Governance

HEAnet and the Board of Directors

HEAnet was incorporated in November 1997 under the Companies Act, 1963, and is a company limited by guarantee and does not have a share capital. As a private limited company, HEAnet is governed by company law and is also guided by the “Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies”.

The Board of Directors of HEAnet are collectively responsible for promoting the success of the company by leading and directing its activities. The Board provides strategic guidance to the organisation, and monitors its activities and the effectiveness of management.

The ordinary members of HEAnet appoint the directors of HEAnet, in accordance with the Memorandum and Articles of Association and the Companies Acts.

Prof. Don Barry University of Limerick
Mary Dooley National University of Ireland Galway
Michael Farrell University College Cork
Bridget Gleeson Dublin Institute of Technology
Mary Kerr Higher Education Authority
Eoin Langan (AIT) Technological Higher Education Association (THEA)
John Murphy Trinity College Dublin
Gerry O’Brien University College Dublin
Mike O’Malley Maynooth University
Cormac O’Toole (ITC) Technological Higher Education Association (THEA)
Dr Declan Rafferty Dublin City University
Vacant University College Dublin

Directors are appointed for an initial term of four years, with the opportunity to be re-elected to serve for a further four year term.

The Current Board Directors are listed below:

Dennis Cummins Technological Higher Education Association (DKIT)
Sheena Duffy Higher Education Authority
Jim Fennell (Board Chair) Technological Higher Education Association (GMIT)
John Fitzgerald University College Cork
Barbara McConalogue Dublin City University
Colette McKenna Consortium of National & University Libraries
John Murphy Trinity College Dublin
Noel O’Connor Dublin Institute of Technology
Sean O’Farrell NUI Galway
Dearbhla O’Reilly Maynooth University
Vacant University College Dublin
Vacant Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation
Vacant University of Limerick

HEAnet Committees:

The HEAnet Board has three committees that report to it – the Audit Committee, the Finance Sub – Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Audit Committee:

The Audit Committee’s primary function is to assist the Board of HEAnet in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities, including reviewing the financial information provided in HEAnet’s audited accounts; employing established systems of internal financial controls and risk management; and reviewing the internal audit function.

HEAnet appoints an independent firm of auditors to conduct its internal audit function and an internal audit plan is agreed by the Audit Committee for a rolling three year period. The auditors conduct an annual System of Internal Financial Control Audit, as well as other audits that focus on key business areas identified in HEAnet’s Risk Register.

Members of the Audit Committee:

Board Directors:
John Fitzgerald (Chair) University College Cork
Noel O’Connor Dublin Institute of Technology
Sean O’Farrell NUI Galway
Ordinary Members:
John Murphy Trinity College Dublin
Gerry O’Brien University College Cork

Finance Sub-Committee:

The main function of the Finance Sub-Committee is to consider all financial matters relating to the company and to report its findings and recommendations to the board.

Members of the Finance Sub-Committee:

Board Directors:
Dennis Cummins Technological Higher Education Association (DKIT)
Sheena Duffy Higher Education Authority
Jim Fennell (Chair) Technological Higher Education Association (GMIT)
Barbara McConalogue Dublin City University
Vacant University College Dublin

Remuneration Committee:

The Remuneration Committee meets annually to review and consider the performance and remuneration of the Chief Executive of HEAnet.

Members of the Remuneration Committee:

Jim Fennell – Chair
John Fitzgerald
Barbara McConalogue

Board and Sub-Committee attendance and expenses:

HEAnet Directors do not receive remuneration for their services as per the company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association, however, travel costs and expenses incurred by directors in connection with the business of the company are reimbursed in accordance with the rates approved by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.