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Regional Executive Officers

 Sara Long

Sara Long, Regional Executive Officer, HSE Dublin and North East

Sara Long was appointed Chief Executive of the Education Authority in Northern Ireland in 2019, having joined in 2016 as Director of Operations and Estates. Sara has extensive experience of building strategic partnerships, driving service performance and achieving results.  Highlights from her career in the Education Authority include: establishing a Centre of Procurement Expertise; taking forward digital solutions for admissions and transport; leading the organisation through COVID-19 and driving forward a significant transformation programme in relation to Special Educational Needs services. 

Sara has previously enjoyed an extensive career within Health and Social Care including management posts in acute and community care across the Western Health and Social Care Trust, most notably as its Director of Performance and Service Improvement. She worked regionally as an Assistant Director at the Health and Social Care Board in Northern Ireland leading on the commissioning of cancer services and performance management. Sara will take up her role as Regional Executive Officer, HSE Dublin and North East on 15 April 2024. 

HSE Dublin and North East will serve the people of Cavan, North Dublin, Louth, Meath and Monaghan.

 Martina Queally

Martina Queally, Regional Executive Officer, HSE Dublin and South East

Martina Queally took up her role as Regional Executive Officer, HSE Dublin and South East on 29 January 2024. Martina has over 30 years’ health service leadership experience with particular expertise in strategic change management in public services and integrated service delivery. Since 2015, as Chief Officer in HSE Community Healthcare East, she has led the planning and delivery of all community health services in South Dublin and Wicklow, a range of national programmes, and a combined HSE and voluntary workforce of nearly 4000 staff. 

Martina has led a range of change, crisis and service transformation programmes; in 2011 as Integrated Services Area Manager for Dublin South East Wicklow she amalgamated three community health services and an acute hospital network, and in 2005 she led the establishment of the Local Health Office structure in Kildare and West Wicklow. Martina trained as a Registered General Nurse before qualifying as a Midwife and Public Health Nurse and she graduated with a MSc. in Heath Services Management from Trinity College Dublin in 2002. Martina has completed further study in areas of quality and service improvement and is a qualified executive coach and mentor. 

HSE Dublin and South East will serve the people of Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, East Wicklow and parts of South Dublin.

 Kate Killeen

Kate Killeen White, Regional Executive Officer, HSE Dublin and Midlands

Kate Killeen White will join HSE Dublin and Midlands from her role as Chief Officer for South East Community Healthcare where, since 2019, she had operational responsibility for delivery of all HSE community services in Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford, leading a workforce of nearly 5000 staff. She was previously Head of Service for Social Care in South East Community Healthcare, Chief Executive Officer of St. Catherine’s Association disability service, and practised as a Barrister from 2008 to 2013. 

Kate has more than 16 years’ senior operational experience across health, regulatory and legal environments. With a strong academic background including Barrister-at-Law degree, Masters in Law, Executive Diploma in Governance and an Executive Diploma in Coaching, she brings a specialist knowledge of Health Law and Policy, Public Administration, Corporate Governance, Corporate and Commercial Law including corporate re-structuring and reform and change management strategies and principles, to this important new post. Kate will take up her role as Regional Executive Officer, HSE Dublin and Midlands on 1 March 2024. 

HSE Dublin and Midlands will serve the people of Longford, Westmeath, Offaly, Laois, Kildare, West Wicklow and parts of South Dublin.

 Tony Canavan

Tony Canavan, Regional Executive Officer, HSE West and North West

Tony Canavan is the CEO of the Saolta University Health Care Group. He has worked in the health services in the West for over 30 years. Over that time he has held a number of appointments with the Western Health Board in Mental Health Services, the Department of Public Health, Primary Care Services and Acute Hospital Services. 

In 2012, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the first Hospital Group in the country, known then as the Galway Roscommon University Hospitals Group, which subsequently became the Saolta Group and was extended to include Letterkenny and Sligo. In 2015, he became Chief Officer of Community Healthcare West, before returning to the Saolta Group four years later as CEO. Tony will take up his role as Regional Executive Officer, HSE West and North West on 1 March 2024. 

HSE West and North West will serve the people of Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, West Cavan, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.

 	Sandra Broderick

Sandra Broderick, Regional Executive Officer, HSE Mid West

Sandra Broderick took up her post as Regional Executive Officer, HSE Mid West in December 2023. A qualified nurse, Sandra has extensive experience in leading and delivering health and social care services in the UK and in Ireland. Sandra worked in General Nursing with the NHS in both community and acute services, and then moved into various healthcare management roles across the NHS including senior advisory roles within health and social care. Sandra has worked as a Bed Manager, Head of Site Operations, Senior Clinical Commissioner and Director of Nursing and she also held regional service improvement advisory roles. 

Sandra returned to Ireland in 2018 to join the HSE as Assistant National Director for Older People Services, leading this service from the HSE’s national operations team. Sandra together with the people of the region, the Mid West workforce, local elected representatives and partner organisations will lead the region, build capacity in our services and improve access to integrated health and social care services. 

HSE Mid West serves the people of Clare, North Tipperary and Limerick.

 Andy Phillips

Dr Andy Phillips, Regional Executive Officer, HSE South West

A Welshman, Dr Andy Phillips comes to the HSE from his role as Acting CEO of Safer Care Victoria, Australia. He has worked in clinical, operational and strategic executive leadership roles in healthcare for the past 37 years. Andy maintains his clinical qualification as a consultant clinical scientist. 

Since 2009, Andy has been leading large scale health system transformation in Wales, New Zealand and Australia, with a passion for integrating health and social care. Andy has practised co-creating health and relationship centred healthcare for over 20 years, with recent work leading kindness and compassion in healthcare. Andy will be taking up his role as Regional Executive Officer in HSE South West on 1 March 2024. 

HSE South West will serve the people of Cork and Kerry.