Appointments to the Beaumont Hospital Board

Following a Public Appointment Service (PAS) advertising campaign, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has appointed the following persons as members of the Beaumont Hospital Board.  These appointments are with effect from 29 June 2017 to 28 June 2020. 

Gerry Murray

Gerry served as CEO of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) from December 2007 to August 2016. THEA is the representative body for the institutes of technology and its Board comprises the presidents of the institutes. Previously, Gerry worked in the Department of Education and Skills where he established the Public-private Partnership (PPP) Unit and oversaw the delivery of the pilot PPP projects in the education sector. Subsequently, Gerry had responsibility for higher education policy where the brief included reform of the system of entry into medical education.

Gerry holds an MBA from Fordham University. His governance experience includes recent membership of the Board of the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) and the Audit Committee of the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA). Between 2009-2012, Gerry also served as the only non-Bahraini member of the Board of Trustees of the then newly-established Bahrain Polytechnic.

Gerry is a founder member of Celbridge District Credit Union. 

Henry McGarvey

Henry is the Secretary/Financial Controller in Letterkenny Institute and prior to that was the Head of the Department of Computing and Creative Practices in Sligo Institute of Technology.

Before joining the public sector, Henry led Pramerica Systems Ireland Limited for 13 years, growing the organisation from a start-up to more than 1,000 employees. Prior to returning to Ireland, Henry worked in Saudi Arabia as Head of Information Technology in Almarai. Henry also held senior management positions with Motorola and as an IT Consultant with Accenture.

Henry has served on various boards including as a member of the board of the IDA and Ilex (Northern Ireland). Henry chaired the Governing Body of Letterkenny Institute of Technology, the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, Pramerica Systems Ireland Ltd., as well as a Trustee of the Pramerica Pensions Fund. Henry chairs the Donegal Clinical Academy Trust, is a member of the board of An Grianan theatre in Letterkenny, serves on the audit committee of Donegal County Council and is a member of the board of the Donegal Investment Group plc.

Henry completed an Executive Diploma in Corporate Governance from UCD in 2012 and holds a MSc. in Transport and Distribution from Cranfield University. He completed his primary degree in Commerce in NUIG, as well as a Masters’ in Business Studies in NUIG.

David Madigan

David has over 25 years’ financial services industry experience working with Zurich Life Assurance plc in Ireland and in cross border markets. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, qualifying with Grant Thornton, David has developed comprehensive expertise managing teams across a wide range of technical disciplines including Compliance, Operations and Finance. Previous roles include Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Director Customer Services & Operations and Financial Controller. David has an excellent track record of service and project delivery underpinned by winning numerous industry service excellence awards.

David graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Diploma in Professional Accounting. More recently he completed the Irish Institute of Pensions Management Law and Governance Programme for Trustees.

Past directorships include Zurich Life Assurance plc, Zurich Pension Trustee Services Ltd (Zurich Staff Pension Scheme), Zurich Trustee Services Ltd and Zurich Shared Services Ltd.

David is a member of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland, the Life Insurance Association, the Institute of Directors in Ireland and the Chartered Accountants Interim Managers network.

Gillian Harford

Gillian Harford is Head of HR Strategy and Planning with AIB, and has been a HR Professional for more than 30 years.  In her career she has been responsible for driving a range of large scale HR & People Change initiatives linked to Strategic Resourcing, Employee Engagement, Flexible Working, Career and Reward systems. Her current role includes people related regulatory and employment legislation governance and compliance.

Gillian has a particular interest in the development of policies and practices to support Diversity & Inclusion and is the HR lead on the AIB Diversity Board.  She has also worked on a number of external working groups on Diversity and the Future of Work on behalf of AIB, CIPD Ireland and the 30% Club.

A native of Dublin, Gillian holds a BA in Economics and Psychology (UCD) and an MBA (Michael Smurfitt Business School UCD).  She is a Chartered Fellow CIPD and a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland.

Caitriona Sharkey

Biography to follow


Following a Public Appointment Service (PAS) advertising campaign, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D., has appointed Mr Enda Connolly as Chair of the Beaumont Hospital Board.  This appointment is with effect from 20 June 2017 to 19 June 2020. 

Enda Connolly was appointed Chief Executive of the Health Research Board in 2008, which he led for six years.  He strategically positioned the organisation to deliver a step change in health research with the aim of delivering research outcomes and health innovations, to deliver better service and improve patient care.

Prior to this, Enda spent more than 30 years in IDA Ireland where he rose to a Senior Management position and played a pivotal role in leading change, developing strategy, building stakeholder confidence and securing significant foreign direct investment into Ireland.  He was instrumental in developing the agency’s R & D Strategy and major new areas of business in International and Software Services. He served overseas as Director North America between 1996 and 2001 and was a member of the IDA Executive Management Committee for over 12 years. Throughout his career at IDA Ireland, in both his business leadership roles and when charged with additional responsibility for Staff Development and Communications, he was instrumental in devising and executing organisational change and business development.

In the course of his 40 year career, he has played active roles with other government bodies and organisations on Boards and decision-making committees, including, amongst others, Enterprise Ireland’s Industrial Research & Commercialisation Committee; Chairman of the Board of the International Energy Research Centre; Executive Board and Management Board of the European Joint Programme in Neurodegenerative Disease Research; inaugurating Chairman of the Irish Health Research Forum; and the Oversight Board of the Bio-Medical Diagnostic Institute at Dublin City University.

Since retiring as CEO of the HRB in 2014, he has been an independent consultant undertaking a range of strategic advisory projects in the areas of health and economic development both in Ireland and the Middle East.