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The team at Saolta University Health Care Group

In May 2013, the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD, announced the re-organisation of public hospitals into more efficient and accountable hospital groups that will deliver improved outcomes for patients. The West/North West Hospitals Group was one of the six hospital groups announced.

Minister Reilly described the formation of the new hospital groups as the most fundamental reform of the Irish acute hospital system in decades. The remit of the Board is to develop effective corporate and clinical governance structures for the group along with quality and safety systems of care for patients. Much of the groundwork for this has been completed and we are integrating all the hospitals into a common governance arrangement and putting structures in place to bring the seven hospitals to the next level of performance and accountability. The Group now has more autonomy to manage resources, both funding and staffing, in a way that is appropriate to the needs of our patients.

Board Members:

In January 2013, five Non-Executive Directors of the Board were approved by the Minister for Health:
• Dr John Killeen  
• Dr Jim Browne
• Dr Brendan Day
• Zubair Javeed
• Phyllis MacNamara
Following the Minister for Health’s announcement in May 2013 of the new hospital Groups, in June 2013 he approved the appointment of three new non-Executive Directors to the Board:
• Gerry McManus
• Sharon Moohan
• Colam O’Neill
 The following executives are in attendance at all Board Meetings 
• Mr. Maurice Power, CEO of the Group
• Mr Ann Cosgrove, Chief Operating Officer of the Group
• Dr Pat Nash, Group Clinical Director
• Ms. Jean Kelly, Acting Group Director of Nursing and Midwifery
• Mr. Tony Baynes, Acting Group Chief Financial Officer
• Mr. Tony O’Gorman  Secretary

Biographies of the Non - Executive Directors

Dr John Killeen (Interim Chair)


On the 26 June 2014, Dr John Killeen was appointed Interim Chair of the West North West Hospitals Group.

John is an engineer by profession and a native of County Roscommon who became an Honorary Freeman of Galway City in 2012.

John’s career spans working with Local Government, with a multi-national construction company (which built the Grand Canal tunnel in Dublin in 1973) and seven years with Shell International. John is a retired CEO of Colas Group in Ireland and a retired Managing Director of Cold Chon Galway Ltd. He spent 30 years with the Colas Group in Ireland and as MD of Cold Chon he developed a worldwide chemical business over 15 years; Cold Chon is now one of the world leaders in the field with all research and development and manufacturing based in Galway in a plant which has won many accolades for its innovation and environmental standards.

He played an influential role in the development of major infrastructural projects in Ireland and was involved in setting up the National Roads Authority.

In addition, John is a Past President of Institution of Engineers of Ireland and a Founding President of the Academy of Engineers in Ireland, which was the first all-Ireland engineering body.

In 2009 John was Chairman of the Volvo Ocean Race event in Galway and in 2012 he was President of the Volvo Ocean Race finale and festival which broke all attendance records for a sporting event in Ireland worth around €80m in tourism and business income to the city and the region with attendance figures in excess of 820,000 visits.

John is currently Chairman of the Galway Harbour redevelopment project and Chairman on the Royal Institute of Marines

On the 26 June 2014, John was appointed Interim Chair of the West North West Hospitals Group.

Dr Jim Browne


Dr Jim Browne is the 12th president of the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), one of Ireland's premier universities with over 17,000 students.

A native of Athlone, Co Westmeath and an engineering graduate of NUI Galway, Jim Browne is a former Dean of Engineering (1996-2001) and has served as Registrar and Deputy-President of the University from 2001-2008.

He has a record of achievement in academic leadership, strategic planning and change management within NUI Galway. Dr Browne has published over 200 academic papers and 15 books, including translations into French and Chinese. He was awarded the degree of DSc by the University of Manchester for published work in 1990, is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the Irish Academy of Engineering.

Dr Browne’s leadership roles include: member of the editorial board of a number of international research journals; member of Irish Universities Quality Board since 2004; President of Engineers Ireland 2008/2009; Member of the Senate of the National University of Ireland since 2001; member of the Board of CAO; Member of the EPSRC Review Group on Engineering Research Centres in the UK; member of the Board of Galway University Foundation since 2001; and Member of the Board of Music for Galway.

Dr Browne also has considerable experience of working with overseas universities, public and private bodies. Dr Browne has recently been appointed Chair of the New Children's Hospital Group.

Dr Brendan Day


Dr Brendan Day is GP living in Claregalway, Co Galway and is the Senior Partner in a General Practice which serves a large, mixed rural/urban population from purpose built premises in Lackagh and Claregalway.

Dr Day has been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching since 1979 and research projects at NUI Galway for many years. He was a founder member of the MICGP in 1984, a board member of the MICGP examination at foundation and chairman of the MICGP examination board, 1992 - 1995. Dr Day was an examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners, 1984 - 1994; an examiner for the MICGP 1986 – 2002; an external examiner for undergraduate final medical examinations at NUI Galway, 1994 – 1998; and an external examiner for postgraduate medical examinations for the State of Bahrain, 1998 – 2002. From 1988 until 2012, Dr Day is a member of the editorial board of the Irish Medical Journal. 

Dr Day has been a member of the Executive of the Irish College of General Practitioners since 2009 and was President of the ICGP from 2010/2011.

Previously Dr Day was the team doctor for Galway Senior Football and Hurling and three local club teams.

Dr Day has a particular interest in promoting the capacity of General Practice to lead the delivery of health care given adequate resources and opportunities.

Zubair Javeed


Zubair Javeed was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Creganna-Tactx Medical in February 2012, becoming a member of both the Senior Management Team and the Board as an Executive Director. He oversees the Finance, IT and Procurement functions at the company and is based in Galway.

Previously Zubair worked with C.R. Bard, Inc. for 10 years where he most recently held the role of Vice President Finance, Europe with responsibility for Finance, IT and evaluation of acquisition targets. Zubair garnered wide experience in the medical device sector across different territories including Europe, Middle East, US, Japan and a range of divisions including Urological, Peripheral Vascular, Oncology and Surgical Specialties.

Zubair also has extensive experience of working in a public health system and started his career as a management accountant with the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK where he worked at Central Manchester Healthcare Trust (now Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) which is the largest teaching acute hospital trust in the North West of England. Zubair has also provided management consulting advice to a number of health organisations in the UK most notably, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust where he designed and implemented finance, management reporting and procurement systems.

Phyllis MacNamara


Phyllis MacNamara is the owner of ‘Cobwebs’ a renowned antique and modern jewels shop which was established in Galway in 1972. She holds a degree in Fine Art from Trinity College and has studied with Sotheby's London and Cartier London. Phyllis is regularly invited to contribute to national publications and TV shows, as well as lecture tours and road shows.

Following the death of her husband Michael in 2008, Phyllis has become an advocate for raising awareness of mental health issues and promoting increased public openness on suicide.

As part of her commitment to raising public awareness of suicide, Phyllis has shared her experience through interviews in print, on radio and on television.

In April 2012, the Mayor of Galway presented Phyllis with the Galway City Credit Union's Volunteer of the Year award in recognition of her efforts to raise awareness in relation to suicide.

Phyllis is also a former two-term President of the BPW (Business and Professional Women); a member of the Royal Dublin Society; and was part of the Augustinian Project fundraising committee which supported a four year project to renovate the Augustinian Church in Galway City. In addition Phyllis is a Director of the Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust and previously developed a pilot project for the hospital called Bears for Paediatrics.

Gerry McManus


Gerry McManus started his working career in Sligo with the Italian multinational Snia in 1970 where at the end of his career he was responsible for procurement and logistics. In 1983 he formed his own IT Company, Compupac with his partner Michael Vickers.

Gerry has been very involved on a voluntary basis with many organisations; he is a former President of Sligo Chamber of Commerce, a former Board member of Sligo Leader Company and is currently a Trustee of County Sligo Golf Club. Gerry served for 12 years on the Governing Body of IT Sligo where he was Chairperson of the Internal Audit Committee and Vice Chairman of the Governing Body.

In recent years Gerry has voluntarily given his time to Sligo Regional Hospital - he is currently Chairperson of the Friends of Sligo Regional Hospital, Chairperson of the Patients’ Forum and a Board member of the Research and Education Foundation.

Gerry is also a member of the Border, Midland and West Region Shadow Economy and Liaison Group. As well as bringing his knowledge in IT and his experience in Internal Audit, Gerry has a strong track record in serving and working with State organisations.  

Sharon Moohan


Sharon Moohan from Donegal holds a BCL and a LLM in European Law and a Diploma from the Law Society of Ireland in Commercial Law and Corporate Governance.  She has been practicing as a Solicitor since 1998.

Sharon is currently a Solicitor to the Residential Institutions Redress Board, on the legal representative panel for the Mental Health Commission and a Member of the Panel established for the purposes of Regulations 25 and 34 of the Garda Síochána (Discipline) Regulations 2007.

Sharon worked in the European Commission for a year and also was a Lecturer in European Law at Letterkenny Institute of Technology for two years. Her legal competencies extend to employment law, judicial review and commercial law.

Colam O’Neill


Colam O’Neill has a BSc in Chemistry and Biology and until his retirement, was Managing Director of Allergan Ireland and Vice President of European Operations, Allergan Pharmaceuticals Ltd – based in Westport, Co. Mayo.

In addition to the Irish operation which grew during Colam’s 28 years continuous service from 5 employees to 1100 employees, he also had responsibility for European operations including plants in Spain and France. He ensured during his tenure that Westport became the location of choice within Allergan’s Global Network for new products in late stage research and development and production.

Colam has major competencies in customer care, regulatory compliance and is stringent on cost models and budgetary control. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Allergan Ireland Ltd. Colam has a lot of experience in working with the Irish Medicine Board, the FDA and the European Regulatory Body.

The Group Executive Council
The Group Executive Council structure is in place, chaired by the CEO. This group meets monthly and comprises the Group Management Team and the four Group Clinical Directors. The Council ensures that the Group’s operational and clinical activities are governed under a single robust structure; the group receives reports from the Clinical Directors’ Forum, Group Management Team and Strategic Nursing Forum.