New HSE policy makers

The HSE has a new Chief Executive, Cathal Magee, a new Chair, Dr. Frank Dolphin and a Board which has seen a number of new appointments in recent times.

Dr. Frank Dolphin, the new Chairman of the HSE Board, is a native of Birr, Co. Offaly. He is the chairman of Rigney Dolphin, a successful services business he founded in Waterford which employs 1,100.

Dr. Frank Dolphin
Dr. Frank Dolphin

He is a member of the board of Governors of Waterford Institute of Technology, a Fellow of the Marketing Institute, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a former President of Waterford Chamber of Commerce.

He attended UCD, where he completed a PhD in Psychology.  Dr Dolphin worked as a clinical research psychologist at the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street and later as consulting psychologist to St Joseph’s Hospital, Clonmel, working with children in residential care.

He lectured in Psychology and Consumer Behaviour in TCD and the Waterford Institute of Technology.

In 1990 he established Rigney Dolphin, initially providing strategic change and HR consultancy services to multinational companies. The company grew to provide a range of business process outsourcing services for companies in the public and private sector.


The current members of the HSE Board are:
Pat Farrell
Pat Farrell

Pat Farrell is Chief Executive of the Irish Banking Federation, Ireland Chairman and a Trustee of Sightsavers International. He is a member of the Financial Regulator’s Industry Panel, the Department of An Taoiseach’s IFSC Group and the Executive Committee of the European Banking Federation.


Eugene McCague
Eugene McCague

Eugene McCague is a solicitor and Chairman of Arthur Cox, a member of the Board of Co-Operation Ireland, a former Chairman of the governing body of the Dublin Institute of Technology and a former President of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.


Joe Mooney
Joe Mooney

Joe Mooney is a retired senior official of the Department of Finance where he had extensive policy involvement in the health and social welfare areas. Previously, he worked on economic and taxation matters. He is a former member of the Pensions Board.


Professor P. Anne Scott
Professor P. Anne Scott

Professor P. Anne Scott is Professor of Nursing and Deputy President of Dublin City University (DCU).  She was formerly Head of the School of Nursing at DCU. She is a former member of the governing authority of Dublin City University, the Board of the Health Research Board and the Board of Governors of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Fairview.


Professor Niamh Brennan
Professor Niamh Brennan

Professor Niamh Brennan, a chartered accountant and chartered director, is Michael MacCormac Professor of Management at University College Dublin (UCD). She is academic director of the Centre for Corporate Governance at UCD.  She chaired the Commission on Financial Management and Control Systems in the Health Service and chairs the Dublin Docklands Development Authority.


Dr. Dermot Power
Dr. Dermot Power

Dr. Dermot Power is a consultant in geriatric medicine at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Dublin and is Medical Director of St Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park, Dublin.  A graduate of medicine in UCD, he has a Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, an MD from UCD, a Diploma in Management for Medical Doctors jointly awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the Irish Management Institute. He is a member of the British Geriatrics Society, the Irish Gerontological Society, the Irish Medical Organisation, and the Royal Society of Medicine.


Sylda Langford
Sylda Langford

Sylda Langford is the former Director General of the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in the Department of Health and Children.  Prior to this, she was an Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Justice and Law Reform. She has extensive experience in policy and legislative work across a broad range of government areas and is Chair of the Citizens’ Information Board.  She has a professional background in social policy and social work and is a graduate of University College Cork and the London School of Economics.


Joe Lavelle
Joe Lavelle

Joe Lavelle has a BA in History and Economics from NUI, Maynooth and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ireland). He has advised a broad mix of public and private sector organisations and has over ten years advisory experience across audit, risk assessment, company law and corporate governance.  He is currently a manager with Deloitte.


John Fitzgerald
John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald has spent most of his career working in local government, in several senior positions, including that of Dublin City Manager from 1996 until 2006. He chaired the steering group which prepared and monitored the Strategic Planning Guidelines for the greater Dublin area. Currently, he is Chairman of An Post, the Grangegorman Development Agency and of the two Regeneration Agencies set up in Limerick following his report to government on problems of social exclusion in that city.