Jillian van Turnhout is a graduate of INSEAD International Directors Programme (IDP-C), serves as a NED on three boards, is a trustee, consultant, trainer and member of the Institute of Directors.


I am helping organisations in three areas: Governance, Executive Selection and Advocacy. Click on the relevant picture below to learn more.


I have almost 30 years experience in working for commercial and non-commercial (NGO) organisations, as well as serving a term as an independent senator in the Irish parliament. In various appointments – culminating in a position as a Chief Executive – I have gathered all-round management knowledge. To this I can add over a decade as a member the Economic and Social Council of the European Union, of which I have been a Vice-President. I have also served many organisations in a voluntary capacity, such as Chief Commissioner of the Irish Girl Guides, a membership organisation with over 10,000 members. Last but not least, I have been and still am a member, vice-chair or chair in several boards.

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From 2011 to 2016 I was an independent Senator in the Irish parliament. I influenced and initiated legislation, participated in successful campaigns, was named “Senator of the Year” by Miriam Lord (writer and columnist with The Irish Times) and was awarded TV3’s Tonight Show “Politician of the Year”.

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Thanks to my work in Europe, the NGO sector and as a legislator I have been able to build an extensive, global network of contacts. In recognition of my work I have received many awards.  I have led many organisations and campaigns and supported various good causes. This gallery gives you a flavour of this.

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Jillian van Turnhout awarded honorary fellowship

Yesterday, 12th October 2018, Jillian van Turnhout was awarded with the honorary fellowship of the Faculty of Paediatrics, the highest honour the faculty bestows. It is conferred on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the practice of paediatrics and … Continue reading

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Jillian van Turnhout and the “Future of Europe” debate

Since November 2017, the Irish government held a series of public and sectoral meetings, hearing the views in person and on-line of members of the public and representative organisations. The intention is that the views expressed on Europe will provide … Continue reading

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Zappone appoints Jillian van Turnhout to monitor scouts

Article from The Irish Times, 1st May 2018 Minister says she will restore funding when assured governance at required standard Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has appointed former senator Jillian van Turnhout to assess the implementation of Scouting Ireland’s governance … Continue reading

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