Pictured: Dominick Chilcott British Ambassador, Fidelma Keogh Business Development Manager with Boardmatch Ireland and Tony O’Brien Director General of the HSE.
Ireland’s business community can play an important role in promoting good governance within all Irish charities. This was the theme guiding yesterday’s event in the British Ambassador’s Resident hosted by Boardmatch Ireland and Hays recruitment.

Fidelma Keogh, Business Development Manager with Boardmatch Ireland commenting at the event last night 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.”

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.

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.