Dear All,

I have been Boardmatch CEO now for Four years and in that period, the awareness of understanding of Governance has grown enormously. The focus on Governance may not have been motivated in the way we would have wanted but certainly understanding and appreciating the value of Good Governance may be one of the few good things to have come out of the recent focus on the charity sector.

I leave Boardmatch with a higher profile, a charity which offers more services, with a small but excellent staff that are committed to best practice and serving the sector.

The future for Boardmatch is bright, as it is for the sector itself. The charities in Ireland are amazing, they do wonderful things every day without anyone really knowing. Governance is about allowing those wonderful events to happen unimpeded. The potential of the sector is unlimited if we adopt a best practice approach to what we do and how we do it, if we are open and transparent and if we are proud of what we do.

It has been an honour to lead Boardmatch and to work with so many great people and wonderful organisations, can I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

I look forward to meeting many of you again in my new role as CEO of the National Council for the Blind and if anyone is ever in doubt about anything to do with Governance, just ask Boardmatch.

Kindest regards,

Chris White