Board of Directors

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

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:

A 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.

Stephen 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.

Dr. Terry McWade is CEO of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He previously held the positions of Deputy CEO in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, CEO Exceptis Technologies, Principal in the Boston Consulting Group (London), and CEO of Servier Laboratories (Denmark).

Terry is a Board member of the National Treatment Purchase Fund where he chairs the Patient Care Committee. He is a former Chair of the European Vaccine Initiative and Deputy Chair of the Dublin Dental Hospital. He is a former Board member of the Governance Association of Ireland and a former member of Registration and Continuing Practice Committee and Audit Committee of the Medical Council.

He qualified in medicine from TCD, and holds a MBA (INSEAD), MSC (Healthcare Ethics and Law), and Diploma in Corporate Governance (UCD). He is an IOD Chartered Director.

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.

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.

Helen 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.

Eugene 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.

Carole Pollard is a registered architect and Past President of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland 2016-2017.  She was a member of the RIAI Governance Review Steering Committee and as President was responsible for implementing new governance structures.  Carole’s practice includes teaching, writing and research work in the area of architecture and design, and she is an advocate for excellence in the built environment.

Following a successful military career with the Irish Defence Forces, Pat went on to gain a range of experience in leadership roles in Ireland and internationally. Pat was CEO of Irish Tax Institute and recently retired from his role as CEO at Chartered Accountants Ireland after 13 years. He is currently on the board of the Policing Authority and has been part of the GAA Audit Committee.

Dr Philip Wiehe is a practising General Practitioner for the past 35 years at Sundrive Medical Centre.  He was appointed GP Unit Doctor with the HSE from 1998 to 2003 and was Programme Director of HSE mid-Leinster GP training programme from 2003 to 2011.  Since 2013, he has been a GP Trainer with North Dublin GP Training Programme.  He is a past member of Spirasi Board 2010 -2017 and is a current member of the Safetynet Board.  Member of Irish and Royal Colleges of General Practice.

Mr Birthistle is Chief Executive of St. James’s Hospital, Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospital. He was previously Chief Executive of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and St. Luke’s Hospital in Rathgar. Lorcan is a graduate of the National College of Industrial Relations and Trinity College Dublin. He is Vice President of the Health Management Institute of Ireland and is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Association of Hospital Managers.  He is also a member of the governing Boards of the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute and the Wellcome Trust / Health Research Board Clinical Research Facility at St. James’s Hospital.

Cathy Maguire is a practising barrister of 25 years standing, specializing in employment and trade union law. She is a member of the editorial board of the Employment Law Report and Irish Employment Law Journal and was chair of the Employment Bar Association 2016 – 2018. She has published a number of text books on employment and trade union law and lectures in trade union law in the King’s Inns and Law Society.

Vincent Barton is currently Director of Healthcare at Prospectus Consulting, who specialise in the Health and Life Sciences field. He was Managing Director of Prospectus from 2007 to 2017.

Vincent is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Paris.

Prior to joining Prospectus in 2001 Vincent worked in the Department of Health and Children for two decades. His senior responsibilities there included finances and hospital services, Estimates negotiations with the Department of Finance, work on the first Cardiovascular Strategy, leading the Change Management Team within the Department and development work on national Health Strategy.

In addition to his time with the Department of Health, Vincent also served two terms with the Department of Foreign Affairs at Ireland’s representation to the EU in Brussels, where he was Health Attache during the Irish Presidency.

With Prospectus Vincent has worked on over 400 commissions for a wide range of clients including: Department of Health, the HSE, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Coombe Women’s Hospital, Beaumont Hospital, Tallaght University Hospital, All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care, Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of Surgeons, ICGP, VHI, Pfizer, Novartis, the Religious Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of Mercy.

Since March last year Vincent has been leading a Prospectus team in supporting HSE Acute Operations Division in management of the acute sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic at national level.

Vincent has lectured on Health Policy at Trinity College, Dublin in the Masters in Health Management course, the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and the Smurfit School of Business, UCD.

Formerly a Board member of St James’ Hospital, the Coombe Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the Tallaght Hospital Development Board,

Vincent also has the following Memberships:

– Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors

– Irish Society for Quality and Safety in Healthcare

– Ireland France Chamber of Commerce

– Royal Dublin Society

A Five-Year Plan to Enhance Our Care

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