Margaret Hynds O’Flanagan Appointed Interim CEO of CORU

The Health and Social Care Professional’s Council (CORU) has announced the appointment of Margaret Hynds O’Flanagan as Interim CEO/Registrar. The announcement follows the retirement of Ginny Hanrahan, who has led the organisation since its establishment in 2008.

Margaret joined CORU in 2017 and has most recently served as Deputy Registrar and Head of Recognition. She has previously held roles with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), the regulatory body for architects and in Dublin City University. Margaret is currently the Chair of the International Relations Committee for the Council for Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR).

Welcoming the appointment Mo Flynn, Chairperson of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, said “I am delighted that we have someone of Margaret Hynds O’Flanagan’s experience and expertise to lead CORU as interim CEO/Registrar during an important time for the organisation. Margaret has a depth of experience in professional regulation and is truly dedicated to the mission of patient safety.”

Ms. Flynn also paid tribute to outgoing CEO Ginny Hanrahan. “Over the 15 years of Ginny’s tenure CORU has gone from an ambitious idea to a fully fledged and highly effective regulator. Ginny has overseen many milestones and today CORU regulates the work of over 25,000 health and social care professionals. As a result, patients and service users throughout Ireland can be confident about the quality and consistency of the care they receive, which is a tremendous legacy.”

Commenting on her appointment Margaret Hynds O’Flanagan said “I am delighted to be taking on the role of interim CEO/Registrar. CORU has a highly professional team who are united behind a very clear vision, set out in our statement of strategy, to protect the public while supporting the changing needs of our health and social care system. I am truly passionate about this vision and the delivery of safe services while developing a more sustainable model of regulation in the years ahead.”

A process to recruit a permanent CEO/Registrar is planned.