Our Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall good governance and strategic direction of Jigsaw. They meet regularly to discuss, decide and review our strategies and policies and receive reports and updates from senior managers. Our trustees work for Jigsaw on a voluntarily basis to help us achieve an Ireland where every young person's mental health is valued and supported.

  • Jacinta Stewart (Chairperson) – Served as Chief Executive Officer of City of Dublin Education and Training Board from 2005-2016.
  • Patricia O’Hara, PhD – Chairperson of National Statistical Board and Member of the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board
  • Justin Brophy - Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director of HSE Wicklow Mental Health Services and Executive Clinical Director of HSE Dublin South East/Wicklow Mental Health Services   
  • Mary Cunningham – Director, National Youth Council of Ireland
  • Eamonn Gaffney Retired Principal St. Peter’s Post Primary School, Dunboyne, Co. Meath
  • Aoife Geraghty – Finance Director at Folen’s Publishers
  • Brian Geoghegan – Businessman and former Chairman of FAS
  • Martina Moloney – Former Galway County Manager
  • Martin Scully – Chief Executive of Oyster Capital Partners
  • Jennifer O’Sullivan – Head Of Legal at Founders Base Ireland.

Recruiting Jigsaw Board Directors

Following a review of the skills base of the current Board, the Board of Jigsaw is now seeking candidates to fill a number of current and upcoming Board vacancies. Deadline: 5pm on 20 February 2020.

We are seeking interested candidates with sufficient knowledge, experience and expertise of any of the following areas:

  • The Irish health service system
  • IT and the digital space
  • Research related to health/mental health

Essential Criteria

  • Knowledge and expertise as outlined above
  • Passionate about supporting young people with their mental health and achieving change in Irish society
  • Candidates must have sufficient time available to fulfill the role
  • Knowledge of the statutory responsibilities of acting as a Director

Desirable criteria

  • Knowledge of the youth mental health area and of the work of Jigsaw
  • Knowledge of the charity sector requirements and regulations

Main Responsibilities

The Jigsaw Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the management of the organisation. In particular it has a collective responsibility for:

  • Acting in the best interests of Jigsaw and for the users of their services and their staff;
  • Ensuring that appropriate clinical and professional governance arrangements are in place;
  • Providing strategic guidance;
  • Monitoring the activities and effectiveness of the CEO and management team;
  • Ensuring effective systems are in place for identifying and managing risk;
  • Ensuring the adequacy of internal financial controls; and
  • Accounting accurately to the State and other funders of its activities. 

Members of the Board of Directors work in a voluntary capacity and do not receive any remuneration in respect of their services to Jigsaw. Directors should act on an informed basis, in good faith, with due diligence and care, and in the best interests of Jigsaw to ensure that public monies are applied for the purpose they have been provided.

The time commitment

In addition to the meetings below, preparatory reading will be required:

  • At least six scheduled meetings per annum
  • Membership of other Board Subcommittees as required (approximately four meetings per annum)
  • In addition, where possible, Board members are encouraged to participate in 
  • Visits to local Jigsaw services
  • Attendance at occasional events, training and seminars 

Term of Appointment

The Board member will be appointed for a term of three years with an option to extend this term.
In order to qualify for appointment a person must not have any conflict of interest likely to interfere with his/her ability to assume the role of Board member of Jigsaw. 

Selection Process

  • Vacant posts on the Jigsaw Board will be publicly advertised and promoted through social media. 
  • In addition, a list of potential candidates will be generated and nominated by Jigsaw based on an analysis of the current skills gaps within the Board.
  • The list of candidates who apply and those that are nominated will be reviewed by members of the HR & Governance Subcommittee.
  • A short list of prospective candidates will be drawn up and a meeting may be held with candidates and the Board Chair, the CEO and a member of the Jigsaw Youth Advisory Panel as part of the selection process. 

About Jigsaw:

Jigsaw is the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland with the mission to bring about an Ireland where every young person’s mental health is valued and supported. We do this by advancing the mental health of young people in Ireland (aged 12-25) by influencing change, strengthening communities and delivering services through our evidence-informed early intervention and prevention approach.  

Jigsaw is a Charity, a Company limited by guarantee and a HSE Section 39 agency. Jigsaw receives funding from the HSE and from fundraising. Further details on all income and governance matters is available in our 2018 annual report here. 

Our Jigsaw Service is currently in 13 communities across Ireland providing early intervention supports to young people aged 12-25. Along with the direct supports within the community setting we provide capacity building and education and training to a wide range of groups, including young people. We represent an innovative approach to promoting and supporting youth mental health, in line with best practices of clinical, financial and operational governance. Youth participation is a guiding principle of Jigsaw’s work and is a central feature of the design and planning of all Jigsaw projects. Jigsaw is closely guided by a nationwide network of 170+ Youth Advisors, aged between 16-25, who help guide our strategy, recruit our people, inform our research, ensure we are relevant to those we aim to support and are central to our work in reducing the stigma that surrounds mental health.

Once all candidates have been considered, a recommendation for appointment as Director of Jigsaw will be sent to the Board of Jigsaw for approval. Application is by way of a short letter outlining why you wish to be considered for the position of Board Director of Jigsaw and how you believe you and your experience might contribute to the organisation. 

Please send your application via email to joseph.duffy@jigsaw.ie 

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday, 20 February 2020.

For further information on our work you can learn more via the About Us section here or contact joseph.duffy@jigsaw.ie on (01) 4727 010.

All documentation received by Jigsaw will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR; 2018). The information will only be used by Jigsaw in the processing of applications and for ongoing administrative purposes with Board members.