Governance

In ICHEC, we believe that best practice in Corporate Governance is crucial to achieving strong and sustained growth. To that end, ICHEC's governance is currently under review and expected to be finalised in Q3-2017. In its final form, the following six governance bodies will be established (four of them are already in operation).

The Governing Board

Role: to monitor the activities and progress of ICHEC, ensuring that it is operating in line with expectations and best practice, and delivering on its contractual obligations. The Board advises ICHEC's management on aspects of policy, strategy and overall objectives, identifying relevant indicators and targets against which performance can be measured.

Meets: six-monthly.

Reports to: the President of NUI Galway and ICHEC Stakeholders (the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, the Department of Education & Skills and the Higher Education Authority).

Chair: TBC

The Internal Governance Board

Role: to provide oversight and advice to University Management and the Institute Director to help ensure the growth and overall success of the Centre; to ensure compliance with University policies and procedures e.g. health & safety, funder requirements, legal / IP requirements, and other University requirements; [more] (under review)

Meets: quarterly (under review).

Reports to: the ICHEC Governing Board and the NUI Galway University Management Team.

Chair: Mr Aengus Parsons (NUI Galway Director of Research).

The Management Committee

Role: The Management Committee includes all decision makers within the Centre. Its purpose is provide a formal setting for the discussion of matters of centre-wide significance, as well as ensuring effective communication for key functions such as Human Resources, Finance and Infrastructure.

Meets: weekly.

Reports to: N/A.

Chair: Prof. J.-C. Desplat (ICHEC Director).

The Industry Advisory Council

Role: The Industry Advisory Council will provide a forum for members to provide a sectoral perspective on High Performance and Technical Computing (HPTC). Accelerated adoption and effective utilisation of HPTC will be the key focus of the Council. The Council will advise the Centre Director and Industry Liaison Officers in the development and implementation of ICHEC’s Industry engagement programme. (under review)

Meets: six-monthly.

Reports to: the ICHEC Governing Board.

Chair: under review.

The Science Council

Role: The Science Council consists of members from various scientific disciplines whose main role is to assess the scientific merit of applications for access to ICHEC's computing services. See below for the full list of members, as well as detailed information about the Science Council's roles and review guidelines. ICHEC's Science Council is a voluntary, pro-bono council.

Meets: By video conference, as required. In person, at least yearly.

Reports to: the ICHEC Governing Board.

Chair: Professor Jiri Vala (NUI Maynooth)

The Users Council

Role: Established in 2007, the ICHEC Users' Council is an independent body, supported by ICHEC, responsible for providing formal feedback on the National HPC Service to the ICHEC executive committee. The views of the Users Council represent the views of the entire user community of ICHEC resources; feedback is restricted to operational matters, e.g., users support, scheduling policies, software provision etc.

Meets: six monthly.

Reports to: the ICHEC Governing Board.

Chair: Dr Pat McGarry (NUI Galway)