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State Boards Vacancies – Chairperson and members to the Board of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS)

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 Irish Blood Transfusion Service. Board members are appointed in a non-executive capacity. The term of office of nine of the present Board members will expire on 31 May, 2012.

Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Background Information

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service was set up under SI No. 78 of 1965 to provide blood and blood components that are as safe as possible for patients in a timely manner.

The functions of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service are to:

  • Organise and administer a blood transfusion service including the processing or supply of blood derivatives or other blood products, and also including blood group and other tests in relation to specimens of blood received by the Board.
  • To make available blood and blood products.
  • To make available equipment or reagents suitable for use in relation to the service.
  • To make such charges (if any) as the Board thinks fit, for the services referred to above and, where the Minister gives any direction in relation to such charges, to comply with such direction.
  • To furnish advice, information and assistance in relation to any aspect of the service to the Minister, any health authority or any hospital authority.
  • To make any necessary provision for publicity in relation to the service.
  • To organise, provide, assist or encourage research and the training and teaching of persons in matters relating to blood transfusion and preparation of blood products.
  • To cooperate with other bodies with analogous scientific functions.
  • To organise and administer a service for obtaining and assessing reports of unexpected or undesirable effects of transfusion of blood or blood components made available by the Board.

Chairperson of the Board of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Details of Appointment

A vacancy for the Chairperson of the Board of the IBTS will arise at the end of May, 2012. The Chairperson of the Board is appointed by the Minister for Health in line with the provisions of Section 8 of the Blood Transfusion Service Board (Establishment) Order 1965 ( No 78 of 1965).

A Chairperson is appointed for a term not exceeding 3 years. Information on the current Board of the IBTS can be found on the IBTS website, www.giveblood.ie. The IBTS Board has 11 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 IBTS is a Category 3 Board. Remuneration of Board members, as well as travel and subsistence allowances, is paid in line with Government guidelines. The current rate of remuneration for the Chairperson is €11,970 per annum. 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 their duties, and to comply with the relevant provisions of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

It should be noted however, that under revised Department of Finance arrangements, it is now a requirement that public servants:

  • who sit on state boards in an ex officio capacity or on behalf of their parent Department/organisation or
  • who may be nominated to such board positions independently of their public service employment

should not be paid remuneration in the form of board fees when serving in such a representational capacity. It should also be noted that Board members, including Chairperson, may voluntarily waive their right to any remuneration.

Board Member 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 IBTS. He/She will play a central role in relation to the direction, leadership and corporate governance of the IBTS. 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, quality assurance, haematology, nursing, international expertise, scientific risk assessment, public health, communication, marketing and the public interest.

Additional Information

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 Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Details of Appointment

There will be 8 vacancies arising on the Board of the IBTS at the end of May, 2012. The Board is appointed by the Minister for Health in line with the provisions of Section 5 of the Blood Transfusion Service Board (Establishment) Order 1965 ( No 78 of 1965).

A Board Member is appointed by the Minister for a term not exceeding 3 years. Information on the current Board of the IBTS can be found on the IBTS website, www.giveblood.ie. The IBTS Board has 11 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 will also be appointed to sub-committees of the Board such as the Finance Committee, the Audit and Compliance Committee and the Medical Advisory Committee. These Committees assist the Board in carrying out its Corporate Governance remit.

The IBTS is a Category 3 Board. Remuneration of Board members, as well as travel and subsistence allowances, are paid in line with Government guidelines. The current rate of remuneration for a Board member is €7,695 per annum. 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.

It should be noted however, that under revised Department of Finance arrangements, it is now a requirement that public servants:

  • who sit on state boards in an ex officio capacity or on behalf of their parent Department/organisation or
  • who may be nominated to such board positions independently of their public service employment

should not be paid remuneration in the form of board fees when serving in such a representational capacity. It should also be noted that Board members, including Chairperson, may voluntarily waive their right to any remuneration.

Board Member Expertise

Members of the Board perform key roles in relation to the direction, leadership and corporate governance of the IBTS. Members of the Board would be expected to have experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas: corporate governance, finance, quality assurance, haematology, nursing, international expertise, scientific risk assessment, public health, communication, human resources, marketing 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

Interested applicants should register an Expression of Interest through the Public Appointments Service at www.publicjobs.ie/publicjobs/campaignAdvert/4749.htm. Applicants who have not previously registered with the Public Appointments Service will be required to register to apply for the posts.

The application process will consist of the following steps:

  • Registering with www.publicjobs.ie (if not already registered)
  • Downloading and completing a short PDF based questionnaire
  • Completing an online application form
  • Attaching the completed PDF questionnaire
  • Attaching combined CV and cover letter

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 2 May, 2012.