The Rehab Group Board is the governing body of the organisation and has overall legal responsibility for its activities. It is comprised of non-executive (unpaid) directors.
Rehab Group Board Members:
Jimmy Tolan (Chairman) is currently the Chairman of Carechoice Group, a provider of residential services to older people. He has previously served as Head of Healthcare Advisory with PwC, as Chief Executive of VHI Healthcare and as Chief Executive Officer of Fyffes PLC.
Ann Duffy is a Chartered Accountant by profession and has been with Fyffes, a leading international importer and distributor of tropical produce, for over 25 years and is currently Director Corporate Affairs. She is a member of the Institute of Directors having successfully completed the Chartered Director Programme with the award of a Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction. Ann is currently an external member of the Trinity College Dublin Audit Committee.
Kevin Marshall is responsible for developing, designing and implementing education strategy for Microsoft Ireland. He has worked on public policy projects in technology curriculum design, and has served on the boards of a number of educational institutions. He has a strong personal interest in improving opportunities for people with a learning disability.
Sean McMahon, B.Ed, M. R.D. a graduate of MIC, Limerick and N.U.I.G. has had an extensive involvement in education throughout his professional career. Currently elected Deputy Chairperson of the Teaching Council, the professional standards body for the teaching profession, which promotes and regulates professional standards in teaching, Sean acts as Chair of the Investigating Committee in relation to Fitness to Teach. He previously worked as a primary school principal in Clare and was an elected member of the Irish National Teachers Organisation Executive from 2007-2016 serving as INTO President in 2014/2015. At present, he is the elected Chairperson of Clare/Limerick Education and Training Board. Now retired from teaching, Seán continues to contribute to educational institutions and has a lifelong passion for maximising personal, profession and societal progress through education.
Stan McHugh has been involved in education and training all of his working life. He worked as a secondary school teacher until 1990, and since then as a senior educationalist in a number of Irish national agencies, including CERT, NCVA and FETAC, the Further Education and Training Awards Council, where he was chief executive for ten years, playing a central role in establishing and implementing the Irish National Framework of Qualifications. Since 2011 he has been operating as a consultant in qualifications and quality assurance in a variety of senior roles in Ireland and abroad.
Ian Brady is Head of the Institutional Advisory Group at Davy, where he advises institutions ranging from charities to corporations on how to preserve and grow their assets. A significant element of his work involves engaging with the non-profit entities he advises on financial strategies that can allow them to sustain and enhance their valuable Mission. Ian has qualifications in business, finance, financial planning, law, corporate governance and non-profit financial stewardship. He has a relative with an acquired brain injury.
John F. Smith is a Chartered Surveyor, based in Galway. He has significant experience in commercial and residential property, together with property management. He is a former member of the I.R.F.U Committee and a past Chairman of the I.R.F.U. Charitable Trust. In the past three years he has served as a member of the Rehab Group Board and as a member of the board of a number of its companies.
Steven Wrigley Howe has over twenty years’ experience in management, consulting, and board membership in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He held a number of senior management posts in the NHS in the UK, including Head of Hospital Development in the NHS executive before developing a health care consultancy which he ran for almost a decade. He has served as a voluntary board member with York Mind and has also provided voluntary management support to a number of non-profit organisations working in the fields of healthcare, mental health and community development. He currently serves as a non-executive director on the Board of the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and uses the Trust’s services.
Noreen O’Kelly Having qualified as a chartered accountant in KPMG, Noreen spent over eleven years in Independent News & Media plc, where she held a number of senior roles including group treasurer and company secretary. She then spent nine years in C&C Group plc as company secretary. She is now a consultant on corporate governance, and is a non-executive director of a number of companies and not-for-profit organisations.
Denise Lawlor is an Assistant Professor of Midwifery in School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. Denise qualified as a registered general nurse in 1993 and worked as a staff nurse in Ireland until 1995. She registered as a midwife in 1997 and following registration she practised as a staff midwife in the Rotunda Hospital. In 2000 she assumed the post of midwife tutor in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital and in 2006 she became Acting Principal Midwife Tutor. In September 2006 Denise transferred to the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. Clinical practice remains a priority for Denise and she continues to facilitate (with three other Lecturers in Midwifery) a midwife led antenatal clinic in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital. Denise recently completed her PhD studies and the title of her thesis is ‘(Re)constructing Myself: the process of transition to motherhood for women with a disability.’ Denise is also a member and co-founder of the Meta-synthesis in Midwifery group (MMSG) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery,Trinity College Dublin.
Conor Fottrell is a Partner in Mason Hayes & Curran solicitors in Dublin practising in Public & Administrative Law. He is a highly experienced litigation solicitor specialising in child & family law, healthcare law & mental health law. He is from Galway but living in Dublin and he is an Arts & Law graduate of NUI Galway. He has a keen interest in corporate governance and also serves as a member of the Governing Authority of NUI Galway.
Henry McGarvey is the Secretary/Financial Controller in Letterkenny Institute and prior to that was the Head of the Department of Computing and Creative Practices in Sligo Institute of Technology. Before joining the public sector, Henry led Pramerica Systems Ireland Limited for 13 years, growing the organisation from a start-up to more than information technology 1,000 professionals. Prior to returning to Ireland, Henry worked in Saudi Arabia as Head of Information Technology in Almarai. Henry also held senior management positions with Motorola and as an IT Consultant with Accenture. Henry chairs the Donegal Clinical Academy Trust, is a member of the boards of An Grianan theatre in Letterkenny and Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, serves on the audit committee of Donegal County Council and is a member of the board of the Donegal Investment Group plc. Henry chaired the Governing Body of Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Henry has served on various boards including as a member of the boards of the IDA, the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, Pramerica Systems Ireland Ltd. and Ilex (Northern Ireland)., as well as a Trustee of the Pramerica Pensions Fund. Henry completed an Executive Diploma in Corporate Governance from UCD in 2012 and holds a MSc. in Transport and Distribution from Cranfield University. He completed his primary degree in Commerce in NUIG, as well as a Masters’ in Business Studies in NUIG.
Helen Bunbury is an internationally experienced Executive, Director and Board member, with 25+ years working in industry leading organisations in the Financial Services, Legal, Public Service and Parliament. An award winning Director, educated in UCD, Chartered Insurance Institute, Warwick Business School, Harvard Business School and the Institute of Directors. Strong strategic, change management, financial management, programme management and operational skills. Driving costs out of businesses while building value is a key skill. Ability to create “new” businesses and organisations through the effective implementation of business transformations, mergers, joint ventures, acquisitions and significant change programmes. The development and creation of high performing teams is an essential part of how these changes are delivered. Demonstrable ability to operate successfully in a number of different business models with experience in corporate organisations, professional services, private partnerships, public service and parliament. A confident and perceptive motivational leader with excellent communication skills, high energy and drive.