Appointments to the Board of the Health Service Executive (HSE)


The Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D., has announced eight new appointees to the Board of the HSE.

The Board will be appointed on an administrative basis until the legislation has passed. These positions were advertised through the State Board process operated by the Public Appointments Service. They will join Ciarán Devane, announced as Chair of the HSE Board in September 2018.


Fergus Finlay

Fergus Finlay has recently retired after 13 years as CEO of Barnardos, Ireland’s largest children’s charity. For around twenty years prior to that he was employed as Senior Adviser to the Labour Party. He was one of the drafters of the Downing Street Declaration and was centrally involved in the election of President Mary Robinson. He also served as a Director of Wilson Hartnell Public Relations. He is the author of four best-selling books.

He has been a life-long campaigner for the rights of people with disabilities and is currently chair of a government task force to implement a comprehensive employment strategy for people with disabilities. For ten years he has also worked as Chair of the Dolphin House Regeneration Board. He is also Chair of Lakers in Bray, a highly successful club and service provider for young people and adults with an intellectual disability. He broadcasts regularly on radio and television and contributes a weekly column to the Irish Examiner. Fergus Finlay was awarded a Human Rights Award by the French Embassy in Dublin in 2013 to recognise the work of Barnardos with Ireland’s children. He was also honoured by UCC as an Outstanding Alumnus in 2016.

Tim Hynes

Tim Hynes, Group Chief Information Officer for AIB, has a broad range of experience across a number of disciplines, including brand marketing, operations, change management, and technology. He has 30 years’ experience in blue chip organisations where he has held both regional and global roles, leading teams spread across more than 40 countries.

Tim holds a Masters in Executive Leadership from Ulster University, is a qualified bank director, and Fellow of the Irish Computer Society.

Professor Deirdre Madden – Deputy Chair

Deirdre Madden BCL, LLM, BL, PhD is Professor of law at University College Cork. Her research interests are healthcare law and ethics. She was the author of the Madden Report on Post Mortem Practice, chaired the Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance, and has been a member of numerous expert groups providing expertise on issues related to medical law, ethics and patient safety.

Professor Madden also has extensive experience of professional regulation. Most recently she was a member of the Independent Review Group examining the role of voluntary organisations in health and social care.

Dr Sarah McLoughlin

Dr Sarah McLoughlin has a passion for ensuring patients and the public are a constructive voice in the research and healthcare conversation. Her work is driven by her cancer diagnosis in 2016 and enriched by her background in the biomedical research sector. Sarah is a graduate of the first ‘Patient Education Programme in Health Innovation’ in Ireland by IPPOSI.

She is currently Science and Communication Officer at Retina International, and participates in patient, clinical and research initiatives in cross-disease areas in Ireland.

Mark Molloy

Since the avoidable death of their infant son in January 2012, Mark Molloy and his wife Roisin, have been at the forefront of striving for improvements in patient safety, outcomes and experiences across all spectrums of healthcare provision in Ireland.

Their work to find the truth about Baby Mark’s death highlighted many areas in the health service that were having a negative impact on service users, including a lack of managerial accountability, no open disclosure, inadequate and inconsistent investigation processes, not learning from mistakes and the lack of compassion for patients.

Over the past seven years, the Molloys have worked with and provided independent support to service users who have been harmed by healthcare in Ireland, while also working closely with HIQA, the HPRA, and the Department of Health, on patient safety issues, policy and advocacy matters. They were instrumental in the establishment of the National Patient Safety Office.

Mark Molloy is a Quantity Surveyor by profession and has extensive experience in multi-million euro projects over the past 25 years in Ireland, the UK and Europe.

Aogán Ó Fearghail

Aogán Ó Fearghail was GAA President from 2015 to 2018. A former primary school Principal, he currently works as a School Placement Tutor with DCU.

As GAA President he led the association through a period of transformational change, establishing strong financial security and increasing participation rates with enhanced public confidence in the Association. He also, in conjunction with health promotion agencies, introduced a Health Promotion Unit at Croke Park and initiatives which focussed on physical and mental health issues.

Aogán has a lifetime experience of delivering transformational change at a national, regional and local level. He possesses wide experience of corporate governance, change management, financial planning and stakeholder management.

Fiona Ross

Recently appointed Chair of Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ), Fiona has served on 17 Boards in Ireland and the UK. She began her career as a stockbroker in the City of London and spent 25 years working in Capital Markets in Dublin, London, Eastern Europe and the US. A former Director/CEO of the National Library, Fiona also currently Chairs Mental Health Ireland.

Fiona currently lectures on Governance at the Irish Management Institute (IMI).

Dr Yvonne Traynor

Dr Yvonne Traynor is vice president of Regulatory & Scientific Affairs with Kerry Group since 2015. Prior to that, she held a number of global and regional leadership positions with German consumer goods company, Henkel. She has a particular interest in organisational transformation, risk management and delivering excellent customer experience.

She holds a PhD in Chemistry from Trinity College Dublin which, notably, resulted in a patent for the Nicotine Patch, as an aid for smoking cessation. Later, she obtained a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance and an MSc in Executive Leadership. She is also a chartered director and has several years board experience, including the role of chairperson of the audit, risk and compliance committee of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service.