Charity Trustees’ Week Calendar of Events Goes Live

04 October 2021 Press Releases Events

Charity Trustees’ Week Calendar of Events Goes Live


Today marks the launch of the calendar of events for Charity Trustees’ Week 2021. Charity Trustees’ Week is a time to celebrate and support the almost 76,000 charity trustees across Ireland. Charity trustees are the people responsible for leading and managing charities.

It was another challenging year for the sector with continued restrictions due to Covid-19 making it even more necessary to celebrate the important and tireless work charity trustees carry out throughout the year. The steering group for Charity Trustees’ Week is made up of eight organisations: Charities Regulator, Boardmatch Ireland, Carmichael, The Wheel, Volunteer Ireland, Charities Institute Ireland, Pobal and Dóchas and together we’ve decided to host the majority of our events online for the second year running.

Commenting on Charity Trustees’ Week 2021, Helen Martin, Chief Executive of the Charities Regulator said, “Charity Trustees’ Week provides an important opportunity for the Charities Regulator to engage with charity trustees and highlight the vital nature of their role to the charities sector. It is also a great opportunity for charity trustees to engage with peers facing the same issues and challenges and to build important relationships within the sector.  There is a great line up of events this year and we are looking forward to engaging with charity trustees and celebrating the enormous contribution that they make to Irish society on a daily basis.” 

Each morning of Charity Trustees’ Week will begin with a virtual coffee morning so charity trustees can check in with colleagues from the sector for a chat before the day’s webinars and events begin.

For a full list of all events available across the week and to download the calendar visit:

You can also keep an eye on social media during the week for updates using the hashtag #TrusteesWeekIrl


Some messages from Charity Trustees’ Week Steering Group

Anna Shakespeare – CEO Pobal

“Pobal is very pleased to take part in Charity Trustees Week 2021, our third year as a partner and member of the steering committee. We will be running a full schedule of events throughout the week. These will include a series of regional sessions, hosted and facilitated by Pobal and targeted at the organisations we work with which will explore the theme of building resilience during and post COVID-19. In addition, Pobal will jointly host a virtual coffee morning with Boardmatch Ireland that will focus on reviewing the skill on your board. A specially commissioned radio programme celebrating Charity Trustees Week is being produced and hosted by Pobal, in association with CRAOL Community Radio Ireland, which will be syndicated and broadcast across local community radio stations during the week.”

Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, CEO, Carmichael

"Charity Trustee Week is an excellent opportunity to acknowledge the very important work of the tens of thousands of Charity Trustees involved in the governance of our charities and to provide a wonderful schedule of events and workshops to assist them in performing their roles."

“Groups across the country rely on boards of trustees to achieve their mission and Charity Trustees Week is our chance to shine a light on this vital contribution and, most importantly, say thank you! Over 1 million people in Ireland volunteer each year and a huge number of that is made up of those who volunteer as trustees to guide and support organisations in our communities across Ireland. We’re looking forward to a week of great events to celebrate those who volunteer as trustees and hopefully inspire more people to consider becoming a trustee.” Amy Woods Acting CEO Volunteer Ireland

Eva Gurn, CEO, Boardmatch Ireland

"Boardmatch Ireland are delighted to celebrate National Charity Trustee Week 2021. Taking the time to celebrate charity trustees is key to highlight the important work carried out by the board. Bringing focus back to the role of the trustee, the importance of the work involved and how rewarding it can be will encourage more and more individuals to volunteer on charity boards resulting in our boards being more diverse and reflective of our Communities all over Ireland."