Board of Directors

Liam Downey, Chairman
Liam Downey is a former Chief Executive Ireland of Becton Dickinson, a leading global medical technology company. He was Chairperson of the Health Service Executive, President of the Federation of Irish Employers, a trustee and member of the board of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC), Chairman of the Medical Devices Association and a member of the Labour Relations Commission. He is a graduate of University College Dublin, a chartered member of the Institute of Personnel Development and a fellow of the Irish Management Institute.
John O'Dwyer,
Chief Executive
John O'Dwyer joined Vhi Healthcare in August 2012 from the international Dutch insurance group Achmea where he was the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director with responsibility for the life, general and health businesses in Interamerican, the second biggest insurer in Greece. John has an extensive track record in financial services and, in particular, the health insurance sector. Prior to his current role positions held included Managing Director of Friends First Life Assurance; Director of Operations at BUPA Ireland; and Assistant Chief Executive, with responsibility for Claims, in Vhi Healthcare. He was also non-executive Chairman of the Board of the National Treatment Purchase Fund.
Dr Ruth Barrington
Dr Ruth Barrington was Chief Executive, Molecular Medicine Ireland from 2007-2012; Chief Executive, Health Research Board, 1998-2007; and was Assistant Secretary, Department of Health with responsibility for hospital policy. A graduate of UCD (History and Politics) and the College of Europe, Belgium, she was awarded her Doctorate by the London School of Economics. Author of "Health, Medicine and Politics in Ireland 1900-1970", Dr Barrington has been both Governor and Chair of the Irish Times Trust; Board Director, Irish Times Ltd; and is currently Chair of the National Children's Research Centre; Chair of TREOIR; Director of the Children's Medical Research Foundation; and a Trustee of Genio.
Seamus Creedon
Seamus Creedon is a qualified actuary and holds a number of non-executive director positions in life assurance, general insurance and reassurance companies in Ireland and the UK. He is a member of the insurance and reinsurance stakeholder group of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority. He was a partner at KPMG, London where he led the actuarial practice and was Deputy Leader of its global actuarial practice. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of Lifetime, Bank of Ireland's Life Assurance Company and Head of Corporate Development Europe for Bank of Ireland.
Celine Fitzgerald
Celine Fitzgerald joined the Board in 2010 , she is a management consultant providing services across a number of sectors. Between 2007 and 2012 she was CEO of an Irish-based, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company. She was recently appointed to the board of Ervia and has also held a number of senior roles in the telecommunications sector including Eircom and Vodafone.
Finbar Lennon
Finbar Lennon is a medical graduate of UCD and was awarded an M.Sc. in Experimental Surgery from the University of Alberta, Canada(1982). He was a consultant surgeon in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, 1983-2012. He was Medical Advisor to the North Eastern Health Board,1997-2004, and a part-time advisor to the Secretary General in the Department of Health,2012-2014. He is currently an honorary lecturer in surgery in UCD and participates in the undergraduate teaching programme. He is also a member of the Professional Practice and Conduct committees of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.
Joyce Brennan
Joyce Brennan is an actuary with more than 20 years' experience. She is a Principal with Mercer and formerly a Director with KPMG. Joyce partners with companies to help them manage the financing, design, communication and ongoing management of their pension plans. She specialises in developing and implementing programs of change to defined benefit pension plans and advising trustees on governance and procedures. Joyce has worked as advisor to the Health Insurance Authority and to the Department of Health on the regulation of private health insurance, and she has chaired the health care committee of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. She has an MBA from UCD and is a Qualified Financial Advisor.
Declan Moran
Declan Moran has a BSC in Computer Science and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries since 1994. He joined Vhi Healthcare in 1997 from the life and pensions industry and was appointed to the Vhi Healthcare Board of Directors in 2008. From November 2011 to July 2012, he served as Acting Chief Executive, Vhi Healthcare. To date he has been responsible for the management of Vhi Healthcare's product portfolio and the development of new products and services.
Paul O'Faherty
Paul O'Faherty is an actuary and is a non executive director of a number of companies in the financial services and investment areas. Until 2013 he was Chief Executive of Mercer Ireland and Chairman of Marsh McLennan Companies in Ireland. In his career as a consultant in Mercer, he advised the Department of Health for many years on health insurance matters. He is a Fellow and a past President of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. He is also a past Chairman of the Irish Association of Pension Funds.
Greg Sparks
Greg Sparks is a former partner of RSM Farrell Grant Sparks. In addition to being on the Board of Headstrong, Greg holds a number of Board appointments in the private sector both domestically and internationally, including Digicel, the mobile phone operator in the Caribbean where he chairs the Audit Committee. Greg has served on the Boards of The Irish Times, Eircom, the Strategic Investment Board in Northern Ireland, and chaired the Coombe Hospital for a number of years.
Brian Walsh
Brian joined Vhi Healthcare in November 2014 as Director - Finance and was appointed to the Board in March 2015. He joined from DPI Specialty Foods in Los Angeles, the U.S. nation-wide specialty food sales, marketing and logistics division of the Irish Dairy Board where he was divisional Chief Financial Officer. Previously, he has held senior commercial, corporate finance and risk management roles in the international financial services, telecommunications and FMCG industries in Europe and the United States with leading companies including eircom, Deutsche Telekom and Citibank. Brian is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, having qualified with PwC.