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Fortunately, most boards and CEOs in the charity sector have positive working relationships. However, when things go wrong, they can go badly wrong. During the Covid pandemic, with all its stresses and strains, some relationships were tested. This was a timely reminder that good working relationships should not be taken for granted. This resource document was drawn up in response to two events organised by Carmichael and the Wheel: an online webinar in November 2021 and a facilitated panel discussion at the Wheel Summit in June 2022. Attendees at both events had many questions and observations; and expressed a need for more support and resources on this important topic.   








Here you can find a short (and by no means exhaustive) list of various organisations which may be able to help your nonprofit. 

A template aiding with the integral process of a new director/trustee onto the board, including a check-list of the main tasks needed to set the new member up.

Although experienced, a new board member may be lacking the knowledge of the non-profit sector so use this template to identify any gaps  to address and implement their training.

A letter of appointment template for new board members, allowing a chairperson to easily communicate a new board member’s responsibilities, duties, and term of office.

The Commentary on Charities Amendment Bill 2022, prepared for Carmichael by Professor Oonagh Breen of UCD and Philip Smith of Arthur Cox Solicitors

This Scheme of Delegation sets out the authority delegated by the Board of Trustees (the Board) of The Organisation to the Chief Executive (or designated deputy/interim CEO when The Organisation is without a Chief Executive). Here are the guidelines on how to manage the provision of authority to the Chief Executive.


A new template on ‘Schedule of matters reserved for the Board’, prepared by Carmichael, intended for guidance purposes only. All organisations should develop their document.

Using Improving Charity Boardroom Behaviours’  as a reference, Carmichael have summarised a shorter guidance note on ‘Behaviours of an Effective CEO’.

Using ‘Improving Charity Boardroom Behaviours’, Carmichael have summarised a shorter guidance note on ‘Behaviours of an Effective Charity Trustee’.