Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

10 November 2017
01 December 2017
Position / level
Contract Type
Full Time


The Health Research Board (HRB) is a statutory body under the aegis of the Department of Health with responsibility for supporting and funding health research in Ireland and for managing key national health information systems. The HRB’s mission is to improve people’s health and enhance healthcare delivery by leading and supporting excellent research that will generate relevant knowledge and promote its application in policy and practice. To achieve its mission the HRB works closely with other health agencies, other research funding and economic development agencies and partners in Ireland and abroad, higher institutes of education, health professionals and researchers. The HRB employs 65 people, and has an estimated budget of 235 million for the period 2016-2020.

The Role

The CEO of the Health Research Board (HRB) will drive the delivery of the HRB’s vision, mission, and overall direction as articulated in the HRB’s Strategy 2016-2020. Reporting to the Board, s/he will develop the role and influence of the HRB as a leading national funder of excellent and relevant health research and a key provider of information for healthcare decision-making and policy development. S/He will be Chief Accounting Officer for the HRB and will be responsible for managing the staff and resources of the organisation in an efficient and effective manner.

The Person

The successful candidate will be a strategic leader and experienced manager with a strong understanding of health research and a commitment to improve health and health service delivery through research and information. S/He will have a proven record as a senior manager, ideally in a research or research management environment, and be able to demonstrate this through clear examples of achievements. S/He will possess excellent communication and influencing skills and have the capability of communicating the role of the HRB and the value of health research at national and international levels.

Further Information

Further information on this role is available at (Search Ref. HRB0117). All enquiries relating to this role should be directed to the Executive Recruitment Team by email to or by telephone on +353 (1) 449 4400.

Your Application

Applications to be submitted online - click APPLY and must include:

  1. A cover letter outlining why you wish to be considered for the post and where you believe your skills and experience meet the requirements of the position of CEO;
  2. A personal statement outlining your suitability for the role;
  3. A comprehensive CV clearly showing your relevant achievements and experience in your career to date.

Mazars will be managing all aspects of this recruitment project on behalf of the HRB.

No enquiries or canvassing should be made directly to the HRB.

Deadline for applications: Friday, 1st December 2017 at 5pm GMT.

The Health Research Board is an equal opportunities employer.

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