Meet the Board

Pat McCann (Deputy Chairman)

Pat has over fifty years’ experience in the Hotel business. He started in 1969 in Ryan Hotel Group plc before joining Jurys Hotel Group plc in 1989. He retired from Jurys Doyle in 2006 and founded Dalata Hotel Group in 2007. Pat served as President of Ibec from September 2019 to September 2020. Pat was Chairman of Whitfield Hospital in Waterford from 2011 to 2018. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Glenveagh and a number of private companies. On March 2nd 2021, Pat announced his retirement from Dalata Hotel Group plc.

William Johnston (Honorary Secretary)

William Johnston is an economics graduate of Trinity College Dublin, a solicitor and the external examiner in banking law for the Law Society; he is a member of the Governing Body and chair of the Finance and Property Committee of Technological University Dublin; he is a Board member of the Housing Finance Agency and the Port of Waterford.

Tom Murphy (Honorary Treasurer)

Tom Murphy is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of financial and commercial experience while based in the UK, the US and Ireland.  He served as CFO of Fyffes Plc. for 14 years. Now retired, he is a non-executive director of several companies.

Prof. Shane Higgins

Shane Higgins, is a Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist and the current Master of The National Maternity Hospital. He is an Associate Professor at UCD, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and has a special interest in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Shane has a broad range of clinical and management experience gained within Ireland, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Ingrid Browne

A graduate of RCSI medical school, Ingrid Browne has been a Consultant Anaesthesiologist since 2004 to National Maternity Hospital and St Vincent’s University Hospital. She is a fellow of the College of Anaesthesiologists and holds a Masters in medical science. She completed post graduate fellowship training in obstetric anaesthesia at Columbia University NYC. She is involved in Clinical Governance and is a member of the QRPS committee.

Sarah Claxton

Sarah is an Engineer with over 24 years’ experience in the energy industry. Having worked in technical engineering and line management roles, she completed an MSc in Work and Organisation Behaviour and has worked in the area of Strategic HR & Organisation Development for the past 10 years. She currently leads People and Organisation Capability at ESB Networks as that business transforms to enable wide-scale electrification of society in support of the National Climate Action Plan.

Denise Cole

Denise Cole has 25 years of experience working in Human Resources and combines a wealth of strategic and operational HR and organisation development experience in both the private and public sectors. Her career includes KPMG in London and Dublin, the Beacon Hospital as Head of HR and St James Hospital as Head of HR Strategy. Denise is currently Head of HR for the Courts Service where she leads a People & Organisation Transformation programme.

Michele Connolly

Michele Connolly is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years commercial experience. She is currently a partner in KPMG Ireland and Head of the KPMG EMA Global Infrastructure sector. She specialises in supporting State, Semi State, not for profit and commercial companies in development of new infrastructure, fund raising and general financial matters.

Andrew Crotty

Andrew Crotty is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years’ experience initially in a partnership practice and subsequently in the commercial sphere as finance director of TileStyle. Whilst now retired he continues to be involved as a long-standing financial consultant to a number of companies and individuals.


Aidan Devlin

Aidan Devlin is a Chartered Accountant and a UCC Commerce graduate. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland and the Mediators Institute of Ireland.  Aidan has over 35 years’ experience in Corporate Banking and Project Finance both in Ireland and the Middle East.  He is also a board member of an Affordable Housing Body and was a founding board member of the NMH Foundation.

Frank Downey

Frank Downey has over 30 years’ experience as an Actuarial and Employee Benefits Consultant. Frank is an economics graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, a Director of Invesco Limited and an actuary and advisor for corporate clients. Frank also acts as a trustee for a number of large pension schemes.

Prof. Declan Keane

Declan Keane has been a Consultant Obstetrician since 1995 and is a former Master of the Hospital. He has worked in the UK and the USA and was recently appointed as a Professor to the RCSI. He has considerable administrative experience and was a former member of the National Women’s Council and was the obstetrician advising the Citizen’s Assembly on the 8th Amendment.

Carmel Logan

Carmel Logan is a Chartered Accountant and Tax Adviser. She is a partner at KPMG with over 20 years’ experience providing tax services to Irish and international companies across a range of sectors including real estate, infrastructure, technology and lifesciences. She is also a member of a number of industry bodies across the sectors she works in.

Prof. Fionnuala McAuliffe

Fionnuala McAuliffe is Chair and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UCD, Director UCD Perinatal Research Centre, Head, Women’s and Children’s Health, UCD, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at The National Maternity Hospital. Her subspecialty area is maternal and fetal medicine and she is Programme Director of the RCOG maternal and fetal medicine subspecialisation fellowship at NMH. She has received significant grant funding both nationally and internationally. Fionnuala has developed guidelines for pregnancy both in Ireland, UK and internationally.

Jane McCluskey

Jane McCluskey is a lawyer with a large multinational technology company and has over ten years’ experience practising corporate, commercial and intellectual property law. She is also a registered trade mark agent. Jane is Mum to four children, all of whom were born at the National Maternity Hospital.

Dr. Roger McMorrow

Roger McMorrow is a graduate of The Queens University of Belfast and he has been a consultant anaesthetist at the National Maternity Hospital and St Vincent’s University Hospital since 2009. He has served as Clinical Director of the NMH since January 2018. He has a specialist interest in high risk obstetrics, clinical risk and high altitude mountaineering. In 2007 he was part of an expedition that reached the summit of Mt Everest.

Cllr. Naoise O’Muirí

Naoise Ó Muirí has served as a Dublin City Councillor since June 2004 and is a former Lord Mayor of Dublin. Naoise studied Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway and runs a technology company.

Patricia O’Shea

Patricia O’Shea is a law graduate of University College Cork and is Group Head of Legal Affairs & Secretariat for a semi-state company. She was formerly General Counsel of a US multinational company serving as Company Secretary and a Director of a group company.

Dr. Michael Robson

Michael Robson is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and former Master of the NMH. Dr Robson is the National Clinical Director of the Maternal and New-born Clinical Management System (Maternity, neonatal and gynaecology electronic patient record for Ireland). He also developed the methodology behind the perinatal and caesarean classification system used world wide known as the Ten group (Robson) Classification System.

Prof. Jennifer Walsh

A graduate of UCD, Jennifer Walsh is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Maternal and Fetal Medicine Subspecialist at the National Maternity Hospital. She was appointed to NMH in 2016 following completion of postgraduate subspecialty training at Columbia University NYC. She is the Director of Fetal Medicine at the NMH. Jennifer sits on both the Project Team and Project Board for the move to SVUH campus at Elm Park and chairs the Digital Health Steering Group for the future hospital. She is also Mum to three children, all of whom were Holles Street babies.