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. 

Professor John Gallagher

Managing Director & Consultant Occupational Physician

Professor John Gallagher

Managing Director & Consultant Occupational Physician

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. and a Partner with Corporate Health Ireland.

Noel Creedon

Chairman

Noel Creedon

Chairman

Noel joined Cognate as Chairman in January 2020. He has a proven track record of effectively running a business in a CEO/MD role.

A native of Macroom, Co. Cork, Noel is a highly experienced financial services executive with a proven track record of achievement during the course of a career to date of over 25 years.During this time he has worked for International Financial PLC’s and also privately owned advisory firms. He has held senior management roles in Bank of Scotland and Halifax in the UK, as well as establishing a regional head office in the Middle East for a large UK insurer. In 2005, he set up Quintas Wealth Management and helped to grow that business to become a leading Irish Financial Services provider.

In 2012, Noel setup iNua Partnership as an expert partner in connecting available capital and strong investment opportunities in different sectors of industry. Using his experience as Director and Board Member of a UK hotel group, Noel led the creation of iNua Hospitality in the same year with the objective of taking advantage of the future upside in the Irish Hospitality sector. To counter on significant growth opportunities in a rapidly changing Irish healthcare landscape, Noel has since assembled a first class medical and commercial team in the Ditchley Group, a specialist investment vehicle designed to acquire nursing homes and associated assets in Ireland.

Jim O’Shaughnessy

Chief Financial Officer

Jim O’Shaughnessy

Chief Financial Officer

Caroline Foley

Central Administrator

Caroline Foley

Central Administrator

Sharon Cleary

Occupational Health Manager

Sharon Cleary

Occupational Health Manager

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 Eibhlis O’Leary

Physician

Dr Eibhlis O’Leary

Physician

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 Rozali Athanasaki

Physician

Dr Rozali Athanasaki

Physician

Dr. Rozali Athanasaki has been working in Cognate  health  since  2015. After receiving her medical degree from the University of Nis, Serbia, she then specialised in Forensic Pathology in the University of Thessaloniki, Greece. In 2009, Rozali received her MA in Medical Ethics and Law from Keele University UK and in 2014 was awarded a PhD  in Medico- Legal ethics from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Her extensive research equipped her with a strong grasp of European regulations on healthcare and medical research.  From being the Consultant Forensic Pathologist for the North Aegean area in Greece to an accredited Doping Officer with WADA, Rozali has held posts with high responsibility throughout her career. She is experienced in sampling, inspection and auditing in health care environments and has a deep interest in improving quality control for reports and workflows.

Rozali holds a General Registration with the Irish Medical Council (Reg. Number : 419459)

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.

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

Sandra Cronin

Reception

Sandra Cronin

Reception

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.

Charlotte Driscoll

Quality & Document Control Manager

Charlotte Driscoll

Quality & Document Control Manager

Charlotte has been working in occupational health since 2002. In 2010, Charlotte completed a HDip in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work in UCC and since then has taken on the role as Quality & Document Control Manager, responsible for setting up and maintaining the document management system. Charlotte controls the draft and release, storage, tracking and distribution of documents and also oversees the maintenance of the quality management system processes.

Christina O’Shea

Accounts

Christina O’Shea

Accounts

Christina joined Cognate Health in 2015 as Credit Controller. She works on client accounts on a daily basis. Christina always provides a high level of service to customer queries. In 2016, she also took on the role as Accounts Assistant to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the Accounts Department. Along with working with suppliers, Christina also has responsibility for reconciling bank accounts and dealing with banks. She brings a wide range of experience from her time in accountancy practices and also from managing her own business for over fifteen years.

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.