7th June 2019
The Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D., appointed Ms Marie O’Connell and Mr Piers Devereux as new Board Members of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) on 30 May last. The appointments were made following an open Public Appointment Service (PAS) recruitment process.
Minister Breen said: “I am delighted to appoint two excellent new candidates to the Board of the National Standards Authority of Ireland. Marie and Piers will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the agency at an important time as it begins to develop a new Strategy to guide it through the years ahead.
“At the core of this work will be ensuring that NSAI continue to contribute to competitiveness and growth in Irish industry and to the protection of consumers. I have no doubt that the Board will benefit from Piers and Marie’s expertise in that regard, and I wish them both every success on their appointment".
Notes to editor:
Biography of Ms Marie O’Connell, NSAI Board Member:
Ms Marie O’Connell was appointed as a Board Member of the National Standards Authority of Ireland following an open Public Appointments Service (PAS) process.
Marie has extensive experience of leading and developing quality assurance teams in the health products sector. She has served in a number of roles in the Blood Transfusion Service Board, most recently as Director of Quality where she had responsibility for ensuring statutory and regulatory compliance across the organisation. Prior to this, Marie worked in a range of quality assurance roles in both the private and public sector.
Biography of Mr Piers Devereux, NSAI Board Member:
Mr Piers Devereux was appointed as a Board Member of the National Standards Authority of Ireland following an open Public Appointments Service (PAS) process.
Mr Devereux is currently European Vice President of Operations for Beckman Coulter Inc. He has worked for many years at senior management level within the medical device sector and has extensive experience in a wide range of areas including R&D, operations and commercial activities. Previous roles include Managing Director of Beckman Coulter Ireland and CEO of Olympus Life Science Research Ireland.
The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) was established in 1997 as a statutory non-commercial State body which comes under the aegis of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. The CEO of NSAI, Ms Geraldine Larkin, was appointed in 2017, and the Chair of NSAI, James Kennedy, was appointed in April 2018.
NSAI’s activities are focused on the following areas:
NSAI develops, publishes and promotes Irish, European and International Standards with the aim of improving the efficiency, quality, design, performance, safety and the environmental impact of goods and services produced.
NSAI participation in standards development through the national consultative committee network or international standards committees gives Irish businesses access to a network of national and international stakeholders (standards researchers/experts, potential customers, competitors, suppliers, consumers and users), thereby shaping the future standards applicable to their own industries
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