Director Profiles

William Forkan (Brother Donatus OH)

William Forkan (Brother Donatus OH) joined the Board in February 2014 and was appointed Chairman in May 2014. He serves in this role because he is currently head (Provincial) of the West European Province of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God. He graduated in Psychiatric Nursing from Saint John of God Nursing School, and holds Diplomas in theology, philosophy, Korean language and culture, developmental studies among other subjects.

He joined the Board in the role of Chair having returned to Ireland following extended periods living abroad: in Rome – where he served as Prior General of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God for six years, and had particular responsibility for the missions of the Order; in Malawi, Central Africa and in Chuncheon City, Korea, where he had a role as Director of a centre for homeless people, especially for people with a mental illness and addiction.
Brother Donatus also serves on the Boards of Saint John of God …, The Saint John of God … and Saint John of God … – all guarantee companies incorporated in Ireland. He is also Chairman of Saint John of God Hospitaller Services (a charity incorporated in the UK), is Chairman of the Board of Sponsors of Saint John of God Hospitaller Ministries and Provincial of the governing Council of the West European Province of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God (both Church bodies unincorporated in civil law).

Anne Gunning

Anne Gunning joined the Board in January 2012. She trained in general nursing and spent three years in the Irish Army Nursing Service before joining Saint John of God Services in 1969 to begin a day service for children with profound intellectual disability. She is a Foundation Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing of Ireland, and has been affiliated to the Order since 2008.

During her years of working with the Order, she initiated early intervention, outreach and adult day services. Mrs Gunning she also serves as a member of the Church body – Saint John of God Hospitaller Ministries – and she is also Chair of the Saint John of God Retiree Association.

Ms Gunning also serves on the Board of Sponsors of Saint John of God Hospitaller Ministries.

Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson has been a member of the Board since January 2012. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and holds a Certified Diploma in Accountancy and Finance. He served in a number of local authorities and health boards in senior positions and was Chief Executive Officer of the North Eastern Health Board until it was abolished on establishment of the HSE. He served as Director General, CAWT (Cooperation and Working Together – a Cross Border initiative by health authorities on both sides of the Border), from 2000 to 2004. He was appointed first Chairman of the newly established Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council by the Minister of Health and served from 2000 to 2008.

Paul Robinson does not serve on any other Saint John of God boards.

Gerry Boyle

Gerard Boyle joined the Board in 2017. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development. He spent his early career in CIE, and subsequently held a number of senior management posts in local government and in health boards, before joining ACC Bank where he became Company Secretary and General Manager, Personnel.

He now works as a HR consultant, providing a range of interim management and specialist human resource management support to a number of organisations including principally Health Boards, The National Disease Surveillance Centre, The National Standards Authority of Ireland, The Mental Health Commission, Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann and (prior to becoming a Director) Saint John of God Hospitaller Community Services.

Gerry Boyle does not serve on any other Saint John of God boards.

Jim Hussey (SJOGCS)

Jim Hussey (SJOGCS) is a Chartered Management Accountant and has worked in a variety of senior finance roles in both public and private sector organisations over the last 25 years.

Appointed Secretary/General Manager of the Rotunda Hospital on March 1st 2018, Jim had been Head of Finance and Procurement in the Rotunda Hospital from 2015 to March 2018 and worked as a Senior Finance Manager for St. Vincent’s University Hospital from 2002 to 2015 where he played a leading role in many major developments over the years including the development of new Clinical Services building and the construction of the first single room ward block in an acute setting.

Jim has an MSc in leadership and Change Management, a Professional Certificate in Governance and a Diploma in Employment Law and was a participant in a Common Purpose Meridian Programme in 2015. The programme brings together a diverse group of leaders from the private, public and not for profit sectors from across Dublin. ‘Meridian’ improves their capacity to lead, effect change, and expand their networks.
Outside of work and family his primary interest is sports particularly Gaelic Football and soccer. Jim is a senior club referee for Dublin GAA and coach under- 8 soccer for Boheniams FC.

Charles Watchorn

Charles Watchorn is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. For more than 30 years up to June 2017, he held a variety of senior management roles in the areas of finance and operations for several US multinational companies in the computer software area. Most recently he was the Ireland site director and the international financial controller for Synopsys, Inc., a $3 billion Silicon Valley company.

In addition to his accountancy qualification he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Management Science, both from TCD.

Eimer O’Rourke

Eimer O’Rourke has spent more than 15 years in the representational sector, liaising with senior banking executives and senior policy makers with respect to upstream market and policy developments. As Director – Retail with the Irish Banking Federation, she developed significant expertise in analysis, influence and implementation of regulatory, legal and strategic change arising at both domestic and EU level.

Eimer was also a non-executive Director of Investor Compensation Co Ltd, a member of the Dormant Accounts Board, and a member of Executive Committee of European Mortgage Federation. She holds a BA in psychology and MBS in financial services from UCD. Eimer is currently a homemaker and studying for the Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance in the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business in UCD.

Anne Cleary (PhD)

Anne Cleary (PhD) is a sociologist and Research Fellow in the Geary Institute for Public Policy, University College Dublin. Anne is Deputy Chairperson of the Fulbright Commission and Chairperson of the Research Ethics Committee of the Irish Government funded Growing Up in Ireland study which is tracking 18,000 children into adulthood. She has also been a board member of the Health Research Board and the Irish representative on the International Social Survey Programme. Her research work focuses on health and wellbeing and has been funded by the Irish Research Council and other government agencies. In 2009-2010 Anne was the recipient of a Fulbright Award to the University of California, Berkeley. She is President of the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association (IFAA) and Chairperson of the Awards Committee of the Ireland United States Alumni Association (IUSA). Publications include a Special Issue of Social Science (2012) devoted to male suicidal behavior and a forthcoming book for Palgrave Macmillan on gender, emotions and suicide.