We are committed to adopting and maintaining best practice in governance.

The QQI board makes decisions about QQI policies and key functions such as:

  • Approval of all policy and approaches to policy
  • Strategic planning, corporate planning and approval of annual reports 
  • Approval of financial accounts 
  • Withdrawal of approval of quality assurance procedures 
  • Withdrawal of programme validation 
  • Delegation of authority to a provider to make awards 
  • Withdrawal or variation of delegated authority to make awards

The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science appoints non-executive board members. These include at least two learner representatives and at least one person with international experience. The board is appointed for five years. The term of the board ended on 5 November 2022. 

The QQI board and QQI employees are required to abide by a Code of Conduct.

Board Members

Vacancy (Chair)

Padraig Walsh, QQI, CEO

Dr Padraig Walsh

CEO, Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Blake Hodkinson, QQI Director of Further Education and Training

Mr Blake Hodkinson

Director of Further Education and Training, City of Dublin Education and Training Board

Photograph of Clodagh McGivern, QQI Board Member and Vice-President of Academic Affairs, USI

Ms. Clodagh McGivern

Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Union of Students in Ireland (USI)

Irene Sheridan, QQI Board

Professor Irene Sheridan

Head of Munster Technological University Extended Campus