Our Leadership

Our Leadership

The Irish Heart Foundation is governed by our CEO and Senior Management Team who are responsible for the day to day running of the charity and an independent Board of Directors.

Led by the President of the Irish Heart Foundation, Emer Shelley, and our Medical Director, Dr Angie Brown – the Board consists of Professor Walter Cullen, Dr Aidan Buckley, Brian Goggin, Aisling Blake, Professor Joe Harbison, Wally Young, Dr Andrew Maree, Dr Paul Oslizlok, Deirdre Flannery and Gerard McErlean

Our vision is that everyone in Ireland will live a long, active and healthy life free from heart disease and stroke.

We know more than 60 per cent of adults over 45 have high blood pressure in Ireland, placing them at greater risk of stroke or heart attack.

The burden of chronic heart failure in Ireland has risen due to our increasing ageing population. Heart Failure affects 90,000 people living in Ireland and is responsible for 20,000 hospital admissions every year.

Meanwhile the most common heart rhythm disorder called Atrial Fibrillation, is estimated to affect 40,000 adults in Ireland aged 50 years plus. It often goes unnoticed yet carries a five-fold additional risk of stroke.

There is a lot we can do to look after our health and reduce our risk of heart attack and stroke and the Irish Heart Foundation is here to help.

A New Approach

Patients and families come first, and we have recently reviewed our strategic approach to best serve the people of Ireland so they can live life healthier and longer lives.

Our priorities

Our Board of Directors

The Irish Heart Foundation was established in 1966 by a group of medical professionals. For more than 50 years we have been dedicated to reducing deaths from heart disease and stroke

50 years preventing heart disease and stroke

Established in 1966 by a group of medical professionals, for more than 50 years we have led the way in reducing deaths from heart disease and stroke through our research, education and community service to help Irish people live longer, healthier lives.

Along with the American Heart Association, our organisation has distinguished itself by enshrining ‘prevention’ as a cornerstone principle. We have significantly helped to transform the landscape of heart disease and stroke in Ireland over the years with many achievements along the way: