The Mater Hospital has always been about people. Our staff are known for their compassion and for their strong sense of community as well as for their exceptional clinical training. The hospital has also built a reputation for engaging its people in collective leadership - empowering frontline staff to lead out on improving the services that they deliver. 


Compassion has always been a core value of the Mater Hospital. We have a strong belief in maintaining an attitude of tenderness, empathy and respect to everyone who comes here - patents, students, visitors and colleagues. Every year we acknowledge and celebrate this ethos through the Compassion Awards, where the public and staff are invited to nominate a staff member that has gone 'the extra mile' in helping patients, visitors and colleagues in the hospital.


In many ways, the Mater Hospital is like a village because we're a close knit community. We have over 3000 people working here and we always welcome new people as well as valuing those who have been with us for years. When students train at the Mater Hospital, they frequently come back to work with us after graduation. This is because there is a real sense of belonging, of pride and of community working here.

We are lucky to have a wonderful community within our hospital that also extends to our sister hospitals and academic partners. Outside of the hospital, we also have a thriving local community with a range of cafes, shops & amenities close by. 

We also love to have fun! We celebrate and hold events throughout the year like the annual Mater Ball, Dublin's Culture Night, Strictly Come Dancing, Staff Health & Wellbeing Day, The Oskars and more.

Clinical excellence

In order to deliver excellence in healthcare, we need to attract and grow exceptionally well trained healthcare professionals. 

For over 150 years we have worked closely with UCD, our academic partners, and other universities to deliver exceptional education and training programmes for nurses, doctors, clinical therapists, pharmacists, radiographers and many more.

We also understand that the best way of driving improvements in healthcare is to support those at the clinical frontline to participate in research and innovation. By connecting our people with academics and industry we nurture the skills, knowledge and ideas within our staff to develop real and meaningful improvements in the delivery of healthcare.

Collective leadership

We believe that to manage our resources well and to improve service delivery, we must actively involve our staff from the ground up.

  • We encourage staff to engage in quality improvement initiatives.
  • Through our Lean Academy, we have equipped over 900 staff to date with skills to lead process improvement initiatives to improve efficiency and deliver a better experience for our patients.
  • We also actively encourage our staff to participate in research, to innovate and to take an active role in shaping the future of our hospital and the transformation of healthcare.
  • We underpin this frontline engagement with an actively involved board of directors and executive managers.

Our leadership team


Mr. David Begg

Vice Chairperson

Mr. David O’Kelly

Chief Executive

Mr. Alan Sharp


Anne Vaughan

Dr. Brian Marsh

Ms. Brid Cosgrove

Ms. Eilis O'Brien

Prof. Jim Egan

Pat O'Doherty

Prof Cecily Kelleher

Prof Mary McMenamin

Rod Ensor

Ms. Suzanne Dempsey


Company Secretary

Ms. Anna Broderick