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New Chair for HSE Board

Mr Ciarán Devane is the Minister for Health’s designated Chairperson for the Board of the HSE, following a Public Appointments Service campaign to identify potential candidates to chair the Board.

Mr Devane is the Chief Executive of the British Council,  a £1.2b public body with 12,000 staff in 115 countries. He was Chief Executive of the UK health charity, Macmillan Cancer Support and was knighted for his services to cancer patients. He has also been a member of the Board of NHS England, at a time when it successfully transitioned from the old architecture to the new, while maintaining system safety, integrity and performance.

Early tasks for the new Chair will be to participate in the selection of the CEO of the HSE, the process of which is underway, and to participate in the process of identifying other Board members.

The Department of Health said this was another important step in the implementation of a key Sláintecare recommendation.