Mr Colin Byrne
Chairperson

Mr Byrne has extensive legal and business experience. He was a corporate lawyer in one of Ireland’s leading law firms, Arthur Cox, for almost 30 years, where he led and advised on significant mergers and acquisitions. He holds a B.A. (Mod) in Legal Science and a Masters in EU Law from Trinity College Dublin. In addition, Mr Byrne is a qualified Solicitor (Law Society of Ireland), Chartered Accountant (Chartered Accountants Ireland) and a Notary Public.

Appointed Chairperson of the Board of Directors in 2020, Mr Byrne also serves as Chairperson of the Hospital’s Finance Committee and is a member of the Marketing/P.R. Committee. His extensive financial, legal and business expertise is invaluable to the Board as NOHC explores inter alia opportunities to enhance services and develop the Hospital campus. Mr Byrne is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Mater Misericordiae and the Children’s University Hospital Limited.

Appointed to the Board: 21.02.2017

Sub-committees: Chair Finance Committee, Member of the Marketing/PR Committee

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Shane Deasy
Vice-Chairperson and Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board of Directors at NOHC on 21.02.2017, Shane currently serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Board. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Clevernet, an innovative company specialising in smart building systems for improved connectivity, operational efficiency, security and sustainability. Working in the ICT Sector for over 20 years, Shane founded and sold Irish Wi-Fi business Bitbuzz to Virgin Media in 2014. He continues to invest in Irish Tech Startups and in 2015, became a Non-Executive Director at Rethink Ireland, a Social Innovation Fund. He is also the former Chairman of the Board at Heneghan PR. Having obtained a B.A. in Economics & Sociology from UCC, and a Diploma in Surveying from University College of Estate Management, Reading, Shane brings his training, business skills and technological expertise to bear on the Hospital’s Finance and I.T. Committees.

Appointed to the Board: 21.02.2017

Sub-Committees: Member of the Finance Committee, Member of the IT Development Committee

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Ms Angela Lee
Chief Executive Officer

Having held various senior roles at NOHC, Angela was appointed CEO in 2019. Before joining the National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh, she held senior finance roles in the private sector. Eager to realise the Hospital’s potential and assist national efforts to reduce waiting lists and increase capacity, Angela is working with the Board and senior staff members to define NOHC’s strategic roadmap for the coming years following the successful implementation of the 2018/2021 Strategic Plan.

As a Qualified Accountant with a B.A. in Human Resource Management, a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management, and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management from UCD, Ms Lee combines a passion for people, strong business acumen, and extensive healthcare knowledge to ensure the Hospital achieves its goals.

Ms Lee joined the Board of Directors on 21.06.2011 and is the Chairperson of the Voluntary Healthcare Agency RMR Audit Committee.

Appointed to the Board: 21.06.2011

Sub-committees: Chairs the Executive Management Committee and numerous other Hospital Committees.

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Prof. John O’Byrne
Clinical Director

Internationally recognised Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and educator, Prof O’Byrne is the Clinical Director of Adult Services at NOHC and the Abraham Colles Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI). He is also Director of the MCh programme at RCSI, the Chairman Olympic Science and Medicine Commission and the Chief Medical Officer UEFA Euro 2020 (Dublin). In addition, Prof O’Byrne is the  Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Ireland Senior Soccer Team and the former President of the Irish Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery.

As a leading authority in orthopaedic surgery, a clinician with a large clinical practice, an avid clinical researcher and an accomplished author, Prof O’Byrne is uniquely placed to advise the Board on advanced surgical techniques and service innovations for optimal patient outcomes.

Prof. O’Byrne joined the Board of Directors on 05.02.2021 and is a member of the NOHC Research and Ethics Committee, the Medical Board and the Executive Management Team.

Appointed to the Board: 05.02.2021

Sub-committees: Member of the Research & Ethics Committee and Member of the Medical Board.

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Mr Paul Curtin
Chairperson of the Medical Board

Mr Curtin is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in Hip and Knee Surgery. Having joined NOHC in February 2012, Mr Curtin was appointed Chairperson of the Medical Board and joined the Board of Directors in 2018. As Chairperson of the Medical Board, which comprises 61 members of the Hospital’s Consultant Body, Mr Curtin is responsible for monitoring and improving the level of care provided by NOHC.

Appointed to the Board:  01.08.2018

Sub-committees: Chairperson of the Medical Board, Member of the Infrastructure Committee.

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Sr Sheila Cronin,
Non-Executive Director

Cappagh House and its estate have been home to the National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh since 1908. Owned by the Lady Martin Trust, the estate was initially managed by the Sisters of Charity. However, in 2006, responsibility for the Trust was passed to the Sisters of Mercy. Since then, Sr. Sheila Cronin has represented the Sisters’ interests on the Board of Directors, ensuring the Hospital espouses the values and ethos of its founders.

As the longest-serving member of the Hospitals’ Board of Directors, Sr Sheila chairs the Clinical Governance Committee and the Patient Care and Mission Effectiveness Committee, advocating on behalf of patients and ensuring their interests are central to every Board decision. Sr. Sheila also manages Cuan Mhuire, a treatment facility and haven for people struggling with addiction.

Appointed to the Board: 21.02.2006

Sub-committees: Chairperson Patient Care/Mission Effectiveness Committee

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Dr Declan Herbert
Non-Executive Director

After graduating from UCD Medical School and completing a G.P. Medical Training Scheme, Dr Herbert established a family medical practice in West Dublin in 1979. He also served as a medical doctor to various businesses and institutions throughout his medical career. Although retired from full-time practice, Dr Herbert continues part-time work in general practice and at the Mater Private Hospital.

Having served on the boards of management at Peamount Hospital, the Dublin Regional Vocational Training Scheme for General Practice and Muckross Park College, Dr Herbert was appointed to the Board of Directors on 11.12.2018. His depth of clinical knowledge and extensive board experience complement the skills and expertise of Board Members at the Hospital.

Appointed to the Board: 11.12.2018

Sub-committees: Chairman of the Nominations Committee and Research & Ethics Committee.

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Ms Maribe Fallon
Non-Executive Director

Maribe joined the Board of Directors on 12.09.2019 and is one of four Board Members sitting on the Hospital’s Finance Committee. She is also a Director of Finance at Meta Ireland and has significant experience in financial reporting, internal audit, risk and controls in regulated and non-regulated companies.

She holds a Bachelor in Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin, a Diploma in Risk and Compliance and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland. Maribe’s expertise enhances the Hospital’s financial stewardship and reporting.

Appointed to the Board: 12.09.2019

Sub-committees: Member of the Finance Committee

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Ms Michele Jackson
Non-Executive Director

A Chartered Surveyor and co-owner of TWM (Commercial Property Advisory Business), specialising in commercial real estate investments. Offering a unique perspective and the best strategic advice for property speculators, Michele negotiates multi-million euro property acquisitions on behalf of private, business and institutional investors. Having worked for over 25 years in Ireland and the U.K. for global property consultants Cushman & Wakefield and Knight Frank, As a Chartered Surveyor, Fellow of the Society of Chartered Surveyors, and Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Michele brings a comprehensive knowledge of the commercial property sector and strong business acumen to the boardroom

Before joining TWM, Michele served as a Director and the former head of Investments at Cushman & Wakefield. She joined the Board of Directors on 29.07.2020 and is an active member of the Marketing/P.R., Infrastructure and Nominations Committees.​

Appointed to the Board: 29.07.2020

Sub-Committees: Member of the Nominations Committee, Infrastructure Committee, and Marketing/PR Committee

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Mr Joe Keeling
Non-Executive Director

Joe served as Chairman and Chief executive of Keeling’s Limited between 2001 and 2013. He joined the family business in 1963 as a sales manager, and over the next 50 years, he built on the success of his ancestors, growing it into an internationally recognised supplier of quality fresh produce.

Joe has a long-standing interest in horse racing, and in 2013, he was appointed Chairman of Horse Racing Ireland by Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Simon Coveney, which he served in the position of until 2018. In 2021, Joe was appointed a non-executive director of the National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh.

Joe is an alumnus of Belvedere College Dublin and the College of Commerce where he received a Diploma in Commerce in 1963.

Appointed to the Board: 27.05.2021

Sub-committees: Member of the Infrastructure Committee

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Ms Tara Lillywhite
Non-Executive Director

Tara is the newest member of the Board of Directors at NOHC, joining on 03.12.2021. She is also a member of the Hospital’s Group Audit Committee.

A former Assurance Partner at the Industrial, Commercial and Technical Division of EY Ireland, Tara is an accomplished auditor and business advisor with extensive experience across diverse industries, including technology, life sciences and medical technology.

Tara attained a B.A. in Commerce, and Post-Grad Diploma in Accounting, University of Natal, Durban and is a Member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. She is also a Member of the Board of Management at Kildare Place National School and a former Non-Executive Director and Honorary Treasurer at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Tara’s expertise enhances the Hospital’s financial monitoring and reporting and assists financial planning.

Appointed to the Board: 03.12.2021

Sub-committees: Member of the Group Audit Committee

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