Sage Advocacy clg is governed by a Constitution and a Board which is chaired by solicitor and former Law Reform Commissioner, Patricia Rickard-Clarke. The Deputy-Chair is The Hon Mary Laffoy and the Company Secretary is Eoin Kennelly. A number of Committees oversee specific aspects of the work of the organisation.
Sage Advocacy is accountable to its main funder, the HSE, through a Service Level Agreement which is negotiated annually. It restricts its fund-raising efforts to public funding applications and private philanthropic sources. The salary range within Sage is €35,000 – €65,000 and no bonuses are paid. It does not have a company credit card.
Our Compliance Calendar shows the range of organisations and issues that we are accountable to and for and the schedule of these across the year.
Patricia Rickard-Clarke is a solicitor and former Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission. In addition to her role as Chair of Sage Advocacy clg, Patricia chairs Safeguarding Ireland (National Safeguarding Committee) and also the Law Society’s Mental Health and Decision-Making Capacity Task Force.
She is a member of the HSE’s National Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act Steering Group preparing for the implementation of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 and a member of the National Disability Authority’s Expert Group developing the non-health care codes of practice for the 2015 Act.
Patricia is a Fellow of the Institute of Banking, is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and a member of its Special Interest Group on Capacity. She has received the Public Sector Lay Lawyer of the Year Award, Special Merit in the Law Award and was named Women’s Lawyer of the Year by the Irish Women’s Lawyer Association. In 2017, Patricia was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate from UCD to acknowledge her important contribution to legislative reform and healthcare practice transformation in Ireland and her collaboration with the National Centre for the Protection of Older People at UCD.
The Honourable Mary Laffoy graduated from University College Dublin with a B.A. degree in 1968. Subsequently, between 1968 and 1971 she studied law at University College Dublin and at the Honorable Society of King's Inns in Dublin. She was called to the Bar in July 1971.
Ms Laffoy practised as a barrister from the Michaelmas term in 1971 until her appointment to the High Court. She was admitted to the Inner Bar in the Michaelmas term of 1987. She was appointed a Judge of the High Court in April 1995. While on the High Court Bench, she was primarily involved in civil litigation, principally in the area of chancery law.
The Hon. Mary Laffoy was appointed to the Supreme Court in October 2013 and retired in June 2017.
is Deputy Chair of Sage Advocacy clg.
Eoin is a director of Kennelly Tax Advisors. Eoin worked with Price Waterhouse in Dublin from 1981 to 1985. In 1985 Eoin joined Coopers & Lybrand in Dublin where he was director of Personal Tax Services. Eoin left Coopers & Lybrand in 1997 when he and Kieran Twomey established Kennelly & Twomey Limited which de-merged into KTA in 2010.
From 1996 to 2002, Eoin was a member of the Technical Committee in the Irish Taxation Institute. Eoin has been asked on numerous occasions to speak at the annual conferences of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Irish Taxation Institute.
From 2004 Eoin has been the author of numerous articles in specialist taxation journals including the Irish Taxation Institute’s bi-monthly journal, The Irish Tax Review.
Denis Cremins is a Board Member /Trustee and is a member of the Finance Committee. He is a graduate of UCD and was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2002.
Denis was a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers until 2007. He was an authorised advisor providing financial services between 2007 and 2012. He joined the Law Library in Autumn 2012 and he practices at the Bar.
Catherine Dunleavy is the Director of Nursing at Tara Winthrop Private Clinic.
She completed her general nurse training with Bromley Health Authority in the United Kingdom in 1991. Catherine worked for several years in cardiothoracic department at the Mater Hospital and completed her certificate in Intensive Care Nursing in 1994.
Catherine has worked in the nursing home sector since 2001. She holds a Diploma in Management and completed an Msc in Mental health of older people at DCU. Catherine is a designated safeguarding officer and is a member of the nurses committee of Nursing Homes Ireland and Nursing Homes Nursing Projects. She has presented at national and international conferences on a range of topics related to the care of the older person.
Claire Kelly is a Board Member / Trustee and is a member of the Finance Committee. She is a graduate of Dublin City University. Claire is also a fellow of the Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants, training with EY.
Since qualifying in 1999, Claire has held a number of finance roles in the Financial Services industry. Claire is currently working in Irish Life Group as Head of the HR Service Centre.
Angie is a producer of television and radio and a former Newscaster with RTE Television and Radio. She runs Ocarina Ltd a media production company who specialise in the production of health and education videos and radio documentaries on a wide range of subjects. She is also the founder of the Women In Leadership website and podcast. Angie is also a part time lecturer in Media Production DFEi College in Dun Laoghaire. She also runs Media Training courses for public service organisations, in the IMI and in private commercial companies.
Angie is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where she studied Economics and Political Science. She later went on to become a fundraiser and Development Officer with The Children’s Medical and Research Foundation in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin. Angie has produced many awareness raising and training videos on end-of-life issues for the Irish Hospice Foundation on everything from ‘Breaking Bad News’ to ‘Journeys To The End Of Life’ and ‘Think Ahead’ and is currently working on videos on Dementia Care and awareness.
Angie has also produced radio documentaries such as ‘Leading Women’ for Newstalk and is currently commissioned to produce two one hour documentaries under the BAI Sound and Vision scheme for Newstalk. She cares passionately about elder care and about the need to ensure the safety of those in vulnerable situations. An occasional panellist with TV3 Midday she is also active on social media. @angiemezzetti
Jim Milton is a non-executive director of WK Nowlan.
He is a founding director of Murray Consultants, a crisis management and corporate relations specialist with 40 years of experience in the PR industry. He is a former Business Editor and has worked as a journalist in both the print and broadcast media.
He is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute and the founding Chairman of the Public Relations Consultants Association of Ireland.
Prof. Dr. Cillian Twomey is a retired Irish geriatric consultant. Until 2010 he was consultant physician in geriatric medicine at Cork University and St. Finbarr’s Hospitals, with teaching responsibilities to the medical school in UCC. He continues to serve on various public bodies and as a commenator on health matters
Twomey graduated in medicine from University College Cork (UCC) in 1970 and spent his first 5 years working in Cork in the acute hospital sector and general practice. In 1975 he went to the UK to pursue specialist training in geriatric medicine and general internal medicine initially in London and later in Liverpool. He returned to Cork in April 1979 as the second consultant physician in geriatric medicine at Cork University and St. Finbarr’s Hospitals, with teaching responsibilities to the medical school in UCC.
He remains active in a range of spheres including being a member to the Board of the Health Information & Quality Authority and the Intern Network Coordinator for the South Intern Network, linked with UCC, as part of the National Intern Training programme. He is also member, and current Chairman, to the Board of Directors of St. Patrick’s Hospital (Cork) Ltd. Incorporating Marymount University Hospice and Chairman of the National Steering Committee of the Hospice friendly. In the PROSPER Study he is co-investigator, representing University College Cork. This study explored the benefits of Statin (in this case pravastatin) in the reducing cardiac events, stroke and cognitive impairment in older patients with a history of vascular disease or at risk of such events. PROSPER was one of the first multi-centre studies that exclusively included older patients only (ages ranged from 70–82 years). He serves a member of the Advisory Board of Senator Group, a group of researchers based in twelve institutions based in nine different EU member states with a strong scientific and clinical background in Geriatric Medicine and Geriatric Pharmacotherapy.
Senior HR Consultant and executive coach with many years experience in service industry. Nineteen years with MERC Partners, executive recruitment consultants, and was its managing partner from 2002 to 2008. He played a key role in setting up a leading executive coaching company – Praesta Partners Ireland. He was its Chairman for ten years, from its inception. Previous experience includes senior HR roles in retailing, distribution and professional services.
He was Chairman of Coolmine Therapeutic Community (2009– 2015) an organisation which helps people to overcome drug and alcohol addiction.
Chair: Claire Kelly, Denis Cremins, Eoin Kennelly
Policy & Practice Committee
Chair: Mary Laffoy, Patricia Rickard-Clarke, Prof Cillian Twomey, Sabina Brennan, Michael Browne, Anne Harris, Amanda Phelan
Recruitment & Training Committee
Chair: Brian Ward, David Clarke, Dr Tom Clarke, Helen Cosgrave, Hilary Maher
Risk & Audit Committee
Chair: Patricia Rickard-Clarke, Mary Laffoy, Claire Kelly, Denis Cremins, Eoin Kennelly, Catherine Dunleavy
Patricia Rickard-Clarke, Mary Laffoy, Independent Consultant (yet to be appointed)
Chair: Patricia Rickard-Clarke, Jim Milton, Eoin Kennelly, Gerry O'Sullivan
Patient Advocacy Advisory Committee
Chair: Prof Cillian Twomey, Prof Tom Clarke, Brigid Doherty, Dr Mary Holohan, Dr Mary Hynes, Mary Kirwan, Dr Ailis Quinlan, Prof David Smith
Independent Complaints Review Panel
Chair: Pat Whelan, Caroline Lynch, Kieran Lynch