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Board of Governors

The Royal Charter of 1756 outlines the constitution and the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Governors of the hospital. 

As Guardians for the Rotunda Hospital the Board has a responsibility for promoting a collective vision for the hospital purpose, its vision, culture, values and behaviours it wishes to promote in conducting business. 

The Board also has responsibility to provide leadership within a framework of prudent and effective controls which enable risk to be assessed and managed. In particular it:

  • Gives direction to the executive management
  • Demonstrates ethical leadership
  • Promotes behaviours consistent with the culture and values of the hospital
  • Makes well informed and high quality decisions based on clear information from management
  • Monitors the activity and effectiveness of management

Click Here to download the Royal Charter.

Click Here to download the Rotunda Charter Booklet.

Click Here to download the Code of Governance.


His Excellency the President of Ireland

Vice Presidents

Professor Patricia Walsh – Chairman

Mr Alan Ashe – Honorary Treasurer

Ms Hilary Prentice

Dr Melissa Webb

Venerable Gordon Linney

Click Here for Membership of the Board of Governors.

Board Sub-Committees

The Board manages its commitments through Board Committees, Sub-Committees and Working Groups. 

Each of these structures is supported by terms of reference agreed by the Board with the meeting frequency and times agreed by the appointed Committee/Group.

Professor Patricia Walsh, Chairman of the Board of Governors.

General Purposes Committee

The General Purposes (GP) Committee has responsibility to receive and consider reports relating to the clinical, fiscal and general management of the hospital and to report to the General Board on these. 

The Committee also ensures that the management executive are taking all steps necessary to support the care of patients who attend the hospital, protect the rights of staff who are employed by the hospital and ensure the hospital fulfils all its statutory obligations under the Health Care Act 2004 and other legal requirements. 

 The Committee Chairman is Dr Cliona Buckley.

Property Committee

This Committee has overall responsibility for overseeing the maintenance and development of hospital buildings and infrastructure in support of the care of patients who attend the hospital and the protection of the health and safety of patients, visitors and staff. 

The Property Committee also has responsibility to ensure maximum benefit to the hospital is achieved in the use of properties not used for patient care.

The Committee Chairman is Mr Ian Roberts.

Governance/Audit Committee

The Committee’s mandate is to maintain a sound system of internal control and to monitor the governance systems in place to ensure the Rotunda Hospital is adhering to all legal and best practice requirements for all aspects of its business. 

The Committee is chaired by Dr Maria Browne.

Risk Committee

The Risk Committee focuses principally on assisting the Board in fulfilling its duties by providing an independent and objective review, in relation to the management of non-financial risks.

The Committee is chaired by Prof Tom Matthews.

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