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Premium Board Search

As well as our free website service, we offer a Premium Search service to help find the perfect candidate for your board or committee.

Premium Search is a fully managed, bespoke and independent board recruitment service for charities and not for profits – We take on the heavy lifting so you can focus on leading your organisation.

How it works

For Not-For-Profits and Charities who are seeking new members for their boards, our Premium Search Team is here to assist with every step in the board recruitment process.


Draft Criteria

Discuss the skill requirements based on a Skills Audit, approve role specs, and agree on recruitment process.

Identify the Candidates

The Premium Search Team will headhunt candidates which meet the brief in full, and compile a shortlist of quality candidates.



The Premium Search Team will send over the CVs of shortlisted candidates. We will brief both the candidates and organisation on due diligence and interview tips.

Successful Candidate

The Premium Search Team arranges interviews and then the organisation chooses their new board or committee member. 

Our Team

  Caradh O'Donovan

   Premium Search Manager

Caradh joined the organisation in 2021 and leads the Premium Search team within Boardmatch. Her day-to-day work focuses on supporting not-for-profits with their board recruitment and with building the governance capacity of their boards. Caradh has 15 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit space and she is a passionate advocate for good governance. She was awarded the 30% Club Ireland scholarship to undertake the Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance in Smurfit Graduate Business School in 2022.

  Lydia Kelly 

   Premium Search Officer

Lydia joined the Boardmatch team in July 2022. She has over 10 years' experience in the Higher Education and Non-profit sectors, particularly in the areas of training & learning and volunteer support. Lydia works on the Premium Search team and is enthusiastic about strengthening the Non-profit sector through supporting volunteer boards.

  Niamh Foxe 

   Premium Search Officer

Niamh joined the Boardmatch Team in March 2023. She has over 10 years’ experience in Healthcare Administration, Education, and Employability support. She is new to the NGO sector and looks forward to progressing and developing in her new role.


Premium Searches are based on the annual turnover of each Not-For-Profit. 

For further information about our Premium Search Service, please contact Caradh O'Donovan.

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Read experiences from Not-For-Profits who have found trustees through our Premium Search

Deirdre Garvey, CEO, The Wheel

"I've long been a champion of Boardmatch, and I have now used their Executive Search offering twice over the last two years. On both occasions it was a really excellent service, professionally delivered and produced excellent candidates for the board Chair and myself to meet. I'll definitely be using it again as it really saved me, as CEO, a lot of work."

Deirdre Mortell, CEO, Rethink Ireland

"The Boardmatch search found us 2 excellent candidates and we asked them both to join the Board: a great outcome. I highly recommend this process!"

Kathrina Bentley, CEO, Mens Aid Ireland 

"We are delighted with the high calibre of candidates we reviewed and consider our organisation very lucky to be welcoming such great experience and professionalism to our Board. The process was seamless and would highly recommend for our NGO sector."