Lean Strategic Board

Mr. Gordon Dunne

Gordon Dunne

Gordon gained 3rd level qualifications in Business and Services Marketing with several post graduate educational qualifications including a UCD Graduate Diploma/MSc in Occupational Safety and Health and RCPI Diploma in Leadership and Quality in Healthcare. Commencing his career in the FMCG sector Gordon moved into healthcare with a management position in the National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh and later became CEO in 2011 a position which he retains.Throughout his career in Cappagh he has participated in and was chairman of several national and Voluntary Hospital collective committees.In 2015 Gordon took up a position as director of Operations within the Mater Misericordiae Hospital and in August 2015 Commenced as CEO of the Hospital.


Brendan Kinsley

Prof. Brendan Kinsley, was appointed Clinical Director at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in 2014. In 1999 he was appointed Consultant Endocrinologist at the Mater Hospital and Coombe Women and Children’s University Hospital. Prof. Kinsley is a medical graduate of University College Cork in 1983. He subsequently trained in University College Hospital Galway and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital before moving to The Joslin Diabetes Centre, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA for a clinical and research fellowship in diabetes mellitus and endocrinology. Prof. Kinsley subsequently worked as an attending physician at the Joslin Diabetes Centre and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals in Boston.

Una Cunningham

Una Cunningham

Una Cunningham holds a dual role in the mater Misericordiae University Hospital as Head of Transformation and Chair of the Health and Social Care Directorate. In her role as Head of Transformation, Una is responsible for overseeing all change management at the hospital. Una is skilled in Lean and 6-sigma process improvement methodologies and has a Lean Six Sigma Green belt. She most recently has become a licensed SHINGO Institute Affiliate and has also recently successfully completed a Quality in Action course at the RCPI. She is currently undertaking an Executive Leadership Programme. As Chair of the first Health and Social Care Directorate in the country, Una has responsibility for the strategic development of the health and social care professions within the hospital. Una was Speech and Language Therapy Manager at the Mater hospital for over a decade (1999- 2011) and Chair of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapy Managers Group, she has contributed significantly to development of this profession at a local, regional and national level. Additionally, Una has also served as Clinical Care Programmes Manager at the Mater Hospital and joined the National Stroke Programme Project management team in 2011 as Programme Lead for Early Supported Discharge.

Aileen Igoe

Aileen Igoe

Aileen Igoe is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with a background in Architecture, Design and Project Management. Her position within the Mater/UCD Lean Academy incorporates teaching, project facilitation and a design role in process re-engineering and facility design. Aileen played a key role in the set up and development of the Mater Lean Academy and its inaugural Green Belt projects. Before joining the Mater Lean Academy Aileen worked with a consultancy firm providing process improvement expertise to organisations in both private and public Healthcare sectors. She is a skilled facilitator accomplished at mentoring and managing groups through problem solving whilst encouraging development of individual talent. Previous clients include Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and the Blackrock Clinic. She has a particular interest in utilising 5S workplace organisation techniques to re-order and redesign work environments and in Lean led design to align process with space design.

Aileen holds an honours degree and professional qualification in Architecture from UCD (BScArch; BArch) and has over 10 years experience in the design and management of complex building projects within healthcare, community and social housing services. Aileen employs a holistic approach to problem solving using her architectural background, incorporating design thinking and rigorous analytical skills to develop creative and practical sustainable solutions with the team.

Dr Martin Mc Namara

Martin Mc Namara

Prof. Martin McNamara is the Associate Dean for External Relations, UCD SNMHS. Martin is a Registered Nurse and graduated from the Open University in 1997 with a BSc degree and from UCD in 2000 with an MSc (Nursing) (Education). He then undertook MEd and MA (SocSci) degrees with The Open University, graduating in 2002 and 2003, respectively. He also undertook his doctoral work at The Open University Research School and completed a Doctor of Education degree in September 2007.

Martin was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) degree by the University of Connecticut in May 2014 and was appointed Honorary Professor, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Queensland in July 2014. He obtained a Professional Diploma in Business and Executive Coaching from the UCD Graduate School of Business in 2015. He is a certified analytic-network coach and an accredited provider of Oshry's Organisation Workshop, a systemic approach to organisational and leadership development. Martin is also involved in the delivery of leadership development programmes for the NHS Leadership Academy and will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in October 2015.

Prof Eilish McAuliffe

Eilish McAuliffe

Eilish McAuliffe recently took up the post of Professor of Health Systems, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, UCD Eilish held the position of Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Global Health at Trinity College Dublin for the past 10 years.  She has more than 20 years experience in health systems research.  Her research activity is primarily focused on strengthening health systems and falls within the realm of implementation science.  Utilising interdisciplinary approaches to identify problems in existing service provision, particularly in the area of human resources, organisational change and analysing reform and restructuring in healthcare to identify learning and improve the quality of services is the main focus of her research. She is a strong promoter of research-in-action. As director of the M.Sc. in Health Services Management in TCD for 15 years she advised and supported managers and clinicians conducting research in their own organisations as part of their studies.  She has developed international research networks and led successful multi-institutional interdisciplinary bids to international funding agencies.  She has led numerous international comparative studies on various aspects of service delivery.  She has published articles in leading healthcare journals such as PLOS One, BMC Public Health, Implementation Science, the International Journal of Clinical Governance, the Journal of Health Organization and Management and the Journal of Change Management.  Her co-authored book “Changing Healthcare Organizations” is widely used by practitioners of change management in the health sector in Ireland and internationally.

Seán Paul Teeling

Seán Paul Teeling

Seán Paul Teeling is the Assistant Professor in Health Systems with UCD and the Mater Lean Academy. Prior to this, Mr. Teeling worked for the Mater hospital as Nurse Planning Officer on the Mater Campus Development Project for 8 years, on the planning, development and implementation of clinical and support services for the new Whitty building. Coming from a clinical background, he has worked as an Operating Theatre manager in the Mater and Beaumont hospitals, and in Tallaght, the Adelaide and the National Children’s Hospital Harcourt Street, as well as working as a Theatre Nurse in both the UK and the United States. Mr. Teeling holds an MBA (with merit), BSc (hons) in Health Service Management, and BMus alongside his specialist Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt qualifications and his recent qualification as a licensed SHINGO Institute Affiliate. He has further qualifications in General (RN) and Children’s (RCN) Nursing, and an H.Dip in Operating Theatre Nursing. He is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Person Centred Care at Queen Margaret University. In January 2011 he was appointed by the Minister for Health as a member of the Health Products Regulatory Authority Advisory Committee on Medical Devices, on which he continues to serve

Ms. Mary Day

Mary Day

Prof. Mary Day joined the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in 2008 as Director of Nursing and assumed the concomitant function of Head of Operations in 2011. Mary was appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems in December 2010. Mary was appointed Interim CEO in January 2013 and CEO in September 2013. Mary’s professional career includes a two-year term in the Department of Health & Children as Nurse Advisor in Professional/Practice Development, being responsible for supporting the Nursing Policy Division and advising the Department on all aspects of policy affecting nursing and midwifery education and healthcare services. Mary was formerly the Directorate Nurse Manager (ADON) in St James’s Hospital for Haematology/Oncology, which incorporated the functions of operational management strategic management, financial management, change management, training & education and quality assurance. Subsequent to this position, Mary’s previous experience traversed diverse roles in oncology/haematology in the UK. Mary’s professional and academic qualifications include a BSc (Hons) in Cancer Nursing (1999) and an MSc in Health Service Management (2004).

Conor O’Keane

Conor O’Keane

Prof. J. Conor O’Keane, is a graduate of University College Dublin (UCD), Prof.O’Keane completed his post-graduate training in both the MMUH and St. Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin (SVUH). In 1983 he was awarded a B.Sc. (Pathology), UCD and MRCPI, Royal College of Physicians, Ireland (RCPI). Prof. O’Keane completed his residency training in Anatomic Pathology at the Mallory Institute of Pathology, Boston University School of Medicine. In 1993 Prof. O’Keane commenced his appointment as Consultant Pathologist in the MMUH. In 2009 Prof. O’Keane was appointed as the Chair of the Medical Board, MMUH. He was appointed as first MMUH Clinical Director in July 2011. Prof O’Keane is committed to Clinical Leadership through the rollout of Lean Six Sigma, for the MMUH.

Dr Mary Casey

Ronan Fawsitt

Dr Ronan Fawsitt is a full-time General Practitioner, working within a Primary Care Team in Kilkenny. UCD Graduate 1980. UCD undergraduate Medical Tutor in General Practice. Is Chairman of the ICGP in Kilkenny and also Chairs the ICGP-St Luke's Liaison Committee which is the long-established, innovative and integrated interface between primary and secondary care in both counties. Some nationally replicated initiatives in integrated care from Carlow Kilkenny in recent years include the first GP out-of-hours co-op Caredoc, the first Acute Medical Assessment Unit and the first CIT (Community Intervention Team). Also Chairs the Interim GP Advisory Group for Ireland East Hospital Group. Is firmly committed to integrated care between General Practice and Hospitals as the best mechanism for sustainable patient care and the effective future development of the health services

Leo Kearns

Leo Kearns

Leo Kearns is the National Lead for Transformation and Change in the office of the Director General HSE. He joined the HSE in September of last year, and since then is leading a major programme of transformation, with the HSE adopting a proactive and progressive role in the improvement of patient care in the Irish health system.


Anne Keating

Anne Keating trained as a Registered General Nurse in CUH, Midwifery in Scotland and combined Neuroscience and ITU training in St Laurence’s Hospital Dublin (Beaumont Hospital). Anne then went to Saudi Arabia to set up new ITU services at King Fahd Military Medical Centre Dhahran and became lead for policy and procedure development for the hospital. Since then she has worked in UCHG in Midwifery, in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Australia as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and in Camperdown Children’s Hospital Sydney as a Clinical Nurse Consultant. In 1999 Anne took up a post in Bed Management in Cork University Hospital. In 2011 she was appointed National Strategic Lead for Bed Management and Discharge Planning in the Special Delivery Unit. Anne has also completed a BSc Nursing Studies in University College Cork and a Masters in Commerce from UCC. Anne holds a level 9 diploma in Lean systems and Quality from UL. Her expertise is in patient flow and operational process improvement in HealthCare, and the utilisation of Lean Methodology in removing the non- value from the patient journey from home to home.

Lesley Doherty

Lesley Doherty

Lesley Doherty was a member of the Department of Health’s National HCAI Prevention Advisory Group 2006/9 and one of the Clinical Advisors to the DH on the NHS Constitution. Now retired from the NHS, Lesley, who is also a trained executive coach and NLP practitioner, works in consultancy and coaching support.