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.

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.

Bill Maher

CEO, Bon Secours Health System



Bill Maher was previously CEO for the RCSI Hospitals Group incorporating Beaumont Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, Louth County Hospital, Cavan and Monaghan Hospital, Rotunda Hospital with RCSI as academic partner and CEO of the Galway and Roscommon University Hospital Group, now Saolta. The Hospital Group was established to deliver improved performance and effectiveness in the safe delivery of acute hospital services as the first step in the formation of a Hospital Trust as part of the Government’s reform of the health service.

Bill who is originally from Tullow, Co Carlow, was previously Acting CEO of St Vincent’s University Hospital. Before joining St Vincent’s University Hospital in 2006, Bill worked for 16 years with the NHS in a career spanning mental health services, senior management at City Hospitals Sunderland (an Acute Trust providing a wide range of hospital services such as A&E, surgical and medical specialties, therapy services, maternity and paediatric care. Bill helped establish Sunderland as the first NHS Trust before moving on to North of Tyne Commissioning Consortium which had a staff of 8,000 people and a budget of £1.2bn.

Bill has an MBA, an MSC in Health Information and is currently studying towards a BA (Hons) in Law. Bill is passionate about Patient Care and Performance Management and looks to build strong relationships with all stakeholders to deliver sustainable service improvement.

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.

Richard Kennedy

Owner , Fitness Freak


Richard is the owner of Fitness Freak, a fitness, and health food inspiring company. I am a motivational speaker, qualified Strength & Conditioning(BA)coach and personal trainer and I am the author of two cookbooks and I am a cook inspiring people to improve their lives by choosing healthy food alternatives via tastings, demonstrations, and nutrition programmes.

I run two mini-revolutions in my local town; Free Fruit For Kids in local shops and Free Fruit For ALL in South Tipp General Hospital. Here, baskets of free fruit, sponsored by local businesses, are available in three departments in the hospital administered by local secondary school transition year pupils.

Dalibor Frtunik

CTO of Sorsix International


Dalibor Frtunik is the CTO 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 accessility of heathcare 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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