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15 Apr 2021

The Role of the Chairperson – Online 15/04/2021

This course is fully booked.

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
  • Compliance and regulatory requirements of boards.


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.

For over 6 years Jillian was Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance where she provided strategic leadership and direction and was responsible for the management of day-to-day operations and represented the Alliance to government bodies, NGOs, media, the general public, businesses and other key stakeholders.

Jillian is involved with a number of not-for-profit organisations on a pro-bono basis including as Chair of Early Childhood Ireland; Vice Chairperson of the European Movement Ireland; a former Board member of Women for Election; Chair of Children in Hospital Ireland and a Director, Irish Girl Guides Trust Corporation Limited.

Jillian has previously been Chief Commissioner of the Irish Girl Guides; President of the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI); a member of the Management Committee of the National Economic and Social Forum (NESF); and a Council member of Gaisce – The President’s Award.

Jillian is certified in Corporate Governance through the INSEAD International Directors Programme (IDP-C). She is currently undertaking the Institute of Directors’ Chartered Director programme.


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.


€70Nonprofit Organisation
€60Carmichael Resident Organisation
€80Statutory/Corporate Organisation