Press Release

Micheál Martin TD Minister for Health and Children announces appointment of Chair and Board of the interim Health Services Executive

The Minister for Health and Children Micheál Martin TD today announced details of the Chair and Interim Board of the Health Services Executive (HSE).

Commenting Minister Martin said “in order to provide coherent management of the health service, the Health Services Executive will be established outside the Department of Health and Children. The Health Services Executive will be accountable to the Minister for the executive management of the health service. The interim HSE will make early progress on the reform of the hospital sector and help drive the overall implementation of the reform programme”.

Minister Martin noted the high calibre of those appointed and said that he believed the Board members had the right mix of competencies to undertake this major task. The Board will now oversee the significant legislative programme to underpin the reform which will be in place in early 2005. One of the first roles of the Board will be to oversee the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer of the HSE. Following this the transfer of responsibilities of existing agencies to the Executive will take place. This will further consolidate the system and reduce the present fragmentation.

Interim Board of the Health Services Executive

Kevin Kelly (Chair) is a Chartered Accountant and was Managing Director of AIB Bank from 1996-2001. He had previously held the position of Group Financial Director. Mr. Kelly is a former Chairman of the Irish Management Institute and former President of the Irish Bankers Federation.

Dr. Donal de Buitleir is General Manager, Office of the Chief Executive, AIB Group. Prior to joining AIB, he was Assistant Secretary in the Revenue Commissioners. He was Secretary to the Commission on Taxation 1980-1985 and a member of the Barrington Committee on Local Government Reorganisation and Reform (1990). Dr de Buitleir was a member of the Commission of Financial Management and Control Systems in the Health Service.

Professor P Anne Scott is Professor of Nursing and Head of the School of Nursing at Dublin City University. Previously Anne held academic posts at the University of Stirling, the Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Glasgow. Professor Scott is currently a member of the Governing Authority of Dublin City University and the Board of Governors of St Vincent’s Hospital, Fairview. She is a member of the Board of the Health Research Board.

Michael McLoone has been County Manager with Donegal County Council since 1994. In 1988 he was seconded to Beaumont Hospital as Chief Executive. He was appointed Chairman of the Governing Body of Letterkenny Institute of Technology in 1997. Mr McLoone was Chairman of the Irish Blood Transfusion Board from September 2001 to September 2002. He was a member of the Commission on Financial Management and Control Systems in the Health Service.

Professor Niamh Brennan, a chartered accountant, is Michael MacCormac Professor of Management at University College Dublin. She is Academic Director of the Institute of Directors’ Centre for Corporate Governance at UCD. Professor Brennan recently chaired the Commission on Financial Management and Control Systems in the Health Service

Michael B. Murphy is Dean of Faculty of Medicine and Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, National University of Ireland Cork. His academic posts include the Postgraduate Fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, London and University of London (1980-84), Faculty at the University of Chicago (1984-1992), and Chairman of Clinical Pharmacology (1989-92) and Director of Hypertension Programme (1986-92). He is Chairman, Health Research Board of Ireland.

PJ Fitzpatrick is Chief Executive Officer of the Courts Service. He is the first person to hold this position and successfully managed the establishment of the Courts Service as a new, independent, statutory agency. He previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Health Board.

Liam Downey is the former Chief Executive of Becton Dickinson Ireland, a medical technology company. He was the President of the Federation of Irish Employers and a Trustee and member of the National Executive Council of IBEC. He is former Chairman of the Irish Medical Devices Association and is currently a member of the Labour Relations Commission

John A Murray is Professor of Business Studies, School of Business Studies, Trinity College Dublin. He has held positions at business schools in Europe, Asia and America. He is President of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and a board member of the Institute of Public Administration and of St James’s Hospital. He was a member of the Steering Committee for The Audit of Structures & Functions of the Health System undertaken by Prospectus Ltd for the Department of Health

Dr. Maureen Gaffney is the Chair of the National Economic and Social Forum (NESF). She was recently appointed to the Chair of the National Monitoring Committee for the Programme for Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development under the National Development Plan. She was a Law Reform Commissioner from 1986-1996 and a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. She is a Council Member of the (ESRI) and of the Insurance Ombudsman of Ireland Council.

Eugene McCague is a Solicitor and Partner with Arthur Cox and Associates. He is a graduate of University College Dublin, a council member of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Transport Committee of the Chamber. He is a member of the Board of Co-operation Ireland and a former chairman of the governing body of the Dublin Institute of Technology.