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 current board ends on 5 November 2022. 

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

Board Members

Joanne Harmon

Ms Joanne Harmon (Chair)

Head of Business and Education Support, Health and Safety Authority

Padraig Walsh, QQI, CEO

Dr Padraig Walsh

CEO, Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Barbara Brittingham profile image

Dr Barbara Brittingham

President Emerita, New England Commission of Higher Education

Mary Danagher, QQI Board

Ms Mary Danagher

Managing Director, Irish Business Training Ltd

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

Thomas McDermott, QQI board

Mr Thomas McDermott


Dr Niamh O'Reilly, QQI Board, CEO, Aontas

Dr Niamh O'Reilly


Irene Sheridan, QQI Board

Professor Irene Sheridan

Head of Munster Technological University Extended Campus

Dr Anne Walsh, QQI Board Academic Co-ordinator, Open Learning Centre, NUI Galway

Dr Anne Walsh,

Adjunct Lecturer, NUI Galway