New RCPI CEO

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Audrey Houlihan

Audrey Houlihan, who has been appointed new CEO of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. She will take up her new role on June 26.

Audrey, who is the first female CEO to be appointed to the college, joins the RCPI from Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services (OLHCS) where she has been CEO. She has over 20 years’ experience in executive and senior leadership roles within the not-for-profit sector.

As Chief Executive of OLHCS, Audrey has provided strategic leadership, including clinical and corporate governance responsibilities across three hospice sites providing specialist services to people with a wide range of needs from rehabilitation to end-of-life care. Audrey led a transformational change programme and achieved significant growth in the organisation.

During her tenure, she was appointed to several national committees and Director roles that provided advisory services related to policy, strategy and service development matters.

Welcoming the new CEO, President Mary Horgan said, “I am delighted to welcome Audrey as the new CEO of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI). Audrey has a strong track record in healthcare and will bring great expertise to RCPI. Through her leadership as CEO, she will support the growth of the college and its commitment to our Staff, Trainees, Members, Fellows and Learners. We are all looking forward to working with her.”

Incoming CEO Audrey Houlihan said, “I am very privileged to have been selected by RCPI to be the CEO of such a vital organisation and look forward to leading the team as I take up this new role. I also feel blessed to have worked with an amazing team of staff and volunteers at OLHCS over the last 22 years.”

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is Ireland’s largest postgraduate medical training college dedicated to ensuring that doctors have the skills to provide patients with the best possible care. Founded in 1654, the college supports doctors to enhance their skills, competencies, and professionalism throughout their working lives.