New Chief Executive Appointed at Irish Heart

Irish Heart is pleased to announce that it has appointed Tim Collins as its new Chief Executive.

A former GP, Special Advisor to Mary Harney and Brendan Howlin and national radio station chief, Mr Collins brings significant media, political and medical experience to the long trusted, national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the elimination of premature death from heart disease and stroke.

President of Irish Heart, Dr Kathleen McGarry said: “The Board of Directors at Irish Heart conducted a rigorous process to fulfil this vital role. The calibre of applicants was extremely high and from our thorough search, we are pleased we have selected an exceptional candidate in Tim Collins.

“Tim comes to Irish Heart with a wealth of experience and strategic management expertise essential to the task of guiding Irish Heart through the next stage of its development. His undoubted leadership skills and knowledge of new communication technologies will be very important in advancing the mission and goals of this vital organisation.”

Looking forward to taking up the new position, Tim Collins said: “ Premature death from heart disease and stroke impacts on families and people of all ages in every part of Ireland and remains a huge challenge.  Irish Heart has been at the forefront in meeting this challenge and has been hugely effective in supporting families affected by heart disease and stroke and campaigning for action to tackle the major risk factors. I am excited about working with the talented team at Irish Heart to tackle the biggest disease of our generation.”

For the past 18 months, Mr Collins was Chief Executive at Newstalk 106-108FM. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive with North West Broadcasting for more than 10 years (2004-2015) where he led the way on innovative digital and video content solutions to complement local radio.

Between 1990-1997, Tim Collins acted as Special Advisor to Government Ministers Mary Harney and Brendan Howlin at the Department of Health and also The Department of the Environment, before going on to become Director of Public Affairs with Drury Communications until 2003.

His education most recently includes qualifying as a barrister from Kings Inns in 2005. In 1983, he graduated in Medicine from Trinity College Dublin and went on to complete postgraduate training in General Practice before working as a GP in Dublin and Sydney until 1988. During that period, he also became Vice President of the Irish Medical Organisation.

Mr Collins is due to take up the new position with Irish Heart (formerly known as the Irish Heart Foundation) on 14th August 2017. He succeeds Barry Dempsey who recently joined Chartered Accountants Ireland as Chief Executive at the end of June 2017.

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