Appointments to the Voluntary Health Insurance Board

With the approval of the Central Bank of Ireland, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD has re-appointed the following as members of the Voluntary Health Insurance Board.


Mr John O’Dwyer – from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2021

Mr O’Dwyer joined Vhi Healthcare in August 2012 from the international Dutch insurance group Achmea where he was the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director with responsibility for the life, general and health businesses in Interamerican, the second biggest insurer in Greece. John has an extensive track record in financial services and, in particular, the health insurance sector. Prior to his current role positions held included Managing Director of Friends First Life Assurance; Director of Operations at BUPA Ireland; and Assistant Chief Executive, with responsibility for Claims, in Vhi Healthcare. He was also non-executive Chairman of the Board of the National Treatment Purchase Fund.


Mr Paul O’Faherty – from 26 November 2019 to 25 November 2024

Mr O’Faherty is an actuary and is a non-executive director of a number of companies in the financial services and investment areas. Until 2013 he was Chief Executive of Mercer Ireland and Chairman of Marsh McLennan Companies in Ireland. In his career as a consultant in Mercer, he advised the Department of Health for many years on health insurance matters. He is a Fellow and a past President of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. He is also a past Chairman of the Irish Association of Pension Funds.



Ms Joyce Brennan – from 26 November 2019 to 25 November 2024

Ms Brennan is an actuary with more than 20 years’ experience. She is a Principal with Mercer and formerly a Director with KPMG. Joyce partners with companies to help them manage the financing, design, communication and ongoing management of their pension plans. She specialises in developing and implementing programs of change to defined benefit pension plans and advising trustees on governance and procedures. Joyce has worked as advisor to the Health Insurance Authority and to the Department of Health on the regulation of private health insurance, and she has chaired the health care committee of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. She has an MBA from UCD and is a Qualified Financial Advisor.



Mr Declan Moran – from 26 November 2019 to 25 November 2022

Mr Moran has a BSC in Computer Science and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries since 1994. He joined Vhi Healthcare in 1997 from the life and pensions industry and was appointed to the Vhi Healthcare Board of Directors in 2008. From November 2011 to July 2012, he served as Acting Chief Executive, Vhi Healthcare. To-date he has been responsible for the management of Vhi Healthcare’s product portfolio and the development of new products and services.