Members of the Board of the Health Insurance Authority

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Mr. Ian Britchfield

Mr. Britchfield has 24 years experience in the insurance and reinsurance industries. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a member of the Institute of Directors.

He acts as an Independent Non-Executive Director for a number of companies in the insurance/reinsurance sector. Previously he spent more than ten years with Renaissance Reinsurance where he was Managing Director of their Irish operations and prior to that served as Finance Director with Aon Insurance Managers. He spent the first seven years of his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Ireland and Bermuda.

Dr. Fiona Kiernan

Dr. Fiona Kiernan is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine in Beaumont Hospital, and a Fellow of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland. Along with her medical degree, she also holds a Masters in Health Economics, Policy and Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is studying for a doctorate in Economics with the Department of Economics in University College Dublin. She has lectured on topics of resource allocation and health economics within the College of Anaesthetists, and has presented internationally on healthcare utilization and access to healthcare. Her current areas of research involve the income-health relationship in Ireland, and health system performance measurement in Irish hospitals. 

Ms. Sheelagh Malin Chairperson

Ms. Malin is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. She has over 25 years management experience in the life assurance industry, including Managing Director, Finance Director, Compliance Officer, product development and marketing roles. She serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director on a number of insurance company boards.



Mr. James A. McNamara

Mr. McNamara has been Chief Executive Officer of Cork University Hospital Group since 1992 and has been a member of various national advisory and consultancy bodies for the Department of Health and Children including the National Cardiovascular Strategy Group (1998) and Comhairle na nOspideal (2004).  In 2004 he was appointed to the Change Management Team for the Health Service Executive to plan the transformation of the Irish healthcare system and in this role he managed the national Hospitals Office team.  He served for six years as a member of the board of the Irish Blood Transfusion Board and chaired the Finance Committee of this Board for a number of years.  He was a member of the board of the Road Safety Authority from 2005 to 2010 and also chaired the audit committee.  He has completed an MSc in Management Practice with Trinity College and the IMI and is currently studying for his doctorate in Business Administration at Henley Management College & Reading University in London.