Our Board


Patricia Byron

patricia-byron-website-imagePatricia Byron has worked as a senior executive in the Insurance and related financial services sector over many years. She was the first CEO of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB), an independent State body, established to reform a costly personal injury claims environment. Patricia is past Chairperson of the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland where she led a reform programme, focusing on business transformation and effectiveness. When appointed as Chairperson of the Association of Chief Executives of State Bodies, she became actively involved in a number of public sector reform programmes. She currently works as a consultant in the Financial Services and Health sectors. Patricia is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Central Bank of Ireland Commission and is the Chairperson of the Health Insurance Authority Board. Patricia is a graduate of UCD, a Chartered Insurer and a Past President of the Insurance Institute.

Employer Nominees

Padraig Somers

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Padraig Somers is an experienced biopharma executive recently retired out of a country leadership role with responsibility for global manufacturing and supply operations serving EU, US, Japan and RoW markets on behalf of the Swiss based Helsinn Group.

He is currently Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EI/IDA funded Pharmaceutical Technology Centre hosted by the University of Limerick, and a non exec board member of Helsinn Birex Pharmaceuticals Ltd.  Prior to joing the board of the HSA, Padraig was Chairman of IBEC ‘s Occupational Health and Safety Policy Committee since 2016 and a member of its National Council. Previously he held positions as: an industry member of Enterprise Ireland RD&I Funding Committee; Chairman to the Swiss Irish Business Association; Chairman, Pharma Chemical Ireland (Sector Association part of IBEC); and held Irish affiliate lead roles with ISPE and IChemE professional associations.

Padraig graduated in Chemical Engineering  from UCD and  also holds an MBA, from Dublin City University; and the Diploma in Company Direction, from the Institute of Directors.

Paul Kelly  

Director Food Drink Ireland.paul-kelly-website-image

Paul Kelly is Director of Food Drink Ireland (FDI) which is part of Ibec, the group that represents Irish business. FDI is the main trade association for the food and drink industry in Ireland and is committed to ensuring an environment exists that is conducive to the success and further growth of the food and drink industry. He started his career in risk management with the Insurance Corporation of Ireland before joining Ibec. He held a number of roles across Ibec before taking up his current position in 2005. He holds a B Eng in Electronic Engineering from the University of Limerick and a Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work and a Masters Degree in Applied Science (SHWW)  from University College Dublin.

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Director Walls Construction. 

Throughout his career with Walls Frank has managed high profile construction projects including the Westin Hotel and Trinity Biosciences buildings, both based in Dublin city centre locations and the Central Bank of Ireland new headquarters building on Dublin’s North Wall Quay. He has significant experience in the industrial, commercial, public, healthcare and hospitality 5sectors. Frank brings a pragmatic and logical approach to his work, he leads by example and he understands that success is largely based on having the right players on the right team, well managed and playing to the best of their ability.

Employee Nominees

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Deputy General Secretary INMO

David Hughes, MA. Deputy General Secretary, INMO and Executive Council Member ICTU. Experienced Trade Union Official. Previously served with ITGWU, LGPSU, CPSU and Impact. Member of the Occupational Safety and Health committee ICTU.

Deirdre Mac Donalddeirdre-macdonald-website-image

ASTI Past President

B.Sc. and H.Dip.Ed from UCD and  MA (Health Promotion) from University of Wales, specialising in mental health. She has a  Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Conflict and Dispute Resolution from TCD. A science background coupled with an interest and experience in education and health, led to involvement in many health promotion initiatives and activities in a variety of settings. Deirdre's area of expertise  and experience in occupational health and workplace health promotion has involved her in national and European research, initiatives and work in this area. She has presented at National and European level in these areas.  She has worked with a number of national organisations in training in mental health promotion and education. Deirdre’s experience in the trade union movement including working with other national stakeholders at  the highest  level has informed her approach to collaboration, strategy development and implementation. She is a member of the ICTU Health & Safety Committee and is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland. Deirdre has also recently been appointed to the Council of the National Council for Curriculum & Assessment.

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Deputy Chairperson, Sector Organiser Services Division SIPTU

Michelle Quinn is a Sector Organiser in the Wholesale Retail Distribution Sector of the Services Division, Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) With extensive industrial relations experience in both private and public sector she has also built up significant knowledge on effective employee engagement and workplace innovation and the contribution that makes to employee well- being and sustainable employment. While in the Manufacturing Division Michelle has also worked closely with the SIPTU IDEAS Institute, which is tasked to identify ways in which new thinking and new services can be introduced into work places for the benefit of employees and the enterprise as a whole. Michelle's passion for effective representation, affective employee engagement and innovation and her strong advocacy on OSH, is combined with her academic background. She holds an Honours Degree in Business and a Master's Degree in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, as well as qualifications in Industrial Relations, Equality Studies and Training. This combination equips her to deliver results through affective advocacy, and leadership with, and on behalf of, the members she represents. Michelle is Secretary of SIPTU's OSH Advisory Committee, a Member of the ICTU Health and Safety Committee and the ICTU OSH Strategic Committee. She is an ICTU nominee to EU OSHA Irish Focal Point and also coordinates annual Health and Safety Seminars for SIPTU in conjunction with other Trade Unions. Michelle is also Chair of the ICTU Disability Committee and a member of the SIPTU Disability Committee, and is a strong advocate for the rights of those with a disability.

Ministerial Nominees

Fiona Kilcullen


Fiona Kilcullen is a Principal Officer in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) with responsibility for Workplace Health and Safety, and Chemical Regulation. She has over 30 year’s managerial experience in a variety of business environments within both the public and private sectors. Her previous responsibilities included the Access to Finance Unit, Workplace Relations Commission Corporate and Advisory Services, Financial Control Unit in DETE and was a Ministerial representative on the Board of Microfinance Ireland.

Prior to joining the Civil Service, she worked as an accountant in the private sector. Fiona is a Chartered Accountant and holds a B.Comm (Hons) from University College Galway.

Bríd De Buitléarbrid-de-buitlear-website-image

Bríd is an IT and Business Operations leader with a 30 year career in the Multinational Tech Sector. Bríd graduated with a BSc in Biotechnology from DCU before taking up employment with Accenture as a Management Information Consultant. Most recently Bríd spent 24 years at Microsoft Ireland where she rose to Director/Principal level and had a successful track record of delivering as a leader at European and Global levels.

Bríd is a PMP certified member of the Project Management Institute and has completed the Professional Diploma in Strategy Development and Innovation at the UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School. She is a member of the Institute of Directors and is currently enrolled in the Institute of Directors Chartered Director Programme. Brid also serves as a board member/trustee with Sage Agvocacy clg a not-for-profit organization whose mission is "To promote, protect and defend the rights and dignity of vulnerable adults, older people and healthcare patients".

Mary Coynemary-coyne-website-image

Mary Coyne is a Qualified Accountant and Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA). She has 40+ years financial management experience across a wide spectrum of industries including broadcasting, tourism & food.

She was Director of Finance & Business  in TG4, a public service broadcaster, up until her retirement in 2019. Mary has 20 years experience in financial management and corporate governance in statutory bodies and public sector companies. She is a member of the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta, where she also serves on the Audit and Risk Committee. She is an external member of the Audit Committee of NUIG. She serves as an external member of the Audit and Risk Committee of GRETB and is a director  of Ealaín na Gaeltachta. Mary has a Diploma  in Advanced Management  Performance from the Smurfit Business School,  UCD  where she also completed the Director Development Programme “Governance for State Bodies” She studied Accountancy in South West London College and Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology.

Ciaran Roche ciaran-roche-website-image

Ciaran is the Risk Manager and also the Company Safety Manager for FBD Insurance. He is a chartered health and safety professional with over 20 year’s experience in the field of risk management. Currently he manages and develops FBD Insurances risk management policies, strategies, technical training, surveying program and safety campaigns. He has extensive experience in many working environments including agriculture, food, retail, waste, manufacturing and construction industries. He has been a member of the Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee to the Health and Safety Authority in all its formats since 1999.

Qualifications which Ciaran holds include a Bachelor of Agricultural Science Degree from UCD, a Postgraduate Diploma in Fire Safety Practices (Buildings and other Structures) from Trinity College and a Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work from UCD.

Terry O'Niadh

Terry O'Niadh is an experienced board member, having served on the Boards and sub-committees of the  Local Government Management Services Board, the Local Government Computer Services Board, VHI Healthcare, The North Tipperary Leader Partnership Company and An Bord Pleanala. He worked in nine different Local Authorities and completed his local government career as the North Tipperary County Manager/ Chief Executive. He has a BA in Public Management, an MA in Public Affairs and Political Communication, A Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction and has attended the Leadership Programme in the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.