Delivering Ireland's New Children's Hospital

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

    Mr Tom Costello


    Mr Costello is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Ireland (C.Eng FIEI). Mr Costello established a project management consultancy business in July 2012. He is a former Managing Director (Ireland) of John Sisk & Son Ltd. During his tenure there, he directed the Sisk team on the successful completion of many of the largest and most significant projects built in Ireland.

        Mr Tim Bouchier-Hayes

        Mr Bouchier-Hayes, Solicitor, former Partner in McCann FitzGerald.  Over forty 40 years’ experience in dealing with public authorities, developers, architects, engineers, surveyors and builders on all aspects of construction projects. Mr Bouchier-Hayes received a Special Award from Engineers Ireland in recognition of outstanding contribution and commitment to the activities of the Institution. Tim is:
        ·        The member for Ireland of the International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris.
        ·        Member of the Engineers Ireland Adjudication, Mediation and Conciliation Panels
        ·        Member of the Adjudication Panel appointed pursuant to the Construction Contracts Act 2013
        ·        Member of In Place of Strife, the Mediation Chamber

            Ms Anne Butler

            Ms Butler is a Chartered Engineer and a former President of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. A founding Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), she was on its board for ten years. After ten years with the EPA, Ms Butler established an environmental consultancy/advisory service where she specialises in environmental and regulatory matters, as well as strategy development and implementation. Ms Butler is on the Board of the ESB and on the Governing Body of the Dublin Institute of Technology.

                Mr John Cole CBE

                Mr Cole CBE is an architect by profession and currently acts as an independent Strategic Client Adviser. He was previously an Under-Secretary at the DHSSPS(NI) and Chief Estates Officer for the Health Estates Investment Group (HEIG), in which roles he was responsible for the procurement and implementation of many major health facilities in Northern Ireland. He is a former chairman of the European Health Property Network.

                John previously held the presidency of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects and is currently a Council member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In 2014, he was appointed as an Honorary Professor to the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at the Queen’s University of Belfast. He has chaired a number of public inquiries and is the author of several recent major reports on the state of the Construction Industry. In 2018, he was appointed as an adviser to the Scottish Government on a review of the effectiveness of Building Regulations in Scotland.

                    Mr Karl Kent

                    Mr Kent is a Registered Architect and Fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (FRIAI). He is a consultant architect-planner with Doyle Kent Planning Partnership Ltd since early 2012, following completion at the end of December 2011 of two terms of office as a Member and deputy Chairperson at An Bord Pleanála. Mr Kent was a Member of the Strategic Infrastructure Division of An Bord Pleanála from its establishment in January 2007 until his retirement from the Board.

                        Mr John Martin

                        Mr Martin is a planner with many years’ experience in local government and An Bord Pleanála. He was Principal Planning Adviser in the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government from 2002 to 2011. Mr Martin served as a member of the 2012 Review Group on the new children’s hospital (the Dolphin Group).

                            Mr Paul Quinn

                            Mr Quinn is the Government’s Chief Procurement Officer and is tasked with delivering procurement reform across the public service, supporting compliant and value for money procurement.  Paul is also head of the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) which brings together public procurement policy, strategy, and operations.  The OGP commenced operations in 2014 and has put in place 150 framework agreements for its public sector clients.  Paul holds an MBA, a Degree in Engineering and Diplomas in Company Direction and Accounting & Finance.  He is a member of the Development Board for the New Children’s Hospital at St. James’ Hospital and chairs its finance committee.

                                Ms Marguerite Sayers

                                Ms Sayers has recently been appointed as ESB’s Executive Director for Customer Solutions. Prior to that, she held the position of Managing Director of ESB Networks DAC for over three years. She qualified as an Electrical/Electronic Engineer (University College Cork in 1991) and has worked in various ESB managerial positions in locations throughout Ireland since then.  Ms. Sayers now lives in Dublin, is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland, and has been a member of Engineers Ireland’s Council and Executive Committees for the past six years. She is currently Vice-President of Engineers Ireland and has been a member of the Development Board of the National Paediatric Hospital since 2013.

                                    Mr Brian Fitzgerald

                                    Mr Fitzgerald is the Deputy CEO of the Beacon Hospital. He was the Chief Executive and Director of Finance at St. James’s Hospital. He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds a first class MBA from the Smurfit Business School, UCD. He also holds the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin.

                                        Mr Liam Woods

                                        A native of Dublin, Mr Woods is a UCD graduate and a qualified Chartered Accountant.  Prior to joining the health services, he worked in the private sector in an accounting and consultancy organisation.  He joined the health services in 1999 as Financial Director of the Eastern Regional Health Authority, serving in this post until the ERHA became part of the Health Service Executive in January 2005. Liam has been the Director of Finance of the HSE for an eight-year period, Director of Health Business Services for a year and appointed as Interim Director of Acute Services in January 2015.

                                            Lorcan Birthistle

                                            CEO St. James

                                            Mr Birthistle is Chief Executive of St. James’s Hospital, Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospital. Lorcan was previously Chief Executive of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and St. Luke’s Hospital in Rathgar. He is a graduate of the National College of Industrial Relations and Trinity College Dublin. Lorcan is presently Vice President of the Health Management Institute of Ireland and is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Association of Hospital Managers.  He is also a member of the governing Boards of the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute and the Wellcome Trust / Health Research Board Clinical Research Facility at St. James’s Hospital.

                                                Professor Jonathan O’B Hourihane

                                                Jonathan Hourihane has been Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health in University College Cork, Ireland since 2005. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1987. He undertook his higher training in Southampton and London. His primary area of clinical and research interest is in paediatric food allergy and anaphylaxis. He is co-Principal Investigator of the BASELINE, Ireland’s only birth cohort study ( and the INFANT Research Centre in UCC. He was a Board member of RCPI Faculty of Paediatrics 2015-2018.

                                                He is a Board member of the National Childrens Research Centre, Ireland and is a member of the NCRC Strategy Committee. He is a founding Board member of the Clemens von Pirquet Foundation, and of the Irish Food Allergy Network ( He is current President of the Irish Association of Allergy and Immunology.

                                                He produced the Hourihane Report (2009), relating to research in NPH. He was a member of the Dolphin Group (2012) that advised the Minister of Health and Children about the suitability of the sites offered for NPH and he was a member of the Academic Advisory Working Group (2015).