HIQA is currently without a Chairperson, with the term of Mr Brian McEnery having expired on 14 May.
Under the Health Act, it is the Minister for Health who appoints the Board Chairperson.
“The position of HIQA Chair was recently advertised through the Public Appointments Service, with expressions of interest sought by 3 May 2018,” a spokesperson for the Department of Health told <strong><em>MI</em></strong>.
“A panel is now being established to review the applications that were received and those deemed to meet the requirements established for the post will be forwarded to the Minister for Health for consideration.”
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<strong>Mr Brian McEnery</strong>
The Department spokesperson did not inform this paper how many applications there have been for the role.
At a meeting on 9 May, the HIQA Board had a discussion on succession planning, which had been prompted by one of the areas emphasised for Board attention at a recent governance training session.
In that context, the then Chairperson Mr McEnery alluded to the Resource Oversight Committee’s role and terms of reference regarding succession planning for the CEO and senior management.
“The Chairperson also advised that it was unclear what the arrangements are post-14 May, when his tenure as Chairperson expires, given that a new Chairperson has not yet been appointed. He will endeavour to clarify the position over the next day or so.”