Chambers Ireland is run by a team of dedicated staff overseen by a board of directors. Our structure is as follows:
Each Chambers Ireland member chamber retains its independence of action and its right to adopt its own policy position. The national tier relies on its expertise and powers of persuasion to lead federal decision making. Chambers Ireland’s federal structure is a key strength of the organisation, enabling it to have a strong bottom-up mandate with a genuinely dynamic national movement.
Chambers Ireland’s Board
The board is the organisation’s governing body. It meets monthly and its functions are to provide strategic leadership, oversee the activities of the staff and volunteer structures at national level. Elections for the board are held at its AGM.
Chamber Executive’s Forum
Full time executives of every member chamber is entitled to attend the quarterly Chamber Executive’s Forum, a self-governing structure within Chambers Ireland that addresses issues of concern to its members and advises the board on issues affecting local chambers.
Chambers Ireland’s policy councils provide an opportunity for representatives of member chambers and co-opted experts to develop national policy.
The support of Chambers Ireland’s corporate partners is crucial to ensuring that Irish business is represented both nationally and locally. Chambers Ireland partners include AIB, An Post, Ervia, ESB, Shell E&P Ireland and Zurich.
Chambers Ireland’s corporate patrons support and contribute to Chambers Ireland’s policy and research by participating in its policy councils and by partnering events and services.
National Advisory Board
The National Advisory Board is made up of the Chief Executives from partner companies as well as a number of other co-opted leaders selected for their regional perspective and expertise.
Chambers Ireland is a member of the Paris based International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the largest business representative organisation in the world. As a member, Chambers Ireland acts as the Irish national committee of the ICC which allows it to communicate its views on international trade on behalf of its members to the intergovernmental organisations that legislate on international trade. ICC activities cover a broad spectrum, from arbitration and dispute resolution to making the case for open trade and the market economy system, business self-regulation, fighting corruption or combating commercial crime.
Chambers Ireland is a member of the association of European chambers of commerce, EUROCHAMBRES, which represents over 13m businesses across the continent. It is also a member of the World Chambers Network and enjoys close links with the British Chamber of Commerce and the United States Chamber of Commerce. Chambers Ireland has also formed an accredited framework for bi-lateral chambers which is endorsed by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.