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


Carol Ann Casey (appointed 27st 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.


In addition, Carol Ann founded WBR Limited that specialises in the protected reporting of alleged wrongdoings in businesses, conducting independent investigations and adjudications.


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 ombudsman, dispute resolution, regulatory affairs and corporate governance. Carol Ann is CEDR qualified in mediation. She recently completed the Law Society’s judicial skills and decision-making diploma and data protection certificate.


Carol Ann is a Non-Executive Director of The Blarney Woollen Mills Group of which she is a member of the 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 board of the CRC as vice-chairperson on 27 March 2014 and has chaired the Remuneration and Nominations Committee and was a member of the Governance Committee.


Ms Sinead Cooke (appointed 14th 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 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.



Damien Daly (appointed 14th April 2014)

Damien Daly is Director of Marketing & Customer Analytics at Bank of Ireland Group and is responsible for leading the development and execution of the Group’s marketing and customer analytics strategy. Prior to this position, Damien held a number of senior management roles in Bank of Ireland including Director of Strategy and Marketing in its Global Markets Division and Head of Group Customer Deposits.


Damien also has extensive experience in the telecommunications industry having held various product management positions and customer acquisition positions in Eircom Plc, including overall product management responsibility for Landline Voice and Access products. He started his career at the Lafferty Group, a specialist financial publishing organisation.

Thomas Fleming (appointed 27th March 2014)

Tom Fleming joined Volkswagen Group Ireland as Director of Human Resources in 2011.


Tom has a Business Degree from NIHE Dublin and a post-graduate qualification in the Psychology of Organisational Development and Change from Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for over 25 years.


After graduation, Tom spent 14 years in the UK working in various human resources and operational roles with leading multinational organisations including Alstom, PepsiCo, B&Q and Jewson. Tom returned to Ireland in 2001 to join Diageo where he spent eight years in senior HR and commercial roles. He has also worked as an Organisation Development Consultant in both Ireland and the UK.


Tom Quinn (appointed 27th 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.

Robert Vard (appointed 22nd January 2016)

Robert Vard 2Robert Vard is a solicitor in the Pensions and Employee Benefits Group of the law firm Eversheds, where he advises on all aspects of pensions law, practice and regulation and the interpretation of trust deeds. He also provides advice on financial services and regulatory issues within the Eversheds Financial Institutions Group.


He has a longstanding relationship with the CRC, having been diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 9 months and was a frequent user of services until he was 18.  Robert has continued his connection with the organisation through fundraising and active volunteering.  He volunteered in 2009 in the CRC’s Sheltered Adult Workshop, as it made its transition from a sheltered work environment to an education centred approach and participated for several years as an assistant with the CRC Summer School Project.


He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where he achieved a MA in History. Robert also holds a postgraduate Diploma in Law from the Dublin Institute of Technology, a Masters in Law from Trinity College Dublin and a Diploma in Finance Law from the Law Society of Ireland. Robert served as a board member of the Hibernian Law Journal for two years, the academic publication of the Law Society of Ireland. He is currently a council member of the Association of Pension Lawyers in Ireland (ALPI).

Mr Tom Young (appointed 13th February 2017)

Tom Young is Chairman of ILCU (Internal Audit Services) Ltd, which is a dedicated service provider to the credit union movement; he is also Chairman of Cunamh, an accredited adoption services charity. He was appointed to the Audit Committee of the Public Appointments Service in 2016. He provides consultancy services on governance and risk management.


Before moving to independent directorship and consultancy roles, Tom had a successful career in international banking and financial services in Ireland, with Citibank, Ulster Bank, HSBC and BNY Mellon. His career developed from relationship management through executive responsibility for credit and risk management, to executive board level responsibility as chief executive in international banking and trustee services.


He assumed primary responsibility for compliance with governance codes and was the lead facilitator on governance compliance matters for BNY Mellon in Europe. He has extensive experience of the regulatory license approval process in several EU jurisdictions. Tom’s roles required fitness & probity approval from financial regulators in Ireland, Luxembourg and Belgium.


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).


Dr John Ryan (appointed 01st May 2018)

Dr John Ryan 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.


John’s technical expertise includes the area of business management systems and sustainability includes: development and deployment of training; audit and assessment of organisations; design and development of new assessment protocols and publications. As a management expert John has knowledge and experience of  various business excellence methods, management of change, strategy and governance and has experience of multiple industries, organisational types and cultures.


He has excellent presentation, communication and influencing skills honed as an academic tutor (University COllege DUblin), lecturer (DIT), presenter, trainer and business person.


Mr Diarmuid Connaughton (appointed 13th 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 broad international banking experience in Corporate and Investment Banking, Capital Raising/Syndications, Treasury and Cash Management, Global Markets (FX/derivatives), Investment Management and Credit Risk assessment. He managed a portfolio of clients split between indigenous European Healthcare names and large Irish Corporate clients – industry sectors included Airlines, Building Materials, Consumer and Retail, Dairy, Energy and Food Ingredients.


Following a successful career with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Diarmuid spent the past 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 Irish subsidiaries – Banc of America Leasing Ireland Co Limited (Aircraft Leasing), Bank of America Capital Management (Ireland) Limited (Fund Management – Chairman) and other Structured Capital Markets vehicles.


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 (appointed 1st 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 IrishLifeHealth 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.


His interests centre on the measurement and management of clinical activity, the training of clinical staff in teamwork and patient safety, and making the  oft-quoted “patient-centred health system” a reality.

Professor Marie Guidon (appointed 1st 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 currently Chairperson of the RCSI Awards; Qualifications Committee and a member of RCSI Academic Council. 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 Liam Cullen (appointed 1st 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 Masters 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.


Dr Martine Smith (appointed 1st 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.


Ms Therese Allen (appointed 12th September 2016)













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