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The Level 6 Certified Charity Trustee Programme aims to provide learners with a broad understanding of the governance framework guiding Organisations and an understanding and appreciation of the organisational behaviours within an organisation. This will allow the learner to be informed and confident in their roles.

This predominantly online 1 year part time programme has been designed in partnership with Carmichael and TU
Dublin. The aim of this programme is to provide participants with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of
their roles and obligations. Since 2021, Charities have been required to report on their compliance with the Charities
Governance Code which is designed to help charity trustees meet their legal duties under the Charities Act 2009. With over 11,000 registered charities in Ireland this programme will assist organisations and their trustees to effectively fulfil their roles within an organisation in line with regulatory framework and to be professionally competent within the team to do so.

Course Content

  • Governance & Legal Compliance Responsibilities: The module focuses on the legal and accounting framework as it applies to organisations. The module will draw on the Law, Accounting and Governance that is required to fulfil their duties and responsibilities effectively in compliance with the regulations.
    • Charities Act
    • Charities Governance Code
    • Trustee Governance
    • Companies Act 2014
    • Financial Governance
    • Risk Management
    • Data Protection
    • Cyber Security
  • Organisational Behaviour & Dynamics: This module focuses on the behaviour of individuals and groups in organisations including not-for-profit organisations. It will provide learners with an understanding and appreciation of this behaviour and an awareness of how it contributes to the success of the organisation. The module will draw on concepts and theories from the field of organisational behaviour, management and the not-for-profit environment to gain further understanding of different organisational behaviours and to improve learners’ self-confidence and potential governance effectiveness. Learners will engage in self-reflection regarding their use of individual and organisational actions.
    • The Nature of Organisational Behaviour
    • Individual Behaviour
    • Motivation
    • Communication & Decision-making in the Workplace
    • Working in Group & Teams
    • Leadership in Organisations
    • Organisational Power and Politics
    • Organisational Conflict
    • Organisational Culture
    • Organisational Change

Application Details

Applications are now open. Apply Now

Please contact for further information.

Module Details

TU Code: TU5533
Level: NFQ Level 6
Award: Certificate in Business in Organisational Governance and Behaviour
Duration: 1 Year
Mode of Study: Part Time
Method of Delivery: Online and face to face workshops
Location: To be confirmed

Schedule: This programme runs for 2 semesters, one module per semester. Semester 1: September 2023 – January 2024, Semester 2: February 2024 –  June 2024

Commencement Date: September 2023

Fees: €1,250

Find out more information click here

There will be 3 information webinars held on the following dates:

Wednesday 19th April 7.00-8.00pm

Thursday 4th May 1.15-2.00pm

Friday 5th May 8.10-9.00am

To find out more information and register for webinars click here or scan QR code here:

Certified Charity Trustee Programme Webinar Registration Flyer

Carmichael is seeking voluntary assessors to join the panel for the Good Governance Awards 2023. Assessors score up to a maximum of 4 annual reports between June 1st to September 29th, with September 18th-29th expected to be the busiest period. Assessors attend a briefing session and then use a scoring template provided by Carmichael to mark the reports against several criteria.  

The assessors come from a range of backgrounds and professions including the nonprofit sector itself, accountancy, consultancy and law. Assessors are permitted to be involved with a nonprofit organisation which enters the awards provided this is disclosed in line with the Good Governance Awards conflict of interest policy so that the assessor will not be asked to score other entrants in the same category. 

Now in its eighth year, the Good Governance Awards is an initiative that recognises and encourages adherence to good governance practice by nonprofits in Ireland, particularly in terms of annual reporting. The awards were developed by Carmichael with the support of our partners and leading national bodies in the nonprofit sector. 

Each year more than 100 nonprofits (including community groups, charities, sports bodies and social enterprises) enter their annual reports into the awards. These annual reports are then assessed by a voluntary assessor from Carmichael’s panel of assessors.  

There are 7 categories of entry distinguished by annual income which range from under €100,000 at the lowest end and over €50,000,000 at the highest end. The highest scored entries in each category progress to a full technical assessment of their financial statements and the shortlisted entries are then assessed by a panel of judges who ultimately select the winner in each category. 

If you are interested in becoming a voluntary assessor, please contact with your full name, your profession, and where you heard about the awards. 

Carmichael are running two short webinars on 20th April and 1st June. These free afternoon sessions will be presented by Sean Bohan.

Living your Vision, Mission & Values (20th April, 2.30pm-3.30pm)

Topics covered include: An organisation’s mission, vision and values is “at the heart of everything we say and do”; and to achieve sustainable results, it’s useful to design a quality culture.

Culture Audits (1st June, 2pm-3pm)

Topics covered include: what’s a company culture; how is the company culture defined; what is a culture audit and what are the benefits?

If you’re interested in attending either or both these sessions, please register via

Improving Your Nonprofit’s Annual Report February 9th 2023 13.10-14.00

Carmichael is delighted to provide free training webinars on relevant themes for nonprofits. In this webinar nonprofits of all sizes will gain tips and advice from an expert panel on how to improve the content and narrative of their Annual Report.

Sign up for webinar here:

The panel-led session draws on the experience and knowledge of judges and assessors from the Good Governance Awards. They will outline what is required to ensure that your Annual Report is relevant, impactful and engaging.

The panel consists of:

Aedín Morkan: Partner, Audit & Assurance, Mazars
Níall Fitzgerald: Head of Ethics & Governance, Chartered Accountants Ireland
Geraldine O’Sullivan: Manager, Kerry Volunteer Centre
Andrew Madden: Learning & Development Manager, Carmichael

The panel will be chaired by Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, CEO of Carmichael and Founder of the Good Governance Awards.

Carmichael Good Governance Awards Winner 2022

The Good Governance Awards recognises and encourages adherence to good governance by non-profit organisations in Ireland. The awards were developed by Carmichael with the support of our partners and leading national bodies in the non-profit sector.

The winners of the Good Governance Awards 2022 were announced at our Awards Ceremony on Thursday November 17th.

Congratulations to our 7 Good Governance Awards winners!


Category 1: NiteLine Dublin


Category 2: Breaking Through CLG


Category 3: Mental Health Reform


Category 4: The Ark, Dublin


Category 5: Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation


Category 6: Barnardos Ireland


Category 7: Trocaire


We had a fantastic night. Thanks to the more than 150 attendees for being a part of it!

Mon, 14 November 2022, 08:30am – 10:00am

Carmichael 4 Brunswick Street North D07 RHA8 Dublin 7

TU Dublin & Carmichael invites you to a discussion on How Organisational Behaviour Affects the Performance & Effectiveness of a Charity.

The impact of a charity is visible through the effectiveness of its support to the service users and their experience with the charity. Impactful charities have demonstrated their agility to respond to the needs of service users, while still effectively following good governance as per the Charities Governance Code.

In this seminar we will discuss how this agility is achieved through organisational behaviour and how this can improve organisational decision-making.

From here we will introduce the new Charity Trustee Programme (NFQ level 6). This predominantly online 1 year part-time programme has been designed in partnership by Carmichael and TU Dublin with the aim of addressing the requirement for a charity trustee to have a deep understanding of their roles and obligations.

The event will begin with teas and coffees at 8.30am and the discussion will begin at 9am.

The event is free but prior registration is required.

This event is part of #TrusteesWeekIrl. For a full schedule of events see

Charity Trustees Week 2022 (

Tue, 15 November 2022, 08:30am – 10:00am

Carmichael 4 Brunswick Street North D07 RHA8 Dublin 7

To mark the launch of his book “Governing with Purpose: How to lead a brilliant board – a guide for charity trustees”, Brian Cavanagh will be in conversation with Carmichael CEO, Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, about some of the book’s key insights and guidance for charity trustees. This will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Refreshments will be provided.

The event is free but prior registration is required.

This event is part of #TrusteesWeekIrl. For a full schedule of events see

Charity Trustees Week 2022 (



Carmichael are looking to hire a new Communications Officer. Full job description is available here.

To apply, please send a short cover letter and CV to Closing date is 5pm IST, Friday 30th September 2022.

Irish Criminal Justice Agencies Conference 2022

Carmichael are proud to promote the upcoming 8th Annual Irish Criminal Justice Agencies Conference 2022.

Carmichael resident member group the ACJRD are a key partner for the 2022 edition of the conference, for the event which takes place at The Printworks Event and Exhibition Centre in Dublin Castle.

“Race, Migration and the Criminal Justice System”, is the theme for this year’s event, for this one day long collaborative  conference, which will include Department of Justice, Maynooth University, University College Dublin, Limerick University, Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Irish Prison Service, An Garda Síochána, The Probation Service, Policing Authority, Courts Service, Garda Síochána Inspectorate, Office of the Revenue Commissioners and the Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development (ACJRD).

Speakers at the Irish Criminal Justice Agencies Conference 


Notably, James Browne TD, Minister of State, Department of Justice, will open this year’s Conference. Speakers will include:

  • Megan Berry, Traveller Outreach Officer, Maynooth University
  • Joe Garrihy,Assistant Professor in Criminology the School of Law and Criminology, Maynooth University
  • Caroline Haughey, OBE, QC, Furnival Chambers
  • Lucy Michael, Lucy Michael Research Training & Consultancy
  • Mary Phelan, Dublin City University
  • Alexander Ritzmann, Counter Extremism Project
  • Hindpal Singh Bhui, University of Oxford, School of Law and Inspection Team Leader at HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP)
  • The following Thematic Speakers have been confirmed:
  • Ifrah Ahmed, Ifrah Foundation
  • Lisa Anderson, Senior Probation Officer, The Probation Service
  • Seamus Beirne, Irish Prison Service
  • Shalom Binchy, Solicitor
  • Yvonne Cooke, Acting Executive Director of Human Resources and People Development, An Garda Síochána
  • Catherine Cosgrave, Managing Solicitor, Immigrant Council of Ireland, Independent Law Centre
  • Kate Gillen, Social Work Specialist, Child Care Performance and Social Work Unit, DCEDIY
  • Zoryana Pshyk, Ex Asylum-Seeker and Chairperson of Kildare Integration Network (KIN)
  • Tony Swaine, Probation Officer, The Probation Service
  • Liam Thornton, Associate Professor, School of Law, UCD

Bookings are now open.  To book, please click here.

The Chatham House Rule:

To encourage openness and the sharing of information, the Chatham House Rule will be invoked at this conference.

*The Chatham House Rule reads as follows:  “When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed“.


Contact Details for the ACJRD

You can keep up to date with all news from ACJRD on their website here. Also, they’re on social media too; find their Twitter here, and LinkedIn here.





International Men’s Health Week is Here 

International Men’s Health Week (June 13 – 19) is upon us and Carmichael resident member Men’s Health Forum Ireland are celebrating IMHW with a number of unique initiatives and events.

The week-long event is celebrated in countries across the world, such as New Zealand, Australia, Canada and more. The premise of International Men’s Health Week is to:

  • Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
  • Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices / activities.
  • Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.

However, the need for this awareness week might not be as clear to some, but according to Men’s Health Forum Ireland, the need is clear.

Why the Need for an International Men’s Health Week?

Colin Fowler of MHFI states:

  • Local men die younger than women do.
  • Males have higher death rates than females for almost all of the leading causes of death and at all ages.
  • Men’s poorer lifestyles are responsible for a high proportion of chronic diseases.
  • Late presentation to health services can lead to a large number of problems becoming untreatable.

Realistic Goals

During 2022, the theme for the awareness week in Ireland is ‘MISSION: isPOSSIBLE’ and the call to men (and those who support the health of men) is: ‘The Action Starts with You’. The idea here is, clearly, to set realistic goals in order to improve one’s own physical and mental health. Every small step indeed does make a tangible difference.

Dr Noel Richardson, Director of the National Centre for Men’s Health in South East Technological University, reflects: “However, this is not a ‘lost cause’, and this situation can be improved in many significant ways. For me, the key message for Men’s Health Week is that small things can really make a difference – whether it’s going for a walk, taking time out, re-connecting with a friend. It’s about doing something positive for yourself and building momentum towards positive change, one step at a time.”

The press release for the event explains:

“Men’s Health Week this year takes place in the context of an easing of the constraints introduced to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Worldwide, this virus had a major impact upon men’s health, as well as their wider lives.

It placed a myriad of restrictions upon everyone. However, Men’s Health Week 2022 seeks to reverse this trend, and focuses upon what we can do to take back control of our own health. All too often we set ourselves unrealistic targets. Therefore, this year, everyone is asked to focus upon small, simple and practical things to improve their health”.

Focus of Attention

Paul Ferris, Men’s Health Week 2022 Ambassador, ex-professional footballer with Newcastle United, and award winning author, comments:

“From my personal experience of living with health and wellbeing issues, I appreciate that men and boys need both opportunities to improve their health, as well as support to do so. Men’s Health Week offers an ideal time to focus our attention upon the needs of males, and to make a positive and meaningful difference to their lives”.

The Men’s Health Forum in Ireland ( is a charity which works on an all-island basis to improve the health of men and boys. It is a voluntary network of individuals and organisations, men and women, which seeks to identify the key concerns relating to male health and to increase understanding of these issues.

Final Details

Financial support for the week was received from Health Service Executive Health and Wellbeing, Healthy Ireland within the Department of Health, and the Public Health Agency. To find out more about the work of Men’s Health Forum Ireland visit their site here.