Board of Directors and Committees of the Board

The Board 

Our Board of Directors provides independent leadership, governance and oversight to the running of organisation and promotes the achievement of excellence in cancer research. Current Board members are:

Deirdre Somers, Chair

Deirdre Somers is on the board of Kenmare Resources Plc and Federation of European Securities Exchanges (former President & Director) and Member-National Council at Irish Business & Employers Confederation. Ms. Somers previously held the position of Member-Managing Board at Euronext NV and Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director at Irish Stock Exchange Ltd.

Prof Seamus O'Reilly, Vice Clinical Lead

Consultant Medical Oncologist in Cork University Hospital, Professor at University College Cork, co-National Director in Medical Oncology at the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland

Darren Byrne, Chair of Audit Commitee

Commercial Experienced Chartered Accountant / CFO and Non-Executive Director

Rory Montgomery

Rory Montgomery is a former Irish diplomat who served as Permanent Representative to the EU, Ambassador to France and Second Secretary General at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Dr Ruth Barrington

Dr Ruth Barrington is a director of the Press Council of Ireland. She is the Chair of TREOIR, the federation of services for unmarried parents; Chair of the Council of the National Children’s Research Centre and Chair of the St John of God Research Foundation.

Judge Paula Murphy

Judge Paula Murphy is a Judge of the District Court and is currently assigned to the Dublin Metropolitan District. She was appointed to the District Court bench in 2017 .

Patrick Kivlehan, Patient Advocate

Chair of Cancer Trials Ireland’s Patient Consultation Committee (PCC)

Sharen McCabe

Director, McCabe’s Pharmacy

Prof John Kennedy

Clinical Professor of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin.

Conor King

Formerly the Director of Finance and Organisational Development at the Irish Cancer Society.

Eibhlín Mulroe, CEO

Eibhlín Mulroe has been working with Cancer Trials Ireland in 2015. In that time she has overseen an organisation whose staff has doubled in size, established a new biometrics division, and moved to a multi-annual funding model for the first time, in 2022. She is a driving force for bringing new trials to Ireland, particularly in the area of pancreatic cancer. Eibhlín previously worked in political and patient advocacy roles.

David Donovan, Financial Controller & Company Secretary

David Donovan joined Cancer Trials Ireland in 2021 to head up the finance team, and assume the role of company secretary. David has held similar roles in previous organisations, including Weatherbys Scientific, Baxter Healthcare and European Rugby Cup, the tournament organisers of the Heineken Cup. David oversees Cancer Trials Ireland’s revenue streams while also providing support to the Cancer Trials Ireland Board and CEO.


Committees of the Board

There are a number of Sub Committees of the Board

The Audit Committee provides oversight of the organisation’s finances and is chaired by Darren Byrne. The Nominations & Governance Committee oversees Board membership and governance. 

The Clinical Executive Committee is responsible for discussing, agreeing and making recommendations to the Board on important issues related to clinical and operational aspects of cancer care delivery relevant to cancer clinical trial execution and has the authority to represent and make recommendations to the Board on behalf of the Cancer Trials Research Units.

The Scientific Management Group (SMG) is responsible for the planning and development of scientific research priorities and the resourcing of these priorities within the allocated Cancer Trials Ireland funding. This involves setting the strategy in terms of under-served disease areas, ratio of academic versus industry studies, and the balance of studies across disease areas. The SMG reports to the Board through the Clinical Executive Committee.

The Disease Specific Sub Groups (DSSGs). There is a DSSG representing each relevant disease area. Each group  is responsible for discussing potential new studies and/or collaborations. Once a study has been approved by a DSSG and has undergone peer review (if applicable), the study is submitted to the SMG for approval.

The External Scientific Advisory Review Board. Consultations are currently underway in relation to the role of this Board to clarify and maximise its input.