Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services is managed by a Board of Directors.

The Board’s Responsibilities: 

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Providing effective leadership of the Hospice within a framework of prudent and effective controls.

Strategic Direction

Setting the strategic direction of the Hospice, in light of the ethos and values that underpin the organisation, as established by the Religious Sisters of Charity.


Approving, monitoring and reviewing organisational performance.

The Board Members:

Mr. Sean Benton

Sean-Benton---ChairpersonSean Benton has been Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2009.  During his Civil Service career he served as Director of Finance in the Department of Health and Commissioner and Chairman of the Office of Public Works.  Currently Sean is Chairman of the National Sports Campus Development Authority.

Dr. Brendan Clune

Dr-Brendan-CluneDr Brendan Clune has been working as a general practitioner in Ranelagh, Dublin 6 for some 25 years. He is an active member of the Irish College of General Practitioners and has a special interest in Care of the Elderly and in Student Health.

Mr. David Strahan

David-StrahanDavid J. Strahan is a Business Consultant.  He has experience of over thirty years in international marketing with the CTT/Irish Export Board, latterly as Overseas Director.  David was CEO of a major charitable organisation for seriously ill children for six years and he was also Director of Philanthropy Ireland, established by a leading group of Irish and international charitable trusts and foundations.

Sr. Angela Kelly

Sr.-Mary-Angela-KellyReligious Sister of Charity, member of the Provincial Leadership Team.

Mr. Stephen Walsh

Stephen-WalshStephen Walsh, who was a career banker for 40 years, retired from Bank of Ireland Private Banking in 2006. He is a consultant to a small number of high profile clients and serves as a non-executive director on a number of private and family boards, where he also acts as trustee. Stephen is currently Chair of the City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital Charity Board and a member of the Board of Directors of The Charles Institute of Dermatology, at UCD. He also continues to play an active role on a number of finance and investment committees in the not-for-profit sector.

Mr. Brian Murray

photo1A former Chief Executive Officer of the Dublin Dental University Hospital, member of the Postgraduate Medical and Dental Board and member and Vice President of the Dental Council of Ireland, he is presently a board member of St James’s Hospital and Treasurer of the Association for Dental Education in Europe.

Ms. Mary Rose Gearty

Mary Rose Gearty

Mary Rose Gearty is a senior counsel who acts primarily in criminal cases. She both prosecutes and defends, and has acted as the sole member of a Commission of Investigation into a fatal shooting.

Mary Rose chairs the Education and Training Committee of the Council of the Bar of Ireland and is the inaugural chair of the Advanced Advocacy Committee. Mary Rose lectured in criminal law for ten years at the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns, where she now sits on the Examination Appeals Board.

Dr. Terry McWade

Terry is CEO and Co-Founder of Valitacell, an early stage biotechnology company. Previous executive roles include Deputy CEO in the RCSI, Principle in the Boston Consulting Group (London), and CEO of Servier Laboratories (Denmark). Terry sits on the Board of the Institute of Banking, and on the Registration and Continuing Practice Committee and Audit Committee of the Medical Council. He was formerly Chair of the European Vaccine Initiative and Deputy Chair of the Dublin Dental Hospital.

Ms. Kay Connolly

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Kay Connolly, RGN,MSc, Chief Operating Officer, St. Vincent’s University Hospital. As COO, she is responsible for strategic management and operational performance across the organisation. Ms. Connolly is accountable for the organisational performance of the hospital and ensuring the objectives of her role and vision for success are aligned to international and national best practice and guidelines. She provides leadership, management, clinical expertise and support across the organisation and works collaboratively, constructively and respectfully with the CEO and the executive management team in implementing the hospitals strategic and operational objectives.

Mr. Sean Dorgan

Sean Dorgan (2)Sean Dorgan was previously Chairman of Ulster Bank Group, Tesco Ireland, Dublin Institute of Technology and Irish Management Institute (IMI); he was also Secretary General of two Government Departments, and CEO of Chartered Accountants Ireland and of IDA Ireland. He is currently Chairperson of Wicklow Hospice Foundation and a board member of the Irish Cancer Society.

Ms. Helen Nolan

Helen headshotHelen Nolan is Secretary to the board of Bank of Ireland Group since 2009.  She has senior executive experience as Head of Internal Audit and Head of Finance in banking and insurance roles.  Helen is responsible for all aspects of board and corporate governance, has senior executive experience in successful banking and life assurance businesses and has led the development and implementation of the investment strategy for the Bank’s main DB Pension Fund.  Helen has extensive audit and accounting experience, and has Chaired the Audit Committee of the Department of Agriculture for six years.

Mr Eugene Murray

Eugene MurrayEugene Murray is former CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation; he is a member of the board of St Luke’s Hospital; member of various national health councils, committees and forums; in RTE, he was a member of the Executive Board, Director of Business Planning and Head of Television Current Affairs.