WHAT Board of Directors

Anne Woodworth (Chairperson) 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.

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.

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.

Mary Dorgan has held a range of senior management positions in both the public and private sector, including Regional Director, FAS, HR Manager, Waterford Crystal and more recently as Assistant Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). Mary has also participated as a director in various organisations over many years.  She is currently a Board member of Sport Ireland and of NCAD (National College of Art and Design). Mary is an accredited mediator and conducts mediations for the Community Law and Mediation centre in Coolock, Dublin.  She is a graduate of Applied Psychology from UCC.

Catherine Drea is a visual artist, a contemplative photographer and a writer.  A graduate of NCAD and UCC, Catherine has a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy.  She was a lecturer in the Art Department of WIT until 1992, when she co-founded the non-profit training and development organisation Framework, building ethical leadership and practice in Ireland.  A committed feminist, Catherine is a lifelong advocate on equality issues and a nature lover.

Mark Breen is a native of Waterford.  He has been in the property investment business for the last 30 years.  Mark is very active in the community and has been a member of Waterford Rotary for 20 years.  He joined the Board of Waterford Healing Arts Trust in 2017 and is looking forward to contributing to the work of the organisation.

Tom Cunningham – Board member

Shirley O’Shea is a native of Waterford and was educated at Sacred Heart of Mary Convent, Ferrybank, and WIT. Shirley has always been very active in the Waterford community and has been involved with many community organisations over the years, most recently with CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young).  Shirley joined the Board of Waterford Healing Arts Trust in 2015 and is currently Chairperson of the organisation’s Fundraising Committee.

Mary Baxter (President) 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.

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