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Conference Speakers

The conference speakers include sector leaders, clinicians, practitioners, patient advocates and professionals.

Welcome Address

  • Siobhan Gormally

    Professor Siobhan Gormally, MB, DCH, MRCP (UK), MD.

    Siobhan, who is a paediatrician, is the Clinical Director for Quality and Patient Safety in the RCSI Hospital Group. Siobhan is a graduate of NUI Galway. Following pre-Fellowship training in Paediatrics in Dublin, she was awarded a McGill University Scholarship in Montreal, Canada where she spent 2 years before returning to Ireland to take up a position as a consultant paediatrician.

    During her roles as Clinical Lead in Paediatrics and Hospital Deputy Clinical Director in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Siobhan became interested in Quality and Risk Management. She was appointed as Clinical-Director for Quality and Patient Safety (QPS) for the RCSI Hospital Group at the end of 2015. Siobhan and the RCSI Hospital Group QPS Directorate Team, have lead out on the establishment of an RCSI Hospital Group framework for Quality, Risk Management and Patient Safety.

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Session 1. Leading and Supporting Improvement


  • Professor Cathal J Kelly

    Professor Cathal J. Kelly, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., L.R.C.S.I.&P.I., B.Sc., M.Ch., F.R.C.S.I. (Gen.) EMBA.

    Professor Cathal Kelly is Vice Chancellor & CEO / Registrar of the Royal College of  Surgeons in Ireland, University of Medicine & Health Sciences, since December 2009,  providing strategic leadership to RCSI and management of the senior executive team.

    A Graduate and Fellow of RCSI, Professor Kelly previously held the post of Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences from 2006 to 2009.  Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive/Registrar, Cathal was a Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon, with a special interest in endovascular surgery, in Beaumont Hospital.

    He combined this role with the chairmanship of the surgical division and an academic position in RCSI as Vice Dean for curriculum change.   In addition to completing his basic and higher surgical training in Dublin, Professor Kelly pursued a Research Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA.

    In 2005, Professor Kelly was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education at Queen’s University Belfast.  In 2009 he was conferred with a Master of Business Administration Degree by Institutio de Empressa of Madrid.    In 2015, he undertook the Senior Leadership Programme at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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  • Mr Ian Carter

    Mr. Ian Carter, CEO, RCSI Hospital Group

    Ian Carter holds the positions of CEO RCSI Hospital Group and CEO Beaumont Hospital.

    Ian was previously National Director Acute Hospitals, CEO of the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF), Head of the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), CEO St James’ Hospital and General Manager Acute Hospitals Mid-Western Health Board.

    Ian has also held positions in the UK: Director of Contracts and Business Administration, Regional Surgical Specialties Manager and Saudi Arabia: Assistant Hospital Manager and Director of Operations.

    Ian was previously Adjunct Assistant Professor in Health Policy and Management at Trinity College and is a Adjunct Faculty Member, Institute of Leadership, Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI).

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  • Feargal ORourke

    Mr. Feargal O’Rourke, Managing Partner (CEO), PwC Ireland

    Feargal O’Rourke is the Managing Partner (CEO) of PwC Ireland since 1 July 2015. He is also a member of the PwC EMEA Leadership Team. As the leader of Ireland’s leading professional services firm, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation which has over 3,000 employees in the Republic of Ireland.

    Prior to this he was the Head of PwC Ireland’s Tax and Legal Services practice from 1 January 2011. Over the last decade he has played a major role in the Irish and Global Tax policy debate during that time and shared platforms with Irish and foreign politicians as well as key OECD tax officials. He has been appointed by a number of Irish Governments to various roles including 7 years on the board of Forfás, the Irish State body responsible for the development of Industrial policy and the development of science and technology In Ireland, and was a member of the Commission on Taxation which was asked to review and report back on the structure, efficiency and appropriateness of the Irish tax system.

    From 2014 to 2020, Feargal was a member of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland which is the leading representative body at both Government and Industry level for the 700 US companies based in Ireland. As part of this role, he has chaired the Taxation working group and the Brexit working group. He works primarily in the Foreign Direct Investment sector of PwC and has 25 years Partner experience of advising US companies, primarily from the West Coast, on their operations in Ireland and Europe.

    He is a Council member of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and a member of the Finance Committee of the Irish Rugby Football Union. He is a native of Athlone and a graduate of UCD.

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  • Ms Brenda Power

    Ms. Brenda Power, Journalist

    I am a journalist, broadcaster and barrister. I began my career with The Irish Press Group as a reporter, feature writer and columnist, moved on to The Sunday Tribune as a feature writer and columnist, and now work for The Sunday Times and Irish Daily Mail as a columnist.

    I have presented a number of RTE television programmes and documentaries, including Crime Call and Would You Believe, and worked extensively in RTE Radio 1, presenting my own live programmes including an interview series, The Brenda Power Show, and The Media Show, as well as standing in for the late Marian Finucane and Joe Duffy on Liveline. I also presented a live morning phone-in show on Newstalk called Your Call for two years, and am a regular panellist and commentator on RTE television and radio current affairs shows, including appearing as a newspaper reviewer on Sky News. I was called to the Bar in 1996 and, having taken some time out to have five children and get them all to secondary school level, I returned to practice in 2015 and work mainly in the area of personal injuries law.

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Session 2. Improving the Healthcare


  • Susan Moloney

    Ms Susan Moloney, MSc, BNS, Quality & Safety Manager RCSI Hospital Group

    Susan currently holds the post of Quality & Safety Manager for the RCSI Hospital Group and has held a variety of Senior Management positions across hospital services.

    Susan qualified as a Nurse and a Midwife and has significant experience in Healthcare, both in Ireland and internationally. She is a graduate of DCU and RCSI with a Masters in Organisational Change and Leadership.

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  • Dr Gavin Lavery

    Dr. Gavin Lavery, Former Intensivist and Clinical Lead for QI Northern Ireland

    Gavin Lavery is a Board member of Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) and has chaired the Board’s Quality and Patient Safety Committee since 2018. Between 2016-18 he was a Board member at Temple Street, Children’s Hospital, Dublin.

    Dr Lavery graduated from Queens University, Belfast in 1979 and then trained as an Anaesthetist and Critical Care Physician. After further training as Chief Resident/Clinical Fellow in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Western Ontario, he returned to Belfast, working as an ICU consultant at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast from 1987-2018. In 2000, Dr Lavery led the establishment of NICCaTS, the regional critical care transport service for N. Ireland. He co-ordinated the service from 2000-2011.

    Dr Lavery is a graduate of the Advanced Training Programme at the Intermountain Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research, (Salt Lake City UT) and is certified to the level of Chief Quality Officer, and Chief Patient Safety Officer (2013).

    From 2011-2017 he was Clinical Director of the NI Patient Safety Forum. He has led Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at organisational and national level for over a decade.

    Previous roles include President of The Intensive Care Society of Ireland, Director of Critical Care-Royal Hospitals Trust, Clinical Lead for N.Ireland Critical Care Network and member of the Health Foundation’s College of Assessors.

    Dr Lavery has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. His current areas of interest include (i) using data to drive improvement; (ii) process/system redesign and (iii) reducing variability in the delivery of care.

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Session 3. Supporting Staff and Patients


  • Patrick Broe

    Professor Patrick Broe

    Professor Patrick Broe is Emeritus Clinical Professor of Surgery and Past President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and of the American College of Surgeons.

    Following his cessation of clinical practice he served as Clinical Director of the RCSI Hospital Group for 5 years until his retirement in December 2021.

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  • Phyllis Macnamara

    Ms. Phyllis MacNamara, Patient Representative

    BA degree from Trinity College Dublin, in Fine Arts, English and Irish.

    In 1972, I started my antique and jewellery shop, Cobwebs, in Galway. I subsequently opened three more shops, one in Dublin and two in Galway.

    I continued my studies of the history of jewellery at Sotheby’s Institute in London and have both lectured and written about jewellery.

    From 2008 I campaigned extensively for the prevention of suicide, appearing on tv, radio and in newspapers. It was this campaign that led me to my appointment to the board of Saolta in 2013. I served on the board from 2013 to 2021 .

    My main role on the Saolta board was patient advocacy. This led to my appointment to several committees including Quality and Patient Safety, Patient Experience, End of Life, Patient Council for the group and nationally. I joined Saolta Arts in 2007.

    I am a daily sea swimmer. I have one son and three grandchildren and was married for the second time in August 2021.

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  • Ian Robinson

    Prof. Ian Robertson, Clinical Psychologist & Neuroscientist

    Clinical Psychologist, Neuroscientist and Author of ‘The Stress Test: How Pressure Can Make You Stronger and Sharper.’ He is an expert in how to harness stress, use anger, solve problems, boost confidence and understand the dynamics of success

    He explains how the intelligence and innovation of teams can be boosted far above the individual IQ of any one individual and has analysed the mind and behaviour of world leaders at conferences across the globe.

    Robertson is co-director of the Global Brain Health Institute, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, Research Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas and Visiting Professor at University College London. His multiply-translated popular books include The Stress Test, Mind Sculpture, The Mind’s Eye, Stay Sharp and The Winner Effect. Robertson’s work focuses on a unique combination of practical, accessible psychology and cutting-edge neuroscience.

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