Meet the team
Marie Lynch – Head of Healthcare Programmes
Following her career as an occupational therapist, Marie Lynch worked as Regional Director for 7 years with the Irish Wheelchair Association where she also obtained her MSc. In 2007, Marie commenced employment with the Irish Hospice Foundation as Programme Manager and in 2014 was made Head of Health Care Programmes with the IHF. Her work has focused on initiating policy and programmes to support the development of palliative care for people with life limiting diseases (specifically dementia, heart failure, advancing neurological diseases and respiratory conditions) in all care settings (Palliative Care for All Programme) and in Primary Care (Primary Palliative Care Programme). More recently Marie has taken responsibility for the Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme.
Deirdre Shanagher – Development Officer
Deirdre is currently working with the Irish Hospice Foundation as a Development Officer. She is a registered general nurse who has worked as a nurse and nurse manager for 7 years, primarily in a nursing home setting. Deirdre obtained an MSc in Gerontological nursing in 2011 and is a member of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association and The Irish Association of Palliative Care.
Alice Anderson – Development Officer (Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme)
Alice works with the Irish Hospice Foundation as a Development Officer for the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme. The Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme is an initiative of the Irish Hospice Foundation, in partnership with the Health Service Executive. It was established in 2007 and seeks to ensure that end-of-life, palliative and bereavement care are central to the everyday business of hospitals. Before joining the Irish Hospice Foundation Alice worked as a programme manager for a large Irish international aid organisation.
Kate Steele – National Development Manager, Residential Care Centres
Kate joined the IHF healthcare team in May 2017. She has over 25 years’ experience in the healthcare and disability sector, with the last 13 years as the Respite Coordinator with Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. Prior to that, Kate worked with Headway Ireland in the day services division supporting people with acquired brain injury. She also worked with GOAL where she was a project coordinator on a number of healthcare initiatives, such as community health promotors, immunisation, nutritional feeding programmes and local healthcare clinics. She has a Masters in Rehabilitation & Disability Studies, a higher Diploma in Health Promotion and is a qualified general and psychiatric nurse.
Mary Lovegrove – Development Coordinator, Residential Care Centres (Dublin Region) & Project Manager, Design & Dignity
Prior to joining the Irish Hospice Foundation, Mary was National Programme Manager for the Marie Curie Delivering Choice Programme in the UK, a programme to redesign NHS, voluntary and social services to enable more people to be cared for and die in their place of choice at no extra cost. She has also worked in the Healthcare Commission in England, supporting the development and roll out of the Annual Health Check – a system to regulate and assess healthcare organisations’ performance. Earlier in her career Mary gained experienced in the European Commission’s Health and Consumer Protection Cabinet, notably working on the limiting of tobacco advertising across the EU. Mary has a background in nursing with acute surgical and medical experience in Ireland and Australia and she has also worked in drug rehabilitation and diabetes research. Mary joined the team in 2008.