Our Board

Our Board’s key purpose is to ensure that the Service and all of its entities are led, managed and controlled in a business like manner, yet understanding the complexities of the environment in which healthcare operates. Our Board is responsible for setting the direction of the Service and ensuring that our strategy is achieved in accordance with best practice and national policy. Our Board members act in a voluntary capacity in their roles as board members.

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Chairperson & Trustee

Sandra O’Malley is a healthcare consultant with a background in medical law and healthcare risk management. She is an experienced healthcare lawyer having previously practised in defense medical malpractice and having been Head of Legal Affairs of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Sandra works with healthcare clients delivering consultancy services and training in relation to healthcare risk management. As an executive coach and emotional intelligence assessor, she also delivers coaching and mentoring services.

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Board Member

Deirdre O'Connor is a Chartered Urban Planner and has an MSc in Property Economics. She is an experienced planner advising on complex planning, sustainable development, legal, commercial, and environmental issues that have a bearing on property assets and on opportunities for property development. Deirdre is currently the Head of Planning and Deputy Chief Commercial Officer at the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA). She previously worked in planning consultancy as owner/director of busy planning practice and served on the Board of Cluid Housing. Deirdre is a member of the Institute of Directors, is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and a Corporate Member of the Irish Planning Institute. She joined the Board in 2022.

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Dr Fiona McElligott is a Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine (PPM) in Children’s Health Ireland at Temple Street, and in The Rotunda Hospital. Before returning to Ireland in 2019, Fiona worked as a consultant in PPM in the National Health Service in Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust and Sheffield Children’s Foundation Trust, Yorkshire, England, and in association with Martin House Hospice for Children and Young People and Bluebellwood Children’s Hospice. She was an executive member of the Yorkshire and Humber Children’s Palliative Care Network as well as chair of its Education Subgroup.

Fiona is a member of the National Cancer Control Programme Children Adolescents and Young Adult Framework Implementation Project Board, and is a member of the HSE Children’s Palliative Care Strategic Advisory Group.  She joined the Board in 2019.

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Board Member

Jacinta Quigley is the Director of EMEA Partner Business Operations at Microsoft. In this role, she enables partners in their operations with Microsoft, delivering on landing change with these partners, driving process optimization and operationalising go-to market strategies. Since joining Microsoft in 2001, Jacinta held a number of roles across engineering, business management, supply chain and operations. She is a big advocate for diversity and inclusion and is the sponsor for the newly formed women@microsoftireland employee resource group. Prior to joining Microsoft, Jacinta worked as a consultant with Accenture for three years. She has a master’s degree in Business Studies and a post-graduate diploma in IT both from Dublin City University. Jacinta joined the board in October 2020.

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Board Member & Trustee

Kevin Keating is currently a financial consultant. He is a chartered accountant who has worked directly in the financial services industry for over 28 years. He retired from Goodbody Stockbrokers at the end of 2016, having worked in Goodbody as a Director of Corporate Finance since 1996. Kevin joined the Board of LauraLynn in November 2017.

Kevin Murphy - Board

Board Member

Kevin Murphy is a volunteer with LauraLynn for more than 20 years. He initially joined The Children’s Sunshine Home as a volunteer with the adult Residential Disability Service and since then has volunteered in a range of operations and activities programmes. He is part of our reading programme, events team and also spent time working with our fundraising team promoting the service through school visits. Professionally, Kevin has a background in Commercial Sales & Marketing, having spent the last 36 years involved in the Irish Chemical & Pharmaceutical industry. He joined the Board of LauraLynn in August 2020.

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Patricia Lawler qualified as a nurse at St Vincent’s Hospital and set up Scope Clinical Research Ltd a Contract Clinical Research Organisation in April 1993. Patricia is currently the Managing Director at Scope, an experienced professional with over 25 years’ experience in providing clinical research and training services in Ireland, The UK and Europe. Patricia is a member of the Institute of Directors obtaining a Certificate in company direction IoD 2016 (Hons) and Diploma in company direction IoD 2016.

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Paul Kerrigan is General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer at Deloitte Ireland. In his role with Deloitte, Paul is responsible for Deloitte’s legal and risk frameworks, data privacy and confidentiality, and corporate governance among other areas. He is a solicitor with over 15 years’ experience in law firms and international and Irish businesses. Paul joined the Board in 2022.

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Regina Mc Quillan qualified from UCD in 1985. Working as a palliative medicine consultant at Beaumont Hospital and St Francis Hospice since 1996. Interested in palliative care for disadvantaged groups, including people with intellectual disability, Travellers and people experiencing homelessness. Involved in education, including medical students, and postgraduate clinical staff. Interested in medical ethics, and has a MA in Ethics from DCU. Advanced Diploma in Medical Law from Kings Inns.

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Board Member & Trustee

Tony McPoland worked for twenty five years in the financial services industry, and served ten years on the Board of Directors of LBBW Bank with executive responsibility for Finance, Operations, Risk and IT. He has become a professional independent Director and sits on the Boards of eleven companies including a regulated asset manager, a number of regulated funds, SME companies and non-profit organisations. He is Chairman of five of these Boards.  He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland. He also completed the Advanced Management Programme in INSEAD, and The Institute of Director’s Diploma and Certificate in Company Direction. He joined the Board of LauraLynn in 2015.