Sport Ireland Board to Expand

Sport Ireland is to have its board bolstered with the appointment of three new directors.

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport placed the advertisement seeking expressions of interest from candidates with very specific experience in finance, disability sport and having competed at ‘the highest level’ in sport.

Thirteen months ago the previous process to appoint new directors had been postponed with the Minister believing at the time that there was a sufficiently broad-based skill set to govern the management of sport under CEO John Treacy.

The new appointments now would bring the number of Board members up to thirteen, including Chairman Kieran Mulvey.

Existing board members include former Minister Bernard Allen; Bank of Ireland Head of Munster and former Tipperary Hurling Manager Liam Sheedy; Recently retired Head of Sport with Special Olympics Frances Kavanagh; John Maughan, Caroline Murphy, Mary Dorgan, Patrick O’Connor, Roy Dooney and Sean Benton.

Donal Óg Cusack stepped down from the board in 2017.

The advertisement for the new positions outlines very specific requirements for each new role.

In Finance, the candidates must have “wide experience and competence in relation to financial matters; extensive professional experience at an appropriately senior level in the area of accountancy, audit and/or corporate finance, and experience as a member of an Audit Committee or of having directly reported to or worked with an Audit Committee.

Candidates for the ‘Sport’ role “must be or have been involved in competing at the highest level in sport.” They must have or have had significant demonstrable active involvement in sport which would indicate a depth and breadth of knowledge of the challenges facing the sector and demonstrate a substantial contribution and track record of achievement in the sector.

The third role is to focus on disability sport with a requirement being to have an in-depth knowledge of the challenges facing this particular sports sector.

Details of the application process and the closing date for application on April 30th are available on the Stae Boards website here.


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