Following a Public Appointments Service campaign for non-professional positions on the Health and Social Care Professionals Council and Registration Boards, the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has appointed the following three members:

John Hennessy

John Hennessy is a West Cork native living in Clonakilty and holds a degree in Health Management and a diploma in Corporate Governance. He has over 35 years of management experience in Irish Healthcare covering Welfare services, Hospital Care and Primary/Community Services.

John’s appointment is with effect from 5th December 2022 to the 5th May 2025.

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Dr Geraldine O’Hare

Dr Geraldine O’Hare is a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist and a Chartered Scientist. Geraldine worked as the Head of Psychological Services and Director of Rehabilitation with the Probation Board for Northern Ireland for 27 years, and currently holds a number of positions including professional regulatory bodies in Ireland and the UK.

This appointment is with effect from 5th December 2022 to the 20th March 2023. Dr O’Hare is appointed with the consent of the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

Dr Martina Ní Chúlain

Dr Martina Ní Chúlain is Director of Strategic Development and Process Improvement at the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Galway.

This senior leadership role interfaces at a strategic level at the nexus of the education sector, the healthcare sector, governmental agencies, charities and industry.

Martina is responsible for strategic business planning and for the oversight and leadership of a €70 million complex portfolio of accredited clinical educational and research activities, which include regulated and non-regulated clinical trials and the management of accredited and regulated health care educational programmes.

Martina graduated from the University of Galway with a B.Sc (Hons) in Biotechnology and PhD in Medical Microbiology. She joined the University of Galway in 2009 having previously worked in the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors, and, since 2015 holds the Director of Strategic Development and Process Improvement role at the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Previously, Martina held the roles of Head of Admissions and the Officer with responsibility for Academic Planning and Resourcing within the University.

She has extensive experience in higher education leadership, governance, finance, large research bits, change management and the development of policies, services and programmes that support the mission of the University and that of the Saolta University Healthcare Group.

This appointment is with effect from 5th December 2022 to the 20th March 2023. Dr Ní Chúlain is appointed with the consent of the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

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