Chair, Higher Education Authority
Michael Horgan was appointed chair of the HEA in July 2016. He is also outgoing chairman of the Health and Safety Authority. He is former chief executive of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Horgan holds a BSc in computer science, and an MA from the University of Dublin (Trinity College) and a master’s in industrial engineering from UCD and is a chartered director. He was awarded a number of honorary degrees, including a DSc from the University of Massachusetts and honorary fellowship of RCSI. He chairs the fintech/global payments company TransferMate and is a non-executive director of Intuition Ltd and a number of other boards. He was previously a board member of the Rotunda Hospital, of Beaumont Hospital and a member of the Senate of the National University of Ireland.