Steering Group

The Steering Group of the SPHeRE Programme meets three times annually and has strategic representation from the eight HEIs involved with SPHeRE, key stakeholders drawn from health systems, charities and the public. The Steering Group has a view to generating broad-based support for SPHeRE, influencing and being influenced by priorities and strategic concerns in the health system and generating new funding possibilities.

A full list of our current Steering Group membership is as follows:

Prof John Browne

SPHeRE Programme Director

University College Cork

Prof Anne Hickey

SPHeRe Programme Co-Director

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Prof Steve Thomas

SPHeRE Programme Co-Director

Trinity College Dublin

Dr Catriona Cahir/Dr Eithne Sexton

Programme Alumni

Dr Kate Irving

Dublin City University

Prof Sinead McGilloway

Maynooth University

Dr Molly Byrne

NUI Galway

Dr Deirdre Hurley-Osing

University College Dublin

Prof Anne McFarlane

University of Limerick

Dr Máirín Ryan

HIQA – Health Information and Quality Authority

Dr Anne O’Farrell

HSE – Knowledge Management (incorporating Health Intelligence)

Dr Stephanie O’Keefe

HSE – Health & Wellbeing

Ms Margaret Moore

Health & Social Care Professionals Group

Mr Sean Murphy

General Manager, Letterkenny Hospital

Mr Bill Maher

CEO, Bon Secours Hospitals

Mr Declan Moran

Director of Marketing & Business Development, VHI

Dr Derek Mitchell

CEO IPPOSI (Irish Platform for Patients Organisations, Science & Industry)

Dr Michelle Gardner

Research Officer DMRCG (Medical Research Charities Group)

Alumni