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State Board Vacancies – Expressions of Interest for Appointment of Chairperson and Members to the Board of the National Cancer Registry

Expressions of Interest for Appointment of Chairperson and Members to the Board of the National Cancer Registry

In accordance with the Government’s decision to widen the opportunity for board membership of State Bodies, the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD, invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons interested in being appointed as Chairperson and Members of the Board of the National Cancer Registry. Board members are appointed in a non-executive capacity. The term of office of the Board will expire on 3rd December, 2012.

National Cancer Registry

Background Information

The National Cancer Registry (NCR) is a statutory body established under SI No. 19 of 1991, which was amended by Section 65 of the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2009.

The functions of the National Cancer Registry are:

  • to identify, collect, classify, record, store and analyse information relating to the incidence and prevalence of cancer and related tumours in Ireland;
  • to collect, classify, record and store information in relation to each newly diagnosed individual cancer patient and in relation to each tumour which occurs;
  • to promote and facilitate the use of the data thus collected in approved research projects and in the planning and management of services;
  • to publish an annual report based on the activities of the Registry;
  • to furnish advice, information and assistance in relation to any aspect of such service to the Minister.

Chairperson of the Board of the National Cancer Registry (NCR)

Details of Appointment

A vacancy for the Chairperson of the Board of the NCR will arise on 3rd December. The Chairperson of the Board is appointed by the Minister for Health in line with the provisions of Section 5 (2) of the National Cancer Registry Board (Establishment) Order 1991 (No 19 of 1991).

A Chairperson is appointed for a term not exceeding 5 years. Information on the current Board of the NCR can be found on the NCR’s website, www.ncri.ie. The NCR has at least 4 meetings annually.

The roles and responsibilities of Board Members, including the Chairperson are described in the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies 2009 which is available on the website of the Department of Finance (CoP State Bodies 2009).

The roles and responsibilities of Board Members, including the Chairperson are described in the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies 2009 which is available on the website of the Department of Finance (CoP State Bodies 2009). There is no remuneration for acting as a member of the Board. Travel and subsistence allowances, however, will be paid in line with Government guidelines. The Chairperson will be required to devote as much time to duties on the Board as is necessary for the proper and efficient discharge of his/her duties, and to comply with the relevant provisions of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

Chairperson Expertise

The Chairperson performs a key role in ensuring that appropriate standards of Corporate Governance are adhered to in all aspects of the activities of the NCR. He/She will play a central role in relation to the direction, leadership and corporate governance of the NCR. The key relationship in the conduct of good governance is that between the Chairperson and the Chief Executive. It would be desirable that candidates for this position have some experience in chairing Boards of Directors.

The Chairperson of the Board would be expected to have experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas: corporate governance, finance, the collection, recording and analysis of information, use of information in research projects and the management and planning of health services, clinical care (particularly surgery and pathology) and the public interest.

Additional Information

A person who is proposed for appointment as Chairperson by the Minister will be required to discuss the approach which they will take to their role as chairperson and their views about the contribution of the Board to the Oireachtas Committee on Health. Following that discussion, a decision will be taken by the Minister to confirm the nominee as Chairperson.

It should also be noted that the Chairperson, on appointment, assumes significant duties such as responsibility for the proper conduct of the organisation’s affairs, to hold information obtained in their role as Chairperson confidential and to act in accordance with public policy and high standards of probity.

In order to qualify for appointment a person must not have any conflicts of interest likely to interfere with his/her ability to play a full part on the Board.

Membership of the Board of the National Cancer Registry

Details of Appointment

There will be 6 vacancies arising on the Board of the NCR on 3rd December, 2012. Members of the Board are appointed by the Minister for Health in line with the provisions of Section 5 (1) of the National Cancer Registry Board (Establishment) Order 1991 (No 19 of 1991) as amended by Section 65 of the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2009 (No 25 of 2009).

A Board Member is appointed by the Minister for a term not exceeding 5 years. Information on the current Board of the NCR can be found on the NCR website, www.ncri.ie. The NCR Board has at least 4 meetings annually.

The roles and responsibilities of Board Members are described in the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies 2009 which is available on the website of the Department of Finance (CoP State Bodies 2009). Board members who may be appointed to the Internal Audit Committee of the Board will also be appointed to sub-committees of the Board such as the Finance Committee, the Compliance Committee and the Medical Advisory Committee. These Committees assist the Board in carrying out its Corporate Governance remit.

There is no remuneration for acting as a member of the Board. Travel and subsistence allowances, however, will be paid in line with Government guidelines. Members will be required to devote as much time to duties on the Board as is necessary for the proper and efficient discharge of their duties, and to comply with the relevant provisions of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

Board Member Expertise

Members of the Board perform key roles in relation to the direction, leadership and corporate governance of the NCR. Members of the Board would be expected to have experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas: corporate governance, finance, collection, recording and analysis of information, use of information in research projects, management and planning of health services, clinical care (particularly surgery and pathology), public health, and the public interest.

Additional Information

It should also be noted that Board members, on appointment, assume significant duties such as responsibility for the proper conduct of the organisation’s affairs, to hold information obtained in their role as Board member confidential and to act in accordance with public policy and high standards of probity.

In order to qualify for appointment a person must not have any conflicts of interest likely to interfere with his/her ability to play a full part on the board.

How to apply

Anyone interested in being considered for appointment as Chairperson or a Board member should submit an application form via the following link www.publicjobs.ie together with detailed Curriculum Vitae not exceeding 3 pages.

The application process will consist of the following steps:

When you click on ‘Apply for this job’ you will be brought to the registration page. If you are already registered on www.publicjobs.ie you can log in using your username and password.

If you have not previously registered you will need to register your details, then you must go to “Choose a Job Category” on the left side of the screen. Click on “Membership of a State Board” and then click ‘Apply for this job’.

Step 1 -Download a PDF Application Form. This is an application form which you should complete and save to your PC.

Step 2 – Complete the Online Application Form. Most of this will be pre-filled from your registration profile. Then you will be asked to upload the PDF Application Form that you previously saved.

Step 3 – Attach a detailed CV not exceeding 3 pages.

By submitting an expression of interest the applicant accepts that appointments are made in the exercise of a statutory discretion, that the Minister is not obliged to consider the expressions of interest offered, that he is not confined to recommending an appointment from amongst those who have expressed an interest and is not bound by any statement set out in the notice.

Applications will be accepted up to and including 08th September, 2012.

We will treat all applications /expressions of interest confidentially and information will only be given to the appropriate personnel.