Our Board of Directors provides independent leadership, governance and oversight to the running of organisation and promotes the achievement of excellence in cancer research. Current Board members are:
Dr Jonathan Westrup, Chair
Head of Graduate Studies at the Irish Management Institute, Programme Director of the Diploma in Strategy & Innovation and the Senior Executive Programme.
Prof Seamus O'Reilly, Vice Clinical Lead
Consultant Medical Oncologist in Cork University Hospital, Professor at University College Cork, co-National Director in Medical Oncology at the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland
Dr Jerome Coffey
Former Director of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP)
Dr Robert O'Connor
Head of Research at the Irish Cancer Society.
Darren Byrne, Chair of Audit Commitee
Commercial Experienced Chartered Accountant / CFO and Non-Executive Director
Rory Montgomery is a former Irish diplomat who served as Permanent Representative to the EU, Ambassador to France and Second Secretary General at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Dr Ruth Barrington
Dr Ruth Barrington is a director of the Press Council of Ireland. She is the Chair of TREOIR, the federation of services for unmarried parents; Chair of the Council of the National Children’s Research Centre and Chair of the St John of God Research Foundation.
Judge Paula Murphy
Judge Paula Murphy is a Judge of the District Court and is currently assigned to the Dublin Metropolitan District. She was appointed to the District Court bench in 2017 .
Patrick Kivlehan, Patient Advocate
Chair of Cancer Trials Ireland’s Patient Consultation Committee (PCC)
Committees of the Board
There are a number of Sub Committees of the Board
The Audit Committee provides oversight of the organisation’s finances and is chaired by Darren Byrne. The Nominations & Governance Committee oversees Board membership and governance.
The Clinical Executive Committee is responsible for discussing, agreeing and making recommendations to the Board on important issues related to clinical and operational aspects of cancer care delivery relevant to cancer clinical trial execution and has the authority to represent and make recommendations to the Board on behalf of the Cancer Trials Research Units.
The Scientific Management Group (SMG) is responsible for the planning and development of scientific research priorities and the resourcing of these priorities within the allocated Cancer Trials Ireland funding. This involves setting the strategy in terms of under-served disease areas, ratio of academic versus industry studies, and the balance of studies across disease areas. The SMG reports to the Board through the Clinical Executive Committee.
The Disease Specific Sub Groups (DSSGs). There is a DSSG representing each relevant disease area. Each group is responsible for discussing potential new studies and/or collaborations. Once a study has been approved by a DSSG and has undergone peer review (if applicable), the study is submitted to the SMG for approval.
The External Scientific Advisory Review Board. Consultations are currently underway in relation to the role of this Board to clarify and maximise its input.