The Public Appointments Service is the centralised provider of recruitment, assessment and selection services for the Civil Service, Local Authorities, the Health Service Executive, An Garda Síochána and other public bodies. The Public Appointments Service also aims to provide an open, efficient and effective gateway and process to identify top quality people for consideration by Ministers for appointment to State Boards. The website www.stateboards.ie is the channel used by the Public Appointments Service to both inform the public of vacancies on State Boards and to collate expressions of interest in those roles for the Minister.
Competencies for Membership of a State Board
There are a number of typical competencies that may be deemed relevant to a position on a State Board and these are outlined below. However, different competencies may apply to any particular vacancy, and these will be outlined in the documentation associated with each such vacancy. The typical competencies include:
Analytical Strategic Perspective
- An ability to take a broad future focused perspective on issues
- An ability to understand and anticipate the effect of environmental and economic issues on an organisation
- The ability to critically analyse information to identify the most relevant and critical issues
Integrity and a focus on Governance
- A strong sense of ethics and integrity
- Has a good understanding of what may constitute or be seen as a conflict of interests and acts to avoid or address issues of conflict of interest
- An appreciation of the state and the public as key stakeholders
- An understanding of good governance practices
- An ability to work effectively with others as part of a team
- An ability to work with people with different perspectives to identify common ground and mutually acceptable solutions to problems
Contribution and effort
- A clear focus on the responsibilities of their role as a board member
- A strong commitment on ensuring they add value and positively impact on the organisation
- The resilience to adapt to changing circumstances
- The tenacity to persevere in challenging situations
- Acts as a role model for Board representation
- Comfortable operating within a Digital environment
- The ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing
- The ability to ask relevant and pertinent questions
- An ability to understand high level financial data
- An appreciation of budgets and good financial management practice
- The acumen to manage a business effectively
Applications are welcome from people who believe they have the relevant skills and experience to join a State Board, barring any disqualifications that may apply under legislative provision. Certain of these provisions are outlined in the Companies Act, 1990 and the Company Law Enforcement Act, 2001. An undischarged bankrupt cannot be an officer of a company. Section 183 of the Companies Act 1963 provides that if any person, being an undischarged bankrupt acts as an officer or directly or indirectly takes part or is concerned in the promotion, formation or management of any company except with the leave of the High Court, he shall be guilty of an offence, which is prosecutable summarily by ODCE. Undischarged bankrupt means a person who is declared bankrupt by a court within the State or, who has not obtained a certificate of discharge or its equivalent in the relevant jurisdiction.
Our Commitments to You
- This Office is committed to the highest standards of customer service.
- It is our goal to deal with our customers professionally, fairly, impartially and with the utmost courtesy and respect.
- Our Customer Charter has been developed in consultation with a broad range of customers. View the Customer Charter (DOC, 82Kb)