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

Ms Carol Ann Casey
Chairperson (Appointed 31 March 2018)
Non-Executive Director (Appointed 27 March 2014)

Carol Ann Casey is Managing Director of CA Compliance specialising in independent investigations, governance and HR compliance services.
 
Concurrently Carol Ann holds the statutory office as the Independent Adjudicator of the Law Society of Ireland where she impartially examines the Law Society’s handling of complaints and compensation fund claims and can recommend changes to the Law Society to maintain the highest standards.
 
Carol Ann is a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She holds a Master’s degree in human resource strategies along with qualifications in dispute resolution, regulatory affairs and corporate governance. She is CEDR qualified in mediation. Carol Ann is a Non-Executive Director of The Blarney Woollen Mills Group and a member of its Audit and Risk Committee. She is also a National Council Member of the Small Firms Association. Prior to appointment as Chairperson, Carol Ann joined the CRC board as Vice-Chairperson in March 2014.

 

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.
 
 
 
 

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 is a member of RCSI Academic Council and Senior Leaders Group. 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 Education and International Affairs. She is currently President of the ISCP and chairs the ISCP Professional Procedures/Ethics Committee. She has represented the ISCP at regional, national and international level.
 

Mr Tom Quinn
Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 27 March 2014)

Tom Quinn retired in 2009 as RTÉ Group Secretary after 40 years’ service. His previous positions included Staff Relations Executive, Job Evaluation Manager, New Administration Manager and Director of Corporate Affairs/Secretary. He is a founding Director of TG4 and former Chairman of Radio Tara Limited (Atlantic 252).
 
Tom is currently a Director of Don Bosco Teenage Care Housing Association and a Trustee of the RTÉ Benevolent Society. As a former representative of the Corporate Governance Association, Tom was a member of the working group that produced the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations that was issued in 2012. A Barrister-at-Law and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Tom holds a B.A. and Post Graduate Diplomas in Social Science, European Law and Corporate Governance from UCD.
 

Dr John Ryan
Non-Executive Director
(Appointed 1 May 2018)

Dr. John Ryan is Principle of John Ryan Consulting Ltd.
John works as a business advisor to both private and public sector clients in areas such as business development, strategy and governance.
 
He has acted as an advisor to internal and external investor (e.g. VC funds) in due diligence and business appraisal assignments. He has worked in Ireland, UK, US, Canada, S. Africa, Saudi Arabia and with both private (SME to multinational) and public sector clients.
 
John has held various executive roles including COO, Commercial Director, Director of Services and Strategy and his commercial acumen includes managing Sales and Marketing functions and driving new business development; the diversification of product and service offering; the oversight of major contracts; working in a regulated industry; management of external regulatory body relationships and development of new markets.
 
He is also an experienced non-executive director and Chairman, both in the commercial and not for profit sectors. He was the a non-executive of the business representative group, ISME, for over 10 years during which time he served as Vice-Chairman, Chairman and Chairman of Remuneration Committee. He is currently Chairman of the North & East Housing Association.
 
John has represented the Irish business community in key policy areas with the Irish Government such as job creation, and championed business strategy and governance. He was a member of the Oversight Committee for the assessment of corporate governance in Ireland (SWiFT 3000) and is a certified governance assessor.
 
A Ministerial appointment to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation’s inaugural Small Business Forum (2011) he participated in the development of the Irish Government’s first Action Plan for Jobs (published 2012) under the auspices of the Ethics in Public Service principles.
 

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.
 

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 holds the Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction from 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)

Read our CRC Directors Code of Conduct Handbook.

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