Board of Directors
Role of the Voluntary Board of Directors
The role of the voluntary Board of Directors is to form strategic objectives, oversee that the clinic complies with all necessary legislation and regulation, and ensure governance, transparency and accountability.
The strong link with the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street can be seen from the composition of the board, with four of the seven members working at the hospital as Consultants, including the Master, Prof Shane Higgins.
Professor Mary Wingfield, MD, FRCOG, is a Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist at the National Maternity Hospital, and St. Michael’s Hospital, Dublin and Clinical Director of Merrion Fertility Clinic. She qualified in medicine at Trinity College Dublin and trained in Ireland, the UK and Melbourne. She is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University College Dublin, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. She is a founding member and past President of the Irish Fertility Society and served on the government-appointed Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction. She has written several fertility-related position papers for the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and has acted as an expert witness in High Court cases regarding assisted reproduction. She has authored The Fertility Handbook, Gill Pres017, a guide to fertility and infertility. Her current clinical and research interests are subfertility in all its facets, including the development of national frameworks and legislation, equitable access to fertility treatment, endometriosis and fertility preservation.
Having graduated from University College Cork, Professor Higgins, MRCOG, FRANZCOG, MPH (Melb), undertook his postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the West of Scotland Deanery. He subsequently undertook subspecialty training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at The Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Upon completing his fellowship, he was appointed Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne and Consultant in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne.
Professor Higgins returned to Ireland in 2004 to a Consultant position in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda and subsequently to the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street in 2009. Professor Higgins is Associate Professor at University College Dublin, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is the current Master of the National Maternity Hospital, having commenced his seven year tenure as Master on 1st January, 2019.
As a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a special interest in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Professor Higgins has a broad range of clinical and management experience gained within Ireland, Scotland and Australia.
Professor Declan Keane, MD, FRCPI, FRCOG, has been a Consultant Obstetrician since 1995 and is a former Master of the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street. He has worked in the UK and the USA and was recently appointed as a Professor to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Professor Keane has considerable administrative experience and was a former member of the National Women’s Council. He was the obstetrician advising the Citizen’s Assembly on the 8th Amendment.
Dr. Orla Sheil, MD, FRCOG, FRCPI, graduated from University College Dublin. She trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in both Dublin, Ireland and Oxford, United Kingdom. She has been a Consultant at the National Maternity Hospital since 1994 and has a broad clinical experience with special interests in fetal care in labour and paediatric/adolescent gynaecology.
Dr. Sheil has gained considerable administrative experience through work with the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, where she was previously Associate Professor. She holds a Diploma in Management for Medical Doctors (RCSI/IPA). Currently, she is the National Maternity Hospital Clinical Lead for the planned co-location of NMH with St Vincent’s University Hospital at Elm Park.
Dr Miriam Daly, MD, MICGP, graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1995 and became a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) in 1999. She has been working as a general practitioner in a GP practice in Irishtown and Sandymount, Dublin 4, since 2000. Dr Daly holds a Masters degree in Women’s Health and was the Director of the Women’s Health Programme in the ICGP from 2009 to 2018. She is involved in teaching undergraduate medical students and is an Associate Professor in University College Dublin.
Fiona Duffy studied at University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and the Law Society of Ireland. She was admitted as a solicitor in Ireland in 1980 and in England and Wales in 2010. She is a member and former Chair of the Litigation Committee of the Law Society in Ireland, a member of the Circuit Court Rules Committee and a member of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
Fiona is also a member of the UK and Ireland LGBT Family Law Institute. She has extensive legal experience in the area of Assisted Human Reproduction, fertility treatment and surrogacy.
Buncrana-born Mary Doherty still runs Red Dog which she founded in 1993, nurturing the company and maintaining its position as one of Ireland’s leading and respected creative agencies. Her vision and steadfast demand for excellent design has helped drive the creative team forward to becoming an internationally recognised, award-winning creative agency. Mary holds a Hons B.A. in Visual Communications from NCAD and is a Fellow of the Institute of Designers in Ireland.
Mary has a significant level of expertise in developing brands that are now ready to move on, re-invent themselves or have found that they have simply ‘outgrown’ their current visual and verbal brand identity. Mary is a qualified designer herself but now spends her time leading projects, working directly with clients and managing multiple stakeholders, running presentations and keeping a high level eye across the whole project from beginning to end – as well as running a successful company.
Mary has never worked anywhere else as Red Dog was established the morning after she graduated from college and still lives to their mantra of ‘We are good at what we do because good is never good enough’.