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

Chairperson (Appointed 16 December 2020)
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!).

Sean McCormack

Vice Chairperson (Appointed 26 March 2021)
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.

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.

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.

Edward B. Ward

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.

Gillian Harford

Non-Executive Director (Appointed 22 July 2021)

Gillian Harford is a HR Executive who works directly with client organisations, focusing on diversity and workplace change. She also operates as the Country Executive for the 30% Club in Ireland; a global campaign supported by Chairs and CEOs driving gender balance on Boards and cSuite; driving their strategic initiatives. Gillian is the former Head of HR Strategy & Planning with AIB where, with a career spanning almost 40 years, she was responsible for significant people change with particular focus on Culture, Career, Diversity and Agile Work.

Gillian holds a BA, an MBA from Michael Smurfit Business School UCD, and the Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance, UCD. She is a member of the Institute of Directors, fellow of CIPD, and a fellow of the Institute of Bankers. Gillian is also an Advisory Group member for the government-based initiative Balance for Better Business.

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.

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

Kieran McCarthy

Non-Executive Director (Appointed 26 March 2021)

Kieran McCarthy qualified as a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (1995) and became a fellow of the Institute of Taxation of Ireland (1998) and developed considerable experience working in both industry and practice over several years. Kieran McCarthy specialises in advising entrepreneurial, owner managed family businesses and is an expert in Corporate Recovery.

In 2014 he published “Family Business- A Survival Guide”, a book that primes those who own their own family businesses – or one day wish to do so – to meet the unique challenges that arise when family members work together. Kieran previously worked as an accountant with a ‘Big 4’ firm, and co-founded and is now consultant to the firm Baker Tilly Chartered Accountants..

Mr. Tony Golden

Non-Executive Director (Appointed 28 May 2021)

Tony Golden is an experienced financial services executive. During his 31 year career with Citibank Europe plc he held a number of key senior management roles in Ireland including Chairman Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory, Managing Director Corporate Banking and Senior Credit Officer. He was a director on numerous Citibank Ireland banking and aviation leasing subsidiaries. He has extensive external board experience with IFSC banking subsidiaries and fund management companies.

Tony is former Chairperson of the Federation of International Banks in Ireland (FIBI) and was a member of the Government’s Clearing House Group for Financial Services.

He holds a Batchelor of Commerce Honours degree from UCD and Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.

Una Ryder

Non-Executive Director (Appointed 23 July 2021)

Una Ryder is an experienced business and brand strategist having worked in senior-level roles in a number of leading service organisations. She holds a M.B.A. from the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.

Ms Therese Allen

Company Secretary (Appointed 12 September 2016)