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Director of the board

Our mission is simple: To change the world for children with autism. 

Our dogs can open up a whole new world of opportunity and possibility for children with autism and their families. 

Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland’s (“AADI”) primary focus is to train and place highly skilled autism assistance dogs with families throughout the Republic of Ireland. Assistance dogs are trained to the highest international standards to provide safety to children in public places. Assistance dogs enable children to go out and about safely and reduce anxiety not just for the child but for the whole family. They can be a lifeline for children and their families when a child is suffering from the, sometimes debilitating, symptoms of autism. 

Due to the continued growth of our charity we are seeking to recruit board members that have skills and experience in one or more of the following areas

(a) human resource management, organisational development experience  

(b) accountancy, financial planning 

(c) corporate governance & compliance,  

to join the board of trustees and contribute to strategy and to support the ongoing management of the charity.  

The Charities Governance Codes requires that all trustees; 

  • Comply with the charities governing document 

  • Manage the charities resources responsibly 

  • Ensure the charity is carrying out its charitable purpose for the public benefit 

  • Act in the best interests of the charity 

  • Act with reasonable care and skill 

  • Be accountable and comply with the law 

General duties of a board member; 

  • Attendance at monthly board meetings (either in person or remotely) 

  • Attendance at the Annual General Meeting 

  • Use their professional skills and life experiences to enhance the overall effectiveness of the charity’s operations 

  • Contribute actively to the strategy and oversight of the charity 

  • Participate fully in all board meetings 

The ideal candidates will bring valuable career and life experience. They will have excellent communication and leadership skills and demonstrate strong analytical and evaluation skills. Previous board experience is not necessary. 

The Board meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month either via remote video link or in person at our offices in Cork. 

If you feel you have the enthusiasm, commitment, skills, and time, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Irene O'Riordan (

For more information about AADI please visit our website at