Chairperson to the HEAnet Board of Directors

On Application
22 December 2017
26 January 2018
Position / level
Director, Professional
Contract Type
Fixed term contract


Appointment of Chairperson to the HEAnet Board of Directors

HEAnet is Ireland’s National Research and Education Network (NREN) and is an essential provider of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) services to the education and research community in Ireland. HEAnet operates a nationwide high-speed broadband network that connects approximately 1,000,000 students, researchers and staff across first, second and third level education. HEAnet connects Irish learners and researchers to the Internet, to online educational resources, and to fellow national educational and research networks in Europe, the USA and the rest of the world.

HEAnet is accountable to its shareholders, its clients and other stakeholders for the provision of best-in-class networking infrastructure and ICT shared services to support the realisation of Ireland’s education and research goals.  

The Board of Directors of HEAnet is seeking to appoint an individual with the necessary blend of skills and experience as Independent Chairperson to provide committed leadership to the Board and Chief Executive. The Chairperson will act as a driving force to further develop HEAnet’s mission to realise Ireland's education and research goals in partnership with it clients by providing advanced infrastructure and services.

The Role:

The Chairperson is responsible for leadership of the HEAnet Board and ensuring its effectiveness on all aspects of its role. The Chairperson should display high standards of integrity and probity and set expectations regarding culture, corporate governance, values, and behaviours “for the organisation” and for the tone of discussions at Board level.

The Person:

As Chairperson of HEAnet you will have a national or international reputation for leadership in your field of work, with an ability to lead organisational improvement and rapidly develop a deep understanding of HEAnet and its provision of shared services to the education and research community in Ireland. You will possess previous non-executive experience in a similar environment with the strategic skills and commercial acumen necessary to ensure excellent governance and board performance.

Appointments to the Board will be for an initial period of four years with an option to extend the term of engagement for a second term of four years.

Lansdowne Executive Search has been retained by HEAnet to manage this recruitment process.

For further information on HEAnet, candidates should visit and in particular

To apply, please mail a comprehensive CV and supporting letter to:

Seán McDonagh, Partner, Lansdowne Executive Search, Click APPLY

For a confidential discussion, please contact Seán at + 353 (0) 87 7961062

Candidates for this post will be sourced through both advertising and executive search processes

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 26th January 2018.

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