Breda Crehan-Roche took over as Chief Officer for Community Healthcare West this year.
Community Healthcare West includes Primary Care, Mental Health, Older Persons Services, Disability Services and Health and Well-being Services for Counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.
From September 2005 to December 2019, Breda was Chief Executive Officer of Ability West, a Section 39 funded organisation providing services to children and adults with intellectual disability throughout Galway city and county. Over the years Breda held a number of senior management positions, in the Midland Health Board culminating in Assistant CEO of Community Care Services and previous to that Director of Services for Persons with Disabilities. In March 2005 she was appointed Assistant National Director of Social Inclusion in the newly formed Health Service Executive a role she covered until August 2005.
Breda is Registered Nurse, Montessori Teacher and has an MSc in Economics and Healthcare Management from the University of Wales and a MBS from University of Limerick.
Breda was a member of HMI Council and a member of HMI West Region for many years. From 2015 – 2017 she was Chairperson of the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies.