Appointment as Chairperson of the Board of the Health Service Executive

The Health Service Executive (HSE) Board will be the governing body of the HSE and will be responsible for strengthening governance, oversight and performance of the HSE. 

The Chairperson will be responsible for leadership of the Board and will play a key role in establishing the Board governance structures and ensuring their effective and cohesive operation. S/he will play a central role in relation to the direction, leadership and corporate and clinical governance of the HSE during a period of complex change.

The Minister for Health now invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Chairperson of the Board of the Health Service Executive.

The Chairperson will be committed to the delivery of the reform of the health service and the HSE.

Candidates should have a career history at a sufficiently senior level in a complex organisation of scale or equivalent business experience which would provide evidence of:

• Significant strategic leadership experience with a proven track record of organisational management and organisational improvement preferably in a distributed and highly complex organisation;
• Demonstrable leadership of transformational change and reconfiguration in complex environments and a track record in implementing major system-wide reform;
• Experience in performance management, and the presentation and interpretation of performance information, a capacity to quickly develop an understanding of the economics of health care and the budgets required to achieve the organisation’s mission;
• A capacity to quickly develop an understanding of the complex legal and regulatory environment in which the HSE operates;
• An understanding of the complexity of providing evidence-based, high quality and safe care, including risk management;
• Significant board level experience, with the confidence and resilience to lead the Board of a complex and high profile organisation;
• Ability to ensure that the Board guides, challenges and supports the CEO and executive team to deliver major reform whilst holding them to account in doing so;
• Excellent communication skills and the ability to develop constructive relationships with all relevant stakeholders.

While previous Healthcare experience is not a prerequisite, the candidate should be able to demonstrate successful leadership experience and success in an organisation or sector of an equivalent scope and scale as the HSE.

In order to qualify for appointment a person must not have any conflicts of interest likely to interfere with his/her ability to assume the role of Chairperson.



18125009_Chair HSE Final Information Booklet.pdf