Limited Spaces for Board Member Training Day November 19th

We only have a few spaces left for our Board Member Training day on the 19th of November 2014 in Dublin City Centre.

This training day provides a comprehensive overview of the role and responsibilities of not-for-profit board members and is tailored towards prospective, new and existing board members looking to strengthen their role on the Board.

Cost: 120 Euro p/p

Location: Davy, 49 Dawson Street Dublin 2

Time: 9.30am to 4pm

The full-day training is led by Boardmatch Business Development Manager Fidelma Keogh.

The Trainer
Fidelma is Business Development Manager with Boardmatch Ireland and has worked in the non-profit sector for 15 years, across a variety of fields including social housing, health and governance. She has an honours Masters in Governance from the IPA and a First Class in Management for the Community & Voluntary Sector (NCI).

Main topics will include:

  • Role, expectations and liabilities of voluntary Directors
  • Governance and management
  • Information needed by voluntary Directors
  • Board recruitment & stakeholder management
  • Relationships with your Chief Executive and Chair

For further information, or to book a place, please contact Eva Gurn at or call the office on 01-671 5005.

Charities Regulatory Authority comes into operation

The Minister for Justice and Equality has announced the formal establishment of the Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA). Speaking about its establishment, Minister Frances Fitzgerald said:

“The charity sector plays a vital role in our society and economy. It is important, both for the charity sector and for the wider public, that we can have trust and confidence in our charities. The right regulatory framework for charities can support them in their work, while also helping to ensure that they deliver public benefit and are accountable to their donors and beneficiaries.

The establishment of the Charities Regulatory Authority today represents the critical first step in reforming and strengthening the regulation of this sector.”

According to the Department of Justice, the key priority of the CRA will be to establish the Register of Charities, whilst it’s statutory functions will be introduced on a phased basis. Any charity which has obtained a CHY status before the 15th of October 2014 has been automatically registered with the CRA.

The new regulator has an independent Board of sixteen members: Conor Woods (Chair); David Brady; Katie Cadden; Sandra Chambers; Cynthia Clampett; Anna Classon; Tom Costello; Patricia Cronin; Fergus Finlay; Ann Fitzgerald; Patrick Hopkins; Hugh Maddock; Barbara O’Connell; Graham Richards; Senan Turnbull; and Noel Wardick. The Chief Executive is Úna Ní Dhubhghaill.

Save the Date: Annual National Federations Lunch

Boardmatch will be hosting its fourth annual National Federations Lunch on the 10th of November in the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin 2.
The only of its kind, the event is for CEOs and Chairs of National Federations and is a unique opportunity for the sector to come together in the company of some prestigious guest speakers.

This year we are delighted to welcome guest speaker Kieran Timmins who is Chair of the newly reformed Central Remedial Clinic board.

The cost of the event is €25 per person.

This event is not to be missed, for further information please feel free to contact a member of the Boardmatch team on 01 671 5005 or


Our annual CEO & Chairs Training day is taking place on the 1st of December 2014 in Dublin 2. This training fills up quickly so please be sure to book early to avoid disappointment. For further information of to book a place, please contact Eva Gurn at or call the office on 01-671 5005.

The performance of any not-for-profit organisation is underpinned by the relationship that exists between the CEO and Chair. The training explores this critical Management/Governance interface, and is relevant to both seasoned practitioners and those just stepping up to the top job.

The full-day training course is delivered by Governance expert Dorothy Dalton. Dorothy is editor of the UK-based Governance magazine and a prominent figure in the area of good governance training. Throughout her career, Dorothy has advised several leading national charities on their governance structures and has published a number of short books on the area of good governance in the charity sector. Click here to visit her website.


Price: 325 euro per organisation which includes lunch.

Location: Davy House, 49 Dawson Street Dublin 2.

Time: 9:30am to 4:15pm


Main topics will include:

  • Roles and expectations of Chairs and trustees
  • Ensuring trustees fulfil their governance role
  • Refreshing the Board and finding new trustees
  • Case study of where things went wrong
  • Developing a learning organisation


CEO and Chair Training Timetable

9.30am Registration and coffee

10.00am Introductions

Roles and expectations of chairs and trustees

  • the chair’s leadership role
  • what the chair cannot do – limitations on the chair’s role
  • respecting the collective authority and responsibility of trustees

Ensuring trustees fulfil their governance role:

  • trustees’ role and the chair’s relationship with trustees
  • the three key strands of governance: corporate/ fiduciary; strategic and impact

11.30am Coffee break

11.45am Refreshing the board and finding new trustees

  • providing support to and ensuring new trustees become effective as quickly as possible
  • ensuring trustees address the right issues: why it is important to get the right agendas
  • making informed decisions: ensuring the board gets the information it needs for good governance
  • chair/CEO relationship including: ensuring trustees can hold the chief executive to account without meddling in management

1.15pm Lunch

2.00pm Case study of where things went wrong – tackling difficult/sensitive situations and learning from others’ mistakes.

Delegates split into groups to decide how best to lead the charity in the case study out of its difficulties

3.15pm Tea and coffee

3.30pm Developing a learning organisation – why reviewing performance is important even at board level:

  • appraising the chief executive’s performance
  • reflecting on the chair’s performance
  • the board collectively reflecting on its performance

4.15pm End