Appointments to the Children’s Hospital Group Board

In accordance with the Government’s recent decision to widen the opportunity for board membership of State Bodies, the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD, invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons interested in being appointed to fill two vacancies on the Children’s Hospital Group Board.

Applications will be accepted up to and including 22 April 2015.


The construction of a new children’s hospital in Dublin, co-located with a major adult hospital, is a key commitment in the Programme for Government and the largest project within the Government’s Capital Plan. The new hospital will deliver tertiary acute services to children from all over Ireland and secondary acute services to children and young people from the Greater Dublin Area. It will play a central role in the provision of excellent paediatric healthcare services throughout Ireland and will be the primary centre for paediatric education, training and research in Ireland. The new facility will bring together the services currently provided on three sites – Crumlin, Temple Street and Tallaght.

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Details of the appointments

The Children’s Hospital Group Board has responsibility for:

  1. Overseeing the integration of the three existing children’s hospitals into one organisation well before transitioning  to the new children’s hospital
  2. Developing effective corporate and clinical governance structures for the Hospital Group
  3. Developing a services integration/reconfiguration plan and
  4. Acting as client for the new children’s hospital capital project.

The Children’s Hospital Group Board is a 12 member Board appointed by the Minister for Health, on which there are currently two vacancies.

Information on the current Children’s Hospital Group Board can be found on the new children’s hospital website:
Appointments to the Board will be made for a period of two years (up to the 30th of July 2017).

Board Member Expertise

Persons who meet the following criteria are being sought for the new Board.

Expressions of interest are invited from members of the public who consider they possess the skills and experience necessary in either or both of the following areas:

Board member philanthropy

The board member with experience in philanthropy will provide advice and assistance to the board in designing the philanthropic strategy and capital campaign of the group.  It is expected that they will bring to the board their knowledge and experience in researching and recruiting new individual donors as well as supporting the philanthropic executive in planning, implementing, managing and coordinating philanthropic activities of the Board.

Consequently, the Minister is seeking expressions of interest from members of the public with:

  • Significant senior-level experience in philanthropy and major donor activities including demonstrated success in fundraising in not-for-profit organisations
  • Experience and expertise in developing relationships with major donors and crafting philanthropy strategies and campaigns to secure results
  • High ethical standards of behaviour, good judgment, respect for others, confidentiality and attention to detail.

Board member service integration/change management

The Children’s Hospital Group Board is working closely with the three existing hospitals and with the HSE and Department of Health on integration planning. The scale and complexity of the challenge is without precedent in Ireland. The Board member appointed under this competency heading will advise the Board and executive on the process of developing integration and large-scale change management plans and in the implementation of these plans to continue to support the move towards a single organisation.

Consequently, the Minister is seeking expressions of interest from members of the public with:

  • Significant experience in planning and/or implementing large-scale change management projects
  • Senior level experience in strategic HR or OD planning
  • Experience in the successful integration of large organisations
  • High ethical standards of behaviour, good judgment, respect for others, confidentiality and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of the health care sector including awareness of patient safety and quality issues.

The following skills / competencies are desirable for the fulfilment of both roles:

  • Highly developed oral, written, presentation and leadership skills, with the ability to develop, communicate and gain ownership for a clear vision and direction
  • Strong influencing skills, ability to communicate with impact and be able to convince through personal credibility
  • A strong lateral thinker with an objective approach to decision-making and the confidence and resilience required to operate in a complex and high profile organisation
  • Strong network of personal contacts and ability to extend this network extensively
  • Interest in, and knowledge of, paediatric health care
  • Must be able to develop and maintain good relationships with the key stakeholders involved in the programme including the Children’s Hospital Group Board and the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, CEO of the CHGB, Department of Health, and Health Service Executive.

How to apply

Anyone interested in being considered for appointment as a Board member should submit an application via the following link,, together with a detailed Curriculum Vitae and cover letter.