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HEAnet and the Board of Directors

HEAnet, Ireland’s National Education and Research Network, was incorporated in November 1997. It has a subsidiary company EduCampus Services, which was incorporated in April 2015 to deliver quality IT, shared services to the Higher Education sector.

Following the commencement of The Companies Act 2014, HEAnet and EduCampus Services converted to new company types during 2016.  HEAnet converted to a Company Limited by Guarantee and Not Having a Share Capital, and the new company name (including the abbreviated company type) is HEAnet CLG.

Given the group structure, EduCampus Services converted to a Designated Activity Company (DAC) as it is a company with a majority share capital held by HEAnet.  As part of the same conversion process, each company adopted a new Constitution to replace their previous Memorandum and Articles of Association.

Both companies have charitable tax status and are registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority.

The ordinary members and directors of HEAnet and EduCampus Services are appointed in accordance with their Constitution and company law.

The directors of HEAnet and EduCampus Services are collectively responsible for promoting the success of their companies by leading and directing its activities. Both Boards provide strategic guidance to their respective organisations and monitor and review their own activities and the effectiveness of management.

The following information relates to HEAnet’s structure – for further information on EduCampus Services please visit www.educampus.ie

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 Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2021 and the Annual Report – Protected Disclosures 2021 are now available here.

The Current Board Directors are listed below:

 

Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation Board Chair: Professor Anne Scott (University of Galway)
Dublin City University Professor Noel O’Connor
Technological University Dublin Professor Mike Murphy
University of Galway Ms Aoife Tuohy
Technological Higher Education Association Dr Orla Flynn (ATU)
Technological Higher Education Association Dr Billy Bennett (ATU)
Trinity College Dublin Mr Patrick Magee
University College Cork Dr Gerard Culley
University College Dublin Mr Phillip Fischer
University of Limerick Mr Gary Butler
CONUL Dr Sandra Collins (UCD)
JISC *Dr Paul Feldman

*As per Constitution Section 42(c).

The current Ordinary Members of HEAnet are listed below:

Dublin City University Dr Declan Raftery
Technological University Dublin Ms Bridget Gleeson
Higher Education Authority Dr Vivienne Patterson
Maynooth University Dr Mike O’Malley
University of Galway Ms Sharon Bailey
Technological Higher Education Association Vacant
Technological Higher Education Association Mr Cormac O’Toole (SETU)
Trinity College Dublin Mr John Coman
University College Cork Ms Nora Geary
University College Dublin Mr David Kelly
University of Limerick Professor Kerstin Mey

Company Secretary:  Ms Jolene Byrne

Mr Phillip Fischer

Chief Information Officer, University College Dublin

Professor Anne Scott

Chairperson, Board of HEAnet and Professor Emerita, University of Galway
William Bennett

Dr William Bennett

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Registrar, Atlantic Technological University

Mr Gary Butler

Chief Financial and Performance Officer, University of Limerick

Dr Gerard Culley

Director of Information Technology, University College Cork

Dr Orla Flynn

President, Atlantic Technological University

Dr Paul Feldman

Chief Executive, JISC

Mr Patrick Magee

Director of Information Technology Services, Trinity College Dublin

Professor Mike Murphy

Academic Registrar and Director, Academic Affairs, Digital & Learning Transformation, Technological University Dublin

Professor Noel O’Connor

Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering, Dublin City University

Ms Aoife Tuohy

Director Financial Accounts, University of Galway

Dr Sandra Collins

University Librarian, University College Dublin

HEAnet Group Committees:

Four group committees report to the Board of HEAnet:

Group Audit & Risk Committee:

The Group Audit Committee’s primary function is to assist the Boards of HEAnet and EduCampus Services in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities, including reviewing the financial information provided in the audited accounts; ensuring that adequate and effective systems of internal financial controls are in place, assessing the risk management function and overseeing the internal audit function.

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

The current Group Audit & Risk Committee members are:

 

HEAnet Board Dr Gerard Culley (HEAnet director, Chair)
Dr Billy Bennett (HEAnet Director)
Ms Aoife Tuohy (HEAnet Member)
EduCampus Services Board Ms Mary Kerr (EduCampus Director)

Group Finance Sub-Committee:

The main function of the Group Finance Sub-committee is to consider all financial matters relating to the group and to report its findings and recommendations to the respective Boards.

The current Finance Sub-Committee members are:

 

HEAnet Board Professor Mike Murphy (HEAnet director, Chair)
  Professor Anne Scott (HEAnet director)
Phillip Fischer (HEAnet member)
EduCampus Services Board David Smith (EduCampus member)

Group Remuneration Committee:

The Remuneration Committee meets annually to review and consider the performance and remuneration of the Group Chief Executives.

The current HEAnet Remuneration Committee members are:

HEAnet Board of Directors Professor Anne Scott (Chair)

EduCampus Services:  in respect of the EduCampus Chief Executive – the above members and the following members:

Dr Joseph Ryan (Chair) Chair, EduCampus Services Board of Directors
Mr Ronan Byrne (CEO) HEAnet CEO, EduCampus Services Director

Group Nomination Committee:

The Group Nomination Committee’s role is to:

  • regularly review the structure, size and composition (including the skills, knowledge, experience and diversity) of the boards;
  • consider succession planning for directors;
  • keep up to date and fully informed about strategic issues and commercial changes affecting the company and the market in which it operates; and
  • be responsible for identifying and nominating for the approval of the board, candidates to fill board vacancies when a representative body nominate more than one nominee for consideration as a director.

The current HEAnet Group Nomination Committee members are:

HEAnet Board Mr Patrick Magee – Chair
Dr Orla Flynn
Professor Noel O’Connor
EduCampus Board Mr John Gill

Board and Sub-Committee attendance and expenses:

The directors do not receive remuneration for their services as per the company’s Constitution. 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.

HEAnet Company Constitution

Click here to view HEAnet Company Constitution.