Minister appoints Chairman-Designate of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

08 March 2007

The Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney TD, today (8th March, 2007) announced the appointment of Mr Philip Lynch as Chairman-designate of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board.

Minister Harney said that she was delighted that a person of Mr Lynch’s calibre and proven record of achievement had made himself available to chair the Board. “The Government is grateful that Mr Lynch is prepared to give his time and expertise to the progression of this major development project,” she said. “He is a person of exceptional ability and I am confident that he is the right person to lead the project and ensure the delivery of our shared objective, which is the delivery of a world-class hospital for the children of this country.”

“It will certainly be a challenging assignment for Mr Lynch, but certainly a rewarding one,” she added.

The Minister will shortly be signing an Order establishing the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board on a legal basis and the Board, under Mr Lynch’s chairmanship, will be responsible for designing, building and equipping the new hospital in accordance with the high level framework brief which is currently being prepared.

Background Note.

Following the decision of the Government to approve the Health Service Executive’s recommendation that the new National Paediatric Hospital be built on a site to be made available by the Mater Hospital, a Joint HSE/Department of Health and Children Transition Group was established to progress the development. The current stage of the development process, which is being overseen by the Transition Group, includes the preparation of a high level framework brief for the new hospital.

The brief is being developed for the Transition Group by Rawlinson Kelly & Whittlestone Ltd (RKW), an established UK-based health care planning company. RKW will be advising on a range of issues which will help to inform the design of the new hospital. They will be advising, for example, on the preferred model of care, on the core services to be delivered at the new hospital, and on the additional range of services to be provided outside of the main hospital. RKW will also be advising on the range of services which should be provided outside of the main hospital through the urgent / ambulatory care service, and on the location(s) for this service, taking account of international best practice in the planning of children's hospital services.

It is expected that RKW’s report will be finalised next month.

*Mr Philip Lynch – Biographical Note

Philip Lynch is Chief Executive of One51 Plc, one of Ireland’s leading energy and waste infrastructure companies. In the past two years One51 – formerly The Irish Agricultural Wholesale Society - has developed an extensive investment portfolio with interests in Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe.

He is also Chief Executive of IAWS Society.

Mr Lynch was previously Group Managing Director, IAWS Group plc (1983 – 2003) and later Chairman (2003 – 2005). He is currently a non-executive Director of IAWS Group.

He is also a non-executive Director of C & C Group plc, Coillte Teoranta, FBD Holdings plc, Open Hydro Group Ltd. and TechRec Ireland Ltd. He is Chairman of Educate Through Sport Foundation.

Mr. Lynch has served as Chairman of An Post, An Bord Bia and the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company.

A native of Innishannon, Co. Cork, he was educated at Hamilton High School, Copsewood College and Waterford Institute of Technology.

Philip Lynch and his wife, Eileen, have four adult children and live in Co. Kildare.