An Bord Comhairleach um Achtanna na Leanaí - The Children Acts Advisory Board

The Executive of the Children Acts Advisory Board (CAAB) comprises of a Chief Executive, a Deputy Chief Executive, a Manager of Corporate Affairs, a Manager of Research and Information, Advisory Officers, a Project Support Officer, a Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive and the Board, administrative and accounts staff.


Chief Executive

Aidan Browne

Aidan Browne, prior to his appointment as Chief Executive of the CAAB, was the first National Director for Primary, Community and Continuing Care in the Health Service Executive (HSE). In this role he was a member of the HSE National Management Team and held overall operational responsibility for all Children's Services (Child Health, Child Welfare and Protection and Children's Residential Services) in Ireland, as well as Mental Health, Disability, Elderly, Social Inclusion and Primary Care Services.

Aidan is a nurse by profession and spent the first 20 years of his career in a wide range of clinical and nursing service management posts up to the level of Director of Nursing before moving into general management in 1997. As well as his nursing qualifications (RPN; RGN; and a number of diplomas) he also holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).


Deputy Chief Executive

Finbarr O'Leary

Finbarr O’ Leary is the Deputy Chief Executive in the CAAB and previously the SRSB since 2004. He has overall responsibility for both the research and information and the court support directorates. He previously served with Customs and Excise and the Revenue Commissioners holding a range of senior investigative and administrative posts. He is a graduate of public management, human resources and European law from both the Institute of Public Administration, Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology. He successfully completed an executive leadership programme in Harvard University, USA in 2006. Since 2004, he has been a council member of the Association of Criminal Justice Research and Development Ltd. (former IASD). He is a native of Macroom, Co. Cork and is a former Cork Minor Gaelic Footballer. 


Head of Corporate Affairs

Jane Craig

Prior to her appointment as Head of Corporate Affairs Jane Craig worked with the Department of Health and Children where she has gained extensive experience working in various areas including Child Welfare and Protection Policy, National HR and Workforce Planning, Pensions Policy, Payroll and Accounts. Ms. Craig was assigned to the Special Residential Services Board when it was set up on an Interim basis in 2000 and was appointed through open competition when the Board was set up on a statutory basis in 2003. Ms. Craig has qualifications in Human Resource Management Practice.


Head of Research and Information

Robert Murphy

Robert Murphy is responsible for the development and implementation of the Board’s research and information strategies. Prior to joining the Children Acts Advisory Board Robert worked as a senior public policy consultant in a number of leading consultancy firms. Robert has considerable expertise in evaluating public policy (particularly in the area of education and training service delivery) and of undertaking public policy focused research. Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics, a Masters of Science (MSc) in Economics and is an Economic and Social Research Council Scholar.


Staff Team - Organisational Charts

Operational Team