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:
O’BRIEN / Governance Design provides three key services to support corporate governance: consultancy, workshops and One Question Guides.
We provide consultancy services to clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, in several forms, including:
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 further actions.
Our One Question Guides aim to make the complicated simple. Each guide addresses a feature of corporate governance and methodically works through how it can be implemented, to benefit the organisation. See more below.
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
20/21 St Patrick’s Road