New HSE chairman named

Dr Frank Dolphin has been named as the new chairman of the HSE succeeding Liam Downey who has completed the permitted two terms, it was announced today.

“I am very pleased to announce that Dr Frank Dolphin has agreed to take up the position as Chairman of the HSE with effect from 15 August 2010," Health Minister Mary Harney said.

“I have great confidence in his ability to lead the Board of the HSE in its next phase of development, working with the new Chief Executive, Cathal McGee, and with a growing level of clinical leadership throughout the organisation.”

The Minister thanked Mr Downey for his work and his contribution to public service.

"We wish him and his family the very best for his future," she said.

Offaly native Dr Dolphin is the chairman of Rigney Dolphin, a successful services business he founded in Waterford which employs 1,100. He is also chairman of the Children’s University Hospital, Temple St and a member of the board of Governors of the Mater Hospital.

He is also a member of the board of Governors of Waterford Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the Marketing Institute, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a former President of Waterford Chamber of Commerce.

He lives in Waterford with his wife and five children.

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