Board of Directors - St. James's Hospital Foundation Board of Directors - St. James's Hospital Foundation

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Dermot McEvoy


Dermot is a senior alternative dispute resolution lawyer with 25+ years’ experience, who has previously held various senior management roles within the Eversheds Sutherland (the Firm), including, being a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee/Board, head of the Disputes Department., head of the Construction Disputes and ADR team (current role), head of Risk and Professional Indemnity. Dermot also held a role as deputy to the Managing Partner for 2 years in 2003/5.


Dermot’s executive management role within the firm (with staff numbers of circa 300) has involved leading on strategy, finance, HR, IT and marketing and Business development roles.


Dermot always brings commitment, energy, drive and innovation to his roles and takes great pride on the leading reputation he has established as a leading dispute management professional in Ireland. Dermot is recognised for his ability to consistently deliver excellence through high quality legal services and uses his strong communication skills to maximise the delivery of a top class service. As well as being an experienced commercial litigator and a practising accredited mediator Dermot has chaired the Irish Commercial Mediation Association since January 2015. Dermot is now delighted to bring his wealth of experience to taking on the role of Chairman at St James Hospital Foundation.

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Michael J Guiney


Dr Guiney is a Consultant Radiologist in St James Hospital. He is a Member of The Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, a Fellow of The Faculty of Radiologists in Ireland as well as a Fellow of The Royal College of Radiology (UK). In tandem with MRI/CT and Ultrasound, Dr Guiney specialises in Interventional Radiology, in particular minimally invasive therapies for cancer and organ specific pathology. Dr Guiney is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Trinity College Dublin and has held various leadership roles in Education and Audit in St James and within the Faculty of Radiologists.

Rose Anne Kenny


Professor Rose Anne Kenny holds the Chair of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin and is the Founder and Principal Investigator of The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), Ireland’s flagship research project in ageing. Professor Kenny’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of neurocardiovascular ageing. In 2016, she launched a new 120 bedded clinical research institute on the site of Ireland’s largest teaching hospital (St. James’s Hospital), where she is Director of a state of the art dedicated falls and syncope facility – the largest such clinical model in Europe. Prior to her present appointments, she held the Chair of Cardiovascular Research at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, where she was Head of the Academic Department of Medical Gerontology for 12 years. Professor Kenny has held a number of senior positions including, Chair of the American Geriatric Society: Falls Prevention Guidelines (2001 & 2011), Chair of the European Cardiac Society/ European Heart Rhythm Association Guidelines for Syncope units (2015), Member of the European Cardiac Society (ECS) Syncope Guidelines Taskforce 2018, Board Member of the EU H2020 Advisory Group for Societal Challenge and Co-Chair of the working group “Transforming the Future of Ageing” lead by the Scientific Advisory Policy by European Academies (SAPEA). She is also Advisor to the Irish Government for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the Irish Citizens’ Assembly on Ageing. She has received a number of international awards and has published widely, authoring over 500 publications to date. In 2014, she was the first female physician to be elected as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, London and Ireland (FRCPEdin, FRCP & FRCPI) and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (FTCD).

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Dr Jeanne Moriarty



Former consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at Saint James’s Hospital Dublin from September 1992 to April 2019. During that time she held the posts of Clinical Director for Surgery, Anaesthesia and Critical Care from January 2014 to December 2019 and also held the posts of Chair of the Medical Board, Chair of the Department of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine and Clinical Director of same. External posts held include the President of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland, President of the  Intensive Care Society of Ireland and Dean of the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine of Ireland. She remains committed to teaching and assessment of post graduate medical trainees for the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.  Her career highlight was achieving the goal of recognition of Intensive Care Medicine as an independent speciality by the Irish Medical Council in 2019.


Her research interests are improving patient safety and outcomes in surgical patients. She is delighted to be able to continue her contribution to the on-going development of research and academic excellence at St James’s Hospital through the work of the Foundation.


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Eamon McDwyer


Eamon is Managing Director of MDL Financial Consultants.  He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, has a honours BA in Accounting and Finance, a Diploma in Insolvency and is a Qualified Financial Advisor.  He previously worked in Banking and an Accountancy Practice where he gained invaluable experience in the areas of accountancy, IT and commercial lending, across a number of industries including healthcare, tourism, retail, professional services, and property investment. He specialises in the areas of financial planning and wealth management.

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Donal Bolger


Donal is an experienced chartered accountant with more than 20 years commercial experience. He has acted on the Board of a wide variety of companies including John Rocha, Simone Rocha, Carluccio’s and Carraig Donn.


Donal provides advisory services to many Irish and international businesses and charities across many sectors including fashion, retail, restaurants, technology, and communications.

Donal has been lead advisor on numerous corporate finance and licensing deals, and this includes companies / brands such as Moncler, Debenhams, J Brand, Morrison Hotel, Blue Insurance, John Rocha, Simone Rocha, Dunnes Stores, and Musgraves.

Petrina Tinney


Petrina Tinney has a successful track record in building and scaling organisations in a variety of leadership roles across EMEA and Globally.  She has led strategic change across various organizations in the ICT and Financial Services Sector.  Passionate about people, she is skilled at creating and nurturing a culture of high-performance teams.


For 10 years she held a critical role within the leadership team that transformed Microsoft EMEA Operations from a manufacturing facility to the high value service-based organisation that continues to grow today.  She has since diversified her experience to deliver strategic leadership & positive EBIDTA to a variety of organizations across EMEA and Globally.  Petrina holds a BSC in Management Science & Economics and Diplomas in Company Direction, Investing, and Digital Marketing.



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SISK Group Portrait - Maura Toles.
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Maura Toles


Maura Toles is the Group Company Secretary of the Sisk Group. She has held a number of roles within the Sisk organization including Finance Director.


Maura is a fellow of  the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts . She holds a BBS degree and holds an MSc in Business (Leadership and Management Practice). Maura has worked in a numerous industries throughout her career where she is earned more than 20 years’ experience in a number of senior finance , strategic and operational roles

Our Founding Patrons


Prof Donald Weir


Donald Weir born in 1934, was educated in Northern Ireland and Scotland before qualifying in TCD (1958). Having served as Lecturer in Clinical Medicine with Professor Peter Gatenby in the Meath Hospital (1954-58). He was appointed as Gastro Enterologist to the FDVH in Sir Patrick Duns Hospital (1958 – 82) He performed the first Gastroscopy in Ireland and started the first Outpatient Endoscopy Clinic at this time. He was also very much involved with the move to St James Hospital (SJH), both as a member of the FDVH Central Council and as Chairman of its Medical Committee.


He was appointed as Regius Professor of Physic in TCD (1978) and head of the Department of Clinical Medicine (1982) when he moved to SJH in 1982. He was closely involved with the building of the SPDH Research Laboratories (1983), using the funds accruing from the sale of the SPDH Nurses Home. Subsequently he aided the construction of the TCD Medical School Building at SJH using the funds from the sale of SPDH (1988). He was especially proud of the construction of the Bucket Lecture Theatre which greatly enhanced the value of the hospital grand rounds on Friday mornings and the Undergraduate Lectures.


During his tenure as Head of the Dept. of Clin Med at SJH (1982 – 1998), he held Clinical Research meetings every Monday in the Post Graduate Centre of the Medical School Building, which included everyone working in the SPDH Laboratories and the Hospital Medical Staff. Throughout his time at SJH he served on the board of the hospital under the chair of Professor Ian Howie. This enabled him to act as a conduit between the Medical Staff and the Board.


The Research conducted by his Department covered two major areas:

1) The mechanism of Folate metabolism which demonstrated the pathogenesis of Spina Bifida birth defects which showed the necessity of the maternal intake of folate before they became pregnant, the cause of the Neuropathy caused by Vitamin B12 deficiency, and the association of Colonic Mucosal folate deficiency and Colonic Cancer. This work was conducted with Professors John Scott and Ann Molloy, biochemists in TCD.

2) The pathogenesis of Coeliac Disease with Professors Con Feighery, Cliona O`Farrelly and Alex Whelan.


Since his retirement, Professor Weir has been closely involved with the SJH Foundation both as the Chairman of its board for four years and subsequently raising funds to support its hospital projects.

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Prof Tom Mitchell


Tom Mitchell was Provost of Trinity College Dublin from 1991 to 2001, Chair of its School of Classics from 1979 to 1988 and also served in senior administrative positions before becoming the Provost. Early in his career, he was Professor of Classics at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and returned to the Republic of Ireland as Professor of Latin at Trinity College in 1979.


He has received acclaim for his work on Cicero and Roman Republicanism. Professor Mitchell is the author of three books and more than 25 articles in international journals on Roman, political and social history, and Roman constitutional law. His two-volume biography of Cicero, entitled Cicero: The Ascending Years and Cicero the Senior Statesman, has been described as a monumental work of biography.


Professor Mitchell is the former Chairman of the boards of St. James’s Hospital, the Ireland National Children’s Trust, and The Irish Council for Science, Engineering and Technology. He chaired the Press Industry Steering Committee to develop a model for independent complaints about the press and served as the first Chairman of the Press Council of Ireland. Professor Mitchell was a Director of the Trinity Foundation, the Community Foundation for Ireland and The Ireland Funds.


He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Philosophical Society, and holds honorary doctorates from eight universities, including the National University of Ireland, Charles University in Prague, the State University of New York and Victoria University, Melbourne. His other awards include election as a Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, and of St. John’s College, Cambridge.


He graduated with first class honours with a B.A. and M.A. from University College Galway and earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University in New York and a Litt.D. from the University of Dublin.