Job Details: The Wheel: Independent External Review of Board Effectiveness

Irish Future
Talbot Street
Dublin 1
The Wheel: Independent External Review of Board Effectiveness


The Wheel is Ireland’s national association of charities, community
and voluntary organisations, and social enterprises. We are a
representative voice and a supportive resource that offers advice,
training, influence, and advocacy for the sector. Rotha (trading as
The Wheel) is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.
It employs **Apply on the website** people and has an annual turnover
of just over €2.7m


We want to see a thriving community and voluntary sector at the heart
of a fair, just and inclusive Ireland.


Our mission is to champion the role of Irish charities and community
organisations in building a flourishing society and to support them to
do work that has a positive impact. Our four strategic aims are:

* Being an authoritative sector voice
* Supporting a diverse sector
* Building a vibrant community of members
* Performing well to deliver success


* COURAGEOUS: we are confident in standing up for what is right, we
are not afraid to challenge the status quo and we dream big
* INCLUSIVE: we work hard to be truly inclusive in all aspects of
our work, with a particular emphasis on listening to and acting on
those voices that have previously not been heard
* ACCOUNTABLE: we recognise that we are accountable to those we
serve, the public and anybody else with an interest in our work
* COLLABORATIVE: we work in a collegial manner with our members and
everyone else who wants our sector to succeed


Since its founding, The Wheel’s board of directors has endeavoured
to follow best practice in its governance of the organisation, key
aspects of the current governance arrangements include:

* A board structure which includes directors elected by the companies
over 2,**Apply on the website** members and directors which are
co-opted by decision of the board;
* Sub-committees which, since **Apply on the website**, include
non-board members;
* Consciousness of the need for diversity and inclusion particularly
in relation to the balance between men and women;
* Regular meetings of board and sub-committees with appropriate
agendas, information and minutes;
* Regular communications and information sharing between chairperson
and CEO and between executive and Board/sub-committees for appropriate
* Annual board ‘away day’ which includes a review of governance
and pre-review evaluation questionnaires to board and sub-committees.

Re the 6th point, the annual governance review, the Board has adopted
different approaches over the years to try and ensure maximum
participation, openness, and diversity of approach in order to allow
any actions and/or improvements to be identified.

In **Apply on the website** the board commissioned an independent
review of its governance. The objectives of the assignment were as

* Assess the current governance and performance of the Board and
Committee Members against what would be considered good practice for
organisations like The Wheel and any relevant codes.
* Identify the issues that need to be addressed and highlight these
issues to the Board and the Governance Committee.

The recommendations from that review were all accepted at the Nov
**Apply on the website** meeting and the action plan to address them
was implemented during **Apply on the website** and into **Apply on
the website** by the executive under the oversight of the (now
renamed) Governance & Nominations sub-committee. The board also
committed to doing an external review / evaluation of its work every
three years.


The Wheel is inviting interested parties to submit proposals to review
the overall effectiveness of how it does its work and how its
structures and processes align with the implementation of The
Wheel’s new strategy (**Apply on the website** – **Apply on the


* The current board and sub-committee structure has been in place
since **Apply on the website**. The organisation has changed a lot
since then (especially re numbers of staff and turnover). A review
should highlight whether this structure is helping with the
functioning of the organisation and if improvements in effectiveness
and efficiency can be identified.
* In the context of balancing the board’s leadership as well as
oversight responsibilities, the review should look at the
effectiveness and efficiency of the board in terms of work planning
for the year, meeting agendas and preparatory documents.
* The review should consider the results of the Nov **Apply on the
website** annual surveys of board and sub-committee members.

* The review should also include the following:

* Identification of whether any delegation of decision-making to
sub-committees might be recommended to enable the board to focus on
* Identification of learning and development framework and pathways
for board members.
* Identification of a model or framework which the board can use to
assess effectiveness and efficiency over the lifetime of this new

* The review should also include a final workshop / session with the
board at its ‘away day’ on Dec 1st/2nd that beds down this new
framework for assessing effectiveness over future years.


It is expected that through desk research, a series of engagements
with the board, its sub-committees and other relevant people from the
executive, the consultant appointed will complete their work with a
report which contains a series of recommendations that address the
full scope of the review as
outlined in the points 1 – 5 above.


Consultants that wish to submit a proposal shall meet the following
minimum criteria:

* Proven track record in conducting board effectiveness reviews for
organisations in the nonprofit sector and of similar size to The
* A strong understanding of the various frameworks and codes and
standards that apply across various sectors, including nonprofit.
* Demonstrable ability to render consulting services in the most
professional, effective and efficient manner by providing references

The following criteria will be used in shortlisting of consultants to

* Qualifications – **Apply on the website**%
* Approach – **Apply on the website**%
* Similar experience in nonprofit sector – **Apply on the
* Price – **Apply on the website**%

The selection of the successful consultancy company / candidates will
be based on these criteria.
Shortlisting will apply.


The Wheel is seeking proposals by Thursday 7th July **Apply on the
website** (**Apply on the website**am)
Interviews for a small number of shortlisted candidates will take
place in person on the afternoon of Tuesday **Apply on the website**th
Confirmation of appointment for this project will be done with the
successful contractor no later than Friday **Apply on the website**nd
July **Apply on the website**.

It is anticipated that this review will be an agenda item at the
‘Nominations & Governance’ sub-committee meetings as follows, so
the contractor will need to be available for relevant item at the
online meetings of the sub-committee:

* Sept **Apply on the website**th: 2pm – 4pm
* Nov **Apply on the website**th: **Apply on the website**am – 1pm

The contractors should also note the following date and time for the
September in person board meeting at which there can be an agenda item
tabled on this review, if required:

* Sept **Apply on the website**th: 2.**Apply on the website**pm –
4pm, at Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2

The final report to be considered by the board at its in person
‘away day’ which runs from 2pm on Thursday Dec 1st through to 1pm
on Friday December 2nd. The contractor is expected to be present for
the relevant agenda item.


Those wishing to be considered should submit a brief proposal (max 4
or 5 pages) to the CEO, Deirdre Garvey at **Apply on the website**
It should include:

* Justification of why s/he is the most suitable consultant for the
work, and a brief methodology on how the work will be conducted
* Work and time plan including the scheduling of main activities and
time inputs required per consultant/s
* Insurance details
* Three (3) referees

The financial proposal shall be in Euro and include:

* Fee rate excluding VAT and time inputs required as presented in the
work and time plan. The total price shall be in a broken down by
specific deliverables and outputs
* Any reimbursable expenses envisaged

Proposal should not exceed €8,**Apply on the website** plus VAT
(including expenses)
The payment shall be based on approved deliverables and outputs and
production of invoice.

The information provided shall also incorporate:

* Company profile (clearly stating full contact details, physical
address, email and phone numbers)
* Declaration of relationships – describe if your
organisation/employees have any business or personal relationships
connected to The Wheel or any of the staff or board members of The
* A statement of availability of key consultant/s during the
timeframe of the assignment period
* Certificate of incorporation or registration (where relevant)
* Tax status and any appropriate certificates

Deirdre Garvey
Chief Executive Officer
**Apply on the website** []
Registered Charity Number: **Apply on the website**
Company number: **Apply on the website**


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