Our Board

Governing Deed…

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Our Board of Trustees of St. Luke’s Cancer Research Fund are voluntary members and is made up of highly committed individuals with a background in oncology, medicine, business or as a former patient.

Meetings are held bi-monthly to discuss Fund business and applications for funding. Our Trustees act in a voluntary capacity and receive no renumeration in any form for their time and commitment to the St. Luke’s Cancer Research Fund.

Our Trustees conduct, hold or promote meetings, lectures and exhibition to further the Charity’s main objects. We also encourage, assist, support and collaborate with other persons and organisations involved in charitable endeavours having objects similar to those of St Luke’s Cancer Research Fund.

There are four ex-officio Trustees who hold certain positions within SLRON – see list below.

Ms. Valerie Rice

Chair of St. Luke’s Cancer Research Fund; Non Executive Director, Commercial Marketing Consultant

Valerie is the founder of Valerie Rice & Associates, a strategic commercial, marketing and retail advisor to clients in the healthcare, agri-food and retail sectors.

With a 25 year career in commercial marketing roles, she is a former Board Marketing & Online Director with Superquinn and has held a number of leadership roles in Diageo, Grand Metropolitan and Guinness. As a former patient of St Lukes Hospital, she is an advocate for driving excellence in patient experience and working with the team to support them in this area. She is also a Non Executive Director of Galway International Arts Festival. Valerie is a Graduate of The Marketing Institute and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Dr Claire Mc Nicholas

GP based in Rathfarnham, Assistant National Director of small group CME tutors ICGP (Irish College of General Practitioners)

I am a GP principal in a busy GP practice in Rathfarnham – treating patients from cradle to grave. I have a special interest in all areas of female health. I have been the Assistant National Director of GP Continuing Medical Education (CME) via small groups for the Irish College of General Practitioners. I am also a GP trainer. Having served on the various boards of St Luke's Hospital for the past 2 decades I have seen the many improvements in cancer diagnosis, treatment and subsequent survival rates.

Roisin Cahill

Operations Director, non Executive Director (various)

Roisin Cahill is Head of Managed Service at IT Force Ltd, an indigenous ICT services company.

She is a Non Executive Director at Savvi Credit Union and a Non Executive Director and Chair at Connolly Children’s Centre.

Roisin is an Institute of Director’s/IMI certified Chartered Director and has qualifications in Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies, Employment Law, Project Management, Ergonomics, Psychology and holds an MBA.




Dr. Catriona O’Sullivan

Former Medical Director, St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network

Dr O’Sullivan is a retired Consultant Radiation Oncologist since July 2015. She was appointed to St Luke’s in 1992, following periods of training in the Hammersmith Hospital London, and the Hospital for Sick Children Toronto. She had a particular interest in Brain Tumours, and also specialized in Paediatric Radiotherapy, Total Body Radiation for Bone Marrow Transplants and Lung cancer.

From 2002 she held the post of the Medical Director at St Luke’s Hospital. Dr O’Sullivan was a member of the Board of the Faculty of Radiologists RCSI & chair of the Radiation Oncology subgroup in the Faculty. The St. Luke’s Cancer Research Fund provided her with funding for Annual Visiting International Professors, Registrar’s Prizes and Keynote speakers at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Faculty of Radiologists. She was a member of the Teaching Faculty of in the TCD School of Radiation Therapy, Specialist Registrar teaching in RCSI, and the Postgraduate School of Oncology Nursing in TCD.

Upon her retirement she was invited to join the Board of The St Luke’s Cancer Research Fund.

Mrs. Eileen Maher

Former Director of Nursing, St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network

Eileen was Director of Nursing at St Luke’s Hospital for 20 years until her retirement in 2015.

During this time she oversaw the amalgamation of St Luke’s Hospital and St Anne’s Hospital; was involved in the development of the National Radiation Oncology Strategy and the transition of the governance of the Hospital into the HSE in 2010.

Eileen is a Fellow of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery RCSI, she has served on the Board of the Faculty, acted as Vice Dean from 2001 to 2004 and Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery 2004 to 2007.

Dr. Clare Faul

Network and Clinical Director, St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network (Ex Officio Trustee)

Dr Clare Faul is a highly experienced, Irish-trained Consultant Radiation Oncologist with specialisation in CNS, breast, and endocrine tumors.
Dr Faul was appointed Network Director for St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network in 2019.

Prior to returning to Ireland she held the post of Assistant Professor in Radiation Oncology in the Magee Women’s Hospital, of the University of Pittsburgh from 1993-2000 and was programme director of HDR brachytherapy UPMC in 1998-2000. In 2002 she was appointed consultant radiation Oncologist in St Luke’s Hospital Rathgar, Beaumont hospital and North East and thereafter consultant radiation oncologist Hermitage clinic in 2008.

Dr Faul is highly involved in clinical research. She has held a number of prestigious academic appointments since 1994 such as Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, St. Luke’s Hospital (2003-2008), Chair of Radiation Oncology Subgroup Faculty of Radiologist, RCSI (2009-2012); senior lecturer RCSI,Vice-Dean Faculty of Radiologists of RCSI (2010-2012) to name but a few. And has extensive teaching experience. She regularly attends and lectures at international courses and meetings Dr Faul has published a number of high quality clinical studies, and has over 90 publications in peer reviewed journals and has presented widely at national and international conferences.

Dr. Brian O’Neill

Consultant Radiation Oncologist, St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network (Ex Officio Trustee – nominated by the consultant body)

Dr Brian DP O’Neill is a Consultant Radiation Oncologist at St Luke’s and Beaumont Hospitals, and at the Mater Private hospital, where his specialist interests are Gastro- Intestinal and Genito-Urinary Radiation Oncology.

Dr O’Neill is the National Lead for Gastro-Intestinal Radiation Oncology and an Author of the National Cancer Control Programme clinical guidelines for upper and lower Gastro-Intestinal cancers, and for Prostate Cancer. He is co-Chair of the Cancer Trials Ireland Gastro-Intestinal disease-specific subgroup.

Dr O’Neill has led multiple national and international trials with Cancer Trials Ireland. He has published numerous articles and has lectured extensively.

Ms. Antoinette Kirwan

Director of Nursing, St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network, (Ex Officio Trustee)

Antoinette Kirwan is a Healthcare Management Professional with 18 years experience in radiation oncology medicine and nursing practice management.

Antoinette is an enthusiastic educator in evidence based nursing practice with proven consistency in delivering support and leadership with a compassionate and patient centred focused approach.

Her priority is to ensure optimal efficiency in patient care management and quality care delivery across St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network.

Mr. Enda Walsh

Financial Director, St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network (Ex Officio Trustee)

Enda joined as a Trustee in July 2019.

Enda is currently the Chief Financial Officer for St. Luke’s Radiation oncology Network. Previously he has worked in a variety of industries in the private sector.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.





Fiona Horlacher, St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network

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