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21 May 2024

The Role of the Chairperson – Online 21/05/2024

Target Audience

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


The online 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
• Policy to practice – key areas for Chairs
• Board effectiveness


Delivered virtually via Zoom.


Jillian van Turnhout

Jillian van Turnhout has successfully held a variety of leadership roles in Ireland and the EU across business, public affairs and voluntary sectors. She has served as a Director, CEO and Public Representative and has built a strong public reputation for integrity and sound judgement.

Jillian's governance expertise emanates from over twenty-five years serving and chairing Boards and reporting to Boards as a CEO. Jillian is a Chartered Director (IoD UK) and certified in international corporate governance through the INSEAD International Directors Programme and an Institute of Directors Certificate in Company Direction with distinctions in governance, strategy and leadership.

Jillian's current Board work includes serving on the Board of The Arts Council Ireland and Trustee (Director) of One in Four. In addition, Jillian chairs the Governance Committee of One in Four and is a member of the Governance Committee of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). She is a former Chief Executive of the Children's Rights Alliance; former Vice Chair (Director) of European Movement Ireland; former Chief Commissioner of the Irish Girl Guides; and former President of the National Youth Council of Ireland.

Jillian has been awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite by the President of France and an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.


At the end of this workshop, participants will have a better understanding of:

  • The role of the Chairperson
  • The importance of good relations with other board members and the CEO (if applicable)
  • The leadership role of the Chairperson with regard to the culture of the organisation, board effectiveness, board renewal and organisational compliance.

Carmichael’s Spring/Summer 2024 Scheduled Training Programme is kindly sponsored by BoardEffect.

BoardEffect is part of Diligent, the leader in modern governance. BoardEffect delivers an agile board management solution optimised for governance leaders of nonprofits, higher education institutions, community healthcare organisations, and credit unions with the right tools, analytics, and insights to drive more efficient, transparent, and secure governance.


€80Nonprofit Organisation
€70Carmichael Resident Organisation
€90Statutory Organisation
€90Corporate Organisation


The facilitator is excellent.
The scope of experience of the facilitator added greatly to the content.
Lots of helpful tips from the facilitator as well as the other participants.
Enjoyed the break out sessions, provided a good opportunity to engage with participate outside of chat box.

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