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  • Better decisions through better governance

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Our Approach

We work with organisations to design and implement governance systems and structures that are proportionate, strategic and valuable.

Why Effective Governance?

Effective governance leads to improved decision-making that helps organisations to achieve their aims.

What is Governance?

Governance refers to accountability, decision-making processes, and the exercise of authority.  O’BRIEN / Governance Design works to support organisations in the following ways:

  • We help you to find practical solutions to today’s corporate governance challenges
  • We work collaboratively with you to develop and enhance decision-making structures and performance
  • We conduct evaluations to improve policy effectiveness

The services we provide are detailed below.

Why do you need Effective Governance?

Effective governance contributes to the implementation of strategy, brings efficiencies, encourages respectful debate, integrates functions, and aligns aims with resources. We work with organisations to make sure that their governance design is capable of achieving these benefits and of positively contributing to their operations.

About Us

Trish O’Brien established O’BRIEN / Governance Design in 2016. She works with a number of Associates in fulfilling its services and brings the following experiences to the business:

Team Member
Trish O'Brien

Director

  • Over two decades of middle and senior management experience evenly divided between the private and public sectors;
  • Has worked with an extensive network of clients from government departments and agencies, professional and representative bodies, and private enterprises;
  • Doctorate in Governance.

Team Member
Claire Byrne

Consultant

  • 15 years’ experience as a Director of Corporate Affairs with governance, finance and HR responsibilities;
  • A governance practitioner: Chairing and independent membership of Audit and Risk Committees;
  • Holds an MBA, a Postgraduate Diploma in Conflict and Dispute Resolution, and is a qualified mediator.

Team Member
Sarah King

Consultant

  • Project management specialist: from initial requirements-gathering and identification of appropriate targets, through to project completion and evaluation;
  • Extensive experience in the utilisation of data and ICT to support decision-making in both the public and private sectors;
  • Holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Higher Diploma in Computer Science.

Our Services

O’BRIEN / Governance Design provides three key services to support corporate governance: consultancy, workshops and One Question Guides.

Consultancy

We provide consultancy services to clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, in several forms, including:

  • Facilitating Board and committee self-assessment evaluation in the context of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies;
  • Conducting external assessments of Boards;
  • Contributing to strategy development;
  • Undertaking and documenting evaluations;
  • Working with schools, and further and higher education and training institutions, to make governance arrangements more effective.

Workshops

We provide workshops to clients on corporate governance matters. Our workshops are bespoke and productive; they focus on the context of the group or organisation and on producing concrete plans for future actions.

One Question Guides

Our One Question Guides aim to make the complicated simple. Each guide addresses a feature of governance and methodically works through how it can be implemented, to benefit the organisation. See more below.

One ? Guides

Making the complicated simple
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What are the One Question Guides?

One Question Guides provide practical governance support. Each guide focuses on a single governance question: breaks it down, explains it, and makes recommendations.

Our first One Question Guide addresses the requirement for Board’s to conduct a Self-Assessment Evaluation under the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies. We have used our experience in facilitating self-assessment exercises for Boards to produce an 8-stage model for getting the most value from this exercise. In addition to providing detailed guidance, the Board Self-Assessment Evaluation guide includes a fillable pdf version of the Board Self-Assessment Evaluation Questionnaire and a series of templates that will enable the Board Secretary to analyse and report on the outcomes of the evaluation and to capture any actions agreed by the Board.

As the Board also has responsibility for its committees conducting a similar exercise, we are publishing two supplements that provide a summary of the process and fillable pdf questionnaires for the Audit and Risk Committee and for other Committees of the Board. To find out more, or to make a purchase, please click on the link below.

 

Contact Us

Get in touch via our contact form or email us directly. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

O’BRIEN / Governance Design
Suite 27
Castleyard
20/21 St Patrick’s Road
Dalkey
Co Dublin