London- Wednesday, 10 June 2015- The Royal Mint’s Director of Commemorative Coin and Medals has been appointed to join the Accountability Board for the Irish Civil Service.
Shane Bissett will be one of the independent members who are not part of the Civil Service bringing an external perspective to the role of the new Board, which will operate on a non-statutory basis.
Shane’s appointment and the formal establishment of the Accountability Board was announced by the Irish Prime Minister Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D., and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin T.D.
The Board is chaired by the Taoiseach and balanced with ministerial, civil service and independent external members who have been appointed following an open process by the Public Appointments Service.
The appointees have all held senior leadership roles at the highest levels in large and complex organisations, have promoted and led on the achievement of high levels of corporate governance practice and have significant successful career records at senior levels.
Since joining The Royal Mint in 2011 Shane Bissett has led a turnaround of the commemorative coin division from a loss making department to a stable, profitable business area , the manufacturing of medals and also driven the organisation’s key business objective to break into the precious metal bullion market as a premium player.
As a direct result of the success of this initiative, Shane received the distinguished Director’s Award accolade at the IoD Wales Director of the Year Awards in 2014.
He said: “It is a great honour to have the opportunity to be part of the Accountability Board and work with other members to use our skills and experience to support the actions outlined in the Civil Service Renewal Plan.”
Speaking at the announcement the Taoiseach said: “This is the first time that such a Board has been set up to strengthen accountability and performance across the Civil Service and I look forward to working with the other members to ensure the Civil Service delivers the highest standard of service to the State and its people”.
Minister Howlin said: “I am very pleased to announce the establishment of the Accountability Board. This is a very important development for the Civil Service and all of its stakeholders and for the Government’s reform agenda. The Board will serve to bring greater oversight of delivery in the civil service system and will help provide assurance on how the Civil Service is performing”.
Commenting on the work of the Accountability Board, Minister Howlin also said: “I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on the Board. I believe that the Board can play a very constructive role in supporting the development of the Civil Service and helping to ensure that it is geared up for all of the challenges it faces. The terms of reference for the Board clearly shows the added value role which the Board can bring to the Civil Service. In particular I have no doubt that the high calibre independent Board members will bring their senior executive experience and insight to the Board’s role”.