Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

CEO and Senior Management


Professor Cathal Kelly - CEO / Registrar

Cathal Kelly

Professor Cathal Kelly took up the position of CEO/Registrar in December 2009. A graduate and Fellow of RCSI, Professor Kelly was previously Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences from 2006-2009.

Prior to his appointment, he was a Consultant General and Vascular surgeon with a special interest in endovascular surgery in Beaumont Hospital. He combined this role with chairmanship of the surgical division and an academic position in RCSI as vice Dean for curriculum change. In addition to completing his basic and higher surgical training in Dublin, Professor Kelly pursued a research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA.

Cathal has also won the prestigious Patey Prize of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland for research he conducted at Beaumont Hospital and he has also obtained first place in the intercollegiate Specialty Board Exams.

Professor Hannah McGee - Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Hannah McGee

Professor Hannah McGee took up the position of Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in January 2010 and is currently serving a second term in office. Professor McGee joined RCSI in 1987 as a Health Psychology Research Fellow. In 1997 she became Professor of Psychology and in 2006 she became the first Head of Population Health Sciences (PHS) at RCSI. She established RCSI's College-wide Research Ethics Committee in 1998 and in 2009 became Deputy Director of Research. Hannah graduated from Trinity College in 1981 with a degree in Physiology and obtained her PhD in Psychology in 1988. In 2015, Hannah was awarded a Doctor of Science (DSc) on published work by the National University of Ireland (NUI).

Hannah has previously served as President of the Psychological Society of Ireland (1991-1992), President of the European Health Psychology Society (1998-2000) Chair of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section, European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (2008-2010) and Chair of the Council of Deans of Faculties with Medical Schools in Ireland (2011-13).

Hannah has led on a number of important research and evaluation projects to inform national health and social policy in recent years. Hannah's main research themes include Quality of Life (QoL) (including instrument development - SEIQoL and HeartQoL), Cardiac Rehabilitation (with an international reputation in research policy and service development), Aging and Sexual Health.

Mr. Eunan Friel - Managing Director of Surgical Affairs

Eunan Friel

Eunan Friel joined RCSI as Managing Director of Surgical Affairs in October 2010. He is responsible for the development and implementation of a refreshed strategic direction for the Department of Surgical Affairs. Core to this brief is a deeper engagement with our Fellows and Members and provision of greater support and input to surgical practice.

Prior to joining RCSI, Eunan was Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson Medical, one of the largest suppliers of medical devices to the Irish market. Previously, he held the role of Vice President of US Marketing at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company in the USA. He also held the position of Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson Consumer in Ireland for five years. Eunan brings with him a strong background in strategy development, organisational planning, change management and business focus. He has a strong record of business achievement and strategic positioning across the consumer goods and healthcare sectors in Ireland, Europe and USA.

Eunan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Galway and a Masters in Business Studies from University College Dublin.

Professor Raymond L. Stallings - Director of Research


Ray Stallings

Professor Ray Stallings became Director of Research in 2012, after having joined RCSI as the Chair of Cancer Genetics in 2007. Professor Stallings has held faculty and scientific leadership positions at a number of major research centres, hospitals and universities in Ireland and the United States, including the University of Texas Health Science Centre at San Antonio, University College Dublin, Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Dublin, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of California and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston.

An author and co-author of over 150 journal articles, books and book chapters, Prof Stallings is an internationally recognised leader in the area of cancer genomics and is the recipient of many major peer-reviewed grant awards from national and international sources. Ray's current research is focused on the development of novel therapeutic approaches for the treatment of the childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

Ms. Jennifer Cullinane – Director of Finance

Jennifer Cullinane

Jennifer Cullinane joined the College in 1998 as Financial Controller. In 2002, working with the former CEO, Mr Michael Horgan, Jennifer developed the financial model for the first overseas campus in Bahrain.

She took up the position of Finance Director at RCSI in 2009. Jennifer is responsible for developing and managing the financial strategy of RCSI, ensuring that it can support the organisation's strategy and future development.

Jennifer graduated from Dublin City University with a degree in business studies in 1990 and trained as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the audit and taxation departments of the firm. After qualification Jennifer joined Esso Ireland Limited as Financial & Treasury Accountant and worked closely with the UK office of the Exxon Group. She then moved to Bus Eireann taking up the position of Finance Manager.

Mr. Michael McGrail - Director of Corporate Strategy

M McGrail

Michael McGrail took up the position of Director of Corporate Strategy in October 2010 with responsibility for bank funding, investment properties and certain new international initiatives including The King Hamad Hospital and Oasis projects in Bahrain.

A commerce graduate from UCD, Michael is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers. He was appointed a partner in Coopers & Lybrand in 1985 with responsibility for establishing a corporate finance service and was subsequently given responsibility for the firms Management Consultancy service.

On the merger of Coopers & Lybrand and Pricewaterhouse to form PricewaterhouseCoopers he became partner in charge of the combined Corporate Finance service and the combined Management Consultancy service. He was appointed a member of the Irish Firm's eight person Territory Leadership Team or executive board. In this capacity he worked on the merger of the two firms and led the successful separation and sale of the firm's worldwide Management Consultancy service to IBM. He sat on the PwC European Corporate Finance Board and was a member of the PwC Worldwide Valuations & Strategy Board.

Since 2007, he has advised RCSI in respect of a number of overseas projects and also held the position of Acting Director of Finance.

Mr. Barry Holmes - Director of Human Resources

Barry Holmes

Barry Holmes joined RCSI as the Director of Human Resources in August 2011 from RSA Insurance Ireland Ltd where he was the Director of Human Resources. Barry, as a member of the Executive team, successfully led that business from a broker-only intermediated business to a multi-channel, market leading one in the Irish General Insurance market. Prior to RSA Insurance Ireland Ltd, Barry held a number of senior HR roles at Intel Ireland including HR Manager for Ireland Fab Operations (IFO) and more recently as the Site Employee Relations Manager. Barry had commenced his working career with the Irish Business Employers' Confederation (IBEC) as an Industrial Relations Executive successfully representing and advising employers on all human resource and industrial relations matters both at enterprise level and before all of the industrial relations institutions of the State. Since March 2013 at RCSI, Barry has also assumed executive accountability for IT and the Estates and Facilities functions in addition to the HR portfolio.
Barry was educated at University College Dublin where he completed both B.Comm and Masters Degrees specialising in Human Resource Management. In addition, Barry is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) and a member of the Institute of Directors (M Inst D). Barry is also currently completing a Doctorate of Governance (DGov) with University College Dublin (UCD) and the Institute of Public Administration (IPA).