The Minister for Justice and Equality today announced the appointment of three Prison Service Campus Governors.

Speaking at the announcement the Minister said, "I am very pleased to announce the appointments of Governor Edward Whelan, Governor Colm Barclay and Governor Martin Mullen as Campus Governors of the Mountjoy Campus, the West Dublin Campus and the Portlaoise Campus respectively. These appointments will facilitate the development of the agreed new Campus structures in the prisons, whereby eight separate prison management structures will be combined into three consolidated Campus management structures. The implementation of new Campus Governance management structures, in addition to generating substantial savings at senior management levels, will also greatly facilitate the further development of shared services on each Campus".

The position of Campus Governor is at the most senior operational level in the Irish Prison Service. As well as being head of the Campus, the Campus Governors are key members of the Prison Service management team.

The Campus Governors will have specific responsibility for the implementation of the Public Service Agreement 2010 – 2014 on their respective Campuses.  They will provide visible leadership on all aspects of the Prison Service reform agenda with a particular focus on reform of processes, structures, organisation and administration.  They will bring a wealth of experience in organisation, project, programme and stakeholder management, as well as leadership and people skills, to ensure the transformation agenda in the Prison Service is delivered successfully within challenging timescales.

The principal duties of the post include:

Delivering, through their respective Prison Campus, on the mission of the Irish Prison Service to provide safe, secure and humane custody for people who are sent to prison in line with national and international obligations;

Leading the management team in managing all aspects of ongoing activity across the Campus;

Ensuring the efficient and effective use of resources including staffing and the care and maintenance of the campus, buildings, plant and service;

Driving the implementation of IPS policies in relation to all matters;

Maintaining efficient and effective management systems and practices across the prison campus, including all prisoner, human resources, and financial management systems in order to ensure the provision of regular meaningful management information to the Director General and other functional Directors within the Irish Prison Service;

Providing leadership, guidance and support to all staff thereby ensuring high standards of performance, quality service, fairness and courtesy across the Campus;

Driving the public service reform agenda, implementing strategies for change, and ensuring that through the Campus structure the Irish Prison Service achieves the transformation targets set out in the Public Service Agreement.

18 June 2012


Note for Editors

Governors Biographies

Edward Whelan

Edward Whelan was appointed as a Prison Officer in the early 1970's to Mountjoy Prison. He has a wide range of prison experience having served in Mountjoy, Cork, Portlaoise, Shanganagh Castle, Shelton Abbey, Fort Mitchell and Wheatfield Prisons. His career has seen him serve as Assistant Chief Officer, Chief Officer, Assistant Governor and Deputy Governor and Governor 2. He was appointed as Governor 1 to Wheatfield Prison in 2000 and then took charge of Portlaoise Prison in 2007 where he remained until 2010 when he took charge of Mountjoy Prison. He was appointed Mountjoy Campus Governor with effect from 1 March 2012.

Colm Barclay

Colm Barclay was appointed as Prison Officer on 1 September 1984 serving in St Patrick's Institution. He has a wide range of prison experience having served in St. Patrick's Institution, Wheatfield, Cloverhill, Mountjoy, Dóchas and Midlands. He also served in the Prison Service Training Centre in Portlaoise. His career has seen him serve as Assistant Chief Officer, Chief Officer and Governor 2. He was appointed Governor 1 in charge of Midlands Prison on 11th September 2010 and also became Governor in charge of Portlaoise Prison in February 2012. He will take up his position as Campus Governor in the West Dublin Campus on 30th July 2012.

Martin Mullen

Martin Mullen was appointed Prison Officer on 17 November 1986 serving in Arbour Hill Prison. He has a wide range of prison experience having served in Arbour Hill, Mountjoy and Cloverhill prisons. His career has seen him serve as Assistant Chief Officer, Chief Officer, Assistant Governor, Deputy Governor and Governor 3. In 2007 he was appointed as Governor 2, based in Irish Prison Service Headquarters in Longford, where he served as Deputy Director of Operations. In 2009 he was appointed Governor 1 based in Irish Prison Service Headquarters assigned to the Human Resources Directorate and lead the task review process as part of the Transformation Programme. He will take up his position as Campus Governor of the Portlaoise Campus on 30 July 2012.