Appointments to the Social Care Workers Registration Board


The Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D., with the consent of the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation has re-appointed the following members of the Social Care Workers Registration Board.  These re-appointments are a period of four years from  27 March 2019 to 26 March 2023:


Ms Imelda Finerty

Imelda Finerty is a retired Social Care Professional – Monitor and Inspector for Children’s Residential Centres & Child Advocate. Imelda has considerable knowledge of the evolution of childcare in Ireland. She qualified with a Diploma in Residential Care and has since earned a BA in Health Care Management; an MA in Child & Youth Care; Diploma in Counselling Skills. Her experience includes 35 years working in Residential Social Care; working on the floor; as a Centre Manager; Service Manager; Child Advocate; Monitoring Officer; and Inspector for the registration of private children’s centres. She has experience working on committees for policy development; managing change; interagency working; and working in a regulated environment.

Mr Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy is an independent director on the boards of several regulated financial services companies. He is a Qualified Accountant by training and has 30 years international management experience in financial services managing large organisations in Ireland and internationally.

Tim and his wife Anne are foster parents to two children and have been Irish foster parents for 12 years. Tim has considerable experience of the foster care system in Ireland and brings this experience to the Board.


The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD has re-appointed the following members of the Social Care Workers Registration Board.  These re-appointments are a period of four years from

27 March 2019 to 26 March 2023:


Mr Adrian McKenna

Adrian McKenna’s Educational Background includes areas such as Applied Social Care (DIT), Psychology (NUI Maynooth), Counselling (NUI Maynooth) and Disability Studies (UCC).

Adrian’s areas of interest include post-adoption services (as a founding member of a peer-led organisation) and self-injury support for care teams, counselling support to parents in crisis. He was an Executive of YES campaign for children, Member of Executive of IASCW, and a Student Placement co-ordinator for Crosscare Homeless Services. He believes strongly in the education and support of Social Care Workers, and Adrian is solution focussed.


Ms Dunia Hutchinson

Dunia Hutchinson is the National Manager of Homeless Services with The Society of St Vincent de Paul and has been a social care worker since 1992. She lectures part-time in DIT and IT Carlow.

Dunia has a Diploma in Social Studies from DIT, a BA Hons in Applied Social Studies from NUIM and an MPhil in Gender & Women’s Studies from TCD.


Dr Maurice Fenton

Maurice Fenton is a social care professional who has worked at all levels in the residential child care sector, from trainee to managing director, over a 27-year time span. He is involved in a wide portfolio of activities within the social care sector and he has published extensively both nationally and internationally.

Maurice holds a doctorate in Childhood Studies (DChild), which was awarded by Queen’s University, Belfast. His thesis, conducted under the supervision of Professor John Pinkerton, was on professional culture of aftercare workers which encompassed the fields of residential care and the broader social care sector in Ireland. He also holds an MA in Youth and Community Studies awarded by Brunel University, London with a thesis focused on professional culture within the aftercare field. He also holds a National Diploma in Social Care awarded by the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway).

Mr James Forbes

James Forbes is the Head of Care with ChildVision. In addition to his responsibilities managing 30 social care practitioners and membership of ChildVision’s Senior Management Team, James is also an Associate Lecturer in the University of Worcester (Vision Impairment and Disability Studies), an Associate Lecturer in the Institute of Technology, Tallaght (Social Care Degree Programme) and a tutor on Trinity College Dublin’s Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Welfare. In addition to a social care qualification, James has primary degrees in law (LLB) and in education (BA Ed.), a Masters in Education (MA Ed.) and an MSc. in Child Protection and Welfare


On the nomination of the Minister for Education and Skills, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD has re-appointed the following member of the Social Care Workers Registration Board.  This re-appointment is for a period of four years from 27 March 2019 to 26 March 2023:


Mr Jim Walsh

Jim Walsh is the former Head of the Department of Applied Social Studies at Cork Institute of Technology. He is currently the Student Ombudsman for the Institute.

His main qualifications include a BA, a H.Dip. in Education, a BCL and an LLB. Prior to becoming a Head of Department at CIT in 2004, Jim was a long-time lecturer in law across a wide variety of programmes within the Institute, most notably in Social Care and in Early Years Education. He also taught law at University College Cork on a part-time basis, as well as working there in the area of Adult Education. He was an active member of CIT’s Academic Council until recently serving as Chair of the Standing Orders Committee of the Council from 1995 until June 2018. A member of the Board of Directors of Social Care Ireland he has also served as the President of IASCE (Irish Association of Social Care Educators.)