Meet Our Management Team

Shirley Comerford

Chief Executive Officer

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Responsibility for implementation of Board policy, strategy, management, and operation of the Public Appointments Service resides with the Corporate Executive, affected through the Chief Executive.


Chief Executive Officer, Shirley Comerford



John Keegan

Head of Talent Acquisition for the Public Service

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To ensure that appropriate structures, policies and procedures are in place to meet the Public Appointment Service's Recruitment and Selection responsibilities across the Public Service, and to oversee the compliance, quality assurance, IT, budget, estimates, and audit functions relating to this work. Maintaining reporting relationships with relevant client Departments and public bodies in relation to the recruitment and selection services provided.

Head of Talent Acquisition for the Public Service



Margaret McCabe

Chief Operations Officer

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Providing high-level support to the CEO, with responsibility for the overall operation of the Public Appointments Service in the delivery of effective and efficient services and achievement of our strategic objectives.

Magaret McCabe



Michelle Noone

Head of Senior & Executive Recruitment

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Using executive search methodologies to identify high quality candidates for Senior Executive & Board level appointments. Responsible for the provision of an open, efficient, and effective gateway and process to identify top quality people for consideration by Ministers for appointment to State Boards.

Michelle Noone



Niall Leavy

Head of Market Engagement

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Responsible for supporting the Management Board on a number of key strategic research and development projects, that assist the organisation to identify, and prepare for adopting, market-leading approaches to recruitment and assessment, and help ensure continuous delivery of excellent service to clients across the public sector.

Niall Leavy



Sandra Cairns

Head of Talent Acquisition for the Civil Service

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Responsible for driving best practices in recruitment and selection to identify high quality candidates for diverse roles across the Civil Service. Ensuring consistently high standards of service delivery to enable a responsive recruitment model which takes into account the evolving requirements of clients and candidates in a competitive environment.

Sandra Cairns



Catherine Dobbins

Head of Corporate Services

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Responsible for corporate services, including People and Culture, Finance, and Compliance & Quality Assurance (which incorporates Formal Reviews under the CPSA Codes of Practice and all corporate governance functions).

Catherine Dobbins



Aoife Lyons

Senior Psychologist - Assessment Services

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Putting effective, efficient, and best practice assessment measures in place to select the best possible candidates for our clients.

Aoife Lyons



Rosemarie O'Mahony

Head of Digital Transformation, Strategy & Innovation

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Overseeing strategy execution so that the Public Appointments Service delivers on our mission and vision and is positioned to respond to challenges and effectively harness opportunities to enhance our services. Overseeing the delivery of the organisation’s Digital Transformation Programme to future-proof our IT solutions and services, improve organisational performance, and position the Public Appointments Service as a leader in digital recruitment.

Rosemarie O'Mahony



Roisin Walsh

Head of People & Culture

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Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of people strategies that support the Public Appointments Service to achieve our vision, mission, and strategic goals.

Roisin Walsh



Meet our Board

The Current Board of PAS is as follows:

  • Mr. Tom Moran,
    Chairperson
  • Dr. Eddie Molloy,
    HR Consultant
  • Ms. Anne Marie Taylor,
    HR Consultant
  • Ms. Mary Connaughton
    CIPD Ireland Director
  • Mr. John O’Callaghan,
    Assistant Secretary - Department of Justice and Equality
  • Mr. David Cagney,
    Chief Human Resources Officer for the Civil Service, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
  • Ms. Mary Hurley,
    Assistant Secretary, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
  • Ms. Anne O'Connor,
    Chief Operations Officer, Health Service Executive
  • Ms. Shirley Comerford CEO,
    PAS