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.
The Role of the Board of Directors
Under The Rehab Group’s Constitution, the Board holds the Company’s power and authority. The Board delegates the day to day running and conduct of the Company to the CEO and through the CEO to other employees.
The Board has approved and adopted a Delegated Authority Matrix and any exceptions to this are set out in a Matters Reserved for the Board Policy which has been reviewed and adopted by the Board.
The Directors act in a voluntary capacity and receive no remuneration. In accordance with the Constitution of the Company, a Director is entitled to be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses incurred by them in relation to their role as Director.
The Board of Directors ensures that the vision, mission and core values of The Rehab Group are upheld and is responsible for:
- The overall leadership of the Group and setting the values and standards.
- Approving the annual operating & capital expenditure budgets and any material changes to them.
- Approving the Group’s strategic aims and objectives and review of performance in light of these strategic aims and objectives, business plans and budgets and ensure that any necessary corrective action The overall leadership of the Group and setting the values and standards.
The Board has five formal Committees and has set out formal terms of reference for each of these Committees, which include Nominations and Governance, Audit and Risk, Performance and Remuneration, Finance and Quality and Safety. The Chair of each Committee is a Director of the Board and reports back to the Board on each Committee Meeting.
Rehab Group Board Members:
Aidan Walsh (Chairman)
Aidan Walsh, a Chartered Accountant, was a partner in PwC, until his retirement from the firm in in 2017. He led their corporate finance / business strategy and advisory practice for 30 years, and was on the local PwC leadership team. During this period, he spent two years on secondment as acting CEO of VHI. He has also advised other state entities, and healthcare businesses. He is on the board of Drury group, a PR and Communications business. He spent 6 years on the board of the Carers Association. Mr. Walsh was appointed to the Board of the Rehab Group on the 14th September 2020 and is currently serving his first three-year term as Director.
Martin Kelly has spent most of his career in Leadership roles in the technology industry having worked for almost 18 years with Citrix -a global technology company - where he held various Senior Executive positions including; Vice President World Wide IT and Vice President World Wide Technical Support. His previous experience includes working in Australia where he held leadership positions with GE and with Deloitte Management Consulting. Martin’s qualifications include a BA, MBA and a Diploma in Executive Coaching He is a member of the Institute of Directors and is currently running his own Executive Coaching and Consulting business.
Ann Duffy is a Chartered Accountant by profession and worked with Fyffes, a leading international producer, importer and distributor of tropical produce, for over 25 years. 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 recently completed her second term as an external member of the Trinity College Dublin Audit Committee.
Kathleen Vickers' initial background was in social work and she has worked in the disability sector for most of her career. Kathleen has previously worked in management for NCBI and Cheshire Ireland overseeing community based, residential, respite and day services. Kathleen currently works in health and social care consultancy. She has a particular interest in effective board and operational governance and active citizenship for people with disabilities.
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.
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.
Robert Barker was appointed in September 2017, having served on the Audit and Risk Committee as an external member for the previous year. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and an Associate of the Institute of Taxation of England and Wales. He was, until his retirement, a tax partner in KPMG, specialising in Financial Services. Since retirement, he has been involved with a number of charitable organisations apart from Rehab Group. These include Howth Branch RNLI (where is he Treasurer), Sail Training Ireland (where he is a Director), Irish Cruising Club (where he is Hon. Treasurer) and Trustee and Hon. Treasurer of the Malawi Girls Education Fund. His interests include hiking, theatre, reading and sailing.
Having qualified as a chartered accountant in KPMG, Noreen O'Kelly 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.
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 has spent more than 25 years working in Financial Services, the Legal Industry and laterally with the Oireachtas in corporate, private partnership and public organisations. She has worked across UK, Ireland, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Caribbean and the Americas in senior executive roles, including COO, Chief Internal Auditor and Change Director, with a focus on business transformations, creating new businesses / operations, finance and governance. Helen has completed the Chartered Director Programme and is currently a Non-Executive Director.
Mary Doyle is an Economist by profession, who worked for most of her career in banking, in business banking, strategy and governance. She was Chief Economist with ICC Bank. She then moved into Banking Regulation with Bank of Scotland Ireland. More recently she was Head of Governance and Risk with Banking and Payments Federation Ireland. She has been a Non-Executive Board Member and Member of the Audit & Risk Committee of Newgrove Housing Association, Rehab Group’s independent housing subsidiary, since 2017. She was a Board Member of the Health Insurance Authority for ten years following its inception. She is a Member of the Citizens Information Board and Ibec’s Economics and Taxation Committee. She has an MA in Economics and qualifications in Risk, Governance, Accounting and Finance. She has a strong family interest in improving services for persons with an intellectual disability.
Philip Burke is a graduate of the University of London and the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. He was called to the Bar in 1998 and established Griffith College’s Professional Law School in the same year. He was also a member of its board of directors. He founded Independent Colleges (a subsidiary of Independent News & Media PLC) in 2007, and served as its Chief Operating Officer. He is Chief Executive of the City Education Group. He has also co-written a text on Irish Tort Law for Thomson Reuters (Roundhall), and is the co-founder of Clarus Press Limited, a legal publishing house. He has lectured extensively on Irish Charity law.
Rosemary Smyth was appointed to the Board in November 2020. She has extensive experience of working in the healthcare sector, specialising in mental health. She was previously a Director with the Mental Health Commission, the regulatory authority for mental health services in Ireland. She was responsible for the registration of all in-patient mental health facilities, the monitoring of compliance with statutory obligations and the development of standards, rules and codes of practice for specified interventions in accordance with legislation. She has contributed to the development of a range of national health related polices, standards and guidelines. She holds a master’s degree in education, a BSc in Health Services management and is a qualified general and psychiatric nurse.
Michele is a Chartered Surveyor with 20+ years’ experience in commercial real estate in Ireland and the UK. She is a Director and Head of Capital Markets at Colliers International Ireland a leading Irish and global real estate advisory firm, where she advises on sales, acquisitions, asset management and funding on behalf of both institutional and private investors (foreign and domestic). Michele is an established and recognised figure in the Irish real estate commercial investment market. She is a member of the Institute of Directors.