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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 do this by providing services and support to not-for-profits and charities to help them improve and strengthen their board composition.

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 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 800 not-for-profits using our services and have placed over 2,700 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. Both Mary Redmond and Mary Davis were members of the Task Force for Active Citizenship formed in 2006 by Government to address the lack of citizens getting involved with Community and Voluntary activities.

The Boardmatch model for the process of matching skill sets is often found in the Corporate world. Boardmatch was established to bring this concept into the Not-For-Profit sector in Ireland.

To date, Boardmatch Ireland has facilitated the appointment of over 2,700 individuals to the boards of Not-For-Profits.


The Team

Eva Gurn 


Eva is CEO of Boardmatch. She is a graduate of the National University of Galway with an honours degree in Economics and Social Studies and is also a graduate of National University of Ireland, Maynooth, in Addiction Studies. Eva is currently completing a Masters in Management and Corporate Governance through the University of Ulster.

Eva joined Boardmatch Ireland in March of 2011 as the Corporate Services Officer and became Executive Director in 2016. In July 2018, Eva became CEO of Boardmatch. She has always had a keen interest in the not-for profit sector and the area of governance was a new and exciting space growing profile in 2011. Eva main role as CEO is to implement Boardmatch's strategy as set by the Board.

Helen Behan

Charity Account Manager

Helen joined the Boardmatch Ireland team in December 2016. She has a degree in Social Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance and Development. Helen has a keen interest in the charity sector having previously volunteered with charities in Ireland and Uganda.

Helen manages the Premium Search Service, assisting charities to find suitable trustees for their boards.

Hannah Coleman

Communications and Regional Development Manager

Hannah joined the Boardmatch Ireland team in March 2017. She graduated from UCD with an honours degree in English with Film Studies. She has substantial experience volunteering in the arts sector and with charities in Ireland and abroad. Hannah is also a Trustee on the board of the Irish National Youth Ballet. 

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.

Orla O'Kane


Orla is a graduate of UCD where she completed an MA in Politics. She has lived and worked abroad for many years but is now delighted to be back living in Dublin. She has over 20 years’ experience in HR and Recruitment in both the commercial and not-for-profit sector in Ireland and the UK.

Orla has worked with Boardmatch Ireland since 2011 as an expert in Leadership Development Programmes and is passionate about the benefits of good governance. Orla works closely with commercial and public organisations as part of Boardmatch’s initiative of placing experienced individuals onto the boards of not-for-profits.

The Board

Fred Karlsson, Chairperson




David Owens

CEO of An Óige



Felicity McGrath

Global Planning Director, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard



Martina Maher

Head of Strategy - Risk, AIB



Michael McDonagh

Director, Sigmar Recruitment



Sarah O'Connor

Head of Sport, Wilson Hartnell



Liz Roche

Head of Foundation and Sustainable Business at Vodafone Ireland

Brendan Lawlor

Head of Supervision - Anti-Money Laundering, Central Bank of Ireland



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. 


Michael McDonagh

David Owens

Brendan Lawlor

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee meet quarterly. 


Fred Karlsson

Martina Maher

Annual Report 2018

Download the Boardmatch 2018 Annual Report


    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 (, 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 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

Boardmatch Audited Accounts 2018

Click here to download our 2018 Audited Accounts