Board of TrusteesGHH_Joanna2023-09-05T17:14:04+01:00
Our Board of Trustees
The governing body of Global Heart Hub is the Trustee Board, which currently has four members. In addition to playing a significant role in governance, the board is responsible for strategic planning, supervision, and accountability.
Kevin O’Reilly is a retired senior Human Resources Executive who spent many years working in the Medical Device Industry. Since retirement, he has dedicated his time to charitable and not-for-profit enterprises and became the first Chairman of the Global Heart Hub in 2020. There is a history of stroke and cardiac disease in his extended family, and this has given him first-hand experience of the needs of the patient and in particular the need to educate, empower and support patients to help achieve better outcomes for them. He is passionate about his commitment to helping make this happen.
Ellen is the Managing Director of Heart Valve Voice Canada (HVVC), a non-profit patient advocacy organization that works to improve the health and quality of life of Canadians living with heart valve disease. Ellen joined HVVC in January 2021 and is excited to be leading the growth, awareness, and impact of the organization from its early stages.
Having devoted more than 15 years to the not-for-profit sector, Ellen is passionate about building partnerships that positively impact health outcomes. Prior to joining HVVC, Ellen spent 12 years at the Heart and Stroke Foundation working to develop health information resources that inform, educate and engage patients. She developed partnerships and managed campaigns to raise awareness that heart disease and stroke are the #1 cause of premature death of women in Canada.
Prior to following her passion for health and patient advocacy, Ellen spent several years as a senior marketing professional with large global companies including American Express and General Mills Restaurants.
Over the course of her career, Ellen has accumulated a rich blend of experience in health promotion, patient engagement, corporate partnerships, marketing strategy, and business leadership.
Ellen is currently Chair of the Heart Valve Disease Council for the Global Heart Hub, uniting over fifteen heart valve disease patient organizations across the globe.
Ellen’s commitment to cardiovascular health and patient support is grounded in a strong family history of CVD.
Pat is a native of Kilmeena, Westport in Ireland. He holds a BSc. (Hons.) from the University of Galway and a PG Diploma in Industrial Pharmaceutical Studies from the University of Brighton. Pat enjoyed a 37-year career with Allergen Inc. where he held a number of senior positions in Quality and Operations. In 2005, Pat took on the position of Vice President and Managing Director of the Allergan Westport site. He held this position until he was appointed as Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing in 2015.
Pat retired in April of 2018 and is happy to find himself in the position to give something back to the local community. He is an active volunteer and joined the Board of Global Heart Hub in 2022. He is also a Board member with both the heart and stroke charity Croí and Western Alzheimer’s while also doing volunteer work with the Irish Cancer Society and the GAA.
In 2014, Pat underwent a heart by-pass operation following the diagnosis of close to complete blockage of the main artery on the left side of his heart. Following surgery, he has made a full recovery introducing lifestyle changes consistent with improved cardiovascular health.
Pat enjoys keeping fit and plays golf, is a daily sea-swimmer and enjoys cycling and gym training. He believes strongly in the huge value of purposeful focus, has studied the area of mindfulness, meditates each morning and has worked with helping others, on a voluntary basis, to engage in regular meditation.
Susan Campbell, member of the Global Heart Hub Board of Directors has enjoyed a 40-year career in public health and advocacy. She recently retired as Vice President of Public Policy at WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. At WomenHeart, Ms. Campbell was successful in advocating for the passage of legislation providing programs, research and funding for women with heart disease. She co-authored numerous articles describing the results of survey research conducted among WomenHeart’s members and worked with patients to develop their advocacy skills.
Ms. Campbell received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Public Health from the UCLA School of Public Health. She began her career providing direct health care services in an out-patient clinic in Houston, Texas, a clinic for migrant farmworkers in Wisconsin, and a health education setting in North Philadelphia.
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