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With the magnificent Chateau of Fontainebleau in the background, Jillian van Turnhout receives her Certificate in Corporate Governance after recently completing the INSEAD International Directors Programme.




I am helping organisations in three areas: Corporate Governance, Executive Hiring, and Advocacy. Click on the relevant picture below to learn more about that service. Underneath this I will tell more about myself, about my term as Senator in the Irish Parliament and about my global network of contacts and awards I have won. Finally, at the bottom of this page you will find my Blog.



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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April 2016 – My final newsletter

Please click below to access my final Newsletter and find out more about the contributions I’ve been making and events I’ve been attended, both inside and outside the Oireachtas: April 2016 Newsletter

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Children’s Rights Alliance lecture marking the work of Jillian van Turnhout

Children’s Rights Alliance lecture marking the work of Jillian van Turnhout Senator in Seanad Éireann from 2011 to 2016 in The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children 13 April 2016 Speech by Jillian van Turnhout Thank you Children’s Rights Alliance … Continue reading

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Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013: Report and Final Stages

I move amendment No. 3: In page 10, between lines 24 and 25, to insert the following:” “best interpretation” means the interpretation of the relevant person’s past and present communication (using all forms of communication, including, where relevant, total communication, … Continue reading

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