Members of the Board of the Health Insurance Authority

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Caroline Barlow

Caroline is a highly accomplished senior actuary with over 34 years’ experience in a wide variety of general insurance roles at both UK and European level, serving as the Head of Actuarial Function for a major International Insurance Company. Caroline’s professional career has given her a deep understanding of the insurance business and the associated risks.

Damien McShane

Damien is a lawyer admitted to the bar in both Ireland and New York. He is a seasoned legal advisor and corporate executive with significant senior level experience across the financial sector and health insurance sector. He holds degrees from the Queen’s University of Belfast, National University of Ireland, University of Dublin (Trinity College), King’s Inns and University of Oxford. 

John Armstrong

John is a senior actuary and health economist. He completed his undergraduate studies in Trinity College Dublin and his postgraduate studies in Georgetown University, Washington DC. He has extensively researched on many health insurance reform topics and has active research and teaching links with both the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and the Institute of Public Administration in Dublin.

He has over 25 years experience working in the health insurance industry. Furthermore, he has advised over 20 countries on health financing reform topics in many diverse parts of the world, including the reform of their health insurance sector.

Marcella Flood

Marcella is a seasoned business leader, with a strong commercial acumen, working at Director level for over a decade. She has extensive experience in operations and technology strategies. Marcella is a Chartered Director from the Institute of Directors UK and holds an MBA from Smurfit school, University College Dublin.

Michael A. O’Sullivan

Michael is a Civil Engineer, Chartered Management Accountant and holds an MBA from UCC. He has significant board experience in diverse roles including finance, business planning, regulatory affairs and healthcare.