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Appointments to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU) and Registration Boards that it oversees

Following a recent Public Appointments Service campaign for appointment of members to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, and a number of Registration Boards it oversees, the Minister for Health has appointed the following persons.

Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU)

With the consent of the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has appointed the following persons. These appointments are from 20th June 2017 to 20th March 2021.

Dr Treasa Campbell

Dr Campbell lectured part-time at Limerick Institute of Technology from 2009-2013. She currently has a Teaching Fellowship at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. In her work at Limerick Institute of Technology she was involved in three specific areas which she considers would be of benefit to her in her role as a member of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council. She was responsible for the Module design, validation and delivery of the Ethics Module on the MA in Social Care Management at LIT and the Ethics Module on the BA in Applied Social Care and Social Studies at LIT. Dr Campbell also facilitated discussion forums in the Social Care Sector and has acted as an External Facilitator for PAUL Partnership (People Action against Unemployment Limited). In addition she has been involved in the management of post-secondary work placement programmes for adults with intellectual disabilities. She has been awarded a number of research scholarships and has produced and contributed to a considerable number of publications and conference papers. She received her doctorate from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick in 2012.

Ms Jill Long

Prior to her retirement Ms Long worked as a chartered physiotherapist and has 30 years experience as a clinician and manager of services within Ireland and abroad. She is a lay member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Fitness to Practice Committee.  She was appointed by the Minister for Health to the first Health and Social Care Professionals Council, chaired the Fitness to Practise committee and was a member of the Registration committee. As President of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) Ms Long was responsible for the development of two strategic plans in addition to the transition of statutory functions from that professional association to CORU in 2016. As non-executive director and deputy chairperson of Peamount Healthcare she is currently involved with the development of a five-year strategy for this voluntary organisation. Her academic qualifications include an MSc in Health Services Management awarded by TCD.

Mr. Fergal O’Sullivan

Mr. O’ Sullivan has served as CEO of the Coeliac Society of Ireland since October 2016.  He has 15 years experience of commercial management plus a further 6 years of non-profit management, along with 8 years of board level experience on several different boards. Amongst the non-profit organisations with which he has been involved at managerial were Boardmatch, the national governance charity; Make -A-Wish Foundation Ireland, which is dedicated to granting the wishes of children living with life-threatening medical conditions; My Legacy (the national organisation that promotes legacy fundraising; and HIV Ireland. He has served as Partnership Development Manager, Social Justice Ireland, an organisation that seeks to advance the lives of people and communities through social analysis and policy development.  He considers that this service has given him a unique combination of skills and experience which will be of considerable benefit in his membership of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council. His educational qualifications include, inter alia, a BA in Economics from UCC and an MBA from the IMI.

Medical Scientists Registration Board

With the consent of the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has appointed the following person. The appointment is from 20th June 2017 to 8th November 2019.

Ms Clodagh Geraghty

Ms Geraghty has been a lecturer in Law/Human Resource Management in Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology since 2003. She is experienced and informed in the areas of professional regulation, corporate governance and as well as in the Health and Social Care Sector.  She believes that the knowledge and skills she acquired as a former HR Manager in the health sector and her expertise as a lecturer in law will also be of benefit to the board. Ms Geraghty will work with the board in the development of professional practice based on research, empirical evidence and best practice. Her educational qualifications include an LLM in European and Comparative  Law awarded in 2006 by the University of Limerick .

Occupational Therapists Registration Board

With the consent of the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has appointed the following person. The appointment is for a three year period from 20th June 2017.

Ms Ann Sheehan

Ms Sheehan has been Senior Business Manager, Customer Solutions Marketing & Sales Consultancy since 2002. Prior to that she worked for 12 years  as a Senior Marketing/Sales Executive with Shannon Aerospace/Lufthansa. She has also worked with An Bord Altranais where she served as a member of the board for 3 years in addition to being on a number of its committees.  Ms Sheehan is currently a member of that body’s Preliminary Proceedings Committee. She has also been a council member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland since 2015.  She has recently completed training in advocacy, information and advice for SAGE and acts as a volunteer in their organisation.  Ms Sheehan is currently studying part-time for a degree in psychology. She is a member of the Optical Registration Board

Physiotherapists Registration Board

With the consent of the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has appointed the following person. The appointment is for a three year period from 20th June 2017.

Ms Ruth Maher

Ms Maher is currently Director, Health Partnership, UCD. She has extensive experience in Irish and UK Health Systems, 20 years at senior management level, and has been a member of a hospital Executive Management Team and a member of the Senior Management Team of a Hospital Group. She has served on Department of Health Committees and working groups, was Project Officer to the National Council for Nursing and Midwifery and acting Chair of the Department of Health Paediatric Nurse Education Review Group. Ms Maher is also a member of a Recognised Research Ethics Committee. She considers her ability to build relationships collaborating with colleagues is key to achieving corporate objectives. Her educational qualifications include an MSC in Clinical Neuroscience from the University of Surrey in the UK.

Optical Registration Board

With the consent of the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has appointed the following person. The appointment is from 20th June 2017 to 10th February 2019.

Mr Richard M Brennan

Mr Brennan is currently serving as Financial Controller, Children’s Medical and Research Foundation. He is registered with the Association of Certified and Charted Accountants. He has worked in Finance Management in the public sector and NGO sector over the last five years. Mr Brennan considers that he has the skill set and knowledge required to review and scrutinise financial and non-financial information in the decision making process and work with members of the team to ensure that agreed Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and budgets are adhered to and reported on. He also worked for a number of years in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), so has considerable knowledge on the regulation of healthcare professionals.  His educational qualifications include a MA in Management from the IPA which he completed by carrying out an Evaluation of healthcare regulatory bodies and their consultation with stakeholders.

Social Workers Registration Board

With the consent of the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has appointed the following persons. These appointments are from 20th June 2017 to 20th March 2021.

Mr Damien Courtney

Mr Courtney worked in the Irish public service for 40 years, of which 39 were in Higher Education and 30 years were in management. He was in management positions during the evolution of CIT from Cork Regional Technical College, and during the initial preparation for the establishment of MTU, the Munster Technological University. He served as Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Head of Social and General Studies and CIT Head of Faculty of Business and Humanities, in whose establishment he played an important role.  Mr Courtney’s special interests and responsibilities have included being an Executive member of FESET, the European Association of Training Centres for Socio-Educational Care Work, 1991-2006, and founding member of IASCE, the Irish Association of Social Care Educators. He has taught, managed, researched and published in demography, social and public policy areas. He has been a member and Chair of many other public bodies, social care and other course validation boards. In addition to teaching at CIT and UCC, he has also taught in France and the Netherlands and presented papers at many Irish and international conferences. He retired from his academic position in 2013 and was made a Fellow Emeritus of CIT in 2015. He was a member of the Social Workers Registration Board, 2010-12 and is currently a member of the Social Care Workers Registration Board.

Ms Marian Quinn

Ms Quinn has served as CEO of Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) since 2007. She previously served for two years as Director of Child and Family Services, Reception and Integration Agency, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. She was assigned to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs on a part-time basis in 2016 for a period of two months to assist in the development of an implementation plan for their Quality and Capacity Building Initiative. Ms Quinn was a part-time lecturer in Adult and Community Education in NUI Maynooth for eleven years. She has been an author of and contributor to a number of publications and has made many presentations at national and international events. She is currently a member of the board of the National Childrens’ Hospital Group, as well as the board of Airfield Trust. Her educational qualifications include a Masters in Adult and Community Education awarded by NUI Maynooth. 

Speech and Language Therapists Registration Board

With the consent of the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has appointed the following persons. These appointments are from 20th June 2017 to 13th February 2021.

Dr  Bernard Hegarty

Dr Hegarty has seventeen years experience of managing food law enforcement in the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). He has been Director of Enforcement Policy at the authority since 2009 where he has been a member of the Senior Leadership Team, responsible for overall management of FSAI service contracts with State agencies for enforcement of food law in Ireland.  Dr Hegarty had previously served as Contracts Manager at the organisation from 2000 where he had, inter alia, represented Ireland at European Commission and Council of Europe meetings on food legislation, including serving for two years as Chair of the Council of Europe expert committee on food contact materials. He also  served as Co-Chair of the Council of Europe Working Group that developed framework legislation on food contact materials during Ireland’s EU Presidency in 2004.  Prior to joining the FSAI he had worked as Test Manager and Senior Scientist at Water Research Centre (WTRC) in the UK. Other previous roles included five years spent as a Research Chemist at BP and a year as Research Associate at the University of New Mexico /(USA). He was awarded his doctorate in Chemistry by UCD in 1987.

Dr Catherine O’Neill

Dr O’Neill has been working as a Research and Educational Consultant since October 2015. In her current role she continues to be actively engaged in small research projects and advise on strategy and healthcare educational development as part of her remit as a board member of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). Over the past three decades she has worked as an educationalist and researcher in Ireland and latterly in Bahrain, where she held a senior lecturer’s post. In her role as a senior academic in RCSI, Bahrain, Dr O’Neill gained extensive experience at executive management level, where she took on leadership roles and led on many projects that involved strategic planning.  She had previously been the Director of the MSc Nursing programme and Lecturer at the RCSI.  Before her academic career she worked in the community as a Public Health Nurse. She was awarded her doctorate by UCD in 2012.