Board of the Health Information and Quality Authority

Brian McEnery, Chairperson

Brian McEneryBrian McEnery is a Partner in BDO Accountants and Business Advisors and operates out of the firm's offices in Dublin and Limerick. Brian is one of the
firm's corporate restructuring and recovery partners and is also one of the firm's healthcare consulting partners.

Brian has been an advisor in the older person care sector for the last 17 years and for many years has edited the Nursing Home Ireland annual nursing home survey. Brian previously produced the report "A Fair Price for Care - Ireland" on behalf of Age Action Ireland. Brian previously worked as a care assistant in a UK older person dementia care home, while studying to be an accountant.

Brian has acted as advisor to primary care centres, acute care facilities and older person care centres throughout Ireland, and has a broad range of healthcare experience from both a financial and operational perspective.

Brian is a former President of ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Ireland and is an ACCA Global Council member. Brian is a member of the Board of the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA)

He was appointed to the Board of the Health Information and Quality Authority in May 2013.

Philip Caffrey

Philip CaffreyFormer Director, United Drug PLC and former Director with Irish Aviation Authority.

He was appointed to the Board of the Health Information and Quality Authority in May 2010.





Professor Samuel J. McConkey

Professor Samuel J. McConkeyProfessor Samuel J. McConkey is Head of the Department of International Health and Tropical Medicine at RCSI and leads the clinical Infectious Disease and Tropical Medicine service at Beaumont Hospital.

In the past, he worked as Head of Viral Disease Research Section in MRC Laboratories in The Gambia and previous to that in Oxford University and in Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests are in vaccine development, HIV2, hepatitis B, HIV1, HTLV1, malaria and tuberculosis.

He was appointed to the Board of the Health Information and Quality Authority in May 2010.

Gráinne Tuke

Grainne TukeGráinne Tuke is a solicitor by profession. She has been in legal practice in both rural and urban areas in Ireland for 25 years, and has substantial experience in negotiating contracts and contract work, in a wide range of areas including construction and engineering, corporate, employment, technology and intellectual property, telecommunications, media and entertainment, medical, fisheries and forestry projects, transport, retail and regulatory and commercial matters.

During the past 15 years she has specialised and been involved in projects relating to existing and new hospital centres in Louth, Dublin and Galway and advising and providing legal services to hospital operators and promoters on an ongoing basis.

Gráinne holds a law degree from University College, Dublin and is a practising member of the Law Society.

She was appointed to the Board of the Authority in May 2009.

Cillian Twomey

Cillian Twomey is a retired consultant physician in geriatric medicine at Cork University Hospital and St. Finbarr’s Hospitals, Cork, since 1979. In his earlier career, he practiced and trained in Cork, London and Liverpool.

He is Intern Network Coordinator, UCC - South Intern Network. He is Chairman of the Board of St Patrick’s Hospital, Marymount Hospice, Cork and Chairperson of the Irish Hospice Foundation. He was Chairman of the Ninth and final Comhairle na nOspidéal Board from February 2001 to December 2005.

He was a member of the Steering Group of the National Task Force for Medical Staffing (Hanly) that reviewed the organisation and staffing of Ireland’s acute hospital sector. He was President of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) from 1999 to 2002, the first Irish person to hold this position, and is a former President of the Irish Medical Organisation and former Chairman of its Consultant Committee.

He was appointed to the Board of the Health Information and Quality Authority in May 2010.

Sheila O'Malley

Sheila O'MalleySheila O' Malley recently retired as Chief Nursing Officer in the Department of Health. She has served on a number of national committees promoting the development and enhancement of nursing and midwifery roles, in line with service need and national policy direction. She was a member of the Implementation Steering Group (ISG) which was set up to oversee the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance. Prior to her role as Chief Nursing Officer she was Director of the Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit, HSE, Eastern Region (formerly ERHA).

In her earlier career Sheila worked in Public Health Nursing. She was President of An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimseachais na hÉireann/ Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland from 1997 -2002. Sheila is a Registered General Nurse, Registered Midwife and Registered Public Health Nurse and has an MSc in Health Services Management from Trinity College, Dublin.

She was appointed to the Board of the Health Information and Quality Authority in September 2012.

Dr David Molony

Dr David MolonyDr David Molony (RCSI 1978) is a GP in Mallow, Co. Cork. He is a member of the National IMO GP committee since 1996, a representative of the National Association of Trainers in General Practice, current chair of the Racecourse Medical Officers Association and a founder member of the Association of Irish Primary Care (AIPC).

He is a GP Trainer with the South West GP Training Scheme and is involved in undergraduate training with both UCC and UL medical schools. He is a development partner in Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre (MPHC) and Medical Director of the software company CompleteGP.

His medical interests include occupational health provision and the implementation of standards in primary care as well as the development of audited chronic disease management modules, particularly in diabetes, cardiac disease, Warfarin therapy and care of the elderly.

He was appointed to the Board of the Health Information and Quality Authority in September 2012.

Dr Una Geary

Dr Una GearyDr Una Geary is a consultant in emergency medicine at St James’s Hospital, Dublin, and an honorary lecturer in the School of Medicine, University of Dublin, Trinity College. She is a graduate of the University of Dublin, Trinity College, and trained in emergency medicine in Ireland, Australia, the US and the UK. She was a consultant in emergency medicine at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust, UK, before returning to St James’s Hospital in 2003. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the College of Emergency Medicine, London. Una is also a member of the Irish Committee for Emergency Medicine Training and is currently Clinical Lead for the National Emergency Medicine Programme.

She was appointed to the Board of the Health Information and Quality Authority in February 2013.

Anne Carrigy

Anne CarrigyAnne Carrigy, RGN, H Dip Healthcare Risk Management, M MED SC (Nursing), has held a number of nursing and leadership roles in the healthcare sector. She retired as National Lead of Acute Hospital Services, Health Service Executive (HSE) in December 2010 and was twice President of An Bord Altranais. She has also held a number of advisory and director roles over the years.

In 2004 /2005, she was seconded from her post as Director of Nursing, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, to the interim HSE as a member of the Change Management Team. She was Director of Nursing and Head of Corporate Affairs at the Mater Hospital from 1998 to 2008. From 2008 to 2010, Anne was Director, Serious Incident Management Team, in the HSE.

She has held numerous other appointments including to the Medical Council of Ireland, Board of the Mater Foundation, and with the former Irish Health Services Accreditation Board. In 2010, she was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Nursing Studies in UCD. In 2011, Anne was appointed a member of the Governing Body for Letterkenny Institute of Technology. She has also advised the interim CEO of Whitfield Clinic and has been President of FEPI (European Council of Nursing Regulators).

She was appointed to the Board of the Health Information and Quality Authority in February 2013.

Bairbre O’Neill

Bairbre O’NeillBairbre O’Neill is a barrister practising in the area of civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on commercial litigation and judicial review.

Bairbre has represented and advised a number of public bodies in connection with litigation and regulatory issues. Prior to practising in Ireland, Bairbre worked as an attorney in the New York offices of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Having graduated from the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Bairbre was called to the Irish Bar in 2001 and to the New York Bar in 2003. Bairbre also holds a master of laws degree from Yale University, an honours LL.M. (master in laws) degree from Trinity College, Dublin, and an honours B.C.L. (bachelor of civil law) degree from University College, Dublin.

She was appointed to the Board of the Health Information and Quality Authority in April 2014.

Mary Fennessy

Mary FennessyMary Fennessy is Head of Social Work at the Lucena Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service since 1986.
In 2004 Mary was seconded to the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse. She served as Commissioner on the Confidential Committee and contributed to the compilation of the Ryan Report.

Mary worked as a statutory child protection social worker and senior practitioner in mental health in Southwark Social Services and Maudsley Hospital London, from 1976 to 1986.

She has served on National Committees including: Chairperson of CARE Campaign for the Care of Deprived Children; Council Member of Irish Association of Social Workers; co-founder and Chairperson of Social Workers in Child and Adolescent Mental Health; founder member of Child Care Committee, Irish Association of Social Workers. Mary is a graduate of University College Dublin and is a practicing therapeutic social worker and a member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

She was appointed to the Board of the Health Information and Quality Authority in April 2014.

Judith Foley

Judith FoleyJudith Foley is an education officer in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) since 2003. Her role includes the development and support of all undergraduate pre-registration nurse education and training programmes. She is the lead regarding the statutory Education and Training Committee, Validation Committee and Standards Committee of NMBI pertaining to all national nurse education and training matters.

Judith is a registered general nurse, registered children’s nurse and registered nurse tutor, and holds a master degree in education from Trinity College Dublin and a bachelor of nursing studies degree from University College Dublin.

Prior to taking up her position in the NMBI, Judith worked at different levels in nursing and included a number of years in the clinical setting, particularly in the area of intensive care and in education as nurse tutor and principal nurse tutor.

She was a member of the steering and working group of the Department of Health, which explored the concept of direct entry regarding paediatric nurse education and the Paediatric Nurse Teachers Working Group, which explored the concept of an integrated, bachelor of science degree.

Currently she is a member of the National Project: Shaping the Future of Intellectual Disability in Ireland and the Quality and Qualifications Ireland Consultative Forum.

She was appointed to the Board of the Health Information and Quality Authority in April 2014.