Board Trustees

Ian Carter, Chairperson
CEO RCSI Hospital Group and CEO Beaumont Hospital

Ian Carter holds the positions of CEO RCSI Hospital Group and CEO Beaumont Hospital.

Ian was previously National Director of Acute Hospitals, CEO of the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF), Head of the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), CEO St James’ Hospital and General Manager Acute Hospitals Mid-Western Health Board.

Ian has also held positions in the UK: Director of Contracts and Business Administration, Regional Surgical Specialties Manager and Saudi Arabia: Assistant Hospital Manager and Director of Operations.

Ian was previously Adjunct Assistant Professor in Health Policy and Management at Trinity College and is an Adjunct Faculty Member, Institute of Leadership, Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI).

Ian joined the Board in 2020 and is also Chairperson of Ruhama.

Donagh O’Farrell, Treasurer
Finance Director, Siemens Healthineers

Currently Finance Director for Siemens Healthineers having previously worked in leading companies in the Financial Services, Retail and FMCG industries. FCCA, MBA and Diploma in Directorship (IoD) qualified.

Donagh O’Farrell joined the Board in 2021

Dr. Sam Gower, Secretary
Clinical Director for Personalised Healthcare Commissioning, NHS

Dr. Sam Gower is a psychologist working as a Clinical Director for Personalised Healthcare Commissioning in the NHS. He also works with the Redress Scotland supporting survivors of historical childhood abuse in care. He was previously the Clinical Director with Pieta.

He has extensive experience in healthcare and mental health commissioning, delivery and governance.

Dr. Sam Gower joined the Board in 2019.

Carolann Minnock
Senior Pro Bono Associate, Arthur Cox

Carolann Minnock is a Senior Pro Bono Associate at Arthur Cox and is responsible for leading the firm’s pro bono practice. A qualified solicitor of 14 years, Carolann brings a wealth of legal expertise, experience and maturity to her role. Carolann has extensive not-for-profit experience particularly in the area of women’s rights. Prior to joining Arthur Cox, she worked in international development with Irish Rule of Law International in Malawi, with the International Development Law Organisation in Afghanistan and South Sudan; and with the Internews Network in Asia.

Carolan Minnock joined the Board in 2021

Pauline Houlihan
Head of Talent, Arthur Cox

Big 4 trained Talent Acquisition and Management professional with 20+ years’ experience and a record of achievement in Talent Acquisition and Management, Business Partnering, Financial and Commercial management and the delivery of change.

Experienced delivering best in class workforce planning, recruitment solutions and talent management with a strategic business objectives lens to drive engagement, and business results across a variety of industry sectors.

Trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Accounting from University College Dublin.

Pauline Houlihan joined the Board in 2022

Declan Daly
Head of Child Abuse Policy, Cybersmarties Limited.

Declan Daly is Head of Child Abuse policy for Cybersmarties Limited, whose aim is to ensure and encourage safe and positive digital behaviours in children. A retired Detective Chief Superintendent in An Garda Siochana (Irish Police). Having served for thirty two years Declan was the National Police Lead in Ireland with responsibility for policing, Child Abuse, Sexual Crime, Human Trafficking, Organised Prostitution, Domestic Abuse and the management of sex offenders. He was the appointed Child Protection Officer for An Garda Siochana, representing An Garda Siochana nationally and internationally.

Declan Daly joined the Board in 2022

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