Appointment of New CEO of St Luke’s Charity, Cork is Announced

The appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer of St Luke’s Charity, Cork has been announced.  The new CEO is Tony O’Brien who is currently Head of Finance at Marymount University Hospital and Hospice in Cork.  He will take up his new position at Saint Luke’s on 1st May.

Tony O’Brien

Announcing the appointment, the chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Charity, Dr Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, said:

Ours is one of Cork’s best known charities.  It is one of the very significant contributions that the Church of Ireland and the Protestant Churches make to the life of Cork, and the Cork region.  It is also one of the main instruments of our partnership with  the people Cork, and the institutions of Cork, particularly in the healthcare sector. Caring for older people, especially those living with dementia, is a concern for us all.  We know that the trends make the work of this charity here more vital than ever in the years to come.

Therefore, the appointment of our new CEO is of vital importance to us and to our partners.  Our current CEO, David O’Brien, who will retire later this year has done a magnificent job, and now I am delighted to announce the appointment of his name’s sake, but no relation, Tony O’Brien, to fill his big shoes.  Tony O’Brien, not least with all his years of work at Marymount, will bring all that we need to lead our work forward.

Tony O’ Brien is a senior manager with significant and proven experience in dealing with people, resources and key stakeholders in the health sector.  He is a fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland. He has held a number of senior finance roles at executive level over the last 20 years incorporating a wide general management remit with a focus on Information Technology and a keen interest in Data Management. Tony has been with Marymount University Hospital and Hospice as Head of Finance for 14 years and played a key role as part of a strong team in the development of their new facility at Curraheen in Cork. Prior to 2004, Tony worked in an Industry setting for 13 years and after that spent 4 years working in a Business and Advisory practice in Cork, both as Financial Controller but again, with wider general senior management responsibilities. Tony’s strengths include organisational control and general leadership based on sound judgement, real empathy and inclusiveness with and towards all.

Speaking about his appointment Tony O’Brien says:

I am looking forward to commencing my new role as Chief Executive Officer designate with St Luke’s Charity and Home in May 2018. While our focus will be to forge a path for the future, it is clear that the history of St Luke’s, its ethos and values, its staff and ultimately its residents will play a significant role in shaping that future. I am honoured and privileged to have been asked to play my part.

Saint Luke’s Charity, Cork was founded in 1872.  The charity’s principal activity is the running of a residential care and specialised dementia care home  – St Luke’s Home – at Mahon in Cork.   The charity also operates a day care facility, an outreach programme, as well as the notable Northridge House Education and Research Centre.

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