Application Process

How to apply for a Common Purpose (Ireland) Ltd programme.

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Who are we looking for?

As a leadership development organisation we are seeking applications from a broad mix of people who currently hold a leadership position and want to improve their skills. This could be a voluntary position, like a youth group, or a CEO of a company.

We can all be leaders in society and in our own communities. This doesn't mean everyone running for parliament, but looking at the community around them, the organisation they work in or the college they go to, and considering what they can do to make it better. Society thrives on active citizens and social capital. By reclaiming the word 'leader' for all of us, and not just some far-away elite, we give ourselves the opportunity to live in the type of society that we want to, not the one we happen to find ourselves in. This is not only empowering, but an exciting and challenging way to discover new talents and meet new people.

We are looking for candidates who will contribute to the breadth of experience and sector across a participant group.


The Role of the Advisory Group

Advisory Groups help our teams by keeping them up to date with developments in their sector and their locality by making a contribution to developing the leadership of the place they live or work.


Local Advisory Groups are advisory only. They have no legal, financial, or managerial responsibility for Common Purpose. Nor are they representative bodies. People on our Advisory Groups do so in a voluntary and unpaid capacity which they are invited to take on in their personal, rather than professional, roles.

We value diversity and constantly strive to provide equality of opportunity as an employer and in the provision and delivery of all our activities, including our programmes, websites and awards schemes.

We positively encourage applications from all sections of the community and are working hard to ensure that our programmes and services meet the requirements of people with disabilities. We have a range of services that may be helpful.


“Leadership today is about understanding people, events and circumstances – the more you understand them, the greater your ability to impact upon them, and Common Purpose gives you this understanding.”

Kuben Naidoo
Head of Secretariat, National Planning Commission, South Africa