REHAB Group has changed all but three members of its 16 person board in a massive shake up of the disability charity and commercial organisation.
The move comes after the group carried out a root and branch review of its governance in the wake of a number of controversies in the past year.
These included controversies over the €240,000 salary paid to former chief executive Angela Kerins and the €409,000 in consultancy fees paid to former board member Frank Flannery between 2007 and 2013.
Thirteen new board members were appointed at the group’s AGM this afternoon.
The new board members include Stan McHugh, the former chief executive of FETAC; David Went, the former chairman of the Irish Times; senior counsel Niamh Hyland; Assumpta Kelly, an administrative officer with Meath County Council; psychologist Maeve Martin; and Brendan Nevin, chief executive of AA Ireland.
Each was recruited after the board positions were advertised externally.
Previously it had been the practice of existing board members to nominate replacements, leading to criticisms that it was a “self perpetuating” board.
Former chairman Brian Kerr had been on the board for 32 years before he retired earlier this year.
The new board members will not receive any fees, but can claim vouched expenses.
Rehab said it had ended the practice of giving consultancy work to board members, as was the case with Mr Flannery.
Former Aviva Ireland chief executive Sean Egan, who became executive chairman in May, will continue to chair the board.
Rehab expects to fill the role of chief executive by next month. The salary of the new chief executive will be €140,000, a €100,000 drop on the salary which was earned by Ms Kerins, who quit last April.