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Our Board of Directors (also known as Trustees)

Chairperson, HRCI Board Operations Manager & Deputy Head of School – Partnerships School of Population Health, RCSI

Brian Lynch

Chairperson, HRCI Board
Operations Manager &
Deputy Head of School – Partnerships
School of Population Health,
RCSI

Brian Lynch is Operations Manager and Deputy Head of School – Partnerships with the School of Population Health, RCSI.

He is Chair of the HRCI Advocacy and Communications Committee, and was previously Head of Communications and Advocacy with Arthritis Ireland.

Secretary, HRCI Board / Head of Advocacy, Research and Policy,DEBRA Ireland

Dr Sinéad Hickey

Secretary, HRCI Board
/ Head of Advocacy, Research and Policy,
DEBRA Ireland

Sinéad is Head of Advocacy, Research and Policy at Debra. Debra is a national charity providing support and advocacy to people living with the debilitating skin condition epidermolysis bullosa (EB) and drives research into treatments and cures for those living with the condition. Debra participates in national and international research projects as a social impact partner and co-funder and facilitates PPI in EB research. Sinéad has 20 years’ of experience working in skin research.  She sits on the executive committee of the national EB registry and is an ePAG member for ERN Skin.

CEO,SJOG Research Foundation

Dr Lesley O'Hara

CEO,
SJOG Research Foundation

Dr O’Hara is the Chief Executive Officer of the Saint John of God Research Foundation clg. Saint John of God provides mental health and intellectual disability services throughout Ireland, the UK, and Malawi. Lesley is responsible for the strategic development of research activities across these services, ensuring that a culture of research and innovation is promoted and supported through a robust governance structure, annual research funding scheme, and the delivery of research education and training. Dr O’Hara has a PhD in critical health psychology, with a focus on the lived experience of managing chronic illness. Her subsequent post-doctoral research has explored mental health including eating disorders, and the transition from child to adult mental health services across Europe.

National Clinical Programme Manager - Dermatology,HSE

Michael Walsh

National Clinical Programme Manager – Dermatology,
HSE

Mike is currently seconded from the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) in Dublin to manage the HSE’s new National Clinical Programme for Disability in Ireland. The national programme aims to design person and family-centred disability services aligned to the UN Convention on Rights for Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), in line with national policy and International best practice.

Digital Health Innovation Lead, FutureNeuro Research Centre, RCSI

Dr Laura Brady

Digital Health Innovation Lead,
FutureNeuro Research Centre,
RCSI

Laura is currently Digital Health Innovation Lead at the FutureNeuro SFI Research Centre, driving a data and digital health strategy towards enriched health and wellbeing for people living with neurological disease. Previously, she managed a Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund initiative at RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences. Prior to that, Laura was Head of Research at Fighting Blindness where she led their research strategic plan 2017-2021, heightened capacity around public and patient involvement and coordinated Target 5000, a national registry for rare retinal disease. Laura holds a B.A. (Mod.) and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Trinity College Dublin, along with a Professional Diploma in Leading Digital Health Transformation from RCSI.

Head of Research and Regulatory Data Insights,Medical Council Ireland

Dr Bernadette Rock

Head of Research and Regulatory Data Insights,
Medical Council Ireland

Dr Bernadette Rock is Head of Research and Regulatory Data Insights at the Medical Council, where she contributes to developing and implementing its research programme and supporting functions across the Council. Previously, Bernadette worked in The Alzheimer Society of Ireland as Policy and Research Manager, where she developed and implemented a national dementia research strategy. Bernadette is keenly interested in supporting and empowering the patient/public voice in research. This is reflected in her research roles in The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, National Children’s Hospital and the Childhood Development Initiative. Bernadette is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, where she obtained a Masters in Sociology and Social Research and a PhD in Sociology.

Chief Financial Officer,Phoenix Technologies

Jonathan O'Connell

Chief Financial Officer,
Phoenix Technologies

Jonathan is a senior finance executive with over 25 years experience in managing companies during periods of high growth in the technology and life science industries combined with extensive expertise in leading and managing fundraisings, public listings, acquisitions and trade sales.

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