Our People

At Cognate Health, we have built a multidisciplinary team that is dedicated to delivering quality service nationwide.

Led by Professor John Gallagher, our team of occupational health experts have worked with our clients in the design and management of their occupational health for over 20 years. 

Noel Creedon

Chairperson

Noel Creedon

Chairperson

Noel has a proven track record of scaling businesses in a CEO/Chairman role. Noel has senior executive experience in a variety of roles and sectors including financial services, private banking, hospitality and healthcare.

He has held senior management roles with Bank of Scotland and Halifax in the UK, as well as lead regional roles in the middle east for UK insurers.

In 2012, Noel set up iNua Hospitality and has since then, established this business as the leading regional hotel chain in Ireland.

He has also served on the Board of the Ditchley Care Group specialising in nursing home and primary care facilities.

Noel took up his role with Cognate Health in January 2020 and works closely with the CEO and Senior -Executive Team of Cognate Health and chairs the Board of Directors.

Paula Cogan

Chief Executive Officer

Paula Cogan

Chief Executive Officer

Paula has a long and distinguished career in business, most recently as a senior executive in the Doyle Hotel Group where she held the role of Director of Sales and Marketing for their Irish and international chain of hotels. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience particularly in the areas of business development and sales growth.

Paula is currently President of Cork Chamber of Commerce as well as serving on a number of other advisory boards.

She holds a BA and MA from University College Cork and completed a Diploma in International Sales and Marketing with Cornell University.

Professor John Gallagher

Founder & Chief Medical Officer

Professor John Gallagher

Founder & Chief Medical Officer

Professor John Gallagher is a medical doctor specialising in Occupational Medicine. He graduated in 1985 at University College Cork (UCC), attained his Membership of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine in 1992 and Fellowship in 1997. He completed a Masters degree at the Institute of Occupational Health, University of Birmingham in 1991 and was the winner of the inaugural John Darwall Prize.

John is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland since 2005 and is the Occupational Physician and Head of the Occupational Health Department for HSE South, based at Cork University Hospital. At UCC, John is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Occupational Medicine and the Academic Director of the Diploma in Safety, Health & Welfare at Work.

He is also an examiner, trainer and past Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. John is the Founder and Managing Director of Employment Health Advisers Ltd.

Jim O’Shaughnessy

Chief Financial Officer

Jim O’Shaughnessy

Chief Financial Officer

Jim O’Shaughnessy is Chief Finance Officer at Cognate Health having joined the company in October 2019.

A highly motivated and experienced finance professional, Jim worked for 24 years at the Bon Secours Health System — the largest provider of private healthcare in the State — where as Chief Finance Officer he managed all aspects of the finance function. This included Financial Planning, Corporate Reporting, Treasury, Risk Management, Insurance and compliance with Companies and Charities legislation.

Educated at Presentation Brothers Cork, Jim holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College Cork (1982) and a post graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting from University College Dublin (1983). He completed professional accounting training with PricewaterhouseCoopers (1985) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (FCA) since 1995.

Post qualification in 1985, Jim spent a number of years abroad in London and the USA working in various financial roles in investment banking, advertising and food manufacturing, returning to Ireland in 1997 to take up his role at Bon Secours.

Jim gives generously of his time and is on the Board of Cork Simon and is also a member of the Board of Management of the School of the Divine Child (Lavanagh) in Cork.

Charlotte Driscoll

Business Planning Manager

Charlotte Driscoll

Business Planning Manager

Charlotte has worked with Cognate Health since 2002, previously as a Quality & Document Control Manager before taking up the role of Business Planning Manager.

As Business Planning Manager, Charlotte facilitates the cooperative running of all key functions of the business. This includes ensuring key objectives are met and exceeded, the collation of key metrics from the company’s business unit, marketing, communications and strategic planning.

Charlotte holds a HDip in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work from University College Cork.

Denis Weir

Business Development Manager

Denis Weir

Business Development Manager

Denis has extensive commercial and industry experience built up over the last twenty years.  A BBS graduate from UCC, Denis also holds an MSc. in International Business & Marketing from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.  Prior to joining the Cognate Health team, Denis worked on the senior management team with Dairygold / 4HOME Superstores, Eurostyle Group, Dolmen Stockbrokers and he also trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Dublin.

denis@cognatehealth.ie

Sharon Cleary

Occupational Health Manager

Sharon Cleary

Occupational Health Manager

Sharon is a Registered General Nurse and Specialist Community Public Health Nurse – Occupational Health. She has 17 years of occupational health experience and eight years’ practice in managing occupational health services in Ireland and the UK.

Sharon has occupational health expertise and knowledge in a wide variety of disciplines, which include corporate, manufacturing, airport and aviation industry, transportation, construction, cleaning, government departments, utilities, and pharmaceutical, along with the NHS and HSE.

Ann Shalloe

Human Resources Manager

Ann Shalloe

Human Resources Manager

Ann is a Human Resources Professional with over 20 years experience providing guidance and leadership to Managers in different industries including the retail, manufacturing and services sectors.

Ann graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) from University College Cork (1992) and with a Masters Degree in Human Resource and Occupational Psychology also from U.C.C (1993). Ann has extensive experience across all areas of Human Resources, especially in recruitment, performance management, employee development, employee relations and compensation and benefits. She has been working as a Human Resources Manager in the Occupational Health Services for over 10 years.

Michael Philpott

Operations Manager

Michael Philpott

Operations Manager

Michael is responsible for building and controlling the operating processes and systems at Cognate Health, which service both existing and new business.

He has invaluable experience and insights having held Support and Systems Engineering  positions with both Citco and Dell, and more recently, senior management roles in CareChoice and Ditchley Nursing Home Group, ensuring all homes were fit for purpose and operated in a safe and efficient manner.

Michael is a Computer Science graduate from University College Cork and holds a MSc in Occupational Health and a HDip Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, both also from UCC.

Dr. Kevin O’Sullivan

Consultant Occupational Physician

Dr. Kevin O’Sullivan

Consultant Occupational Physician

MB BCh BAO MRCGP MFOMI

Dr Kevin O’Sullivan is a specialist in Occupational Medicine, which he practices in all areas but has a particular interest in musculoskeletal medicine and ergonomics. He holds a Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine and a Diploma in Sports Medicine from the Royal Colleges of Scotland. Kevin is a part time lecturer in UCC for the Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work and also for the Msc course in Occupational Health. Kevin has a particular interest in travel medicine.

Dr Paola Chavez

Consultant Occupational Health Physician

Dr Paola Chavez

Consultant Occupational Health Physician

Dr Paola Chavez graduated from Scientific University of the South (Universidad Científica del Sur) in Lima, Peru in 2007. She finished her training in Occupational Health in Valladolid-Spain (2010-2014). Dr Chavez has been working as an Occupational Health Consultant since then, between the cities of Valladolid and Barcelona. She has a Master Degree in Bodily Injury and Medical Expertise from Barcelona University (2017-2019).

Dr. Andrew Crosbie

Physician

Dr. Andrew Crosbie

Physician

Dr Andrew Crosbie graduated from UCC and holds General Practice Memberships in both Ireland and the UK.  Dr Andrew works on a sessional basis at Cognate Health bringing his wide-ranging generalist skills to Occupational Medicine.  He has a range of interests including musculoskeletal medicine and workplace injury.

Dr Eibhlis O’Leary

Physician

Dr Eibhlis O’Leary

Physician

Dr Rozali Athanasaki

Physician

Dr Rozali Athanasaki

Physician

Dr. Rozali Athanasaki is a medical doctor who initially specialised and practiced Forensic Medicine in Greece. She completed her medical degree at the University of Nis, Serbia (1999) and went on to gain a Masters degree in Medical Ethics and Law from Keele University UK (2009) before completing a PhD in medico-legal ethics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2014).

From being the Consultant Forensic Pathologist for the North Aegean area  to an accredited Doping Control Officer by WADA  in Greece, Dr Athanasaki has held posts with high responsibility throughout her career. Forensic medicine, report writing, drug testing and traumatology are her areas of special expertise.

Dr Athanasaki has a particular interest in medico-legal cases and medical ethics and is a key member of the occupational medical expert team at Cognate Health.

Susan Carter

Occupational Health Advisor

Susan Carter

Occupational Health Advisor

Susan qualified from London South Bank University as an RGN in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in General Nursing. She has worked as a Clinical Nurse Manager in London in medical, surgical settings and Cardiac HDU.

She returned to Ireland in 2007 and continued to work within the speciality of cardiology and has over 10 years’ experience in Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratories and Urgent Cardiac Care. In 2015, Susan completed a Diploma in Health Services Management.

She has a keen interest in employee health & wellbeing, health promotion and education within the workplace. She joined Cognate Health in 2017 as an Occupational Health Nurse and recently completed a MSc in Occupational Health and Safety from University College Cork.

 

Claire Egan

Occupational Health Advisor

Claire Egan

Occupational Health Advisor

Claire qualified from University College Cork as an RGN in 2007 with a BSc (Hons) in General Nursing. In 2009, she completed a Diploma in Health Services Management.

Claire has worked across a variety of clinical settings, mainly working in Cardiology, including spending seven years working as a Clinical Nurse in a Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory in Brisbane, Australia.

Following a desire to specialise in Occupational Health, Claire completed a MSc in Occupational Health and Safety from University College Cork. She now works as an OHN in Cognate Health as well as an OHN in a Cork city hospital. She is a qualified BLS and AED instructor and has a keen interest in Health Promotion and Training and Development within the workplace.

Nora Kennelly

Finance Manager

Nora Kennelly

Finance Manager

Nora joined Cognate Health in July 2018, two years after relocating from Dublin.  After qualifying as a CPA from Griffith College, Dublin,  Nora worked for many years in Practice, Industry and Professional Services and brings this vast experience to her role in Cognate.

Outside of work, Nora walks her two Jack Russell dogs and is a Munster supporter.

Radek Zoborowski

Finance

Radek Zoborowski

Finance

Radek has graduated with a Masters in International Economics Relations (University of Gdansk) and with a Bachelor in Accounting (CIT, Cork).  He has 10 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and five years’ experience in accounting. He completed accounting training in the Cork Accountancy Firm of the Year of 2018 & 2019, where he gained expertise in areas such as preparation accounts for sole traders, partnership, entities, management accounts and taxation.

Caroline Foley

Administrator

Caroline Foley

Administrator

After completing a BSc in Computer Science at University College Cork, Caroline worked as a Course Administrator at the Law Society of Ireland’s law school in Cork. Caroline later relocated to Blackhall Place, Dublin where she took up the role of Administration Team Leader at the Law Society of Ireland’s Diploma Centre.

Caroline moved back to Cork and joined Cognate Health in 2018 as a Central Administrator. The Central Administration team support the smooth running of Cognate Health’s operational activities. Together with her colleagues, Caroline facilitates appointment bookings, issues reports and medical certificates and fields queries. She liaises closely with Cognate Health’s network clinics around Ireland in addition to Cognate Health’s clients.

Ciara Barber

Administrator

Ciara Barber

Administrator

After beginning her career in the hospitality industry, an opportunity arose for Ciara to further her education and return to college full time. She completed a Business Administration – Medical Secretary course in the Mallow College of Further Education in 2015. On completion of this course, Ciara was successful in immediately securing a position as a PA for a private consultant in the Mater hospital.

Her extensive experience of dealing with the public became invaluable when communicating with the clients and a multi-disciplinary team within the hospital and private clinic. During her time there, she further developed her skills and knowledge in the medical sector.

Ciara joined the team at Cognate Health in November 2019 where she began the role of Network Administrator.

Jasna Kusic

Administrator

Jasna Kusic

Administrator

After graduating with a Masters Degree in Economics, Accounting and Finance, Jasna entered an apprenticeship with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce-Department of Tourism. On completion of her apprenticeship, Jasna continued her career in the hospitality industry, where she performed various operational and administrative roles.

She moved to Ireland in 2016 and further developed her skills in the hospitality sector. She joined Cognate Health in March 2020, undertaking the role of Central Administrator.  In June 2020 she successfully completed a Certificate in Payroll Techniques through the Irish Payroll Association (IPASS).

 

Drazenka Herceg

Administrator

Drazenka Herceg

Administrator

Sandra Cronin

Administrator

Sandra Cronin

Administrator

After completing a diploma to become Pharmacy Technician, Sandra devoted much of her career to the pharmaceutical industry. For thirty years to be exact. Recently, she decided to return to education to learn all about the world of Medical Administration and has now joined Cognate Health to put this education into practice and to keep the team in check.

Lydia McGrath

Administrator

Lydia McGrath

Administrator

Lydia completed an Honours BSC in Fine Art at Crawford College of Art and Design in 2010.  She transitioned into the medical world through the health insurance industry and furthered her interest in the health sector as Hospital Ward Administrator in Cork.  

I have been working with Olive Helfort on the remote case management for over a year at this stage. I find Olive excellent to deal with. She is highly efficient, very pleasant and her turnaround time from referral to receipt of report is exceptional. I would have no hesitation in recommending Olive and the remote case management system where face to face assessments are not appropriate or necessary
Mary O’Shaughnessy | HR Specialist | Teagasc

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Our network of Occupational Health Physicians is the first of its kind, ensuring a truly national, accessible service.