Appointments to the new Podiatrists Registration Board

16 October 2018

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD has appointed the following thirteen persons as Ordinary members of the recently established Podiatrists Registration Board, under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005, to regulate Podiatrists working in Ireland.

The object of the Podiatrists Registration Board, overseen by the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, will be to protect the public by fostering high standards of professional conduct and professional education, training and competence amongst Podiatrists.

The appointments are for a period of 4 years with effect from 16 October 2018, subject to paragraph 3 of Schedule 2 of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.


The following 7 persons were nominated and appointed by the Minister for Health following a PAS advertising campaign:

Ms Veronica Daniels

Ms Daniels has worked in the healthcare industry at a professional level for the past 30 years in both private practice and as part of a team in a hospital environment.  She has been a self-employed podiatrist since 1997 and has also worked as a Senior Specialist Chiropodist at Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital for the past 12 years. In the latter role she works as part of a multidisciplinary team which is structured to support foot and ankle surgery, orthosis, physiotherapy and podiatry. In her private practice as a primary care professional Ms Daniels is responsible for the delivery of a high standard of footcare to patients who often require further medical intervention. She was part of a team of education professionals and podiatrists who were instrumental in having a third level degree in podiatry being taught at university in Ireland. Her educational qualifications include degrees at Masters level awarded by Strathclyde University in Glasgow and New University of Ulster (NUU) Jordanstown.


Ms Angela McAnearney

Ms McAnearney has 30 years’ experience working as a podiatrist in private practice. In her practice she provides a service to clients with wide ranging conditions and specialises in Podopaediatrics. Ms McAnearney has also lectured for the past 8 years in NUI Galway to podiatry students as module co-ordinator for Redefining Wellbeing and Health Promotion. She has developed these modules so that they are specific to Health Promotion in Podiatry.  She also served for 20 years as a Sessional Podiatrist in HSE West, treating mainly older high-risk patients, in liaison with GPs and public health and practice nurses.  As a council member of the Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists of Ireland (SCPI) she campaigned that the third level qualification for podiatry represent the standard professional requirement to ensure the safety of the public. Ms McAnearney also represented the SCPI on the executive committee of the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) sponsored Primary Care Partnership. Her professional qualifications include, inter alia, an MA Health Promotion awarded by NUI Galway.


Professor Caroline McIntosh

Professor McIntosh is Head of Podiatry at NUI Galway.  She has established and led the development of the first degree programme in Podiatry in the Republic of Ireland. Prior to this, she was employed as a Senior Lecturer in Podiatry at the University of Huddersfield, UK and before that worked as a senior podiatrist in full time clinical practice in the NHS in the UK. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Professor McIntosh maintains a clinical role as a Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist in University College Hospital, Galway. Her particular interests and expertise are in the education and training of health professionals, quality assurance and monitoring of standards of education. Professor McIntosh also has a keen interest in research and evidence-based practice. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers, primarily in the field of diabetes and tissue viability, and acted as Principal Investigator in a number of clinical trials. Her academic qualifications include a BSc (Hons) degree in Podiatry in 1998 from the University of Southampton, an MSc degree in Podiatry in 2003 from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh and PhD at the University of Huddersfield in 2007. Professor McIntosh is also a member of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council to which she was appointed by the Minister in March 2013.



Ms Cheryl O’Neill

Ms O’Neill has extensive podiatric experience in a clinical environment working in Ireland and the UK in public and private sectors and is currently serving as a Senior Podiatrist in Diabetes (Service Lead) in University Hospital Waterford (UHW), In that position she is responsible, inter alia, for the strategic planning and development of the podiatry service at the hospital. Ms O’Neill combines her role as a Senior Podiatrist at UHW with representation of Health and Social Care Professionals on the Peri-Operative directorate leadership team.   She has chaired the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists of Ireland (SCPI) since 2015. She worked as a self-employed Podiatrist for 23 years. Ms O’Neill’s key areas of interest and experience include, amongst others, promotion of evidence-based practice and delivery of effective change. Her academic qualifications include a Master of Business in Lean Practice/Operative Excellence awarded by Waterford Institute of Technology in 2017.


Ms Martina Ryan

Ms Ryan has worked as a physiotherapist in St. John’s Hospital Limerick for the past 30 years. She is currently serving as Physiotherapy Manager at the hospital where her role involves, in addition to the management and allocation of resources and the provision of professional leadership, the combination of clinical competency with managerial effectiveness to deliver high standards of quality, care and safety in the physiotherapy service. Prior to working at St. John’s Hospital, she served for two years as a physiotherapist at Barrington’s Hospital Limerick.  Ms Ryan’s professional qualifications include, amongst others, an MSc in Health Services Management awarded by TCD. She is currently undertaking a leadership programme in the Irish Management Institute.


Dr Julia Shaw

Ms Shaw has been employed in the NHS as a podiatrist since qualification in 1980. She has 38 years’ experience in clinical, management and research areas within Podiatry and 4 years’ experience as a Fitness to Practice Panel member and a Registration Assessor with the UK regulator the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  She was appointed to her current post as Assistant Podiatry Manager in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust in 2008. Dr Shaw assists the Podiatry Manager in the ongoing development, reform and modernisation of the Podiatry Service. She is responsible for the management of 35 podiatry staff and contributes to the corporate governance framework within and outside of the Trust. In the past 10 years she has also contributed to the Regional Podiatry strategy in Diabetes and Rheumatology.  She has published extensively with 19 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is herself a peer reviewer. Dr Shaw’s academic qualifications include, amongst others, a PhD by research on wound healing and the diabetic foot awarded by the University of Ulster, Belfast in 2008.



Mr David Watterson

Mr Watterson is currently serving as Podiatry Clinical Manager in HSE West, responsible for CHO Area 2 (Galway, Mayo & Roscommon).  He previously served as Senior Podiatrist/Acting Podiatry Manager, North /South Lee PCCC, Cork and as Podiatrist in the Isle of Man Department of Health and Social Services. He has taught in the NUI Galway Undergraduate Podiatry Programme. Mr Watterson’s recent achievements have included the design and development, in collaboration with NUI Galway and the Saolta hospital services, of the first consultant led High Risk Diabetic Foot Wound clinics in the community setting with the aim of reducing admission rates through early intervention and treatment of patients. His professional qualifications include, inter alia, a Masters in Health Care Management awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He also holds the positions of Honorary Clinical Fellow, National University of Ireland, Discipline of Podiatric Medicine and Regional Advisor (Ireland) of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.


The following four persons were nominated and appointed by the Minister for Health with the consent of the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation following a PAS advertising campaign:

Mr Noel Beecher

Mr Beecher has served with the National Transport Authority (NTA) in a number of roles for the past 6 years and is currently the body’s Head of Governance/Chief Risk Officer. Prior to his service with the NTA he previously spent several years working with the Railway Procurement Agency and has extensive senior managerial experience in the private financial sector, including inter alia, as director, company secretary and finance director of Pension and Investment Consultants, as CEO at ECCU Assurance Company Ltd, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Mercer Human Resource Consulting. Earlier in his career Mr Beecher served as senior auditor at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he gained extensive business and audit experience. He served for 3 years as Finance and Administration director for Fianna Fáil. He also has considerable experience working with voluntary and charitable organisations. Mr Beecher is a qualified Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland.



Ms Catherine Clune Mulvaney

Ms Clune Mulvaney is currently serving as Acting Executive Director of the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). In this executive management role, she has gained extensive experience in corporate governance, risk, financial management and strategy.  She previously served for two years in the role of Operations and Education Manager at the Faculty.  Prior to this Ms Clune Mulvaney worked for ten years as a lecturer and Programme Director at the Faculty where her role also involved programme and curriculum design and development, student support and supervision.  She has contributed to research publications and conference presentations. She also served for six years on the Board of the Faculty. Her earlier career as a Staff Nurse and subsequently Clinical Nurse Manager and Intensive Care Nurse provided her with a clear understanding of the importance of person centred healthcare.  Ms Clune Mulvaney’s professional qualifications include, amongst others, an MSc (Nursing) awarded by the RCSI in 2004.


Mr Conor O’Leary

Mr O’Leary is Head of the PPD (Pharmacy Practice Development) in the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI), an agency under the Department of Health responsible for the regulation of the pharmacy profession and the safety and protection of the public. As Head of the PPD he is a member of the senior management team responsible for the leadership and development of the organisation. In this role he is also responsible, inter alia, for the design and implementation of strategy and the effective and efficient delivery of the PPD elements of the annual Service Plan thereby ensuring achievement of strategic and operational goals.  Mr O’Leary, who qualified as a pharmacist in 2007 and practised professionally as a pharmacist for 7 years, including positions with Boots, where he was awarded Best Pharmacist in Ireland by the firm. His academic qualifications include, amongst others, a Masters in Sociology (Health Wellbeing and Society) awarded by UCD in 2014.


Dr Aonghus O’Loughlin

Dr O’Loughlin has extensive experience in the delivery of healthcare in Ireland. He works in clinical care provision, service development, education and research. and has significant experience in working as part of a multidisciplinary team with podiatrists. He commenced his career in Boston USA in 1997 and subsequently worked in Galway University Hospital (GUH) and several other Irish hospitals where he held a variety of senior professional positions. He is currently serving as Consultant Physician in Endocrinology, Diabetes Mellitus and General Internal Medicine in Bon Secours Hospital Galway, in addition to serving as Consultant Physician in Endocrinology at Merlin Park University Hospital Galway. He has been closely involved in the set-up of an effective diabetes care service and at GUH ran a monthly general endocrine clinic out of the diabetes day centre. In addition, he provided a weekly consultant service in the complex foot clinic in Merlin Park. Dr O’Loughlin has been the recipient of many scholarships and academic awards and has published extensively in professional journals. He has also made numerous oral and poster presentations.  His professional qualifications include, inter alia, a PhD Medicine awarded by NUI Galway in 2012.



The following person was nominated by the Minister for Education and Skills and appointed by the Minister for Health:

Professor Sean Dineen

Professor Dineen is currently Consultant Endocrinologist at Galway University Hospital and holds a Personal Professorship in Diabetic Medicine at NUI Galway.  He served as Head of the School of Medicine at the university from 2013 to 2016.  In June 2016 he was appointed National Lead for the Diabetes Clinical Programme of the HSE’s Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division. His professional interests include developing and evaluating programmes of self-management, education and support for people living with diabetes, developing optimal modules of community-based diabetes care and understanding the diabetic foot. Professor Dineen graduated from UCC (University College Cork) Medical School. He competed his postgraduate training in Ireland and subsequently a Residency in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in the US. Further academic qualifications included, inter alia, a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology awarded by McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario in Canada.



The following person was appointed by the Minister for Health as a representative of the management of a voluntary or private sector organisation concerned with health or social care:

Mr Kieran O’Leary

Mr O’Leary is currently CEO of Diabetes Ireland where his responsibilities include the planning, development and running of the organisations two care centres in Dublin and Cork which provide routine foot care prevention centre for members, together with footcare and orthotics to clients who require them, with the aim of preventing them from developing more serious footcare issues necessitating more intense outpatient and inpatient treatment. He has worked with Diabetes Ireland since 1998 and since then has worked to develop the charity and its services, identifying in 2002 the need for the organisation to develop a dedicated diabetes podiatry service, culminating with the appointment from 2010 onwards of the first podiatrists in the diabetes area. Prior to taking up his position with Diabetes lreland, Mr O’Leary worked in the Department of Health and the NHS Executive in the UK.