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.

Niall McHugh

Chairman & Trustee

Niall McHugh is a Chartered Accountant and managing partner of BMOL Partners, an accountancy practice which he founded in 1993 which operates in Ireland and the UK. Niall deals with the commercial investment activities of the practice. Niall joined the Board of LauraLynn in 2013 and is the Chair of the Finance and Operations Committee.

Frances Fletcher

Board Member & Trustee

Frances Fletcher is a retired public servant and a director of a number of not for profit organisations. Frances worked in the Department of Health in a number of areas including human relations, international division – working with the EU, UN, WHO and in the area of disability policy, service development, funding and legislation. She joined the Board of LauraLynn in 2010.

Tony McPoland

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.

Nicholas Quigley

Board Member & Trustee

Nicholas Quigley is a Director of HKC Limited, an Irish company manufacturing electronic security equipment. Previously he held the position of CEO at PhoneWatch and qualified as an accountant. His daughter Christine, who sadly passed away in 2011, was a resident of the Children’s Sunshine Home for over 10 years. He joined the Board of LauraLynn in September 2013.

Kevin Keating

Board Member

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.

Angie Kinane

Board Member

Angie Kinane is a Partner & Director of Q4 Public Relations. She is an experienced corporate and public affairs practitioner providing counsel and guidance to multinational and private companies, public bodies, representative organisations and non for profits.  A former member of the Reader’s Advisory Group of the National Library of Ireland she is a member of the Institute of Directors and of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland. She joined the Board of LauraLynn in January 2015.

Patricia Lawler

Board Member

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.

Denise McDonald

Board Member

Denise McDonald is a consultant in the National Children’s Hospital Tallaght since 2005.  She specialises in paediatric neurodisability with a particular interest in spasticity management and the management of children with complex medical needs. Denise works in Tallaght hospital, Enable Ireland Tallaght and the specialist motor management service in Kildare. She has a commitment to general paediatrics in Tallaght hospital and extensive experience in the assessment and management of child protection concerns. Denise joined the Board in June 2016.

Sandra O'Malley

Board Member

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.

Rory Farrelly

Board Member

Professor Rory Farrelly is the Group Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Hospitals Group. He holds the position of Honorary Teaching Associate to the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery RCSI and a Fellowship Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery RCSI. Since 2006 he has held a number of Director of Nursing and Midwifery roles at Executive Board level in large complex integrated organisations across England, Scotland and Wales. Also National Advisor to the Chief Nursing Officer at the Scottish Government for Children and Young Peoples Nursing, Rory currently holds an honorary Professor of Nursing at Swansea University and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Glasgow University. Rory joined the Board in 2019.

Fiona McElligott

Board Member

Dr. Fiona McElligott is a newly appointed Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine (PPM) to Children’s Health Ireland at Temple Street, with liaison in reach to The Rotunda Hospital. She completed a diploma in paediatric palliative care in 2012, prior to pursuing sub-speciality GRID training in PPM in Yorkshire, UK. Prior to returning to Ireland, Fiona worked as a consultant in PPM in the National Health Service (UK), 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 also a member of the National Development Committee on Children’s Palliative Care. She joined the Board in 2019.