Our leadership

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

  • Mr Dermot Breen (Chair)
  • Mr Fergus Brennan
  • Dr Sinead Brennan
  • Ms Geraldine Clarke
  • Mr Kieran Crowley 
  • Mr Sean Dorgan
  • Prof Liam Grogan
  • Dr Cormac Kilty
  • Dr Helen McAvoy
  • 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 & Advocacy
  • Noeleen Donnelly - Head of Human Resources
  • Mark Mellett - Head of Fundraising
  • Niamh Ní Chonghaile - Head of Finance
  • Dr Robert O’Connor, Head of Research
  • Gráinne O'Rourke, Acting Head of Communications

Finance and Audit Committee

  • Mr Fergus Brennan (Chair)
  • Mr Sean Dorgan
  • Mr Ger Penny

Fundraising Advisory Committee

  • Mr Dermot Breen (Chair)
  • Mr Kieran Crowley
  • Mr Ivor Fitzpatrick
  • Ms Marie O'Connor

Governance and Nominating Committee

  • Mr Kieran Crowley
  • Mr Willie O’Reilly

Governance code

A code of practice for good governance of community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland has been developed by the sector, for the sector (see www.governancecode.ie). It is a voluntary code designed to help organisations adhere to the highest possible standards. The Irish Cancer Society has adopted this code.

Statement of principles

Date Last Reviewed: 
Wednesday, September 21, 2016