HMI Council

The Council is the governing body of the Institute. Council meets regularly throughout the year to develop strategy, and guide the work of the Institute.

Lorcan Birthistle

Lorcan Birthistle

President, HMI
CEO, St. James’s Hospital, Dublin

Lorcan has worked in the acute hospital sector for over 37 years , 17 of which at Chief Executive level. He was Chief Executive of St Luke’s Hospital Rathgar from 2001-2007, and he was chief Executive of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin from 2007-2015. In 2015, Lorcan took up appointment as Chief Executive of St James’s Hospital.

Lorcan holds a BA (Hons) in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the National College of Industrial Relations, an M.Sc. (Hons) in Healthcare Management from University of Dublin, Trinity College. He has also completed a Diploma in Leadership and Quality Improvement with the Royal College of Physicians Dublin and an Advanced Management Programme in Healthcare Innovation with IESE Business School Barcelona. Lorcan is member of a number of boards including the National Paediatric Hospital Development, the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute and the Wellcome Trust HRB Clinical Research Facility. He is incoming President of the Health Management Institute in Ireland and sits on the European Association of Hospital Managers’ Scientific Committee.

Tony Canavan

Tony Canavan

Vice President, HMI
CEO Saolta University Healthcare Group, University Hospital Galway

Tony has worked in the health services since 1993 across a range of services including Mental Health Services, Public Health, Primary Care and Corporate Services.

Tony’s first senior management appointment was in 2002 as General Manager of Mayo General Hospital. In 2009 he was appointed General Manager of Primary Community and Continuing Care for County Galway. Tony was appointed Chief Operating Officer to what became known as the Saolta Hospital Group in 2012. During 2012 -2013 Tony was also General Manager of Galway University Hospital. Following this, he was appointed Chief Officer for Galway, May and Roscommon Community Healthcare Organisation in 2015. Tony moved to his current role as CEO Saolta University Healthcare Group in September 2019.

Gerard O’Callaghan

Dr. Gerard O’Callaghan

Honorary Treasurer, HMI
CEO of Cork University Hospital

Before his current appointment Gerard was CEO of South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital. Previously he was General Manager, Kerry General Hospital; Management Accountant for the Southern Health Board; and Finance and General Services Officer at Cork University Hospital. He is a qualified accountant (FCCA) and holds an M.Sc. in Management from Trinity College Dublin and a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Aston University, Birmingham.

Gerry O'Dwyer

Gerry O’Dwyer

Director of Education, HMI
CEO South / South West Hospital Group

Gerry O’Dwyer is employed as the Chief Executive Officer of the South / South West Hospital Group (SSWHG). A long term health service manager, he has held many senior roles in Ireland including Regional Director for Performance and Integration, HSE South; Regional Director of Operations in Dublin Mid Leinster; and Hospital Network Manager for the acute hospitals in HSE South. Gerry was elected President of the European Association of Hospital Managers (EAHM) in September 2014

Anne Slattery

Anne Slattery

Honorary Secretary, HMI
General Manager, St. Luke’s General Hospital, Kilkenny

Caroline O’Regan

Caroline O’Regan

Honorary Editor, HMI
Executive Development Specialist, Programme Director
Royal College of Surgeons, Institute of Leadership (IoL) Ireland

Caroline has over 25 years’ experience working in leadership and management development in the health sector in the Ireland and Internationally.
Caroline holds a (MEd) Masters in Education, with the University of Sheffield. She is an accredited executive leadership coach and works with CEO’s, Senior Executives and managers in public and private industries. Caroline is also and External Coach Accreditation Assessor (AC UK & Ireland) and Neuro-linguistic practitioner (NLP). She is a member of the Communication Council of the European Association of Hospital Managers (EAHM), and British Psychological Society (BPS). She was a
Non- Executive Board member of the Institute of Public Administration (IPA).

Caroline held the position of Assistant of National Director, Leadership Education and Development HSE Corporate HR, before taking up the post with the RCSI Institute of Leadership (IoL). Prior to this, she was lead for Management and Leadership Development with HSE Corporate Learning and Development. Caroline was one of the first members of the Office for Health Management (OHM) and led the development of health care competency frameworks and personal and development planning (PDP).

She has developed a portfolio for executive and strategic development with health, public and private sectors. She worked with the Department of Health and was part of the change management team for the Irish health system reform programme and introduction of the HSE. She is programme director of the Clinical Directors programme and executive development programmes.

Lucy Nugent

Lucy Nugent

Immediate Past President, HMI
Deputy CEO, Tallaght Hospital

Lucy has worked in the acute hospital sector for over 20 years and is a Registered Children’s Nurse and Registered General Nurse. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing Studies (Hons) from Dublin City University, an M.Sc. (Hons) in Healthcare Management from Trinity College, Dublin and a Diploma in Leadership and Quality Improvement from the Royal College of Physicians Dublin. She sits on the EAHM Executive Committee and on the International Hospital Federation’s Chapter on “International Core Leadership and Managerial Competencies”.

Derek Greene

Derek Greene

Ordinary Member, HMI
Chief Executive, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dún Laoghaire

Derek’s previous positions include Assistant Secretary University College Dublin, Head of Human Resources in Beaumont Hospital and various assignments in Hospital Management, Human Resources and Community Care. He has also held positions in the private sector in various roles. Derek is a member of the IPD and holds a Masters Degree in Management from Trinity College Dublin and the Irish Management Institute (IMI).

Dymphna Bracken

Dymphna Bracken

Ordinary Member, HMI Council
Area Communications Manager, HSE, Dublin Mid-Leinster (formerly)

Dymphna holds a degree in Marketing and Public Relations and an MA in Public Relations from Sterling University. She is a member of the Irish Institute of Public Relations. She joined the Health Services as Communications Officer with the Midland Health Board in 1998. Prior to joining the health services she worked as a political and news journalist with the Limerick Leader.

Adrian Ahern

Adrian Ahern

Co-opted Member, HMI Council
Director of Nursing, Leopardstown Park Hospital

Adrian holds the following qualifications: R.P.N., R.G.N. ,BSc (Hons) Econ, M.A.
He is the current chair of the HMI West Regional Committee. A former General Manager in the HSE, he is now Operations Manager with Ballinderry Nursing Home Ltd. He is a council member of HMI and Irish rep on the EAHM mental health group.

Eamonn Fitzgerald

Eamonn Fitzgerald

Co-opted Member, HMI Council
Chief Executive, Hermitage Medical Clinic

Sharon Morrow

Sharon Morrow

Co-opted Member, HMI Council
Director, Congenital Heart Disease Network, National Children’s Hospital Group

Sharon qualified as a RGN at the Adelaide Hospital and held a number of positions at the Adelaide Hospital and Tallaght Hospital. In addition to a BSc (Hons) and MBA, Sharon has a MSc in Medical Ethics & Law, qualified as a Black Belt in Lean/6 Sigma and is a Crew/Team Resource Management Instructor.  She worked as a Directorate Business Manager at St James Hospital before moving to the HSE, National Clinical Strategy and Planning Directorate as National Programme Manager for Rheumatology, Neurology, Dermatology, Orthopaedics, Epilepsy and Home Antimicrobial Therapy.  She subsequently held the post of Chief Operations Officer at the Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Tallaght before joining LauraLynn as CEO in August, 2014.