Acesa – Partners For Progress




Association of Chief Executives of State Agencies in Ireland

The Association provides a forum for chief executives to discuss issues of mutual concern and enables them to develop and express a collective voice on issues that affect the sector.


  • To create networking opportunities

  • To identify and promote best management practice through information sharing and training

  • To initiate and share relevant research

  • To keep up to date on relevant developments

  • To foster international links

  • To represent CEOs collectively on relevant matters


  • Event management

  • Supporting and advising ACESA sub-committees and project groups

  • Member recruitment

  • Maintaining the database and running the annual Membership Survey

  • Identifying training and development opportunities

  • Identifying opportunities and funding for cross border and international initiatives

  • Promoting the profile of the Association




ACESA Annual Report

Download below the most recent annual report.

Acesa Board

On a day-to-day basis, the work programme of the Association is looked after by the ACESA Board, elected every two years at the AGM. The Board normally meets monthly. The current membership is:

Pamela Byrne
Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Padraig Walsh
Vice Chairperson
Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

Ginny Hanrahan

Rosalind Carroll
Residential Tenancies Board

Ray Dolan

Patricia Gilheaney
Inspector of Prisons

John McDaid
Legal Aid Board

Tomás Ó Ruairc
The Teaching Council

Marian O’Sullivan
Institute of Public Administration

Phelim Quinn