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Conference Speakers

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

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  • Siobhan Gormally

    Professor Siobhan Gormally, MB, DCH, MRCP (UK), MD.
    Clinical Director, Quality & Patient Safety Directorate, RCSI Hospital Group

    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.

    Siobhan was appointed as Clinical-Director for Quality and Patient Safety (QPS) for the RCSI Hospital Group in 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


  • 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.

    In 2016, Professor Kelly was awarded Chartered Director status, having completed the IoD Chartered Director course, in Dublin, and passed the Certificate and Diploma examinations with distinctions.

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  • Paddy-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.

    Professor Broe’s surgical training in Ireland included a Basic Surgical Rotation in Dublin and the National Higher Surgical Training Programme. He also spent time at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in America and at Guy’s Hospital London. He was appointed Consultant Surgeon at the Richmond Hospital in 1987 which later that year transferred to Beaumont Hospital.

    Following his retirement from clinical practice in 2017, he served as Clinical Director of the RCSI Hospital’s Group and is a member of the Executive Management Team. He is also a Board Member of the Bons Secour Hospital System.

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  • Marie-Kinsella

    Ms. Marie Kinsella, Partner, Philip Lee Solicitors

    Marie is a partner at Philip Lee LLP and is the head of Philip Lee’s Healthcare Group. In addition to healthcare law, Marie also specialises in pharmaceutical law, public and administrative law, statutory and non-statutory inquiries and regulatory and criminal investigations.

    Marie leads a team of highly experienced healthcare lawyers who advise on some of the most complex healthcare litigation and health and social care matters in Ireland. She has been at the forefront in the development of healthcare and pharmaceutical regulation and healthcare jurisprudence in Ireland and the UK in both contentious and non-contentious matters for the last 20 years.

    Marie also has very broad experience and in-depth expertise in advising on the conduct of regulatory and enforcement investigations and statutory and non-statutory inquiries specifically relating to regulatory compliance, constitutional law, the right to fair procedures, reputation management, criminal sanctions and reporting obligations.

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  • Terry-Prone

    Ms. Terry Prone

    Terry Prone was one of the founders of The Communications Clinic, having previously been one of the founders of Carr Communications, which she drove to household name status leading its exporting of its services to 17 countries worldwide. She chairs The Communications Clinic.

    Ireland’s pre-eminent crisis manager, she has advised organisations facing public opprobrium because of executive misconduct, blackmail, regulatory non-compliance and environmental depredation. She has been retained to advise Ministers, Taoisigh, civil service and public service bodies.

    Terry developed the unique approach of The Communications Clinic to media relations management, which positions the client organisation in a position of active service, rather than defensive response. This approach is particularly effective in new organisations or organisations which are radically changing due to changed mission or scale, because it puts high quality, ethical and prompt communication as an Organisational priority, rather than an afterthought. It also stresses the requirement for public or regulatory bodies to encounter their stakeholders directly or in the media consumed by the stakeholder.

    Terry has a unique breadth of understanding of how to achieve attitude and behaviour change. This is based on experiences including health education (advising an EU Commissioner at the height of the AIDS pandemic) the introduction of the Euro and other public education initiatives.

    Terry has published more than thirty books, including an award-winning collection of short stories and eight novels, some translated into seven languages. She first appeared on TV at thirteen and has been a presenter/commentator since then. She’s currently a weekly columnist with The Irish Examiner.

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Session 2


  • Petrina-Donnelly

    Ms. Petrina Donnelly, RN, BSc Nephrology, MSc Leadership, Ad.Dip coaching & Medical Law, FFNMRCSI
    Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery RCSI Hospital Group

    Petrina Donnelly is the Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery for the RCSI Hospital Group since February 2020. Taking up this role at the beginning of the pandemic required new ways of working, staff adaptability and resilience and working across many boundaries.

    Petrina was appointed as an Honorary Teaching Associate of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery RCSI in 2020, and is a Co-opted Board Member supporting with expertise in the domains of International Health Systems and Public Health.

    Prior to this, Petrina performed the role of Director of Nursing, setting up and operationalising a new residential care facility. Between 1999 and 2018 Petrina worked in Beaumont Hospital where she undertook several nursing roles, staff nurse, practice support nurse, education coordinator, research, Clinical Nurse Manager and  progressing to senior management level as Directorate Nurse Manager for the National kidney Transplant and Nephrology Service, and then to Deputy Director of Nursing.

    Petrina has gained national and international healthcare clinical experience having worked in St Thomas Hospital (London) Royal Infirmary Hospital (Edinburgh), and a number of hospital and community settings in Australia.

    To compliment clinical experience Petrina has engaged in continuous professional development by undertaking a number of qualifications throughout her career. Following completion of her primary nursing degree, she undertook a degree in Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation, advanced diploma in personal and executive coaching, MSc in organisational change and leadership, advanced diploma in medical law and recently successfully completed a faculty of Nursing and Midwifery fellowship by examination RCSI in 2022.

    Petrina was appointment as an Honorary Teaching Associate of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery RCSI in 2020, and is a Co-opted Board Member supporting with expertise in the domains of International Health Systems and Public Health.


    • Prof. Cecily Kelleher Ms. Brigid Doherty, Ms. Petrina Donnelly, and Prof. Cillian Twomey Covid-19 Nursing Home Expert Panel: Examination of Measures to 2021, Report to the Minister of Health (2020)
    • Quality & Safety Walk-rounds A co designed approach toolkit and case study report (2016) HSE, Beaumont.
    • P.Donnelly, H.Dunne and P. Conlon (2011) Kidney Disease – A Guide for Patients 2nd ed. Irish Kidney Association: Dublin
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  • Peter-Gillen

    Professor Peter Gillen

    Peter Gillen is an associate professor of surgery at the Royal college of Surgeons in Ireland. He is a retired general surgeon and also the Clinical Advisor to the National Healthcare Communication Programme.

  • Winifred-Ryan

    Ms. Winifred Ryan

    Winifred Ryan (Wini) works in the Leadership, Learning and Talent Management division of National HR. She trained in Speech and Language Studies in Trinity College Dublin and worked in acute and community SLT services.

    In 2000, Wini completed an MBA in Healthcare Management with the RCSI and UCD Smurfit Business School. She worked in general management in community care services until her secondment to the Department of Health in 2003 to work on the Health Services Change Management Programme. From 2005 to date Wini has worked at national level in the areas of quality & patient safety, standards, clinical guidelines and patient advocacy. Her main areas of interest are Leadership development, Patient Experience, Communication Skills and Coaching.

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  • Mary-Vesseghi

    Ms. Mary Desmond Vasseghi, RGN, RM, BSc, MBA

    Ms. Mary Vesseghi is a PhD student, conducting research on Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC), in the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin & FutureNeuro RCSI.

    Using her background in nursing, and since the death of her mother due to a medical error, Mary has worked as a patient advocate for 18 years. She is a founding member of Patients for Patient Safety Ireland and has held several appointments as a patient advocate on international and national committees and groups, including the WHO patients for patient safety programme, Dept of Health, HSE and was the recipient of Social Entrepreneur of the year in 2009 for work in the cardiac area following the Sudden Cardiac Death of her 18 year old son Darius.

    Her interest in TSC stems from her daughter’s diagnosis with the disease, a paucity of Irish research in the area to which she hopes to add much needed data to facilitate the internationally recommended personalised care for these patients.

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  • Ian-Carter

    Mr. Ian Carter
    CEO RCSI Hospital Group

    Ian was previously CEO of Beaumont Hospital, 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 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 is also Chairperson of the Charity Ruhama and is a Board member of Donore Community Drug and Alcohol Team.

    Ian was previously Adjunct Assistant Professor in Health Policy and Management at Trinity College. Ian is an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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Session 3


  • Sherif-El-Masry

    Professor Sherif El Masry, MBBCH, MS, FRCSEd, FRCS, PhD, FRCSI

    Professor Sherif El Masry is Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon in RCSI Hospital Group since July 2003.

    He is currently also:

    • RCSI Honorary Clinical Professor
    • RCSI Undergraduate Dean in Louth Hospitals
    • Chair, RCSI Hospital Group Peri-operative Senior Incident Management Forum

    He was previously:

    • Clinical Director, Louth Hospitals, 2016 to 2021
    • Clinical Lead in Surgery, Louth Hospitals, 2014-2016
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  • Peter-Brennan-

    Professor Peter Brennan

    Peter is past Chairman of the Intercollegiate Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) Examinations Committee and leads MRCS Research, driving up quality assurance.

    Peter is committed to education at levels and regularly teaches internationally. To date he has over 750 publications including more than 80 on human factors (HF) and patient safety. He is editor of 6 major specialty surgical textbooks and Lead Editor of Gray’s Surgical Anatomy, bringing the famous original Gray’s Anatomy book written for surgeons and published in 1858 to the 21st Century. The book begins with a chapter on HF and minimising error in the operating theatre.

    Peter is past Chairman of the Intercollegiate Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) Examinations Committee and leads MRCS Research, driving up quality assurance.

    He has published widely on predictive validity and differential attainment in surgery examinations and was elected to the Royal College of Surgeons of England Council in 2020 via the general voting route, a first for his specialty.

    His extensive HF work and collaborations with airline pilots, UK National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and more recently the Red Arrows Royal Air Force aerobatic team have resulted in many changes to practice, better team working, reducing hierarchy, patient safety improvements across medical specialties and improvements in MRCS delivery internationally. In 2019, Peter was awarded a PhD entitled ‘Applying HF to Improve Patient Safety’ – likely to be unique in healthcare.

    He works with national organisations including the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, General Medical Council and Health Education England (HEE) to help drive up safety and better working experiences for doctors and other healthcare professionals. He has recently finished writing an online HF course for the RCS and a face-to-face course is being developed for later in 2023.

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  • 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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