Bernard McCartan (Chairperson)
Professor Bernard McCartan has extensive experience in regulation and fitness to practise, having been President of the Dental Council and a member of its Fitness to Practise Committee, and Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society. He was first appointed to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council in June 2014 on the nomination of the Minister for Education and Skills.
He is Visiting Professor in Oral Medicine in Trinity College Dublin and was the first Director of Specialist Training in Dentistry in Ireland. He was formerly Consultant in Oral Medicine in the Dublin Dental Hospital, Hume Street Hospital and the Blackrock Clinic. He also served three terms as President of the Irish Federation of University Teachers.
Marie Culliton (Deputy Chairperson)
Marie was appointed to Council in March 2013. She entered the profession of Medical Science in 1973. Marie was awarded the Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science (Microbiology) in 1978 and Fellowship of the Institute of Biomedical Science in 1980 specialising in Clinical Chemistry.
Further professional development resulted in the award of MSc in Clinical Biochemistry from Trinity College in 1990 and the MBA in Health Services Management in from UCD and RCSI in 2001 Marie worked in the Endocrinology Laboratory at St Vincent’s University Hospital for many years where she had research interests in Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia and Polycystic Ovarian Disease.
In 2004 Marie was appointed Chief Medical Scientist/Laboratory Manager at the National Maternity Hospital Marie has been a member of the Council of The Academy of Medical Laboratory Science since 1985 and has served two terms as President. The Academy has been the Competent Authority under the EU Free Movement Directive and the experience Marie has gained in the Academy will be of value to the Council.
Marie is the President of the European Association for Professions in Biomedical Science since 2004. In this role she has undertaken a survey of education standards in Europe culminating in an agreed EPBS policy.
Odhrán was appointed to the Council in March 2013. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and qualified as an occupational therapist in 1997. His main area of practice is adult mental health and he is the Director of Mental Health with the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) implementing a national LGBT mental health promotion and suicide prevention programme.
Odhrán is a former Chairperson of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI) having served in the role from 2011 to 2013. Prior to working in GLEN he worked as Education Officer with the AOTI, as Senior Occupational Therapist in St. Vincent’s university Hospital and as an Occupational Therapists in St. John of God Hospital. He is also past Chairperson of the AOTI Accreditation Committee where he directed the professional accreditation of all Occupational Therapy programmes in Ireland. Odhrán is very experienced at developing and implementing strategic work programmes and policies as well as acting in an advocacy and representative role. In addition to this he has extensive experience of professional education matters including the development of policies and procedures for the accreditation of occupational therapy education programmes, systems of continuing professional development for qualified practitioners and professional standards for student practice education in Ireland. Odhrán Allen is also a member of the Occupational Therapist Registration Board.
Carmel was awarded her PhD in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin. She is a Lecturer in the School of Business and Humanities at the Institute of Technology Carlow and a Research Associate at the Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests and publications are primarily in the areas of children and childhood.
Carmel qualified as a social worker in 1986 and holds a Masters in Social Science from University College Dublin. She practised for over 20 years as a Social Worker and Probation Officer in London, Belfast and Dublin. She has worked as an Independent Person and Complaints Investigator for Local Authorities in England and Wales. Carmel has considerable knowledge and experience of Institutional Reviews and quality assurance in the higher education sector. On behalf of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), she has acted as Panel Member and Chair of Programmatic and Institutional Reviews of third-level institutions.
Mo Flynn qualified from the New University of Ulster as a social worker and held positions in general and medical social work in Ireland, the UK and Australia, and progressing into senior social work and management positions.
She completed a Masters Degree in Gerontology at King’s College, University of London and worked with the NHS as a continuing care coordinator and with the Health Advisory Service in London as a service development advisor, specialising in older persons’ services. Mo returned to Ireland in 2001 to work with the Eastern Regional Health Authority as a service planner for older people and people with intellectual disabilities and later as a senior commissioner, before taking on the role of national care group manager in the older people’s directorate of the Health Service Executive. She was appointed chief executive of Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services in 2006 and led the organisation through a strategic planning and change process, including overseeing a significant financial improvement programme and management of the effective introduction of national standards and HIQA registration.
Mo became Group CEO of Rehab in January 2015, where she is currently developing a new strategy for the organisation across the spectrum of care, learning and employment for people with disabilities. Mo previously held board positions with The Carers Association and HIQA. She is President of the Irish Gerontological Society and a council member of the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology.
Dr. David Irwin
Since January 2014 Dr. Irwin has worked on the Technological University for Dublin (TU4D) project which will seek technological university designation for DIT following the merger of DIT, IT Blanchardstown and ITT Dublin. Dr. Irwin has also been Head of the Department of Humanities at the Institute of Technology in Tallaght since 2000. During his tenure he has established a range of undergraduate programmes in such diverse subjects as Applied Languages, Creative Digital Media, Culinary Arts, European Studies, International Tourism and Hospitality Management, Social Care Practice, and Theology. He has also established postgraduate programmes at both masters and doctoral levels.
At national level he has served on a number of committees including the Governing Body of DCU and the Development Education Committee at the Dept. of Foreign Affairs. Since 2006 he has served as a lay member on Mental Health Tribunals for the Mental Health Commission. After obtaining primary and masters degrees from UCC he received his doctorate from University of Ulster Jordanstown. He also holds a LLB in Irish Law from GCD. In addition to lecturing in Media Analysis, Family Law, and European Union Law, he has supervised a number of masters and doctoral students and lectured extensively in Europe under the aegis of the Erasmus Staff Mobility Programme.
Dr. Deirdre Madden is a Senior Lecturer in Law with research interests and publications primarily in the area of medical law and ethics. She was author of the Report on Post-Mortem Practice and Procedure (2005) and Chairperson of the Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance which published its Report, entitled Building a Culture of Patient Safety, in July 2008.
Dr Madden was a member of the Medical Council from 2004-2013 and remains a member of the Fitness to Practise Committee and the Ethics Committee of the Council. She is currently a member of a number of national expert groups related to medical law, ethics and patient safety, including the National Patient Safety Advisory Group and the National Advisory Committee on Bioethics. Dr Madden also chaired the National Consent Advisory Group for the HSE.
Joe has 34 years’ experience working within the Irish Health Service. He commenced work with the then Midland Health Board in January 1977 as a Clerical Officer. He retired from the Health Services (HSE) in December 2010.
Prior to retirement Joe was General Manager with responsibility for the Acute Hospital Services in the Midlands area, the Acute Hospitals in Mullingar, Tullamore and Portlaoise. During his working career Joe also worked within the Primary Care Services and Community Care Services as well as the Acute Hospital Services in the Midlands area. He obtained an Honours Degree in Public Sector Management from the Institute of Public Administration in 1995.
Halóg was appointed to Council in March 2013. Her qualifications include MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics University of Ulster 2000, Pg. Dip. Management of Renal Disease 2007. Currently working at Tallaght hospital as a Clinical Specialist Renal Dietitian. Prior to this she worked in the Mater Hospital as well as St. James’s hospital in Leeds.
Halóg was a member of council for the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute - INDI, for 10 years of which two years she held office of President of the INDI. Halóg is active in promoting continuing professional development within her profession to ensure high standards of service delivery by healthcare professionals who feel empowered to deliver and promote best practice care. Halóg also has a keen interest in exploring ways to expand professional practice in order to offer the most rewarding and effective service to those who access dietetic services. Halóg Mellett is also a member of the Dietitians Registration Board.
Tony was appointed to Council in March 2013. He graduated as an Orthoptist in 1985 from the Midland Orthoptic Training School, Birmingham, England and obtained a Masters in Medical Science from the University of Sheffield in 2002. He also has a MA in Healthcare Management (2015) and a Certificate in Governance (2014) from the Institute of Public Administration in Dublin.
He took up employment in 1985 at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin, where he still works as a Clinical Specialist Orthoptist. He has also worked at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, St Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire, and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
Tony has had extensive experience as a professional representative for the Orthoptics profession in Ireland. He is currently a member of the Primary Care Eye Services Review Group which has reported to the HSE on the development of Ophthalmology services nationally. He is the Chair of the Audit Risk and Governance Committee in CORU.
Caroline was appointed to Council in March 2013. She received the BSc (Hons) degree in Podiatry in 1998 from the University of Southampton, the MSc degree in Podiatry in 2003 from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh and Ph.D.degree at the University of Huddersfield in 2007.
In 2008 Caroline was appointed as Head of Podiatry at the National University of Ireland Galway. She has established and led on the development of the first degree programme in Podiatry in the Republic of Ireland. Prior to this she was employed as a Senior Lecturer in Podiatry at the University of Huddersfield, UK and before that worked as a senior podiatrist working in full time clinical practice in the NHS. In addition to her academic responsibilities Caroline maintains a clinical role as a Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist in University College Hospital Galway.
Caroline has particular interests and expertise in the education and training of health professionals, quality assurance and monitoring of standards of education. Caroline also has a keen interest in research and evidence based-practice. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers, primarily in the field of diabetes and tissue viability, and acted as Principal Investigator in a number of clinical trials.
Shane McCarthy has managed his own legal practice since 2000 in wide-ranging areas of law including conveyancing, litigation, immigration, family law, probate and employment law.
He represents clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in civil matters before the District Court, Circuit Court, High Court and Employment Appeals Tribunal and represents defendants in criminal proceedings. He has been a member of An Garda Síochána Complaints Board since 2002. He has been appointed to many committees and boards over the years, and is currently a member of the Parole Board, the General Council of the Law Society of Ireland, the Regulatory Board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors for Ireland and the UK, the Fitness to Practice Committee of the Nursing and Midwives Board of Ireland, and Chairman of the Censorship of Publications Board.
He is also a Director of Extern, a charity which works with children, adults and communities affected by social exclusion throughout the island of Ireland. Shane has made presentations at various international law conferences and has had articles published in a number of journals on various legal topics. He has a primary and masters law degrees from UCC and has commenced his research for a Doctorate in Law.
Maeve was appointed to Council in March 2013. Maeve is the current Chairperson of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists(IASLT), Chairperson of the Professional Development and Ethics Committee of IASLT and also Chairperson of the Therapy Professions Committee.
She is manager of the Speech and Language Therapy department at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital incorporating the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght. She received her speech and language therapy professional qualification from Trinity College in 1997 and received an MBA from University College Dublin in 2006. Maeve has significant experience of multi-professional working both at a clinical and managerial level. Specific areas of interest and experience are service integration, service-user involvement and ensuring high standards of professional practice. Maeve Murphy is also a member of the Speech and Language Therapist Registration Board
John O’ Mullane
John was appointed to Council in March 2013. John was appointed to the Council in March 2007. He was selected by the Association of Clinical Biochemists in Ireland (ACBI) to represent Clinical Biochemists on the HSCPC.
John is a Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Clinical Biochemistry at CUH/UCC, a post he has held since 2000. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and following nomination by the Council was appointed to the current Irish Medical Council. He sits on the Advisory Committee on Medical Devices of the Irish Medicines Board and advises on IVDDs. He is the Irish National Member to the European Committee for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine’s Higher Specialist Register. He is a registered Clinical Scientist with Health Professions Council (HPC) UK.
He is also a fully trained Peer Assessor for Clinical Pathology Accreditation UK. He currently represents Laboratory Medicine on the Reconfiguration Forum for reconfiguration of Health Services in Cork and Kerry from 2009 onwards. He was Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences prior to his current appointment. He was involved in the development of the joint undergraduate and joint post graduate programmes in Biomedical Sciences at University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology during the late eighties, nineties and into the early part of this decade. Dr. O’ Mullane was President and Vice President of the ACBI. His research interests include analytical clinical biochemistry, laboratory diagnostics and education with publications in these areas. He has supervised many post graduate students.
Jackie was appointed to the Council in July 2009 as representative of the management of the public health sector. She brings experience from both clinical and management roles in the voluntary and statutory health sector in Ireland and health and education sectors in Canada. With her extensive experience of working with different professional groups, she believes in consultative, collaborative working, a whole system approach and service user focus.
Jackie studied initially in Trinity College Dublin and later in the National College of Ireland and the University of Leicester. She qualified initially as a Speech and Language Therapist and worked in the area for 14 years in various specialist and management roles in Ireland and Canada. Having gained much experience throughout that time training and developing others, working in a consultancy model and identifying new approaches to service delivery, she moved into the learning and development field and later into senior HR management roles.
Jackie currently works for the HSE and is the General Manager for Health & Social Care Professions Education & Development nationally. She is Chair of the Health & Social Care Professions Education and Development Advisory Group of the HSE, which encompasses some 25 professions, and the National Implementation Group on Clinical Placement and is involved in a broad range of other national groups and projects. In addition to speech and language therapy, she holds qualifications in management, industrial relations, training and human resource management.
Stephen was educated at Blackrock College and Trinity College in Dublin, where he obtained a Diploma in advanced Systems Analysis. He has wide business experience having worked for 30 years for a large multinational oil company.
McMahon is Chairman and co-founder of the Irish Patients’ Association (IPA). The IPA has pioneered patient advocacy and involvement since its inception. It has dealt with thousands of patients, their families and others who have shared adverse experiences of the health care system. A trusted expert in representing the patient’s interests on many media and public and institutional platforms, Stephen is a member of the Governing Board of the International Alliance of Patients Organisations (I.A.P.O), advocating patient centred care for over 60 countries. He is also associated with many regulatory, medical and hospital bodies, working on boards and committees of organisations such as the Medical Council, HSE, Tallaght Hospital, Irish Council for Bio Ethics.
Inez has been the CEO of the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) since 1997. NALA is a non-profit membership organisation concerned with national co-ordination, training and policy development in adult literacy work in Ireland.
Inez joined NALA in 1995 as Programme Manager of a research and development project, funded under the EU EMPLOYMENT initiative. She co-authored the resulting research publication Access and Participation in Adult Literacy Schemes in 1998 whose recommendations formed key elements of first state policy on adult literacy. As CEO of NALA, Inez has been responsible for initiating the development of the first national quality and assessment frameworks for the adult literacy service, devising a nationally accredited online and distance learning service, using TV to significantly increase participation rates in adult learning and mainstreaming workplace literacy programmes. Current work includes advising on the implementation of the first strategy for further education and training in Ireland.
A graduate of NUI Maynooth, Inez completed a Bachelor of Arts in English, History and Sociology in 1990. She then went on to complete a Masters in History and a Higher Diploma in Adult and Community Education and is currently studying with the University of Sheffield towards an Education Doctorate. Inez is also chair of the Southside Partnership, Mounttown Neighbourhood Youth and Family Project and Rockford Manor Board of Management, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs and a member of the Healthy Ireland Council.
Paul is currently a lecturer at Waterford IT. He was previously the European Director of Finance for Bausch & Lomb.
Paul is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Accountants and has a Diploma from the Institute of Directors. Paul has many years’ experience at senior management level in the multinational environment. Paul is interested in health promotion and lifestyle changes for the better, working in the area of mental health and engaging in voluntary activity in this area. He is hoping his experience of corporate governance and financial management will be of benefits to CORU.
Peter Davison (Observer)
Peter Davison is a Optometry Lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Peter’s knowledge, skills and expeirences to-date includes; Member, CoruRegistration and Education Committee; Elected member, Opticians Board. An observer on Coru Council (representing optometrists on the OpticiansBoard), Peter is a former Head of Department of Optometry, Dublin Institute of Technology. Peter is a former practising optometris, and a former Fellow of the College of Optometrists (UK); Member(and former Council member) Association of Optometrists Ireland. He also formerly lecturered in Optometry at Singapore Polytechnic. Peter Davison is also a member of the Optical Registration Board.
James Forbes (Observer)
James Forbes is the Head of Care with Childvision.
In addition to his responsibilities managing 30 Social Care practicitioners and membership of ChildVision’s senior management team, James is also an Associate Lecturer, University of Worcester (vision impairment and disability studies), an Associate Lecturer, Institute of Technology, Tallaght (social care degree programme) and a tutor on Trinity College Dublin’s Postgraduate diploma in Child Protection and Welfare.
In addition to a social care qualification, James has primary degrees in law (LLB) and in education, (BA (Ed)), a masters in education (MA (Ed)) and an MSc in child protection and welfare. At present, James sits on two HIQA advisory boards, including the group advising on the production of a guidance document on service user autonomy. James Forbes is also a member of the Social Care Workers Registration Board.
Vivienne Starr (Observer)
Vivienne Starr is a Dispensing and Contact Lens Optician who qualified with the Association of British Dispensing Opticians in 1980.
Vivienne is an observer to Council of CORU, and is very interested in improving the quality of dispensing in Ireland for young and old. Also, a past president and now committee member of Irish Association of Dispensing Opticians.
She brings with her experience of IADO at committee level since its resurrection in 1986.
Vivienne Starr is also a member of the Optical Registration Board.