The appointments are made following an open recruitment campaign conducted by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) over the past number of weeks. The new Members appointed to the Board of the Workplace Relations Commission are:
- Ms Virginija Petrauskaite
- Mr George Maybury
- Mr Stephen Driver
- Ms Sinead Gogan
- Mr Barry O’Brien
- Mr Brendan McGinty
Appointments to the Board of the Workplace Relations Commission are statutory appointments under section 10 of the Workplace Relations Act 2015.
Commenting on the announcement, Minister English said, “I want to welcome the new members of the WRC Board and wish them the very best of luck as they take on this new challenge. I’m confident their considerable experience and expertise will contribute enormously to the important work of the WRC and the vital role it plays in Irish society and for the economy in general.”
The Board of the WRC comprises a Chairperson and 8 Ordinary Members as provided for in the Workplace Relations Act 2015. The Board has two statutory functions, which are:
- To prepare, in consultation with the Director General of the WRC, an annual work programme for the forthcoming year for the approval of the Minister.
- In consultation with the Director General, to prepare and submit a three-year strategy statement to the Minister setting out the WRC’s planned strategy for the next three years.