Sector Supports

40,000 people throughout Ireland access Carmichael Centre services and supports annually.

Governance Code Support Service / Consultancy

Governance Code Support Service

Has your organisation yet to embark on the Governance Code journey?  Maybe you are already “on the journey” to compliance but are unsure of the actions you need to take in order to be fully compliant?

Carmichael Centre can help!

Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups was one of the first organisations in Ireland to comply with the highly recognised Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations, and has been involved in the Governance Code working group since its inception. We also have many years’ experience in delivering high quality training on corporate governance including training on implementing the Governance Code.

It’s time to implement the Governance Code!

Charities were, up to very recently, one of the few remaining pillars of Irish society in which the public’s trust had not been crushed by repeated damning failures. The development and adherence to good governance principles is a collective responsibility of the board, the CEO and the management team.

The Governance Code is a very useful tool for putting these issues on the table on an objective basis. Good governance is a continuing journey where you constantly aim to apply good practice principles and check regularly on how you are doing. It is about leadership, compliance, accountability, transparency, effectiveness, honesty and fairness. It is about seeking to do the right thing at all times.

Why the Governance Code?

The Governance Code is a code of practice for the good governance of community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland. It was developed by the sector for the sector.

It is not a management guide. It is intended as a benchmark for the governing body of the organisation with specific actions which they need to apply in order to fulfil their role.


The review will consist of three key activities:

1.      Half day workshop with your Board and CEO

2.      Desk Review (including email and phone contact with Chair/CEO)

3.      Report


1.      Workshop

The workshop will cover the five principles of the Governance Code and the governance requirements of the Charities Regulator.

2.      Desk review

The desk review will consist of an overview of relevant documentation and policies provided by your organisation.

3.      Report

Following the completion of the desk review, a report setting out the key action points will be prepared and submitted to your organisation.  On completion of your action points your Board should then be able to sign off on compliance with the Governance Code. Responsibility for completion of relevant checklists and registration with the Governance Code rests with your organisation. 

The Governance Code Support Service does not include or serve as an alternative to legal advice.

Cost €975 (plus travel costs where applicable) 50% non-refundable deposit payable in advance.

Client organisations are required to complete a readiness questionnaire in advance of commencement of the work.

The Team

Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, Chief Executive Officer, Carmichael Centre.

Prior to joining Carmichael Centre, Diarmaid worked as a strategy consultant for over 25 years. In these consulting roles, he was able to work with organisations to help them determine where they want to get to, what they want to achieve, and equally importantly, how they could achieve the goals and targets they set.  Diarmaid is the Chairperson of the Governance Code Working Group.

Derek O'Reilly, Training Manager, Carmichael Centre.

Derek spent 14 years in overseas aid programme management in Ireland, Africa and Eastern Europe. In Carmichael Centre, Derek focuses on coordinating and delivering governance and management training and support. Derek is a member of the Communications Committee of the Governance Code Working Group.

Andrew Madden, Training Services, Carmichael Centre.

Andrew joined the staff of Carmichael Centre in July 2015 as Training and E-Learning Officer but has a long history of working with the Centre and many other community, voluntary and not for profit organisations for many years. Andrew is contributing to the development and delivery of the Carmichael Centre Training Services Programme including delivering training on the Governance Code and developing an e-learning module for those who wish to learn more from the comfort of their own home or office.

Anna McCarthy.

Anna has been working within a range of not-for-profit contexts since 2008. Since completing an MA in UCD where her research focused on the sustainability of not-for-profit organisations in the context of the economic downturn, she has worked on a freelance basis with a range of charities and social enterprises. She is particularly interested in the strategic development of organisations through the diversification of revenue generating activities. Anna has also supported several organisations through the journey to Governance Code compliance, having coordinated the administration of the process and supported senior management and board of directors to achieve full compliance. 


Consultancy Service

Carmichael Centre also undertakes specific contracts for organisations and consortia that require specialist corporate support.  Support typically revolves around six core areas: governance, business planning, finance and fundraising, communications, quality assurance and human resource management. 

The Centre training and support team works with an external panel of Subject Matter Experts to ensure that appropriate consultancy can be delivered in any part of Ireland and on budget. If you have specific organisational training needs, please contact the Training Manager to learn how a Carmichael Centre consultancy can help you to develop your organisation. 

For more information on either the Governance Code Support Service or Carmichael Centre Consultancy Service please contact:

Andrew Madden

Training Services

Carmichael Centre

T: 01 873 5702 Ext 311