WHAT Board of Directors

Ann Ellis (Chairperson) RN, RM, HDip Nursing, has worked in the Irish healthcare system since 1981. She is currently working as Night Superintendent at University Hospital Waterford. In her career to date, Ann has worked at all levels within the HSE and, until recently, was Assistant Director of Nursing/Midwifery with responsibility for Maternity/Paediatrics Services at University Hospital Waterford. She has worked as a midwife, in the community as a project manager in Health Promotion, and as Regional Midwifery Development Officer. In the past, Ann was a member of a team that facilitated Leading Empowered Organisations Programmes within HSE South. Ann has an interest in art as a medium for portraying life within the healthcare setting and for the powerful therapeutic effect it can have on patients, staff and visitors. She first became involved with the Waterford Healing Arts Trust in 2003 through an exhibition entitled Arrival, co-curated by WHAT and the staff of the Maternity Unit.

Mary Baxter (Deputy Chairperson) worked at the Mater Hospital, Dublin, SRN, and Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, SCM. She was a Lecturer at Fourah Bay University, Sierra Leone, in Anatomy, Physiology and Hygiene, and later in Kenema, Sierra Leone Province, where she lectured graduate students in primary healthcare. She has carried out voluntary health work in the expatriate communities of Baqubah, Iraq and in Khairpur, Pakistan.  She is a founder member and Chairperson of Friends of Ardkeen (now known as University Hospital Waterford).  She is also a founder member of WHAT where she has served as both Chairperson and Treasurer of WHAT.

Aidan Barrett (Treasurer) is a native of Cork. He joined AIB Bank in 1973 with his first posting in Waterford, followed by moves to Cork, Dungarvan and Clonmel and back to Waterford in 1987 serving in The Quay, O’Connell Street, Ardkeen and finally in the Commercial Centre, Michael Street. Aidan availed of early retirement from AIB in 2012 after over 39 years of service, 25 of which were as manager. He is a former member of both The Institute of Bankers and Waterford Chamber of Commerce. Aidan is a current member (and Past President) of Waterford Lions Club. He is Treasurer of Conradh na Gaeilge Phort Láirge and partakes in two Ciorcail Comhrá (conversational groups as Gaeilge) weekly. He is a current member of the Board of Management of Gaelscoil Phort Láirge.

Dr Carmel Ann Daly is a Consultant Radiologist working in University Hospital Waterford. Having always been interested in the visual arts and appreciative of WHAT’s work in UHW, she became involved with WHAT through the All Wrapped Up project of 2012 which engaged breast cancer patients. She paints in watercolours in her spare time.

Richard Dooley is General Manager of University Hospital Waterford.

Dr Jack Gallagher is a native of Dublin and was educated at Belvedere College.  He read Medicine at UCD and pursued a career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He was surgically trained at the Mater Hospital in Leeds. He then returned to Ireland as Assistant Master at The National Maternity Hospital in Dublin and from there was appointed Consultant at University Hospital Waterford. He spent a short period at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm before taking up his position in Waterford.

Joan Dalton has a BA in Art History/Anthropology and has worked as an Arts Manager and Producer for over 30 years in the US, UK and Ireland. Her work has included projects across many disciplines including photography, film, visual art, sculpture, theatre, textile design, music, literature and architecture. Recent large scale projects include The Invader –  a new Irish opera, and numerous theatre productions.

Brenda Ronan has been Clinical Nurse Manager in the Dialysis Unit at University Hospital Waterford since 2006 and has worked in the Irish healthcare system since 1980. Dialysis patients have worked closely with WHAT artists, resulting in numerous art exhibitions and book launches. Brenda has a real appreciation of WHAT’s work in UHW and is very much aware of the positive effect the work can have on dialysis patients.

Claire Tully, MSc BSc Dip HCM RGN, is currently the Director of Nursing in University Hospital Waterford. She trained at the Whittington Hospital in North London and worked for many years in the Royal Brompton Hospital. Her clinical years were spent as a surgical nurse working in cardiothoracic surgical units. After working in London for 14 years, she moved to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff where she spent five years. Claire returned to Ireland in 2004 and worked in the Mater Hospital in Dublin for a year. She has been working in University Hospital Waterford for the past nine years. She is the co-author of a book chapter on ‘Thoracic Nursing’. She has a keen interest in the outdoor life and loves to travel.

Mr Gordon Watson is a native of Waterford. He qualified from TCD in 1967 with a degree in Medicine (MB, BCh, BAO). His postgraduate appointments were completed in Dublin, the UK and Germany during which time he obtained Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and later Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. Gordon completed higher surgical training in Ireland, at Cape Town University where he achieved the ChM, and in the USA. Returning to Ireland, he was appointed Consultant Surgeon to University Hospital Waterford, holding that position until his retirement in 2007. During that time, he was a member of the Court of Examiners RCSI and a council member for 19 years. He served as Chairman of the finance and audit committees. Gordon has served on several boards and training committees and is currently the Chairman of SERT (South East Radiotherapy Trust), and Master of the County and City Infirmary Trust.

Anne Woodworth is a professional singer and was a Lecturer in Music at WIT for 25 years. She was Founder/ Director of WIT Music School and currently teaches at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is Director of Bealtaine Choir (which is particularly for non-singers and emphasises the value of music in the health of older people). Anne has been an advisor to WHAT musicians and represented WHAT at the Musique et Sante conference, Paris, in 2005. In 2012, she was shortlisted for a Volunteer of the Year Award for 20 years of service, including three as Director of Samaritans Waterford. She is presently Outreach Officer for Samaritans Ireland.

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