Management and governance

The Irish Cancer Society is the national cancer charity (charity registration number CHY5863).

The Society is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors made up of leading medical experts, scientists and business people. The Board is advised by a number of expert committees and is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the charity.

Board of Directors

  • Prof John Kennedy (Chair)
  • Ms Marie Armstrong
  • Mr Dermot Breen
  • Dr Grainne Flannelly
  • Prof Liam Grogan
  • Mr Paddy McMahon
  • Prof Kingston Mills
  • Mr Padraig O'hUiginn
  • Mr Willie O'Reilly

Medical Committee

  • Prof Liam Grogan (Chair)
  • Ms Marie Cox
  • Dr Gerard Crotty
  • Dr Grainne Flannelly
  • Mr James Geraghty
  • Prof Rajnish Gupta
  • Prof Tomas Lynch
  • Dr Regina McQuillan
  • Mr Barry O'Connell
  • Ms Eileen O'Donnell
  • Prof Colm O'Morain
  • Dr Seamus O'Reilly
  • Dr Pierre Thirion

Finance Committee

  • Mr Paddy McMahon (Chair)
  • Mr Fergus Brennan
  • Mr Ger Penny 

Fundraising Advisory Committee

  • Mr Dermot Breen (Chair)
  • Ms Marie Armstrong
  • Ms Della Clancy
  • Mr Sean Dorgan
  • Mr Ivor Fitzpatrick
  • Ms Marie O'Connor

Governance and Nominating Committee

  • Ms. Marie Armstrong (Chair)
  • Prof. John Kennedy
  • Mr. Willie O’Reilly

Our CEO and senior management team (SMT)

The SMT assists the Chief Executive, John McCormack, in managing the Irish Cancer Society's day-to-day business. The current SMT is:

  • John McCormack - Chief Executive
  • Donal Buggy - Head of Services
  • Noeleen Donnelly - Head of Human Resources
  • David Drakeford - Head of ICT
  • Prof John Fitzpatrick - Head of Research
  • Mark Mellett - Head of Fundraising
  • Niamh Ní Chonghaile - Financial Controller and Company Secretary
  • Kathleen O’Meara - Head of Advocacy & Communications