Chief Executive Officer
Orla O’Brien joined LauraLynn Children’s Hospice in April 2018, having spent almost 30 years working in children’s healthcare. Orla qualified as a Registered Children’s and General Nurse in 1989 and subsequently as a paediatric intensive care nurse before taking on management and leadership roles. Orla was also previously Chief Operations Officer in the Children’s Hospital Group, Deputy Director of Nursing in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and Project Manager in the Department of Health.
Orla holds both a BSc in Nursing Management (Hons) and a Higher Diploma in Healthcare Risk Management (Hons) from UCD; a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the NCI; a Diploma in Physics and Chemistry from the RCSI; and most recently an MSc in Leadership and Management (Hons) from the RCSI Institute of Leadership. Orla maintains a link with academia by supervising dissertation students in the second year of their Masters Programme with the RCSI Institute of Leadership.
Our Management Team
|Orla O’Brien||Chief Executive Officer|
|Anne-Marie Carroll||Director of Nursing|
|Dave Saunders||Quality, Risk and Safety Manager (Maternity Cover)|
|Dr Joanne Balfe||Consultant Paediatrician|
|Ingrid Blake||Head of Finance|
|Kerry McLaverty||Head of Operations|
|Lauri Cryan||Head of Human Resources|
|Sarah Meagher||Head of Fundraising|
|Sarah O’Callaghan||Head of Marketing and Communications|
LauraLynn employs approximately 130 staff in our multidisciplinary care teams as well as support within our teaching, research, fundraising and administration departments. For more information on our specialist care teams click here.