Ms Hilary Coates - Board of Directors

Ms Hilary Coates

Hilary joined Bank of Ireland as Head of Health and Life Sciences in 2014 where she is responsible for the continuing development of the Bank’s growth strategy in the Health and Life Sciences sector. With her specialist knowledge and experience in clinical and corporate governance of health and social care organisations including nursing homes, pharmacies and hospitals, Hilary has in depth understanding of the complexities and realities of healthcare and the insight required to support healthcare businesses to anticipate, adapt and thrive.

Hilary has extensive senior clinical and executive national and international experience in the health and regulatory sectors. She originally qualified as a nurse from St Vincent’s University Hospital and worked in a variety of clinical and executive roles including Director of Nursing. Hilary has an MBA from Smurfit Business School and post graduate qualifications in Healthcare Management, Corporate Governance and Risk Management. Recent roles include Head of Healthcare Regulation in HIQA, Patient Safety Advisor to the World Health Organization and Academic Programme Director in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.