HBT Staff – StopHF

HBT Board of Directors

Dr Ambrose McLoughlin is Chairperson of the Heartbeat Trust. Ambrose is a past student of St Mary’s Galway and NUIG, he is a graduate in Dentistry from UCD, holds postgraduate qualifications in Dentistry and Health Services Management, including an MBA from UCC, Diplomas and Certificates from the IPA Dublin, Harvard Business School Boston, the Kings Fund London and the Judge Institute Cambridge UK.

Ambrose has 40 years of service in the health services as clinician, clinical manager, senior health services manager, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Executive of the North Eastern Health Board, Registrar and CEO of the PSI, the regulator of pharmacists and pharmacies, Chairperson of the Health Service Executive and Secretary General of the Department of Health.  He has served as an advisor to Healthy Ireland, Smart Aging and Smart Living.

Rosemary Ryan is a Registered Risk Practitioner and joined IPB Insurance in 2000 as Risk Manager following a career in the health service as Director of Nursing in St James’s Hospital, Dublin and Altnagelvin Hospitals H&SS Trust, Derry.

She leads the IPB’s client enterprise risk management services team, and has developed models of best practice for corporate and clinical governance to support the management of enterprise risk and safety, health and welfare risk in the health service and the local and education authorities.  Rosemary also provides expert advice to clients on the management of complex risks where there is a risk of criminal prosecution.

Rob Corbet is a Solicitor since 1999; Partner, Arthur Cox since 2005; Head of Technology & Innovation Group, Arthur Cox, since 2013; Community Trade Mark Attorney since 2000.

His specialties: Irish lawyer specialising in Technology, Data Protection, Betting and Gaming, IP protection and exploitation, IT Agreements, High Potential Technology Start-ups.  Rob also leads the Privacy, Data Protection and Information management practice where he has unrivalled experience in all aspects of privacy, data protection and cyber-security law.

Francis Lynch is General Manager of A Menarini Pharmaceuticals Ireland Ltd, having joined the company in 1999. Francis also holds the position of General Manager of A. Menarini Farmaceutica Internazionale SRL UK, having taken on that role in August 2018. Prior joining Menairni he worked with Abbott Laboratories Ireland Ltd where he was Sales Manager Hospital Product Division/Pharmaceutical Product Division and Pharmaceutical Products Division Manager from 1987 to 1999.

Francis has served as both Vice President and President of the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA), holding both positions for a term of two years.

Francis is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, from where he holds a BSc Management Degree and a Diploma in Law.

Ray Dolan is safefood’s Chief Executive Officer and leads the Senior Management team.

Formerly Director of Corporate Operations with safefood, Ray is a qualified CIPFA accountant and holds a Masters in Public Administration. He is also the current Chair and Board Member of the audit committee for the Institute of Public Administration and a member of the audit committee for the Ulster Scots Agency.

“At safefood, it’s vital that we see both the big picture – how our work is informed by the latest research and building strong links with our stakeholders – and how that translates into communicating with the public through our integrated marketing campaigns and information resources.”

Ray has previously held positions with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the Controller and Auditor General and the European Space Agency. Ray has a keen interest in the management of change and corporate governance. He has taken part in leadership challenge programmes and has also lectured in management accounting.

HBT Staff

Professor Ken McDonald is a Consultant Cardiologist in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.  He is also a lecturer in Medicine at University College Dublin specialising in heart failure and interventional cardiology. Professor McDonald qualified from UCD medical school in 1981 and trained in St. Vincent’s Hospital before moving to the University of Minnesota USA in 1988.  Between 1991 and 1996 he held the position of Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Minnesota and was subsequently promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine in 1996.  Prof. McDonald is chairman of the Irish Heart Foundation Council on heart failure.  He has had longstanding research interest in heart failure focusing primarily on the areas of ventricular remodelling, prevention of heart failure and health care delivery of heart failure services.

Professor Mark Ledwidge (BSc Pharm, PhD, DBS, MPSI) is Co-Founder/Research and Developmental Director of the Heartbeat Trust.   He is an adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine at University College Dublin. Following graduation as a pharmacist and completion of a PhD in pharmaceutics at Trinity College, Dublin with Elan Corporation, Mark worked for Baxter Healthcare and Servier Laboratories in technical and marketing roles.  He completed a Diploma in Business Strategy 2001 before co-founding the Heartbeat Trust, H&L Pharma and Solvotrin Therapeutics.   Solvotrin successfully launched its first product Active Iron in 2017 and is currently developing anti-inflammatory drugs with applications in cancer chemoprevention.

Marks research interests include: medicines management and prevention of cardiovascular disease; natriuretic peptide and fibrosis in left ventricular dysfunction; iron deficiency; genetic and epigenetic approaches for the management of cardiovascular disease; pharmacogenomics. He is inventor on a number of pending and granted patents.  Mark is Co-Principal Investigator of the PARABLE study and the St Vincent’s Screening TO Prevent Heart Failure (STOP-HF) programme, which won a Royal College of General Practitioners Award in 2015 and has been incorporated into the 2017 American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Guidelines.


  • Co-Chair National Pharmacy Reference Group
  • Malawi Health Partnership

Olive Cummins is the General Manager of The Heartbeat Trust. Since re-locating to Dublin from Cork, Olive has worked in a variety of entrepreneurial led businesses across a broad spectrum of industries – telecoms, architecture and radio culminating in her focus on the national and international charity sector. It was perhaps in her pre and post-earthquake experience in Haiti that honed Olive’s project management skills and the ability to deliver key objectives in very challenging environments. Olive has an honours degree in Management and Industrial Relations from NCI and a post grad in Employment Law from UCD.

Dr Chris Watson, BSc (Hons), PhD is a university Lecturer and a biomedical research scientist. Chris was awarded his PhD at Queen’s University Belfast and was subsequently awarded a postdoctoral Newman Fellowship to lead up heart failure prevention research at University College Dublin in 2006. From this time Chris has continued his research in this field with a focus on the development and pre-clinical testing of new epigenetic drugs for the treatment of heart disease and the development of new biochemical and molecular blood tests to help diagnose and monitor patients at-risk or with established heart disease.

Fiona Ryan is Director of Clinical Trials with The Heartbeat Trust. Fiona graduated as a pharmacist from Bradford University, UK. She completed a post-graduate diploma in clinical pharmacy while working in a teaching hospital in Sheffield. She was awarded a PhD from University College Cork for her research which evaluated the impact of self-testing on anticoagulation control in patients on warfarin.

Following her PhD, Fiona worked with Solvotrin, a pharmaceutical company specialising in cardiovascular research. In her current position as Director of Clinical Trials with the Heartbeat Trust, Fiona coordinates the clinical trials programme. These trials aim to investigate the effectiveness of new therapies in patients with heart failure or at risk of heart failure.

Colette Forde is Research Finance/Office Manager for The Heartbeat Trust. Colette joined the multidisciplinary Heart Failure Research team in 2001 as senior administrator/research finance. She graduated from Ballsbridge College of Business Studies with a (QQI) Certificate in Business Studies and (MMI) Marketing Certificate. She manages administration of research finance contracts, personnel and research contracts/projects within the Trust and also in conjunction with the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences UCD and agencies including Health Research Board, Enterprise Ireland and European Commission FP7 grants.

Sinead Hand is one of the newest members to join the team at The Heartbeat Trust as our Communications Officer. She graduated from IADT, Dun Laoghaire with a B.Bus (Hons) in Entrepreneurship after which she set up her own business in multimedia production. Following this, she attended Trinity College Dublin and undertook postgraduate studies in Computer Science and Interactive Digital Media. Sinead conducted her thesis on Social Media use within the Irish Charity Sector.
She has a love of all things tech and manages The Heartbeat Trust communications including our social media channels.

Becky Fox is senior Cardiac Physiologist/Echocardiographer. She received a BSC (Hons) Degree in Clinical measurement in 2009 and joined the HBT in 2015.

Becky specialises in Echocardiography with interest in the prevention and treatment of Heart failure.

Anil Patle bio coming soon.

Rosemary Geoghegan has been a member of The Heartbeat Trust since 2008. She is administrator for The Heartbeat Trust and the STOP-HF Screening Service at St Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire.

Lisa McCudden is the Heartbeat Trust and Heart Failure Virtual Clinic administrator.

Claire Sweeney – Clinical Research Pharmacist.

Joanne Maher – Research Nurse

Nadezhda Glezeva – Biomedical and Research Scientist

Rebabonye Pharithi – Registrar

Brian Kerr – Registrar

Líbhan Collins – Research Assistant

Patient Testimonials

Some words from our patients:

“It is indeed so very reassuring to know that we have excellent doctors such as Prof McDonald and his team working on our behalf.’

“As a spouse of a stroke survivor, tonight talks made me more aware of the actions I need to take for my own health as well as that of my husbands.”

“I find the process reassuring and the people involved in STOPHF very kind and helpful”

“I feel secure in the knowledge that I am being monitored. Beneficial in having ongoing advice etc.”

“Because of the thoroughness of the annual checks I was kept aware of my medical condition”

“While on the research programme it was discovered I had too much hormone. Then I was sent to the Endocrinology team in SVUH for many tests. I was diagnosed to have a growth in my pituitary and acromegaly. I had surgery in Beaumont Hospital to remove the growth. I am so grateful to the Heartbeat Trust for finding this and sending me to have it researched and treated.

“Lovely people. Great work over many years which will clearly help our nation. Thank you for your information”