Trinity College Dublin

11 June - 13 June 2017


Simon Harris

Simon Harris, T.D.

Minister for Health, Ireland

Simon Harris is a TD for Wicklow & East Carlow, and Minister for Health.

He is a native of County Wicklow and has been involved in the community all his life.

Simon first became involved in politics through his work as a disability advocate and is committed to providing a strong voice on issues relating to special needs and mental health. Before entering politics, Simon established the Wicklow Triple A Alliance, a charity to support children and families affected by Autism.

He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in the 2011 General Election and was the youngest member of the 31st Dáil. During that Dail term, Simon served as a member of the Public Accounts Committee, Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, Secretary of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party and Co-Convenor of the Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Mental Health, before being appointed in July 2014 as Minister of State in the Departments of Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform and the Department of the Taoiseach with Special Responsibility for OPW, Public Procurement & International Banking (including IFSC).

Simon was re-elected as TD for Wicklow & East Carlow in the February 2016 General Election and subsequently appointed Minister for Health.

Prior to his election to Dáil Éireann, Simon was a member of both Wicklow County Council and Greystones Town Council, having been elected in the 2009 Local Elections with the highest percentage vote of any candidate in the country. He has also served his community as Chairperson of the County Wicklow Policing Committee, Chairperson of the Dublin-Mid Leinster Regional Health Forum, Board Member of Wicklow Tourism and Member of Wicklow Vocational Educational Committee.

Jim Breslin

Jim Breslin

Secretary General, Department of Health, Ireland

Jim was appointed Secretary General of the Department of Health on 10 September 2014.

Before being appointed Secretary General of the Department of Health, Jim was the first Secretary General of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, which was established in July 2011.

Jim has led the reorganisation of the Department of Health, including a strengthening of its research, analytics and innovation capabilities, and supported the Government in its health reform agenda.

Jim has considerable senior management experience across both Government Departments and the health service. He has worked previously in the Health Service Executive, the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the Department of Finance.

He holds two masters degrees in public administration; one from the Institute of Public Administration/Trinity College Dublin and another from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Dr. Aine Carroll

Dr. Aine Carroll

National Director of Clinical Strategy and Programmes, Health Service Executive

Dr Áine Carroll was appointed National Director of Clinical Strategy and Programmes at the HSE in November 2012. The National Clinical Programmes were established to improve and standardise patient care throughout the organisation by bringing together clinical disciplines and enabling them to share innovative solutions to deliver greater benefits to every user of HSE services.

All clinical services have interdependencies with each other and the aim of each of the national clinical programmes is to improve individual specialty delivery but also to promote integrated care and team work across services and specialties to ensure that care is provided effectively and seamlessly to patients as they move through the system.

She is a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, past Chair of the Medical Board of the National Rehabilitation Hospital, past President of the Irish Association of Rehabilitation Medicine and Senior Clinical Lecturer, University College Dublin.

Prior to her appointment as National Director, Dr. Carroll was the Clinical Lead of the National Clinical Programme for Rehabilitation Medicine.

Dr. Carroll has published on a wide variety of topics including life expectancy determination in disability, the use of botulinum toxin in spinal pain, osteoporosis in disability, whiplash injury and has presented at many national and international conferences.

Richard Corbridge

Richard Corbridge

Chief Information Officer, Health Service Executive and Chief Executive Officer, eHealth Ireland

Richard Corbridge is a globally recognised expert in healthcare strategy and technology, with over 20 years experience in the Health and Clinical Research Information sectors. Richard has a passion for business change and benefits management in health and very much insists on a focus on engagement and benefits being brought to technology implementation.

Since December 2014, Richard has been the Chief Information Officer for the Health Service Executive in Ireland and Chief Executive Officer for eHealth Ireland. In these two years, Richard has implemented a unique identifier for health, fully digitized the referral process, put in place Irelands first clinical information officers council, began the first epilepsy genomic sequencing programme globally, started the implementation of a national lab system and a national maternity EHR. He has also brought a focus to the delivery of a number of key strategic programmes including the beginning of ePharmacy for Ireland, digital cancer care and a cloud first strategy. He has also managed a reform of the Irish healthcare technology system that has seen a plethora of awards and recognitions for the team. All of this with a budget of just 1.2% of the Irish spend on healthcare.

Before that, Richard led the delivery of a wide range of systems and processes in the NHS with a focus to aid the provision of healthcare and clinical research. These ranged from the first primary care messaging system in the NHS, to the modernisation of the information systems’ infrastructure for the delivery of clinical research throughout England.

For the last three years Richard has been named in the top ten most influential CIOs in Europe list by CIO magazine. He was listed by Computer Weekly as the rising star of the IT Industry at the end of 2015 and in 2016 he was named ‘Person of the year’ by Ireland’s Tech Excellence magazine. In 2016 he was listed in the top 25 in the global HIT100 list, as well as being listed in the top 100 global influencers for digital health by Hot Topics magazine.

Richard was named by the Huffington Post as one of the most ‘Social CIOs’. You can see the daily ins and outs of his work and life by following him on twitter at: @R1chardatron

Karin Jay

Senior Director, Senior Director, International Business Development and Operations, Planetree

(by invitation from the Private Hospitals Association)

Karin Jay joined Planetree as Senior Director, International Business Development and Operations in 2011, where she is working to expand the network of Planetree Affiliates internationally, and provide consultation to key stakeholders on the implementation of Planetree’s relationship-centered model of care and international designation criteria. Prior to joining Planetree, Karin spent 22+ years working in the accreditation and international quality/patient safety arena with The Joint Commission and Joint Commission International (JCI). She was responsible for managing a number of Joint Commission International long term projects, such as contracts with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States Peace Corps, and most recently leading JCI’s work with the World Health Organization as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Patient Safety.


Deirdre Glenn

Deirdre Glenn

Director, Lifesciences & Food Commercialisation and Lifesciences Sector Manager, Enterprise Ireland

Deirdre was appointed Director, Lifesciences & Food Commercialisation and Lifesciences Sector Manger in February 2016 and plays a critical leadership role within Enterprise Ireland.

Her dual role involves leading the Enterprise Ireland drive to achieve economic impact from Ireland’s market-led research and commercialisation investment to the benefit of Lifesciences and Food companies, and having responsibility for delivering accelerated export growth through the development of companies within the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, chemicals and medical technologies sectors. The role requires close liaison and interaction with internal and external stakeholders including Government Departments, representative bodies, healthcare professionals and the academic community. 

Prior to Enterprise Ireland, Deirdre held several roles over a 7-year period within Cantab Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company in Cambridge. Whilst at Cantab, she completed several in-licensing and out-licensing deals with biopharmaceutical corporations and academic institutions in the US and Europe and played a key role in the identification and acquisition of product opportunities to build the Company’s early and late-stage product pipeline.

Lucy Nugent

Lucy Nugent

President of HMI, Deputy CEO Tallaght Hospital

Lucy has over 25 years’ experience working in health services in Ireland, 13 of which have been as a senior manager. She is currently Deputy CEO of Tallaght Hospital, a large academic teaching hospital in Dublin. She represents the HMI on the European Association of Hospital Managers Scientific committee and the International Hospital Federation’s global consortium for healthcare management.

Lucy first trained as a Registered Children’s Nurse before qualifying as a Registered General Nurse. She graduated with a Bachelors of Nursing Science from DCU and a M.Sc. in Heath services management from Trinity College Dublin where she is a guest lecturer on the same MSc programme.

Lucy was elected as the President of the HMI in 2016.

Sara Pupato Ferrari

Sara Pupato Ferrari

President HOPE and Secretary General of the Spanish Agency for Costumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition, AECOSAN (Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality)

Sara holds degrees in Medicine and Surgery. She is also a Specialist in Rheumatology and in Occupational Medicine. Sara also holds the position of Medical inspector of the body of Healthcare Inspection of Social Security services in Spain.

Since 2014, Sara has been President of HOPE. She is also Secretary General of the Spanish Agency for Costumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition, AECOSAN (Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality).

Prior to this, Sara was Director and Deputy Director of the National Institute of Health Management, Chief Executive of several hospitals and healthcare sectors in Madrid.

She was also Vice President of HOPE from 2011 to 2014 and has been Governor of Spain in HOPE since 2005.