Ciarán Devane

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Sir Ciarán Devane

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Chief Executive of the British Council
Assumed office
January 2015
MinisterBoris Johnson Jeremy Hunt
Preceded byMartin Davidson
Personal details
Ciarán Gearoid Devane

(1962-10-25) 25 October 1962 (age 58)
Dublin, Ireland

Sir Ciarán Gearoid Devane FRSA (born 25 October 1962) is the Chief Executive of the British Council (appointed January 2015) and Chairperson of the Health Service Executive.[1][2]


Devane was educated at University College Dublin where he read for a BEng in biochemical engineering.[1] He also holds a master's degree in International Policy and Practice from the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.


Devane worked as chief executive at Macmillan Cancer Support from 2007 to 2014. He was appointed chief executive of the British Council in January 2015. As of 2015, Devane was paid a salary of between £185,000 and £189,999 by the Foreign Office, making him one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.[3] He also serves as a non-executive director of NHS England.[4]

Devane was knighted in the 2015 Birthday Honours for services to cancer patients.[5][6][1]

Devane was announced as the first Chairperson of the new Board of the Irish health service, the Health Service Executive (HSE) by Minister for Health, Simon Harris on 18 September 2018.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c Who's Who 2016 (2015). DEVANE, Sir Ciarán Gearóid. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  2. ^ "HSE Board Members". Retrieved 2020-12-19.
  3. ^ "Senior officials 'high earners' salaries as at 30 September 2015 - GOV.UK". 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  4. ^ "Who's who – the NHS England board". NHS England. Retrieved 2015-08-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Birthday Honours 2015: the Prime Minister's list". Cabinet Office. Retrieved 2015-08-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "British Council chief executive Ciarán Devane among sector figures knighted in Queen's Birthday Honours". Third Sector. Retrieved 2015-08-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Progress on HSE Board as Government notes the appointment of Mr Ciarán Devane as Chairperson". Department of Health. Retrieved 2018-09-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)