Health Leaders Summit

The CEO or Health Leaders Summit is a Premium Access Ticket track and accessible only by invitation, but is open to all stakeholders to apply. This session now in its sixth year is always run in camera. This is designed to keep opinion honest and candid. The track always features Irish and International speakers who share best practice and recent developments with a round table audience. The objective is a candid and open discussion of ideas.

Eilísh Hardiman

Chief Executive at the Children’s Hospital Group


Eilísh Hardiman is Group Chief Executive of the Children’s Hospital Group since 2013. This Hospital Group is one of seven across the acute hospital system in Ireland and consists of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin; Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and the National Children’s Hospital at Tallaght Hospital, in partnership with several academic institutions in Ireland providing paediatric healthcare education and research.
The remits of the Children’s Hospital Group Board is to oversee the integration the three existing children’s hospitals into a new single legal entity well before transitioning to the new Paediatric Outpatients and Urgent Care Centres at Connolly (2019) and Tallaght (2020) Hospitals and the new children’s hospital at St. James’s Hospital (2022), developing an effective corporate and clinical governance structures for the Hospital Group, developing a services integration/reconfiguration plan for paediatric services in the Greater Dublin Area and to act as client for the new children’s hospital capital project, the largest capital investment in healthcare. The new children’s hospital will be central to an integrated clinical network for paediatric services, some on an all-island basis and is also planned as the first Digital Hospital in Ireland.
Eilísh has over 28 years acute academic teaching hospital experience, 18 of which at senior corporate management level in several roles, including Chief
Executive of Tallaght Hospital, both Deputy CEO and Director of Nursing of St
James’s Hospital, as well as, CEO to the previous National Paediatric Hospital Development Board.

Professor Dame Carol Black

Principal of Newnham College Cambridge

 Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England


Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci chairs the Board of Think Ahead, the Government’s new fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers. She is a member of the Welsh Government’s Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales and Bevan Commission on health in Wales, the board of UK Active, Rand Europe’s Council of Advisers, PwC’s Health Industries Oversight Board, and the Advisory Board of Step up to Serve. As Principal of Newnham she is on several committees in Cambridge University, for example the Advisory Board of the Centre for Science and Public Policy, and is one of the Deputy Vice- Chancellors.

In November 2011 when National Director for Health and Work she completed as Co-Chair an independent review for the UK Government of sickness absence in Britain. The recommendations of this report are now being put in place, with for example a national Fit for Work Service. She is now finishing a further independent review for the Government, of employment outcomes of addiction to drugs or alcohol, or obesity, and the benefits system.

Professor Black is a past-President of the Royal College of Physicians, of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and of the British Lung Foundation, and past-Chair of the Nuffield Trust for health policy. The Centre she established at the Royal Free Hospital in London is internationally renowned for research and treatment of connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma. She is a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, of the Work Foundation, and of Uppingham School.

In February 2016 Dame Carol enjoyed the experience of being interviewed on BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs.

John Connaghan

Deputy Director General, Chief Operations Officer, HSE


John is the Deputy Director General & Chief Operations Officer of the HSE.

Prior to joining the HSE, John was Director of Health Performance and Delivery and Chief Operating Officer at NHS Scotland, where his responsibilities included Supporting NHS Scotland in delivering safe, effective and person-centred care.

John has been a Director and Senior Civil Servant since 2006 when he joined the Scottish Government as Director of Delivery charged with reducing waiting times and improving the general performance of the NHS. He has held the position of Acting Director General and Chief Executive of the NHS and was awarded a CBE in the 2015 Birthday Honours.

John has 10 years experience in industry prior to joining the NHS in 1987. He was previously General Manager of the Manufacturing Division of a major publisher with responsibilities for factories in Scotland and the USA. He has held three Chief Executive positions in Glasgow, Lothian and Fife.

John was a founding Director of the Maggies Centres Charity and Chaired the Finance Committee for a period of 10 years. He plays hockey for Scotland Veterans and holds over 50 senior caps at Masters International level.

John holds degrees from Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian Universities in Business, Finance and Strategy.

Prof. Arne Björnberg

Chairman, Health Consumer Powerhouse


Prof Arne Björnberg, Ph.D., Chairman, Health Consumer Powerhouse. Prof. Björnberg has previous experience from Research Director and management consulting positions in Swedish industry. He has also served as CEO of the Swedish National Pharmacy Corporation (”Apoteket AB”), Director of Healthcare & Network Solutions for IBM Europe Middle East & Africa, and CEO of the University Hospital of Northern Sweden (“Norrlands Universitetssjukhus”, Umeå).Since 2005, Prof. Björnberg has been the leader of the production of the HCP international indices, such as the EHCI 2005 – 2015 projects and numerous other, disease-related indices and projects.


Paul Connors

National Director of Communications at HSE


Paul is National Director of Communications for the HSE. The HSE Communications Division works with health service teams all over the country. Together we create communications programmes that support a healthier nation and build health services that are valued by everyone in Ireland.

We work with all HSE Divisions, and support the new Hospital Groups and Community Health Organisations, to deliver over 500 Communications projects annually.

Ian Carter

CEO RCSI Hospital Group and Beaumont Hospital

RCSI Hospital Group


Ian Carter holds the positions of CEO RCSI Hospital Group and CEO Beaumont Hospital.


Ian was previously National Director of Hospitals, CEO of the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF), Head of the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), CEO St James’ Hospital and General Manager Acute Hospitals Mid-Western Health Board.

Ian has also held positions in the UK: Director of Contracts and Business Administration, Regional Surgical Specialties Manager and Saudi Arabia: Assistant Hospital Manager and Director of Operations.

Ian is Adjunct Assistant Professor in Health Policy and Management at Trinity College and Adjunct Professor Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI).

Dalibor Frtunik

CEO of Sorsix International


Dalibor Frtunik is the CEO of Sorsix International, provider of the national integrated e-health systems of Macedonia and Serbia. The implementation of this solution, branded Pinga internationally, abolished waiting lists in the country of Macedonia within 6 months. Since its implementation, Macedonia has experienced an increase in healthcare service provision by over 70% without additional beds, doctors, or costs, through the resultant improvement in efficiency, visibility, and accessibility of healthcare resources.

Sorsix designs, develops, and implements turnkey solutions for the healthcare industry and utilities. Dalibor is based in Australia and has served as the lead architect on multiple Sorsix projects internationally. He has led the development of an integrated data management platform for a major motorway in Sydney, Australia, and is currently engaged in expanding the Pinga system to cover the needs of international markets.

Prior to his work with Sorsix, Dalibor has developed mission-critical solutions for one of Australia’s major airlines and largest banks. Dalibor holds a number of technology patents and has advised companies on their R&D and IP strategies in the past, experience he brings to his work at Sorsix. Dalibor graduated with first class honors from the University of Sydney, Australia.

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