Dr. John Bowman is a broadcaster and historian. He presents current affairs and historical programmes for RTE Radio and Television. He is currently writing a book and preparing television documentaries to mark the first fifty years of RTE television. His book ‘De Valera and the Ulster Question 1917-1973’ won the Ewart-Biggs literary prize for its contribution to North-South understanding.
He was elected an Honorary Fellow of TCD in 2009 and awarded an Honorary Doctor of Literature by UCD last June. Dr Bowman is a former president of the Irish Association for Cultural, Economic and Social Relations and chaired Comhar, the National Sustainable Development Council from 1999 until 2004.
Ms Eibhlín Mulroe has a BSSC Hons in Politics from Queens University Belfast and is an MBA graduate from the Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin. She spent the first half of her career to date working in Irish Politics and then the NGO sector where she worked as CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland. Ms Mulroe moved to the private sector for a time and served as an Account Manager for MedMedia on the campaign side of the business, managing campaigns for major pharmaceutical and healthcare companies in Ireland. In 2007, she became the first CEO of the Irish Platform for Patients’ Organisations, Science and Industry (IPPOSI).
A strong advocate for those who find themselves in a position of vulnerability, be it victims of crime or injustice or those who suffer from illness and social disadvantage, Lillian has been CEO of the Marie Keating Foundation since 2006. Having been CEO for Victim Support, a position she held for six years, Lillian has a keen understanding of how strong support networks and services can be vital and hugely impactful when people find themselves experiencing personal crisis.
Lillian previously worked in the business sector with companies such as Unilver and Aer Lingus and has a genuine interest in people and how corporate society and organisations are an integral part of daily life for many. This interest was further fuelled by an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from Trinity College.
The Marie Keating Foundation began as a breast cancer charity but now promotes early detection and treatment of all types of cancer for both men and women. The organisation prides itself on increasing awareness and knowledge of cancer and related issues within all sectors of the community. The team at the Foundation, led by Lillian, strives to provide practical support services for those affected by cancer and works closely with other cancer organisations in the fight against cancer.
Miriam Daly graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1995, received her Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners in 1999. She has worked as a General Practitioner in Irishtown Primary Care Centre and in Sandymount, Dublin 4 since 2000. She received a Masters in Women’s Health in 2004 and is currently director of the Women’s Health Programme in the Irish College of General Practitioners where she is involved in running courses and lecturing GPs in Women’s Health.
Dr. David Gallagher is a consultant medical oncologist and consultant medical geneticist who works at the Mater Private Hospital, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, St. James’s Hospital and The National Centre for Medical Genetics in Dublin. Dr. Gallagher graduated from University College Dublin Medical School, and trained on the Irish specialist registrar scheme in medical oncology. He thereafter uniquely completed training in both medical oncology and medical genetics between Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, and New York Presbyterian Cornell University Hospital in New York. Dr. Gallagher worked in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre for four years before returning to Ireland in 2010. He remains actively involved in cancer research and has retained a number of research collaborations with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, in addition to establishing new collaborations with colleagues in Dublin. Dr. Gallagher is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and an active member of the Irish Clinical Oncology Research Group.
Fergal Bowers is the Health Correspondent with RTE News, the national public service broadcaster.
He has been covering health in Ireland for 24 years and has been a journalist for 32 years.
He is a multi-national award winning journalist, broadcaster and author of several books on Suicide and the Blood Infection Scandal.
Fergal has won the Irish Medical Media Award Journalist of the Year on two occasions.
Previously he also won an ESB national media award for helping to break the Hepatitis C blood infection scandal and has lectured widely.
He was editor of the health website irishhealth.com, editor of the Irish Medical News and worked for several national newspapers before joining RTE.
Seamus Feely is Secretary General of the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) the representative body for pharmacists in Ireland. Since joining the IPU in 2001, he has presided over significant change in the pharmacy sector. Prior to joining the IPU, Seamus was Head of Corporate Affairs with the Revenue Commissioners. He holds qualifications in taxation and accountancy, as well as a Master’s degree in management from Trinity College Dublin.
Ms. Pat O’Boyle is the Chief Executive Officer of the Dublin Dental University Hospital.
Pat was formerly Secretary/General Manager of the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, Dublin and prior to that she was Director of HR & Operations at Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital. When Pat worked at Cappagh she chaired the Voluntary Hospitals’ HR Managers Group and was a member of the health services’ National Joint Council. Before joining the health services, she worked for a number of years in various industries in the private sector.
Pat recently became Chairman of the Dublin Mid-Leinster Regional Group of the Health Management Institute. She has a double MA.