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.

Prof. Charles Gillham

Network Director, St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network

Prof Charles Gillham graduated from University College London Medical School in 1994 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists in 2001.

He then undertook an MD at Trinity College, Dublin followed by a 1 year fellowship at the University of Dresden, Germany.

He has been a Consultant in SLRON since 2008.

He sub-specialises in the treatment of sarcomas, gynaecological, colorectal and haematological malignancies. He is the National Lead for Sarcoma.

He is an active member of Cancer Trials Ireland and is the Chief Examiner in Radiation Oncology for the Faculty of Radiology, RCSI.

He was clinical lead at the SLRON-SJC (2013-2022) and is now Network Director at SLRON.

Dr. Clare Faul

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

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.

Elise Grumley

Chief Financial Officer at St Luke’s Hospital

Elise is a qualified ACCA professional with extensive experience working across the HSE.

Elise has over 16 years’ experience working in dynamic finance departments across multiple sectors.

She strives to provide the best support to the overall aim of St Luke’s Hospitals through driving efficiencies in the finance department and ensuring continuity of service is provided.



Brendan McClean

Director of Physics at St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network

PhD at Queen’s University Belfast. Radiotherapy training and employment at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Canada until 1995. Director of Physics at St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network in Dublin, Ireland since 1995. Adjunct Professor at University College Dublin School of Physics.

Involved in teaching and training at national and international level. Physics lead to the Irish National Cancer Control Programme.

Qualifications: PhD, MBA, Registered RPA, Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine




Susan McDaid, St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network

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