Governance

The SOLAS Board is accountable to the Minister for Education and Skills and is responsible for ensuring good governance in SOLAS. It consists of our Chairperson Sean Aylward and 11 ordinary members, all of whom are appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills. Our current Board comprises 54 per cent women and 46 per cent men.

The CEO and the senior management team follow the broad strategic direction set by the Board, and ensure that all Board members have a clear understanding of the key activities and decisions related to SOLAS.

The Board has three sub-committees: Audit and Risk Management Review Committee; Strategic Planning Committee; and Workforce and Organisational Development Committee.

SOLAS CEO, Andrew Brownlee, acts as a direct liaison between the Board and management of SOLAS.

89.2%

Grants to ETBs

1.4%

Programme costs

1.5%

Grants to other organisations

3.1%

Staff pay and overheads

4.8%

Pension costs*

*Pension costs include pension costs related to SOLAS retired staff and pension costs for legacy organisations currently being administered by SOLAS

Each year business plans and budgets are allocated in line with the Further Education and Training Strategy 2014-2019, the annual Further Education and Training Services Plan and the SOLAS Corporate Plan 2017-2019.

Our Board

Board Members

Sean Aylward

Sean Aylward

Sean Aylward, Chairperson, Former Secretary General, Department of Justice and Equality
Andrew Brownlee

Andrew Brownlee

Andrew Brownlee, CEO of SOLAS
Catrina Sheridan

Catrina Sheridan

Catrina Sheridan, Chief Executive Officer – Sightsavers Ireland
Niamh O’Reilly

Niamh O’Reilly

Niamh O’Reilly, Chief Executive Officer, AONTAS
Cecilia Munro

Cecilia Munro

Cecilia Munro, Principal of Ballyfermot College of Further Education
Yvonne McNulty

Yvonne McNulty

Yvonne McNulty, Managing Director - McNulty Consulting Limited
Darragh J. Loftus

Darragh J. Loftus

Darragh J. Loftus, Territory Executive – Vmware
Patrick J. Dwyer

Patrick J. Dwyer

Head of Google's Cloud business, Small & Medium Enterprise segments in E.M.E.A
Sean Burke

Sean Burke

Sean Burke, Former Chief Executive Officer - Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) - (Retired)
Patricia Carey

Patricia Carey

Patricia Carey, Former President - Skerry's Business College, Cork
Orla Coughlan

Orla Coughlan

Orla Coughlan, Management Consultant and Non Executive Director
Paul Cremmins

Paul Cremmins

Paul Cremmins, Technical Director – Suir Engineering