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Target Audience

Anyone who is or thinking about becoming a treasurer. Anyone who wants to know what the duties of a treasurer are and qualities to look for.


The Treasurer has an important role in an organisation. An effective treasurer contributes to a successful organisation and is essential to Community, Voluntary or Charitable Organisations fulfilling their responsibility to manage their money and other resources properly. This workshop is for anyone who is a Treasurer or may be thinking of taking up office as a Treasurer and anyone looking to appoint or recruit a treasurer.

Topics Covered

The main areas covered will be:

  • Main responsibilities and duties of a treasurer
  • Characteristics of a good treasurer
  • Useful skills for a treasurer
  • Tips for being an effective treasurer
  • Pit falls to avoid
  • Basic rules of dealing with money
  • How the Treasurer fits into the management committee or Board
  • Accountability

The workshop will include discussions and practical examples of how to carry out the duties of a treasurer and good practice.

Target Audience

Company Secretaries or anyone thinking of becoming a Company Secretary.


Learn about the practical and legal responsibilities and liabilities of the Company Secretary of a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG).

Topics covered during this workshop include:

  • The Companies Act 2014 – implications for new and existing CLG
  • The governing instrument – company constitution
  • Legal duties of a Company Secretary
  • Administrative duties assigned by the Board to a Company Secretary
  • Appointing a Company Secretary
  • Administrative obligations of a company to the CRO
  • Compiling documentation for board meetings and AGM
  • Role of Company Secretary as a trusted Board advisor

Target Audience

Chairpersons of non-profit organisations or anyone thinking of becoming a Chairperson.


The workshop will examine the role and responsibilities of the Chairperson of a non-profit organisation.

Topics covered during this workshop include:

The role of the Chairperson in relation to the governance and leadership of the organisation

  • Boundaries and critical relationships
  • Developing a culture of transparency, accountability and integrity
  • Managing board meetings effectively
  • Ensuring suitable board renewal takes place
  • Compliance and regulatory requirements of boards

Target Audience

Anyone needing to better understand the legal responsibilities of directors of a company limited by guarantee (CLG) and other aspects of the Companies Act 2014.


This 1 hour seminar will give an overview of the role of company members, legal duties of directors and company secretaries, and other obligations under the Companies Act 2014.

This workshop provides Board Members and Staff working in community, voluntary and charitable organisations with a step-by-step approach to recruiting new Board and Committee Members. As one of the most common challenges in not-profit organisations today, this is an essential workshop for new and established organisations alike.

Target Audience

 Trustees, Chairs, CEOs, and those responsible for governance in their Charity.


The Charities Governance Code explains the minimum standards you should meet to effectively manage and control your charity. This workshop will walk you through the requirements of the code including actions and evidence needed to demonstrate compliance. If your organisation has already started or completed the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable organisations, it will help you to use the evidence you already have to comply with the new Charities Governance Code.

Target Audience

Are you a Board member of a voluntary or community group? Are you unsure of what is expected of you? Do you want to ensure your organisation is governed in accordance with good practice?


This evening session will demystify Boards members’ roles and responsibilities and give you tools to enhance your contribution and the effectiveness of your Board. It outlines the purpose of the board as a whole, particularly in relation to governance and management. We then examine the specific roles of individual board members and resourceful ways in which work can be divided up between members. We will look at effective ways of managing a meeting to get results. The workshop will finish with a discussion on practical solutions to deal with typical problems arising within boards.

Target Audience

Are you a Board member / Senior Executive Officer of a voluntary or community group? Do you need to develop or enhance your understanding of Risk Management?


To enable learners develop a comprehensive understanding of Risk Management within an organisation and the tools which can be employed to minimise risk.

Understand Risk

  • Identify and discuss examples of risk in an organisation (good risk / bad risk)

Understand Risk Categories

  • Governance
  • Strategic
  • Compliance (Legal or Regulatory)
  • Operational
  • Financial
  • Environmental or External

Understand Risk Management and Know Why It Is Important

  • Identify and understand relevant risks
  • Evaluate risks / Prioritise risks
  • Monitor risks and report on their management
  • May be a legal/regulatory/compliance requirement
  • Reduce possibility of failing to realise objectives
  • Reduce possibility of reputational damage
  • Better decision making
  • Recognise opportunities to benefit from risk

Understand What Makes A Good Risk Management System

  • Risk Management Policy
  • Risk Management Officer
  • Risk Management Process
  • Risk Register
  • Systems and Controls
  • Monitor and Report

Target Audience

This eLearning course is ideally suited to anyone holding the position of board director of a Company Limited by Guarantee, or by people filling the role of Company Secretary. It is also a valuable learning resource for staff members who support board gov


This short interactive eLearning course explores the implications of The Companies Act 2014 for Companies Limited by Guarantee (CLG). The practical and easy-to-follow structure of the course is designed to get directors and company secretaries quickly up to speed with what they need to know to comply with the Act.

It is worth noting that all directors appointed to boards post June 1st, 2015 should be aware of their legal duties and undertake to comply with requirements set out in The Companies Act 2014.

Topics covered during the course include:

  • Role of Company Members
  • Legal Duties of Company Directors
  • Company Directors – key requirements
  • Role of Company Secretaries
  • Legal duties of Company Secretaries
  • Typical administrative duties of Company Secretaries
  • Annual Return Dates
  • Implications of The Companies Act 2014 for future registrations
  • Implications of the Act for existing companies
  • Declaration of Understanding

Each person taking this eLearning course can access and download a PDF copy of the BoardPASS Board Governance Handbook for Irish Non-Profits. A great resource for any board or committee member!

The course is run in collaboration with CramdenTECH, a governance systems and eLearning company providing skills based, micro-learning responsive content for Irish and UK markets.

Target Audience

Anyone wanting a good understanding of the knowledge and skills required to fulfill both the legal duties associated with the role and the administrative duties assigned to the role by the Board.


Every company limited by guarantee must appoint a Company Secretary. In a company limited by guarantee (the legal structure of choice for most non-profits in Ireland) this role is frequently filled by a board director or staff member. It is the responsibility of a board of directors to ensure that the person acting as its Company Secretary, has the necessary knowledge and skills to fulfil both the legal duties associated with the role and the administrative duties assigned to the role by the Board.

Course Structure

The e-learning course is divided into 10 component parts and takes approximately 1.5 hours to review. Practical templates are provided with course topics. Participants should allow for additional time to fully complete the practical work associated with the lessons in the course. Topics are self-contained to facilitate micro-learning for the time conscious participant.

1. Introduction: Company Law in Context

The Companies Act 2014 commenced on June 1st, 2015. In this introductory lesson, we will look at the implications of the Act for existing Companies Limited by Guarantee (CLG) and for those organisations who may wish to register as companies in the future.

2. Company Responsibilities

To identify the key legal responsibilities of a Company Limited by Guarantee.

3. Core Functions of a Board of Directors

To identify the core functions of the Board of Directors and the overarching principles of good corporate governance.

4. Fiduciary Duties of Company Directors

To identify the eight fiduciary duties of Company Directors as set out in Section 228 of The Companies Act 2014.

5. Shadow and De Facto Directors

It is helpful for a company secretary to understand what the terms shadow and de facto director mean. This lesson explains the concept of both.

6. Appointing a Company Secretary

In a CLG, directors must ensure that the Company Secretary has the skills necessary to carry out their role. This means that the appointment of the company secretary must be discussed at board level and the decision to appoint the company secretary recorded in board meeting minutes.

7. Legal Duties of a Company Secretary

This lesson identifies the legal duties of a Company Secretary.

8. Administrative Duties of a Company Secretary

In addition to the legal duties attaching to the role, a board of directors may also assign administrative duties to the company secretary.

9. The Company Constitution

In supporting the Board of Directors, a company secretary must be mindful of the company’s legal requirements to adhere to the the Companies Act 2014 and their reporting obligations to the Companies Registration Office (CRO).

10. Company Secretary: Key Skills

Aside from having very good organisational skills, interpersonal skills and communication skills, there are two practical skills that a board secretary should possess, i.e. the ability to set a meeting agenda in co-operation with the board Chairperson and the ability to take the minutes of board meetings. In this lesson, we look at this skills in more depth.

Upon successfully completing the course, participants may download free of charge a course Certificate of Completion.