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
  • Prof Ray Stallings

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, Head of Communications

Finance and Audit Committee

  • Mr Fergus Brennan (Chair)
  • Mr Sean Dorgan
  • Ms Jane Neill 
  • 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
  • Prof Liam Grogan 
  • 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

Summary of legislation and regulation compliance

The Society is obliged to comply with certain legislation and has chosen to adhere to various guidelines as best practice. 

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Date Last Reviewed: 
Friday, December 9, 2016