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The Authority

Membership of the Authority consists of a chairperson and 8 ordinary members.

Under the legislation, Authority members are appointed for a term of either 3 or 4 years, and may be reappointed for a further term subject to a maximum of 8 years.

Members of the Oireachtas or Local Authorities, serving members of the Garda Síochána, GSOC or the Garda Inspectorate are not eligible to be members of the Authority.

The Authority is supported by a team of core staff headed up by Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Helen Hall.

The Chairperson and members of the Authority were selected for appointment by the Government following selection processes run by the Public Appointments Service. Details of the Authority Members are as follows:


Authority Members




Josephine Feehily, Chairperson


Josephine Feehily retired at the end of January 2015 from the position of Chairman of the Office of the Revenue Commissioners – the Irish Tax and Customs Authority. She was one of the three Commissioners who form the Board of Revenue since 1998, the first woman to hold that position in Ireland. In that time, her Board level executive responsibilities have included policy and legislation, tax collection, strategy and organisation development and the Customs Service.

Josephine was elected Chairperson of the World Customs Organisation for three years from June 2011. From November 2012, she chaired the OECD Forum for Tax Administration – a Commissioner level Forum of advanced Tax Authorities – at a time of significant international debate about global tax matters.

Josephine is a graduate of the National College of Ireland and Trinity College Dublin.



Noel Brett

Noel Brett is a native of Castlebar, Co. Mayo. He is a graduate of UCD, Christ Church University Canterbury and the University of Kent at Canterbury. He has worked in child protection, mental health and Local Authority senior management roles in the UK for over 10 years. He returned to Ireland in 1999 and has worked as a hospital manager and as Assistant CEO of the Western Health Board. He was appointed CEO of the Road Safety Authority in 2005 and moved to his current position as CEO of the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland in 2013.


Bob Collins

Bob Collins is Chair of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and a member of the board of the National Library of Ireland. He is a former Director-General of RTÉ and served as Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland from 2005 to 2012. He was the first Chair of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and has also served on a number of other boards including the National Concert Hall and the Ulster Orchestra.





Dr. Vicky Conway

Dr Vicky Conway is a Lecturer in Law at DCU and has previously worked at the University of Kent, Queen's University Belfast and the University of Limerick. She has published widely on policing, criminal justice and miscarriages of justice and is a leading expert on the Garda Síochána. Her third book, Policing Twentieth Century Ireland – A History of An Garda Síochána was published in 2013 and provides a socio-historical analysis of the service, with an emphasis on police culture and accountability. She has previously been a board member of the Committee on the Administration of Justice in Belfast and has been a visiting scholar at Monash University, the University of Victoria and North Eastern University.




Pat Costello


Pat Costello is CEO of Chartered Accountants Ireland and Accounting Technicians Ireland. He is Chairman of Chartered Accountants Worldwide which represents over 500,000 Chartered Accountants around the world. He is also a former CEO of the Irish Taxation Institute. Pat has a keen interest in policing matters having experienced its importance to democracies while serving with the United Nations as an Irish Army Officer in the Middle East and the former Yugoslavia.




Judith Gillespie

Judith Gillespie was a serving police officer for 32 years, retiring from the Police Service of Northern Ireland as Deputy Chief Constable in 2014. In addition to running her own consultancy business, being a Visiting Professor at Ulster University, and her voluntary work in a number of areas, she is a member of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and the Probation Board for Northern Ireland.




Valerie Judge

Valerie Judge is an independent management consultant. She specialises in supporting senior executives to improve personal performance and organisational policies, processes, systems and governance. Previously Valerie worked in a number of senior HR, Operational and Change Management roles in the health and telecommunications sectors. Her qualifications include MBA, BSocSc, and Diplomas in ICT, Health Economics, Governance and Executive Coaching. Valerie is a board member at the Dublin Dental University Hospital, the Social Work Registration Board and Ruhama. Previously she was board member and chair at the Coombe Women's University Hospital.





Maureen Lynott

Maureen Lynott is widely experienced in management and leadership with particular expertise in board governance, strategic change and organisation performance. She has held varied roles as a board chairperson/non-executive director, senior executive and management consultant to Government departments, voluntary organisations and private companies. Her portfolio includes experience in the USA, Ireland, Europe and Asia.

Her leadership appointments include: first external chairperson of the Top Level Appointments Committee; chairperson of the task force to establish a new Child and Family Agency and of the national Children First working group; senior advisor to the first CEO of the Health Service Executive; first CEO and non-executive chairperson of the National Treatment Purchase Fund; non-executive director of Beacon Hospital, the VHI, Housing Finance Agency and St James Hospital. She has served as chairperson of Rialto Policing Forum, Ballymun Regeneration and the Homeless Agency, and as a Board member of An Cosan and Focus Point. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum.

Ms. Lynott is from County Mayo. She was educated to Masters Degree and worked in New York until 1987. She is also a graduate of the Executive Management Programmes at Columbia University School of Business and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Following an invitation by Trinity College, Dublin in 1987 to attend as a Visiting Academic, she relocated to Ireland.





Dr. Moling Ryan

Dr. Moling Ryan served as Chief Executive of the Legal Aid Board from 2004 to 2014. He previously served in a number of offices and Departments including Finance, Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Land Registry and the Courts Service. He was called to the Bar in 1979 and also has degrees from the National University of Ireland, Trinity College and Queens University, Belfast.