Appointments to the Children’s Hospital Group 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 Children’s Hospital Group Board.  These appointments are with effect from 29 September 2017 to 28 September 2020.

Prof Niamh Brennan

A first class honours Science graduate of University College Dublin, Prof Niamh Brennan qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and is a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors (London).

Prof Brennan is Michael MacCormac Professor of Management at University College Dublin and Academic Director of the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance. She holds/has held a number of significant non-executive directorships and governance positions of state and private sector organisations.

She was a board member of the Health Service Executive from 2003-2011 and chaired the Commission on Financial Management and Control Systems in the Health Services.

She has published widely on Financial Reporting, Corporate Governance, Forensic Accounting and Clinical Governance.


Ms Brigid McManus

Brigid McManus served as Secretary-General of the Department of Education and Skills from 2005 to 2012. During her civil service career in the Departments of Finance, of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht and of Education and Skills, Brigid worked a diverse range of public policy and management issues. As Secretary-General of the Department of Education and Skills she oversaw the policy framework for and funding and governance of primary, second-level, further and higher education. During that time she was a member of the Top Level Appointments Committee for senior civil service appointments.

Prior to her appointment as Secretary-General she worked as Assistant Secretary -General leading the tax policy area in the Department of Finance and responsible for advising on the tax policy elements in annual Budgets and Finance Bills as well as EU taxation matters.

Currently Brigid chairs the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, the Grangegorman Labour and Learning Forum and the Audit Committee of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and undertakes public sector recruitment and governance work. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the National College of Ireland and of the Board of CoisCeim Dance Theatre Company.


Ms Catherine Guy (re-appointment)

Catherine Guy is Managing Partner of leading law firm ByrneWallace.  Originally appointed in June 2012, she is currently serving her second term as Managing Partner.

As Managing Partner, Catherine has overall responsibility for the management and direction of the firm’s strategy, finance, corporate governance, business planning and development and overall oversight of, and responsibility for, the operational functions of the business and management of the firm.

A partner with ByrneWallace since 1998, Catherine previously headed up the Property and Construction Division and specialised in large scale commercial property development projects. She is ranked as an “Eminent Practitioner” by Chambers Europe and holds a diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors


Ms Mary Cryan

Ms Cryan is a former Employer Member of the Labour Court, a position she held for six years up to October 2016.

A Social Science graduate of University College Dublin, she began her career as an Industrial Relations Executive with Ibec, where she represented employers in direct negotiations with trade unions and at third party fora.

For the greater part of her career, she worked with the Brown Thomas Group, ultimately as Human Resources Director, with responsibility for all aspects of the Human Resource and Industrial Relations functions.

Throughout her career, Ms Cryan has served on a number of boards, including the Employment Equality Agency, the Dublin Institute of Technology and the National Employment Rights Agency.