Our Board Members

Our Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic direction of the Central Remedial Clinic, including:


  • Decision making processes
  • Setting the strategic direction of the organisation
  • Overseeing our financial viability
  • Making key decisions on the future of the CRC


The Chief Executive reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for delivering strategy and implementing decisions.


In addition to the Board of Directors, a group of members  attend the CRC’s Annual General Meeting.

Board of Directors

The Board have their own Handbook which includes a Code of Conduct for the Directors. Read our CRC Directors Code of Conduct Handbook here

Brian Power
Acting Chairperson
(Appointed 1 June 2020)
Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 17 January 2020)

Brian started his banking career in 1988 in ICC Bank Plc as a graduate entrant. His banking career has been focused on business banking in the SME sector. Brian left Ulster Bank Ireland, after almost 18 years on their specialist working capital team, to pursue his long held ambition of studying for an MBA at Trinity College Dublin as a full time student. While studying for his MBA he developed a strong interest in impact assessment, particularly with regards to the third sector.
Brian is passionate about the benefits of lifelong learning. He has also been a member of a return-to-work mentoring charity where he was involved as a team facilitator. He is currently studying for the Chartered Director qualification with the Institute of Directors Ireland. He is also a member of the Institute of Banking in Ireland through which he has been awarded the QFA and Professional Banker qualifications amongst others.
The CRC has played a role in Brian’s family life with two of his children sharing educational programmes with their primary school. Brian himself learned to swim in the CRC pool (it was bigger then and he was smaller!).

Mr Diarmuid Connaughton
Vice Chairperson (Appointed 31 March 2018)
Non-Executive Director (Appointed 13 February 2017)

Diarmuid Connaughton retired from Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2013. During his 29-year career with the bank, he was Country Executive for Ireland and gained extensive financial services experience at Managing Director level in corporate and investment banking, capital markets, treasury services, investment management and credit risk assessment.
He managed a portfolio of clients split between indigenous European Healthcare names and large Irish Corporate clients. Following a successful career with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Diarmuid spent two years as Finance Director at Future Finance Loan Corporation Limited.
Future Finance, a private student lending company, was established in 2013 and is backed by private equity. Diarmuid was Chairman of Peamount Hospital and a director for various Bank of America and other multinationals Irish subsidiaries. Diarmuid qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from UCD.”


Dr Ian Callanan
Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 1 December 2017)

Ian Callanan is the Group Clinical Audit Facilitator for St Vincent’s University Hospital, St Vincent’s Private Hospital and St Michaels Hospital and Medical Director for Irish Life Health Insurance Ireland. In the past, he was National Lead for Clinical Audit within the HSE, and, as a member of the Professional Competence Committee of the Medical Council, he was involved in the initiation and rollout of the CPD programme requirements for doctors in Ireland.
Previously a board member of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) from 2005-10, past president of the Irish Society for Quality and Safety in Healthcare and a board member of the European Society for Quality in Healthcare, he has been involved in a number of EU initiatives on patient safety, measurement of risk and publication of guidance on safety initiatives.
He is co-editor of the International Journal of Healthcare Quality Assurance, an international peer reviewed scientific journal and was recently been appointed to the editorial advisory board of the journal, Clinical Governance.

Ms Sinead Cooke
Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 14 November 2016)

Sinéad is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland. She is a graduate of UCD, where she obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a post graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting. Sinéad started her career in audit in the accountancy firm BDO and later moved to PWC, first in Dublin and then San Francisco.
She also worked as Financial Controller in Xtra-Vision. Sinéad also lectured in Accounting and Finance in Griffith College after which she took a career break to mind her three young children. Sinead joined the CRC board of directors in November 2016.





David Courtney
Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 17 January 2020)

David is an experienced General Manager and Business Consultant whose career has spanned the payments, retail banking, travel and FMCG sectors.
His core competency is in developing competitive, high impact sales, marketing and business transformation strategies and programmes. He has delivered strategy development and implementation programmes for some of Ireland’s leading brands.
David’s focus is in putting the customer at the core of business strategy. He believes that the key to successful execution is delivering compelling communications across organisations to ensure understanding and alignment.  He has worked on executive teams at blue chip companies including Procter & Gamble, Kraft Foods, Aer Lingus, Bank of Ireland and AIB Merchant Services. David is a graduate of University College Dublin.
He is former Chairman of the Visa Ireland Forum, past Vice President of AAI and past board member of CCCI.

Mr Liam Cullen
Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 1 December 2017)

Liam Cullen is the Director of External Affairs and Public Policy with GSK Ireland. Prior to joining GSK, Liam was the CEO of the Irish Foster Carers’ Association. He has worked as a Government Special Adviser in the Department of Health and Children and was previously a political and economic specialist in the US State Department.
Liam graduated with a Master’s degree in Economic Science from University College Dublin. He holds a Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors and a Diploma in Management Practice from National University of Ireland Galway.






Professor Marie Guidon
Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 1 December 2017)

Marie Guidon is Head of the RCSI School of Physiotherapy. During her clinical career, she worked in Connolly, Jervis St., Richmond and Beaumont Hospitals. She was subsequently appointed Physiotherapy Manager in St. James’s Hospital. She completed postgraduate education in sports medicine, hydrotherapy and cardiorespiratory physiotherapy, was awarded an MSc (Research) from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD from NUI/RCSI.


In 1998 she moved to RCSI to take up the position as Head of School of Physiotherapy and the first graduates from the School were conferred in 2002.  She has been actively involved in the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP), the professional body for physiotherapy in Ireland, for many years and has served on a number of committees including Professional Procedures and Ethics, Education and International Affairs.  She was President of the ISCP from 2016-2018 and has represented the ISCP at regional, national and international level.


Sean McCormack
Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 17 January 2020)

Sean McCormack is a Chartered Surveyor and Head of the Real Estate Advisory Unit in the Group Risk Division of Bank of Ireland which is an independent team of Chartered surveyors with responsibility for property collateral valuation risk and strategy, market monitoring, valuation policy and standards.
Sean joined Bank of Ireland in 2012 following a 25 year career in the property advisory industry holding various roles including of Head of Professional Services, Head of Commercial Business and Managing Director in DTZ Sherry FitzGerald in addition to running his own advisory firm. Sean previously specialised in valuation and rent review advisory and dispute resolution for commercial investment property and development land.
Sean is a Fellow of the Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCSI) in Ireland and The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors(RICS). Sean is a Past President of the SCSI(2009/10) and a member of the RICS (Ireland) Board. He previously served as Hon. Secretary and Committee member of the Institute of Arbitrators Irish Branch.

Joseph McGrath
Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 17 January 2020)

Joe is a retired lecturer from the Technological University of Dublin where he specialised in Services Marketing. He is former President of Sports in Dublin Institute of Technology.
Joe is the founder and Chief Executive of all-Ireland Student Charity, Students 10K for Chernobyl 2000-2013’s. This charity created many innovative programmes in Belarus for disabled young people which are replicated by other international humanitarian organisations.
He has served with International Fund for Ireland’s Wider Horizons Programme in the early stages of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland. Joe has served as Group Leader in AnCo (now FAS) in the External Training Division.
His Specialist Skills include Education and Training, Strategic Planning. Marketing, Management. Joe’s interests are: Outdoor activities, Fitness, Rugby, Reading, Cooking, Travel, Music. Creativity, Entrepreneurship. Voluntary organisations.
Joe education includes an MBA, BSc Management and MMII.

Rose O’Donovan
Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 28 November 2019)

Rose has extensive banking experience at senior level across multiple areas and communications and has led strategic projects in customer experience and transformation.
She was Head of Stakeholder Management at AIB for 10 years and was a key member of the successful Initial Public Offering team in 2017. Rose holds a diploma in Joint Financial Services, APA and Diploma in Wealth Management, and is a qualified Personal Leadership and Executive Coach.
She sits on the Board and Advisory Council of Digital Business Ireland.
She is currently studying to become a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors

Marie O’Riordan
Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 1 August 2018)

Marie O’Riordan is a Partner in Eversheds Sutherland Solicitors and practices in the area of commercial real estate. Prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland in 2014, Marie worked in the property department of Hayes Solicitors following her qualification as a solicitor in 2007.
She is a graduate of UCD where she obtained a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Masters of Commercial Law.   Marie has extensive experience in all areas of commercial real estate law and commercial leases and acts for a wide range of investors, developers, banks and state bodies in dealing with acquisitions, disposals, lettings and property management issues.
Marie joined the CRC board of directors in August 2018.




Dr Martine Smith
Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 1 February 2018)

Martine Smith is a Speech and Language Therapist and a Fellow and Associate Professor of Speech Language Pathology at Trinity College Dublin. Having started her career working as a therapist in the CRC, she pursued both Masters and PhD research degrees and joined the academic staff in the Dept of Clinical Speech and Language Studies in TCD.
Her research and teaching interests are in the area of developmental speech and language impairment, and particularly in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). These interests include a focus on literacy skills in children and adults who use AAC and the impact of severe speech impairments on participation in society.
A past President of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, she is currently Editor in Chief of the AAC journal and Head of the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences in TCD. She is also a member of the SLT Registration Board of CORU.


Edward B. Ward
Independent Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 28 November 2019)

Edward is a highly experienced risk and governance professional with 38 years’ experience in international and domestic banking. He retired from AIB in 2019 where he held various senior executive positions since 2007, including Divisional Chief Credit Officer. Prior to joining AIB, he held senior executive positions in corporate banking and risk management with Citigroup over a period of 22 years, mainly overseas, having started his banking career with The Investment Bank of Ireland.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Master of Business Studies degree from University College Dublin and completed the Chartered Secretary qualification with the UK Chartered Governance Institute. He is a Qualified Financial Advisor and Fellow of the Institute of Banking and a Chartered Director of the UK Institute of Directors.
Edward is also a Non-executive Director of Scotiabank (Ireland) DAC and Davy Global Fund Management Limited.


Mr Tom Young
Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 13 February 2017)

Tom Young is an independent non-executive director. He is a director of BNY Mellon Trust Co. (Ireland), Chairman of Cunamh Adoption Services and on the Audit Committee of the Public Appointments Service. Tom had an extensive career in international banking and financial services in Ireland, with Citibank, HSBC and BNY Mellon. He has extensive experience of the regulatory licensing process in several EU jurisdictions and is a specialist in governance compliance and risk management, in banking and funds trustee and depositary services.
Tom is a graduate of UCC, he is a Chartered Secretary and a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors. Tom is former Chairman of the Federation of International Banks in Ireland (FIBI) and a current member of the Irish Funds Directors Association (IFDA).


Ms Therese Allen
Company Secretary
(Appointed 12 September 2016)