Speakers

Dr. Thomas Kelley
VP of Business Development & Partnerships EMEA

Thomas Kelley leads ICHOM’s work across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). He also has global responsibility for ICHOM’s engagement with the life science industry. He is based in the London office. Prior to working at ICHOM he practiced as a physician at an Academic Medical Centre in the UK, Oxford University Hospitals (OUH). Whilst at the OUH he worked in many parts of the hospital including general adult medicine, trauma and orthopedics, general surgery, emergency medicine, and plastic surgery. He continues to serve as the National Advisor for the UK junior doctor academic training program, a position he has held since 2012. He received his MD from the University of Manchester and MBA from the University of Oxford.
Bill Maher
Group CEO Bons Secours Health System

These world-class medical treatment facilities are located in Cork, Dublin Galway and Tralee, together with a Care Village in Cork and a Consultation Centre in Limerick. The Group employs 3000 staff, who, together with 350 leading consultants work in partnership to provide the high quality to over 200,000 patients each year.

Bill Maher was formerly Group CEO of RCSI Hospitals Group incorporating Beaumont Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, Louth County Hospital, Cavan and Monaghan Hospital, Rotunda Hospital with RCSI as academic partner.

Prior to his position as CEO of RCSI Hospitals Group, Bill was Group CEO of Saolta which he established as the first HSE Hospital Group in Ireland. The Hospital Group was established to deliver improved performance and effectiveness in the safe delivery of acute hospital services as the first step in the formation of a Hospital Trust as part of the Government’s reform of the health service.

Bill, originally from Tullow, Co Carlow, was previously CEO of St Vincent’s University Hospital. Prior to joining St Vincent’s University Hospital in 2006, Bill worked for 16 years with the NHS in a career spanning mental health services, senior management at City Hospitals Sunderland (an Acute Trust providing a wide range of hospital services such as A&E, surgical and medical specialties, therapy services, maternity and paediatric care). Bill helped establish Sunderland as the first NHS Trust before moving on to North of Tyne Commissioning Consortium which had a staff of 8,000 people and a budget of £1.2bn.

Bill has an MBA, an MSC in Health Information and a BA (Hons) in Law.

Bill is passionate about patient care and performance management and looks to build strong relationships and partnerships with all stakeholders to deliver sustainable service improvement.


Prof. Frank Sullivan
Vice Dean for Strategic Partnerships and Adjunct Professor of Medicine, NUI Galway

Professor Frank Sullivan is Vice Dean for Strategic Partnerships and Adjunct Professor of Medicine, NUI Galway; Visiting Professor of Radiation Medicine at Hofstra University, New York; and the Medical Director, Department of Radiation Oncology at the Galway Clinic. He is the Founding Director of the Prostate Cancer Institute (PCI), a constituent research institute of NUI Galway. He is the Deputy Director, Galway Clinical Research Facility and Associate Director for Oncology in that organization. Prof. Sullivan is Fellowship trained in Medical Oncology (NCI), and Board certified in Radiation Oncology (USA).
Filipe Moriau
Founder and Managing Director of Stragilon

As Founder and Managing Director of Stragilon, a Berlin based consultancy in Leadership, Agility & Development I want to contribute positively to the future of work and how we can lead, manage and work succesfully . I work closely with each client and customise programmes based on their needs.
Stragilon works on Innovation & Digital Transformation Projects customised for Clients worldwide.
Before, I served as Director Human Resources & Legal Affairs for international companies such as Weber, Cisco Systems, Biogen Idec and Tosoh. Throughout my career, I have worked in cross cultural environments in diverse areas from Tokyo and Silicon Valley to Berlin.

Meabh Smith
Principal Physicist/Clinical Engineer, Beaumont Hospital

With over 20 years’ experience working on medical technology related issues in Irish Hospitals, consolidated by a year in the hot seat as Chief Operations Officer at Beaumont Hospital, Meabh has seen both sides of the coin: what technology offers versus what matters to hospital managers and decision makers. Meabh studied Microelectronics and Computer Engineering in Trinity College, Dublin. She did an MSc in Physical Sciences in Medicine also at TCD, this incorporated a 6 month intensive Erasmus course at the University of Patras in Greece. After many years working in Dialysis, Endoscopy, and Medical Equipment Management in general, Meabh took a year out to do an MSc in Business Management at DCU, where she developed a special interest in strategy development. After just over a year working as COO at Beaumont Hospital, Meabh recently returned to the Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering department to lead the Neurophysics/Neuroengineering team at Beaumont Hospital. Meabh was a founding member of the Biomedical Engineering Division of Engineers Ireland, a past Chairperson and current education lead of the BEAI (Biomedical/Clinical Engineering Association of Ireland) and was appointed three times by the Minister for Health as a member of the Advisory Committee on Medical Devices of the HPRA.
Rosemary Durcan
M.Sc, MMII (Grad.), IMI Dip (Strategy & Innovation)

Rosemary is a well-established independent consultant in the Life Sciences and Healthcare sector, and a Business Development Consultant with SA Partners (Europe’s longest established Lean Consultancy). Having worked in the private and public sectors across a number of industries - including Lifesciences, Healthcare and Food, she has a strong track record of building sustainable strategic partnerships.

While working with IBEC, Rosemary was part of representative trade associations for the medical technologies and biotechnology sectors. A former Senior Commercialisation Specialist with Enterprise Ireland, Rosemary supported funded research projects to reach commercialisation and helped build foundations for numerous start-ups. Rosemary subsequently moved to a Senior Lifesciences Development Adviser position, helping to facilitate the growth of many of Ireland’s SMEs, both domestically and internationally. In 2013, Rosemary became Chief Operations Officer with Sims IVF, Ireland’s largest fertility clinic. During this time the clinic engaged in a successful acquisition by Virtus Healthcare plc.

Rosemary is a graduate of DIT, UCD and IMI https://ie.linkedin.com/in/rosemarydurcan
Fran Hegarty
MSc CEng MIPEM, Health Technology Officer, Children's Hospital Group


Fran Hegarty studied electronic engineering and medical physics and has worked in hospitals for his whole career supporting the application of technology in clinical practice. For many years he led the Clinical Engineering team in St James’s Hospital, a team which supports a vast range of medical equipment and systems across that hospital. In 2015 he was seconded to the new children’s hospital project where he serves as its Chief Healthcare Technology Officer. He has extensive experience in medical equipment management and recent published a text book with four colleagues from the UK on the subject of Healthcare Technology Management - A Systematic Approach.