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Friday, June 14, 2024

Fiona Keogh (Chair)

(Senior Research Fellow At the Centre For Economic and Social Research in Dementia, National University Of Ireland)

Fiona Keogh photoFiona Keogh, PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic and Social Research in Dementia in the National University of Ireland, Galway where she is conducting research into decision making on resource allocation and evaluating intensive home care packages for people with dementia. She is also developing a Dementia Advisory Forum for people with dementia and carers. Prior to this, Fiona was Director of Research and Evidence with Genio. In this role she managed a large portfolio of research focused on the evaluation of personalised services and co-developed the HSE & Genio Dementia Programme which had 12 sites delivering personalised supports for people with dementia. She has over 25 years’ experience conducting health services research and policy analysis in the areas of dementia, mental health and disability. Her special interest is the implementation of policy in complex systems with a focus on personalising health and social care services. Fiona has written national policy in Ireland in mental health (Vision for Change) and disability (Disability Policy Review: Report of the Expert Reference Group) and is a member of the Monitoring Group for the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy.


John Alexander

(Director of Social Work – retired)

John Alexander resizeJohn is a professionally qualified social worker who moved from Scotland to Northern Ireland in 2013.After graduating from the University of Glasgow with the degree of Master of Arts with Honours in 1977, John started a 36 year professional career in social work practice and management in Scotland. He completed his professional training in social work at the University of Oxford, graduating with the degree of Master of Science in Applied Social Studies in 1981. In addition to his professional qualification in social work, John completed executive management training at the University of Strathclyde, graduating with the degree of Master of Business Administration in 1993.During the course of his professional career in social work, John worked for a number of local authorities in Scotland, culminating with the post of Director of Social Work and statutory Chief Social Work Officer with Dumfries and Galloway Council from 2007 until his retirement from public service in 2013. After moving to Northern Ireland, John worked as an independent social worker and adviser to public bodies and not for profit organisations. He also served on the committee of the Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers from 2015 until 2017, when he retired from social work practice. His professional interests and expertise relate to supports and services for disabled adults, accounting for more than half of his social work career.Between 1997 and 2016, John served as a trustee of a Scottish voluntary organisation which supports men and women with a learning disability to live independently with support in the community.


Karen Charnley

(Director, All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care)

Karen CharnleyAs Director, Karen provides strategic leadership for All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) including brokering relationships between the Institute’s 26 partner organisations (universities, hospices, health and social care organisations and charities), funders and key stakeholders. Karen leads the Institute Team and oversees the delivery of the Institute’s Business Plan across education, research, policy and practice, service user and carer engagement and raising awareness. Karen also represents the Institute on key regional and national fora and contributes to palliative care policy and strategic discussions.

Karen has worked both in the UK and the Republic of Ireland and has significant leadership and management experience in a range of sectors including housing and homelessness, economic development and offender management. She was previously a Programme Manager within the Institute where she led on the development of the Palliative Hub.


Tom Jordan

(Executive Coach at CEO and C-Suite, Ireland)

Tom JordanTom is Executive Coach at CEO and C-Suite both in Ireland. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. He previously held Senior Executive positions in Technology, Health Services and Manufacturing. He completed the Chartered Director Programme at the IMI in 2013-14 and the Leading from the Chair programme at Insead France in 2015. He has vast experience in Mediation and Negotiation and played a key role in Business in the Community in Northern Ireland from 1991 to 1999 on a voluntary basis. He served as a Director of CORU from 2007 to 2010 and Chair of CORU from 2010 to 2016. He was Chair of NAHVI from 2019 to 2022 resulting in the first takeover of a charity in Ireland by Positive Futures in August 2022. He has been appointed as Director / Trustee of the new Board for a 3 year term from 2022 to 2025. He has also been a Board Member of Family Carers Ireland since 2020. 



Anthony Walsh

(Retired Academic)

Anthony WalshAn accountant by profession, Anthony was a member of the faculty of Dublin City University (DCU) from 1980 to 1999. His teaching, research and academic management roles included founding Head of the School of Accounting and Finance, Professor of Accounting and Dean of DCU Business School. From 1999 to 2011, Anthony was Chief Executive of the Institute of Banking and oversaw its establishment as a recognised College of University College Dublin. He served terms on the Higher Education Authority and the National Council for Educational Awards.

Anthony is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds PhD and Masters degrees from the Bayes School of Business at City, University of London.