Monday 14 October 2019

Setting up of new FAI board to be completed next week

John Delaney. Picture: Gerry Mooney
John Delaney. Picture: Gerry Mooney

John Fallon

The process of four FAI independent directors, including the chairman, being added to complete the new 12-person interim board at the association will conclude next week.

Last night, the FAI confirmed its nominations committee will meet with Amrop, the firm tasked with sourcing the quartet of fresh minds.

It is understood the international recruitment specialists will present their preferred directors to the nominations committee to ratify or veto candidates.

They had reduced the field of 150 applicants to 12 by last week, with the final cut due over the coming days. No 11th hour setbacks are envisaged as the FAI is keen to assemble its board and move on from the John Delaney era.

It is believed formalising the exit of the former CEO was holding up the appointment of the independent cohort. Mr Delaney refused during his 14 years at the helm to introduce independent directors.

Various investigations are ongoing into corporate governance and financial practices over Mr Delaney's spell at the helm. The Governance Review Group (GRG), which included a majority of representatives of government agency Sport Ireland, proposed in June that four of the new 12-person interim board should be independent.

"The nominations committee of the FAI met last week to discuss the appointment of four independent directors, one of whom will serve as chairperson of the board of the FAI," an FAI spokesman said.

"The committee will meet with Amrop next week when we hope to move the process on."

Irish Independent

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