Trustee Speed-Dating event

Our first Trustee Speed-Dating event is now completed! Many thanks to all the charities and candidates who attended and made it such a success.
Thanks also to our superb host, The Convention Centre Dublin.
Keep an eye out for further information about Trustee Speed-Dating 2019!

Boardmatch are delighted to announce Ireland’s first Trustee Speed-Dating for charities and individuals looking to join a charity or NFP board.

At Boardmatch we want to continue to break down the obstacles between charities and those individuals who want to become trustees. This is another way, along with our FREE matching website, for charities and skilled individuals to engage. We have matched over 2,200 individuals to charity and NFP boards through our website to date and we see the potential that an event like this could have, introducing charities to a room full of individuals wanting to becoming charity trustees. This assists charities to fill their skills gaps and to undertake succession planning for their board, whilst also giving individuals a chance to give, upskill and challenge themselves with a new experience.

The event’s concept is to continue to make it more accessible for skilled individuals and charities to meet.

By Bringing both parties together in this setting, it gives rise to the number of skilled individuals that charities have access to at board level to fill the skills gaps.

For the charities and NFPs, We want to continue to encourage an independent and transparent trustee recruitment process, nomore asking our friends, family, people from within our circles, let us make a wider pool talent accessible so charities can have trustees independent of each other, trustees recruited for their skill and not who they are or who they know.

For the candidates, We also want to break down any obstacles for individuals who wish to become trustees but do not know how to engage or contact charities in respect of their board vacancies. Individuals usually join the board of a charity they know someone else on the board. Finding the right board is unique to you and you have to find the one that will make you give your most to.

This event will bring charities with board vacancies and skilled individuals together in the one room to connect, the first step of Boardmatch’s 3 step process: Connect. Match. Impact.


Best practice is ensuring that your board has a varied skill set of independent trustees that work together to achieve your charity’s strategic goals. By sourcing your trustees through a transparent and independent process, you are working towards achieving good governance, whilst maintaining accountability and transparency for your service users, public, and funders. Succession planning is critical for the longevity and sustainable of any organisation, and this event, alongside our other board recruitment services, will help your board to find new trustees.

“Using Boardmatch’s services was the best advice I have had so far on this journey to build a sustainable, transparent, and compliant charity. We have so far been fortunate enough to get five Directors for our board from Boardmatch. Each with a different skill set. We achieved in one year what would have taken me alone probably 5 years or more.”
Ann Marie O’Neill, Founder, Thrombosis Ireland.

This event is FREE for charities  to attend. If you are a charity interested in attending this event, please contact Hannah at Due to the expected candidate demographic, this event is only suitable for charities in Dublin and the surrounding counties. Keep an eye on the website for events in your area in 2019.

Have you ever been interested in joining a board and giving back to a charity at a strategic level, whilst also expanding your own skills and expertise? Volunteering at board level is the perfect way for individuals to share their knowledge and time with a charity and cause important to them, and simultaneously learn from the experience and introduce yourself to a new professional and self-development opportunity. Becoming a charity trustee offers you a chance to create new networks, new challenges, whilst making an impact in the charity sector.

Read more about other trustees experiences here.

The event will let candidates meet a number of charities face-to-face, that have board vacancies, where the individuals can hear from charities and have the opportunity to find out about each one, their purpose, their board, their strategy, and if it would be the right board for them.
The cost for this event is €15.

The event will be similar in setup to a job fair. Each charity will have stand with information about their charity for the individuals attending. This event lets charities and individuals meet and find out more about each other to gauge whether it would be a good match for both parties. Join us for this relaxed and informal event, with refreshments, if you are interested or keen to find out more about finding your perfect Board Match.
This is an evening event, 6pm – 8.15pm in the Convention Centre.
Running Order:

  • 6.00pm – Registration & Networking
  • 6.15pm – Welcome & Intros
    Charities 45-60 seconds pitch to the room
  • 6.45pm – Trustee Matching & Networking
  • 8.15pm – Close
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