Acesa Membership

ACESA has two types of Members - Full and Alumnus. Full Membership is open to all CEO/CEO equivalent of Irish State Agencies. Interim CEOs can avail of membership. Alumnus/Alumni Membership of the Association Is open to any person that have held full membership for at least 4 years, and is not currently employed in an executive capacity in an Agency of which a current ACESA member is Chief Executive. Our current membership is listed below. If any information is out of date, please let us know and we will correct it. To learn more about how to become a member, contact Dermot Ryan,



  • Fit the criteria of “Chief Executive” which means the most senior executive or accounting/accountable officer within an organisation including but not limited to the CEO, Chief Officer, Director, Director General, Commissioner, Ombudsman or Registrar within their own organisation or such other person whom the ACESA Board deem to fulfil this criteria.

    Are the “Chief Executive” of a State Agency which meets the following criteria:

    1. The organisation is a public benefit entity that is established by statute to perform public functions on behalf of the State.

    2. A body which a government Minister has statutory responsibility for one or more of the following:

    — Presentation of estimates in the Dáil;

    — Nomination/dismissal of the majority of members of the board/Commission/governing body of the entity;

    — Consent functions in relation to salaries fees, superannuation;

    — Consent functions in relation to borrowing;

    — Approval of and/or endorsement Statements of Strategy.

    3. A body of which the Secretary General of the line department is the accounting officer or the applicant is the accounting officer.

    4. The Agency is organisationally and legally distinct from its line department.

    5. The Agency has some discretion over personnel and financial resources.

    6. The Agency is independent in its functions to render it as a distinct entity within the State apparatus






Current Members of ACESA

Abbey Theatre
Mark O'Brien
Adoption Authority of Ireland
Lorraine Horgan
An Rialálaí Agraibhia (Agri-Food Regulator)
Niamh Lenehan
The Arts Council
Maureen Kennelly
Bord Bia
Jim O'Toole
Bord Iascaigh Mhara
Caroline Bocquel
An Bord Pleanála
Oonagh Buckley
Charities Regulatory Authority
Helen Martin
Chester Beatty
Fionnuala Croke
Citizens Information Board
Graham Long
Coimisiún na Meán
Jeremy Godfrey
Commission for Communications Regulation
Garrett Blaney
Commission for Railway Regulation
Brian Higgisson
Commission for Regulation of Utilities
Jim Gannon
Commissioners of Irish Lights
Yvonne Shields
Competition and Consumer Protection Commission
Brian McHugh
Corporate Enforcement Authority
Ian Drennan
Sheila McClelland
The Courts Service of Ireland
Angela Denning
The Dental Council of Ireland
David O'Flynn
Design and Crafts Council of Ireland
Rosemary Steen
Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Eucharia Meehan
Economic and Social Research Institute
Alan Barrett
Education and Training Boards Ireland
Paddy Lavelle
Educational Research Centre
John Regan
Environmental Protection Agency
Laura Burke
Failte Ireland
Paul Kelly
Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman
Liam Sloyan
Food Safety Authority of Ireland
Pamela Byrne
Forensic Science Ireland
Chris Enright
Gambling Regulatory Authority of Ireland
Anne Marie Caulfield
Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission
Aileen Healy
Grangegorman Development Agency
Ger Casey
Health and Safety Authority
Mark Cullen
Health Insurance Authority
Ray Dolan
Health Products Regulatory Authority
Lorraine Nolan
Health Research Board
Mairéad O'Driscoll
Heritage Council
Virginia Teehan
Angela Fitzgerald
Housing Agency
Bob Jordan
Housing Finance Agency
Barry O’Leary
Injuries Resolution Board
Rosalind Carroll
Inland Fisheries Ireland
Francis O'Donnell
Insolvency Service of Ireland
Michael D McNaughton
Institute of Public Administration
Helen Brophy
Institute of Public Health
Suzanne Costello
International Protection Appeals Tribunal
Hilkka Becker
Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority
Kevin Prendergast
Irish Blood Transfusion Service
Orla O'Brien
Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
Deirdre Malone
Irish Museum of Modern Art: IMMA
Annie Fletcher
Law Reform Commission
Richard Barrett
Legal Aid Board
Joan Crawford
Legal Services Regulatory Authority
Brian Doherty
Local Government Management Agency
Paul Dunne
Marine Institute
Rick Officer
Maritime Area Regulatory Authority
Laura Brien
Medical Council
Leo Kearns
Mental Health Commission
John J Farrelly
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
Arlene Forster
National Council for Special Education
John Kearney
National Disability Authority
Dr Aideen Hartney
National Library of Ireland
Audrey Whitty
National Museum of Ireland
Lynn Scarff
National Oil Reserves Agency
Frank Bergin
National Shared Services Office
Bernie Kelly
National Standards Authority of Ireland
Geraldine Larkin
National Transport Authority
Anne Graham
Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland
Oberstown Children Detention Campus
Damien Hernon
Office of the Inspector of Prisons
Mark Kelly
Office of the Ombudsman
Elaine Cassidy
Office of the Planning Regulator
Niall Cussen
Office of the Regulator of the National Lottery
Carol Boate
Ombudsman for Children
Niall Muldoon
Parole Board
Ciairín de Buis
The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland
Joanne Kissane
Anna Shakespeare
Policing Authority
Helen Hall
Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council
Richard Lodge
Private Security Authority
Paul Scallan
Probation Service
Mark Wilson
Property Services Regulatory Authority
Maeve Hogan
Public Appointments Service
Margaret McCabe
Quality and Qualifications Ireland
Padraig Walsh
Residential Tenancies Board
Niall Byrne
Road Safety Authority
Sam Waide
Gary Kearney
Sea Fisheries Protection Authority
Paschal Hayes
Paul Healy
Andrew Brownlee
Special EU Programmes Body
Gina McIntyre
Sport Ireland
Una May
State Examinations Commission
Andrea Feeney
State Laboratory
Barbara O'Leary
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
William Walsh
Tailte Éireann
Liam O'Sullivan
Teaching Council
Dr Lynn Ramsey
Frank O'Mara
Tourism Ireland
Alice Manseragh
Transport Infrastructure Ireland
Peter Walsh
Údarás na Gaeltachta
Tomás Ó Siocháin
Uisce Éireann
Niall Gleeson
Veterinary Council of Ireland
Niamh Muldoon
Water Safety Ireland
Dr Joanne Walsh
Waterways Ireland
John McDonagh
Western Development Commission
Allan Mulrooney