Hear what our clients have to say about working with O’BRIEN / Governance Design

O’BRIEN / Governance Design supported NALA in the development of its Strategic Plan 2020-2022. We subsequently worked together on the establishment of a more cohesive planning and reporting system and on improvements to our performance management and development process. Trish and Claire are methodical and inclusive, which builds trust and leads to robust outcomes. Their in-depth understanding of the not-for-profit and public sector worlds is invaluable.

National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA), 2021
Dr Inez BaileyFormer CEO

The Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) engaged O’BRIEN / Governance Design to carry out an external evaluation of its Board, in line with the requirements of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016).  The company took a comprehensive, detailed and consultative approach to the task.  The result was a valuable report, that will contribute to the ongoing effectiveness of the Board’s corporate governance practices.


Charities Regulatory Authority, 2020
Patrick HopkinsChairperson

Leitrim Development Company engaged O’BRIEN / Governance Design to contribute to its ongoing implementation and communication of the Charities Governance Code.  Our engagement with the company was very positive and productive.  It led to exploratory discussion on the Code amongst Board members and consensus on our next series of priorities. Very professional and competent presenters.

Leitrim Development Company, 2020
Damian BrennanChairperson

O’BRIEN / Governance Design was engaged by the Department of Education and Skills to undertake an evaluation on its behalf.  The company developed a comprehensive research plan and illustrated strong analytical skills in responding to the research questions.   The result was a high-quality and well-written report that fully met our requirements.

Department of Education and Skills, 2019
Alan O'CallaghanInternational Section

Trish O’Brien facilitated a number of consultative sessions with our staff at NCAD during 2019.  She has very effective communication skills that enable her to listen, ask pertinent follow-up questions, and analyse developing ideas.  In addition, she is able to provide concrete outcomes through documented synthesis reports.

National College of Art and Design (NCAD), 2019
Professor Sarah GlennieDirector

The Dental Council engaged O’BRIEN / Governance Design to assist it in assessing the impact of the revised ‘Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies’ on its functions.  They are an easy firm to work with and they were very knowledgeable on both the code and the environment public sector organisations work in.  I would highly recommend them.

Dental Council, 2018
David O’FlynnRegistrar
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