VHI Press Releases

Tánaiste Appoints two New Board members to Vhi Healthcare

1st February 2005 - Vhi Healthcare today (Tuesday 1st February 2005) announced that the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney T.D. has appointed Mr Jim Kelly and Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE to the Board of VHI Healthcare for a five-year period effective from 1st February 2005 to 31st January 2010.

Welcoming Mr Jim Kelly and Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE to the Board of Vhi Healthcare the Tánaiste said “I believe that both these appointments will augment and enhance the existing Board bringing with them considerable experience in both the healthcare and the financial services sectors.”

Mr Jim Kelly has worked in the financial services sector for over 40 years and has a wealth of experience in pensions and benefit consultancy. Mr Kelly is a former Chief Executive of Mercer Human Resource Consulting and a founder Director and Chairman of Pension & Investment Consultants Ltd, which merged with Mercer Fraser in 1992. He also held the position of Chairman of the Retirement Planning Council of Ireland. Currently he is a Director of KBC Asset Management Ltd and Chairman of Fold Housing Association Ireland.

Baroness Julia Neuberger is a health commentator with a special interest in community and end of life care and represents the Liberal Democrats on the front bench of the House of Lords. Most recently she served as Chief Executive of the King’s Fund an independent charitable foundation working for the health and healthcare of Londoners. She served as Rabbi in the South London Liberal Synagogue between 1977 and 1989. Baroness Neuberger has written extensively on health policy and healthcare related matters and has served on a wide range of advisory committees.

Commenting on the appointments of both Mr Kelly and Baroness Neuberger to the Board of Vhi Healthcare Mr Bernard Collins, Chairman, Vhi Healthcare said “I think Vhi Healthcare is very fortunate to have people of this calibre joining the Board and believe they can make an important contribution in helping us face the challenges ahead.”