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.