor and Financial Services Regulator. Brendan holds a Diploma in Corporate Governance from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Brendan is a member of the Boardmatch Ireland Finance Committee.

David Owens

Appointed: June 2014

David Owens is the CEO of An Óige, the Irish Youth Hostel Association, since 2000. He is an accountant (F.C.C.A.) and also has degrees in Law and Economics and a Masters in International Relations. He has recently completed a Certificate in Charity Governance in the Law Society.

His past directorships include, Gaisce and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI). He is a member of the Boardmatch Ireland Finance Committee.

Fred Karlsson

Appointed: 22/03/2018

Fred founded DoneDeal.ie in 2005 together with his wife, Geraldine, and grew it into Ireland’s biggest web site for buying and selling second hand things.

Having sold DoneDeal to an international media group he is now an early-stage investor in online businesses. He is a non-exec director with a focus on product & market fit, data analytics, and growth.

Originally from Sweden, he first moved to Ireland in 1997 and is now based in Wexford town.

Felicity McGrath

Appointed: 30/10/2017

Felicity McGrath, Global Planning Director with Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard. An FMCG Strategist and Organisational Development Specialist with over 20 years expertise in the delivery of Global and Local Brand & Portfolio Strategy, and Organisational Renewal and Transformation, to drive value creation and revenue growth.

Felicity is currently the Global Planning Director (e.g. Jameson, the No 1 Irish Whiskey globally, enjoying its 28th year of consecutive growth). Her experience includes Brand Marketing and Commercial Experience including Director positions held in Ireland and Germany. In addition, she has led many Change Management projects across Marketing and Sales teams.

She holds a Masters in Business (Leadership & Management Practice) from UCD, and a Bachelor of Business Studies from TCD. She has worked previously for Henkel, IDA and the Irish Trade Board, and speak German and French.

Denise Fitzgerald

Appointed: November 2014

Having graduated from the University of Ulster, Jordanstown with a Hons degree in Business Studies, Denise worked with the Bank of Ireland Group in a variety of different roles. In 2005, Denise moved into a completely new direction – the not-for-profit sector where she took up the role as Chief Executive of the Temple Street Foundation (Temple Street Children’s University Hospital). In addition to being Chief Executive, Denise also lectures part-time in All Hallows College Dublin in the Masters in Community and Voluntary Services.

A sports enthusiast, having represented county and university in camogie, she is a keen supporter of Gaelic football, hurling, rugby and occasionally soccer.

Martina Maher

Appointed: July 2017

Martina Maher is a financial services professional with over 20 years experience in banking and finance.  She is currently the Head of Internal Audit in the NTMA.  Prior to the NTMA she worked in the Bank of Ireland Group in a number of different roles in risk, strategy, audit and lending.  She also previously worked in KPMG and Deloitte (London).  She is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers and a Law graduate from University College Dublin.