Lawyer Sandra O’Malley appointed as chair of children’s hospice board
Healthcare lawyer Sandra O’Malley has been appointed by LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, as chair of its board of directors.
LauraLynn operates Ireland’s only children’s hospice as well as two local disability services, all based in Mallow, Co Cork.
Ms O’Malley is an experienced health and social care risk management consultant with extensive medico-legal experience. She is a qualified solicitor who has specialised in medical litigation and healthcare risk management.
Originally from Co Cork, Ms O’Malley joined the LauraLynn board in 2017 and has been chairperson of its quality risk and safety subcommittee since them. She became a trustee in 2020 and was ratified as the charity’s first female chairperson at LauraLynn’s AGM this year.
Ms O’Malley said: “I’m really excited to take on this new role on LauraLynn’s board. I am passionate about the work that LauraLynn does, the people and families they support and the pivotal role the organisation plays in healthcare in Ireland.
“I am really excited to lead the board as the organisation moves forward to further realise the ambition for growth and excellence that the strategic plan embodies.
“LauraLynn has done so much to improve the lives of so many children, families and young people and I am delighted to lead the board and its members in this next phase as we continue to do so.”
Kerry McLaverty, CEO of LauraLynn, added: “We’re delighted to have Sandra step into the role of chairperson of our board of directors. Sandra has been a really valued member of the board for a number of years now.
“Sandra brings a wealth of experience with extensive medical legal experience underpinned by her qualification as a solicitor. It is a very exciting time of growth for LauraLynn and we are excited to work with Sandra as she takes on this new role.”