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About Us

Boardmatch is the only Irish charity that specialises in charity board recruitment. 

We match individuals that are looking to volunteer their time and skills at board level, with charities and not-for-profits that have board and committee vacancies.

We believe the right balance of skilled voluntary trustees provides a not-for-profit with the necessary skills to respond to changes, meet the challenges of the sector and to achieve their strategic objectives.

Boardmatch does this primarily through:

  • A FREE online matching service matching individuals from the corporate/public sectors to Not-For-Profit boards.

  • A bespoke Premium Board Search service for not-for-profit organisations.

  • Developing and providing training packages and other supports for boards.

Our core objective is building the governance capacity of not-for-profit boards. We have over 1,000 not-for-profits registered with us and have placed over 3,000 candidates onto not-for-profit boards.

Boardmatch Ireland was established in 2005 to address the skills needs of the governing bodies of Not-For-Profits.  It was established by a strong board including Mary Redmond of Arthur Cox, Siobhan Toale of Bank of Ireland, Roger Acton of ACCA, Kieran Loughran of the Disability Federation of Ireland and Mary Davis of Special Olympics.

To date, Boardmatch Ireland has facilitated the appointment of over 3,000 individuals to the boards of Not-For-Profits.

15th Birthday Storybook

We are delighted to celebrate 15 years of connecting prospective trustees to charity boards. Download our full PDF Storybook, filled with trustee stories from the last 15 years.

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Research

    

Research Report 2022

Download Ireland's Not-for-Profit Boards: Catalysts, Challenges and Composition

Co-Authored by Goodbody and Boardmatch

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Our Team
 

Eva Gurn 

CEO

evagurn@boardmatch.ie 

Eva joined Boardmatch Ireland in 2011 and is the longest serving employee at Boardmatch. Eva was promoted to CEO in 2018 having held the position of Director since 2015. Eva is responsible for the overall strategic direction of Boardmatch, ensuring it achieves its objectives and continues to strengthen boards and make them more diverse. Eva is passionate about how boards recruit, engaging new audiences to volunteer on boards and innovative in the ways we can do it.

Hannah Coleman

Communications and Development Manager

hannahcoleman@boardmatch.ie

Hannah joined the Boardmatch Ireland team in March 2017. Hannah oversees all aspects of Boardmatch’s marketing and communication, as well as the free matching website for candidates and charities, board training, and board effectiveness reviews.

Caradh O'Donovan

Premium Search Manager

caradh@boardmatch.ie

Caradh joined the team in November 2021. She has thirteen years’ experience working in the Sport and Not-For-Profit sector and manages the Premium Search service within Boardmatch Ireland.

Michelle Staunton

Leadership Development Programme Manager

michelle@boardmatch.ie 

Michelle joined the team in March 2021. With expertise in HR, organisation behaviour, and programme development, she oversees the Boardmatch Leadership Development Programme. Supporting participants, understanding their interests and motivations, Michelle engages with leadership teams in non-profit organisations to identify the best Board opportunities for each participant.

 
Our Board
 

Fred Karlsson, Chair

Founder, DoneDeal.ie

 

 

David Owens

 

 

 

Felicity McGrath

Head of Indirect Procurement, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

 

 

Martina Maher

Non-Executive Director & Consultant

 

 

Michael McDonagh

Director, Sigmar Recruitment
 

 

 

Maura McLaughlin

Partner, Arthur Cox

 

 

Liz Roche

Head of Foundation and Sustainable Business, Vodafone Ireland

Paul Quinn

CEO of the Office of Government Procurement

Chris Hanlon

CEO, CalQRisk

 
Our Governance

    

Boardmatch Ireland is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital, registered in Dublin, Ireland (company number 400151).

Boardmatch Ireland is registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority, Registered Charity Number (RCN): 20058968.

Boardmatch Ireland is also a registered charity with Revenue (CHY number 16398). 

 

It is Boardmatch Ireland’s policy to promote openness and transparency.

Boardmatch Ireland is currently funded by:

  • funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development  (25% of total income)
  • revenue from the provision of matching services, training, and consultancy to both the commercial and voluntary sector (75% of total income)

Boardmatch are compliant with the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations. 

Boardmatch are currently reviewing our governance in line with the Charities' Regulatory  Authority's Code of Governance, to ensure our compliancy for the next reporting year. 

We have also adopted the use of Charities SORP (FRS102) in our financial statements.

 

Finance, Audit, and Risk Committee

The Finance, Audit, and Risk Committee meet bimonthly. 

Members: 

Michael McDonagh

David Owens

Chris Hanlon

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee meet quarterly. 

Members:

Maura McLaughlin

Fred Karlsson

Martina Maher

Annual Report 2021

Download the Boardmatch 2021 Annual Report

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Annual Report 2020

Download the Boardmatch 2020 Annual Report

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    Data Protection & Privacy

    

 

Once an individual candidate or not-for-profit organisation registers on our Free Matching website, they fall under the terms and conditions of said website. Both candidates and organisations have the ability and right to notify Boardmatch at any time, by phone (01-6715005) or email (hello@boardmatch.ie), should they wish to have their profile deleted from the Boardmatch database. By registering with Boardmatch Ireland, the user consents to receive information from Boardmatch with regards to the management of their account, and the services Boardmatch offers to assist candidates and organisations with good governance, i.e. our board training and review service. Boardmatch will not contact any website users about anything other than relevant information about boards and voluntary directorships.

Boardmatch has the right to remove candidates’ information from the website if they are no longer active on the service. If a candidate has not logged in to the Boardmatch platform in 12 months or more, Boardmatch will deactivate the candidate’s profile. If a candidate has not logged in to the Boardmatch platform in in 24 months or more, for data accuracy reasons, Boardmatch will delete the candidate’s details from the website. Boardmatch will keep a record of the date of all data changes and deletions from the database.

Boardmatch also has the right to remove board vacancies from the website if we deem the information to be no longer accurate or the organisation ceases communication.

To ensure accuracy and consistency of information, if you wish to DELETE your Boardmatch Profile, please contact the Boardmatch Ireland team at hello@boardmatch.ie. If you wish to change your login details, please contact the Boardmatch Ireland team.

Should an individual wish to submit a Subject Access Request, they can do so in writing by post or email. 

For further information on our Governance, GDPR, Policies & Procedures, please visit contact the Boardmatch Ireland team at hello@boardmatch.ie.

 

 
Our Accounts

    

Boardmatch Audited Accounts 2021

Click here to download our 2021 Audited Accounts

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Boardmatch Audited Accounts 2020

Click here to download our 2020 Audited Accounts

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Boardmatch Audited Accounts 2019

Click here to download our 2019 Audited Accounts

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