Press Release

Statement from the Department of Health re the appointment of Laura Magahy as Executive Director of Sláintecare

The appointment of Laura Magahy as Sláintecare Executive Director follows a rigorous and competitive public application process, which was managed independently by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) on behalf of the Department of Health.

The post was advertised on January 12th 2018. A national and international executive search formed past of the recruitment process, prior to the closing date of February 1st 2018. The multiple stages, including short-listing and the preliminary and final interviews were managed by the PAS.

Laura Magahy has resigned her position as Managing Director of M.CO (effective from September 1, 2018) and will not be returning. She will have no future beneficial involvement in the company. She is relinquishing all control over the future business of the M.CO from the date of her appointment. This had already been agreed with the Department before she accepted the role.

Laura Magahy – Biography

Over the last 28 years Ms Laura Magahy has led some of Ireland’s most significant and transformational public-sector projects, including the €1 billion urban renewal of Temple Bar (1990 – 2000), Ireland’s first urban renewal project; the €284 million development of the Mater Hospital (2000 – 2014); and the Government initiative Irish Design 2015, which had considerable international reach and economic impact.

Through the strategic design and project management company that she co-founded in 2000, MCO, she has devised and led change initiatives on behalf of clients from the private and public sectors, and specifically in the health sector for the past 17 years, including recently, a number of Hospital and Hospital Group strategies. From 2002 – 2005 she worked with the HSE/St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group Board on the successful development of the €22 million New Ward Block Building including dedicated Cystic Fibrosis Unit, overseeing brief planning, construction programme, equipping, consultation, liaison with multiple stakeholders, Government funding agencies and the HSE. Laura was also project director on the Great Northern Haven Intelligent Lifetime Homes Project, working with the Department of Environment and Local Government and Dundalk Town Council as well the HSE and a range of other stakeholders, to deliver sensor-enabled homes and community accommodation to foster independent living.

Laura Magahy is a Fellow and past President of the Institute of Directors, and is one of Ireland’s top Level A Project Directors. She is an honorary member of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland and has served on numerous public, private and plc boards as Chairman, Non-Executive Director, and Executive Director, including CIE, The Arts Council and The Design and Crafts Council.

In 2014, she also founded ceramic company, Arran Street East.

Her qualifications include:

  • MBA, TCD
  • BA in German and Music, UCC
  • Lean Green Belt in Healthcare
  • Level A Certified Projects Director, Institute of Project Management
  • Chartered Director, Institute of Directors, London
  • MSc in Healthcare Management, TCD (Year 1)