We work with organisations to design and implement governance systems and structures that are proportionate, strategic and valuable.
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:
We provide consultancy services, workshops, and corporate governance One Question Guides to clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Details of our services are available by clicking on the relevant headings.
Board and committee self-evaluation is now a standard requirement of most governance codes. It’s also a characteristic of good governance. We provide a range of services in this area.
Risk is uncertainty that can lead to positive or negative outcomes. Identifying and controlling risk has become increasingly important for the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Strategic planning provides an opportunity to re-establish an organisation, both for its staff and for its stakeholders.
Stopping to evaluate is essential. It provides an opportunity to see if a policy, project, or initiative is meeting its objectives.
Good governance suggests consultation should be undertaken when a policy, project or initiative is intended to impact others.
Process auditing is becoming an important part of the governance of processes; particularly when they result in the granting of awards or finance.
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.
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O’BRIEN / Governance Design
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