Recent Appointments to the 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 re-appointed the following person as a Member of the Speech and Language  Therapists Registration Board.  This appointment is with effect from 27 February 2017 until 13 February 2021.

Mr Fintan Reddy

Mr Reddy has held a number of senior operational and commercial roles in both multi-national and large Irish organisations spanning 25 years. He has also spent a number of years working as a management consultant focussing on process improvement and associated projects. His industry experience spans the IT, pharmaceutical and retail sectors.

Mr Reddy has been heavily involved in setting up the operations of a number of multi-national organisations involving significant strategic and operational management both locally and internationally. He has been responsible for a number of major projects and initiatives requiring significant attention in the areas of change management, process redesign, project management and budgetary controls. His background and initial training is as a Systems Analyst and he has been responsible for the selection and implementation of various computer systems and software solutions supporting a variety of business requirements. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin with an MSc (Mgmt) in Organisation Behaviour and also a graduate of UCD Smurfit Business School with an MBA. Mr Reddy is a former part-time lecturer at DCU. He is a volunteer with a national organisation working in the area of suicide prevention.

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD has re-appointed the following persons as Members of the Speech and Language Therapists Registration Board.  These appointments are with effect from 27 February 2017 until 13 February 2021.

Ms Maeve Murphy

Ms Murphy is a Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) Manager in Tallaght Hospital. She has been SLT observer to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council since 2009 and will be a member of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council for a 4 year term from March 2013 until March 2017. She is also currently a member of CORU Registration and Education and Audit, Risk and Governance Committees.

Ms Murphy received a speech and language therapy professional qualification from Trinity College in 1997 and an MBA from University College Dublin in 2006. She has 15 years’ experience as a speech and language therapist in both clinical and managerial roles. She held the position of Chairperson of IASLT from 2008 to 2010, Chairperson of IASLT’s Professional Development and Ethics Committee from 2008 to 2011 and Chairperson of the Therapy Professions Committee from 2009 to 2010. Special areas of interest include advocacy for patients with disabilities, service integration, health system governance, systems analysis, process improvement and ensuring a focus on continuous quality improvement.

Ms Helen Shortt

Ms Shortt is AHC Project Director in Beaumont Hospital. She has been a member of the senior management team at Beaumont Hospital since 2004 having previously worked as head of the department of nutrition and dietetics.

She was Hospital Manager of, and responsible for, the integration of St. Joseph’s Hospital with Beaumont Hospital over a four year period which was followed by a business planning & performance management role. Her most recent role has been in the development of an academic health centre between Beaumont Hospital and Connolly Hospital. She qualified as a dietitian in 1981 and holds a master’s degree in health services management as well as professional qualifications in nutrition and dietetics. Ms Shortt has taken on the roles of Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute treasurer and of president, contributed to the Institute’s Education Board and to the training of students. She has also represented the institute on the European Federation of Dietitians, on the Irish branch of the nutrition society and on the nutrition committee of the Royal Irish Academy.

Prof Martine Smith

Prof Smith is an Associate Professor in Speech Language Pathology with Trinity College Dublin and she is a qualified speech language therapist from TCD.

She was involved in setting up a cross-disciplinary special interest group of members working in this area. This initiative led to the formation of an Irish chapter of the International Society for AAC (ISAAC) in which she served in many capacities. During her term as President, ISAAC was granted Non-Governmental Organisation consultative status by the UN. She has also served as Head of Department, Director of Teaching and Learning and as an external examiner for speech language therapy programmes in Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow in the UK. She was on the initial accreditation panel for the new MSc graduate entry programme at the University of Limerick. She was the educational representative on the IASLT Overseas Committee, responsible for validating the qualifications of therapists educated outside of Ireland and represented IASLT in negotiations with colleagues from sister professional associations in the US, Canada, Australia, the UK and New Zealand, to develop a mutual recognition of qualification agreement. Prof Smith continues to be a liaison link between the IASLT and the other associations. Her particular interest is in promoting a social model of disability, focusing on participation of people with communication impairments in all activities of social life.