Jillian van Turnhout is a graduate of INSEAD’s International Directors Programme (IDP-C). INSEAD is the world’s second ranked business school, after Stanford (2018). She also holds a Certificate in Company Direction of the Irish Institute of Directors. In real life, she currently serves as a NED on three boards, is a director of a trust managing a property portfolio, a consultant and a trainer.

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


I have almost 30 years of 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 of 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’s role in banning corporal punishment for children acknowledged

Jillian van Turnhout has long been campaigning for the rights of children. First in a voluntary capacity, later as CEO of the Children’s Rights Alliance. After being appointed Senator by an Taoiseach Enda Kenny, one of her proudest accomplishments was … Continue reading

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Garden Party at Áras an Uachtaráin

Thank you President of Ireland / Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins for hosting Garden Party at Áras an Uachtaráin to mark the Centenary of the First Dáil. Great to meet and catch up with so many.

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Meeting with Facebook on their Safety policy

On the 4th of June I attended and interesting meeting with Antigone Davis, Global Head of Safety and Amy McArdle, Safety Policy Manager EMEA, Facebook on Safety including children’s rights, child safeguarding and violence against women. I received an update … Continue reading

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