Places are filling up for our Board Member Training on Sept 25th

Boardmatch We have a limited number of places left for our Board Member Training day on the 25th of September 2014.

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: Davys Dublin 2

Time: 9.30am to 4pm

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

The Trainer
Previous to her role with Boardmatch, Fidelma was based in the Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups, working with member group Children in Hospital (Irl). Fidelma is a graduate of European Studies from Trinity College Dublin, having also studied at Paris VII, the Jussieu campus of the Sorbonne. She also received a First Class in Management for the Community & Voluntary Sector (NCI) and is currently attending the IPA programme in Governance, as part of the National University of Ireland (NUI) network.

Fidelma has worked in the not for profit sector for 10 years. Previous to this, she worked extensively in Ireland and internationally in the Arts sector for 10 years.

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.

Global survey shows Ireland trusts NGOs more than government

An annual global trust survey has found that Ireland has more trust in the NGO sector than in Government.

The 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer found that 13% of Irish people surveyed had a ‘great deal of trust’ in the NGO sector, in comparison to only 4% for Government. In 2013, the level of trust in the NGO sector was slight higher At 17%, whilst the level of trust in Government stayed at 4%.

The numbers are mirrored at a global scale with 23% of respondents stating that they had a ’great deal of trust’ in the NGO sector in contrast to Government at 15%.

Amongst other findings, the report also shows that 54% of Irish people trust NGO representatives as credible spokespeople.

Now in its 14th year, the Edelman Trust Barometer measures levels of trust on a global scale across institutions, industries and leaders. The survey is the result of over 31,000 respondents in 26 markets globally.

Click here for the full report on Ireland

Report: Charities not capitalising on potential of social media

A new report from Grant Thornton has found that charities are not capitalising on the potential of social media. It says that there is currently a social media knowledge gap at senior levels in charities worldwide.

The report, ‘Growing communities: How charity leaders govern social media globally to thrive online’ asked CEOs of charities a range of questions relating to their social media policies. The authors of the report used the findings to make a number of recommendations on the use of social media in their organisations.

Strategy: The charity’s strategy should drive social media use. The board must help formulate this strategy from a position of knowledge.

Governance: Charities should document their social media governance approach and share guidelines with everyone involved in their work.

Education and Training: Formal education programmes should be used at every level of the organisation.

Risk: Each organisation must weigh up the cost of social media against its benefits.

Impact: It is vital to measure impact, engagement and outcomes to justify investment in social media.

The report uses the findings of the survey to provide charity leaders with guidance on how to embrace social media.

Click here to view the full report.



Pictured: Bernard Brogan with Alan Morris, Chairman of Aware.

Gaelic Football star Bernard Brogan has been matched to the Board of Aware, a charity which works to promote awareness of depression and mood disorders in Ireland. Boardmatch worked with Bernard to find a suitable Board position after he expressed an interest in working in the area of mental health promotion.

Speaking about his appointment, Bernard said: “I’m genuinely pleased to be in a position to do some work with Aware and to use the experience and connections that I have to help them reach out to more people. The work they do throughout Dublin and the rest of the country is really fantastic and it’s great to see a charity that is transparent, whose services are independently evaluated and based on clinical best practice, and most importantly one that is making a very real difference in the lives of so many individuals and families nationwide.”



Pictured: Dominick Chilcott British Ambassador, Fidelma Keogh Business Development Manager with Boardmatch Ireland and Tony O’Brien Director General of the HSE.
Last month, the British Ambassador’s Residence opened its doors to some of Ireland’s leading business and charities to celebrate the important role that Ireland’s businesses can play in strengthening good governance in the charity sector. The event was hosted by Boardmatch Ireland in association with Hays Recruitment.

Tony O’Brien, CEO of the HSE was amongst those in attendance and addressed the crowd on the current need for effective governance in the charity sector. He noted the valuable contribution which the not-for-profit and voluntary sector makes to wider Irish society and the importance also of ensuring that the sector had proper governance and regulatory structures in place. Referring to the recent issues at the CRC, he also spoke of the important role which organisations, such as Boardmatch Ireland, can play in ensuring that the highest governance standards are implemented and applied by the not-for-profit sector.

Speaking at the event, Fidelma Keogh who is Business Development Manager with Boardmatch Ireland noted:

“The traditional business skills of finance, legal or marketing are pivotal for the effective running of charitable organisations. The non-profit sector has become increasingly aware of how vital a role diversity plays in the composition of non-profit Boards, indeed any Board. Having access to those skills from the private and public sector is now critical if the non-profit sector is to remain a vibrant and essential part of Irish society. It essentially creates a win-win situation for all involved; the charity gains from much needed expertise and business individuals gain valuable experience whilst sharing the leadership role.”

Other attendees included CEO of JP Morgan Carin Bryans, CEO of the Ireland Funds Caitriona Fottrell and Dee Ahern, CEO of Barretstown along with the Chief Executives of Barclays Bank, Goldman Sachs, Eircom, St Vincent de Paul and the Irish Wheelchair Association.

Many of those in attendance are already offering their skills at charity Board level including Carin Bryans, CEO of JP Morgan who is on the Board of the ISPCA, Christine Heffernan, Head of Corporate Affairs at Tesco who has joined the Board of Threshold and Brendan Jennings, CEO of Deloitte who is on the Board of Paralympics Ireland. All of whom have been matched through Boardmatch Ireland.