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Board Member Biographies

The Minister for Health appointed the current Board in June 2015.  These appointments are for a four year period ending mid June 2019.  The biographical details for Board members are set out below.

Frank NolanMr Frank Nolan (Chairman)

Mr Nolan is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants since 1990 and became a Fellow in June 2013.  He is the Chair of CIMA Ireland in 2014/15 and on the CIMA Board since 2011.  Frank is a Member of the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies Ireland 2013/15.  He has over 30 years Financial and Operations Business partner experience on senior leadership teams while working in the Public and Private Sectors.At present he is employed in Navigator Financial Planning and Aviareto. He previously was employed with NILGOSC, BBCNI and Diageo Ireland.
Sally Corr

Ms Sally Corr

Ms Corr is the staff nominee to the Board.  Working 25 years in the public sector Sally is currently employed as a dental laboratory administrator and previously as a qualified dental nurse.  In these roles she has gained wide experience in administrative and auditing processes.   She is a member of DDUH Laboratory Committee, Representative Health and Safety Committee, and a Health and Safety Trainer in Ergonomics and Manual Handling. A trade unionist all of her working life, she is a member of SIPTU Allied Health Professionals Sector Committee, Health Division Executive Committee and SIPTU National Appeals Committee.

Ms Corr is a member of the Quality and Safety Committee.

Robert Gorby

Dr Robert Gorby (Chair, Quality and Safety Committee)

Dr. Gorby graduated in dentistry from Trinity College Dublin in 1993.  He worked as a House Officer in the Dublin Dental University Hospital before entering private practice as a dental associate. In 1999 he established his own private dental practice in Dublin.  For over twenty years he has been a part-time clinical teacher in the Dublin Dental University Hospital teaching Dental Science and Dental Hygiene students.

Dr. Gorby is the representative of the part-time clinical teachers in the hospital. He is the Irish Dental Association nominee to the Board.

Conor Hannaway
Mr Conor Hannaway

Mr Hannaway is a barrister-at-law specialising in employment law. He held senior personnel positions with ICL and GE. He spent fifteen years with the IMI both as a member of faculty and as a Director responsible for the commercial development. He has an MSc in Management Practices from TCD.In 2001, he set up SHRC Limited as a HR consultancy with ten staff long-term strategic alliance with the Health Management Institute. He is a member of the Board of Governors of St Vincent’s Hospital Fairview and he chairs the Board of a leading retail organisation. He co-wrote Management Skills Book, published in six languages. His most recent book is Managing With Impact.Mr Hannaway is a member of the Performance and Succession Committee.
2015-11-05 11.05.37Ms Valerie Judge

Valerie Judge is an independent management consultant who specialises in helping people and organisations to work more effectively by improving policies, processes, systems, accountability and personal performance. Previously Valerie worked in a variety of Senior HR and Change management roles in the telecommunications sector, including recruitment, training and development, HR policy and systems development, and shared services.

She was Chief Executive of the first regional Shared Services initiative in the public healthcare sector, managing HR, Finance, Procurement and ICT services for the Eastern Region, with a team of 400 staff and a budget of €30m, indirectly processing on behalf of client agencies a budgets of €1.3 billion revenue and €13m capital annually.  Valerie’s qualifications include MBA, BSocSc and Diplomas in ICT and Health Economics.

Ms Judge is a member of the Performance and Succession Committee.

CaptureProfessor Aideen Long

Aideen Long completed a B.Sc. in Biochemistry at UCD and graduated with a PhD in Biotechnology from DCU. She joined Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 2005 where she was appointed Senior Lecturer in Molecular Medicine. She was appointed Dean of Graduate Studies at TCD in July 2013. Prior to joining Trinity she held the post of Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Professor Long is a Principal Investigator in the Institute of Molecular Medicine where her research focuses on elucidating the mechanisms of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. She was President of the Irish Society for Immunology from 2007 to 2013.

Professor Long is a member of the Audit Committee.

Mary McCarronProfessor Mary McCarron (Chair, Performance and Succession Committee)

Professor Mary McCarron, PhD, MA, RNID, RGN, BNS. F.T.C.D is Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor of Ageing and Intellectual Disabilities, at Trinity College Dublin. McCarron has been instrumental in leading the related schools of Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Dental Science to develop creative responses to health challenges. As a leader in multidisciplinary health sciences and an international expert in the fields of intellectual disability, ageing, dementia, and palliative care, Professor McCarron is the Principal Investigator and leader of a large multidisciplinary research team for the first longitudinal comparative study on ageing in persons with intellectual disability (IDS-TILDA).  A consultant and spokesperson on ageing related issues for key organizations and an active member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD), she plays a critical leadership role in EngAGE, the Trinity College Dublin consortium of over 140 multi-disciplinary researchers on ageing issues.

sullivan-derek-2Professor Derek Sullivan

Professor Derek Sullivan is Professor in Microbiology and the Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Dental Science, Trinity College Dublin and the Dublin Dental University Hospital. Derek graduated with a degree in Natural Sciences from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD from the University of Newcastle. He joined the School and Hospital as a postdoctoral researcher in 1991 and his major research interest is the molecular analysis of how Candida yeast species cause disease in humans.

Derek served as the Associate Dean of Research in Trinity College (2012-14) and has been Head of Division and Director of Research in the School and Hospital. He has served on the editorial boards of several journals and has published widely in the field of medical mycology. In 2011 Derek was a founder member and the first general secretary of the Irish Fungal Society.

Professor Sullivan is a member of the Audit Committee.

Maura J McGrathMs Maura J McGrath

Maura has over 20 years’ experience working at senior management and executive levels initially in the financial services sector and more recently, she has worked across multiple sectors, both public and private facing in Ireland including healthcare, public expenditure reform and the Arts.

Maura has served as both a Director and Board Chair in Irish Health, Financial and Charity Sectors including Irish Blood Transfusion Service, Public Appointments Service, and Euro Care Waterford. Currently Maura serves on the Board of the National Concert Hall as it transitions its statutory basis. Maura holds a M.Sc. Management, (O. B) from Trinity College Dublin and has an Honours Diploma in Financial Services.  She is a Member of Institute of Directors in Ireland.

Ms McGrath is a member of the Audit Committee.


img_4780Ms Pat O’Boyle

Ms Pat O’Boyle is currently HSE Assistant National Director of HR with responsibility for Leadership Education and Talent Development. Pat was Chief Executive Officer of the Dublin Dental University Hospital from 2011 to 2016. She held a concomitant post as Assistant Professor in the School of Dental Science, Trinity College Dublin. She was formerly Company Secretary and Manager of the National Maternity Hospital and previously Director of Operations and Human Resources at Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital. Before joining the health sector she worked in various industries in the private sector for a number of years. Over the years Pat has held voluntary positions such as Chair of the Association of Hospital Chief Executives, the Dublin Mid-Leinster Regional Forum of the Health Management Institute, and the Executive of the Voluntary Hospitals Risk Management Forum.


Brian O'ConnellProfessor Brian O’Connell (Dean)

Professor Brian O’Connell is Dean of Dental Science.  Brian received his undergraduate degree in dentistry at the National University of Ireland, Cork and postgraduate training in Prosthodontics and Biochemistry at the Eastman Dental Center-University of Rochester, New York. He continued his work at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where he was Chief of the Gene Regulation and Expression Unit, NIDCR.

Brian is currently Dean of Dental Science and  Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Director of Postgraduate Prosthodontics at Trinity College, Dublin, with a clinical emphasis on multidisciplinary care. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Professor O’Connell is a member of the Trinity College Center for Ageing, EngAGE, with an interest in the oral health of older people. He has published and lectured widely on Prosthodontics and Implantology.

John O'HalloranMr John O’Halloran (Chair, Audit Committee) 

Mr O’Halloran  is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years experience and has worked at a senior level in both private and public sector organisations.  He is currently Financial Controller with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; prior to this he was Director of Finance and IT at the National Standards Authority of Ireland.

John holds a first class honours MBA from DCU.


dbMr David Barry
 (Interim Chief Executive Officer)

David was appointed as Interim Chief Executive Officer in August 2016. He was formerly part of the senior management team in the Dublin Dental University Hospital and previously held an Assurance role in PwC. He holds a Masters in Accounting from the Michael Smurfit Business School as well as a Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies from UCD and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

David is a member of the Association of Hospital Chief Executives and the Voluntary Hospitals Risk Management Forum.

Mr Barry is in attendance at the Board.

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Dr Garvey was appointed as Senior Lecturer Consultant in Orthodontics in 1996.  Thérèse graduated from the Dental School at Trinity College Dublin in 1982.   She completed her Postgraduate training in 1992 in the Guys Hospital, London. Since 1998 she has been a Visiting Consultant at the National Maxillofacial Unit at St. James’s Hospital.

Thérèse was chair of the Irish Committee for Specialist Training in Dentistry from 2006 – 2009.  She was a member of the Dental Council from 2006 – 2010 during which time she was Chairman of the Examinations Board and Auxiliary Dental Workers Committee and served on the Education and Training Committee.  She is currently the postgraduate programme director in Orthodontics.

Dr Garvey is in attendance at the Board.