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The Thrombosis Ireland Team

Ann Marie O’Neill, CEO

Patient Founder and acting CEO. Having survived a number of blood clot events and understanding little about the it, she realised something needed to be done to raise awareness about this potentially preventable life- threatening condition. She set up Thrombosis Ireland in 2016 with Shay Kearney a fellow survivor and handful of amazing people, receiving charitable status a year later in 2017. Ann Marie is determined to make Thrombosis a household name, ensure every citizen knows, The Risks, The signs and the need to act fast if they suspect a blood clot. She strives to empower patients to ask for a VTE Risk Assessment before they are admitted to hospital and to encourage medical staff to make patients aware of the continued risk of a blood clot for up to 90 days after discharge and most importantly arm their Patients with the information to protect themselves.

Mel Duignan, Chairman

Mel Duignan B.A. Hons, F.C.A. Dip IFRS, is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a Financial Services Executive with a great interest in healthcare and the vital role of charities can play in the improvements to the patient experience as well as Government Policy. Mel is Financial Controller at London Life & General, Reinsurance since 2004.

Karen Collins, Director

Karen Collins, BSc in Digital Technology and Design (Distinction) is a Senior Business Architect & Design Consultant working on the design and implementation of a Global Business Operating Model. Her current role is lead business Design Consultant for Manufacturing Food & Ingredients Industry. She was previously, Global Supply Chain and logistics with Pharmaceuticals (Mylan) food, Beverage and Nutrition (Nestle, Glanbia) and Technology (Creative Labs).

Deirdre Kelly, Director

Deirdre has over 20 years of leadership experience in the pharmaceutical industry, across sales, marketing, market access, and business development. Deirdre has a BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics with post-graduate qualifications in Marketing and Health Economics. Deirdre is also a director of the Alliance of Medicines for Ireland trade association. Deirdre has been a board member of Thrombosis Ireland since 2019.

Ann O’Sullivan, Medical Advisor

Ann O’Sullivan, former Clinical Nurse Manager, National Coagulation Centre, St. James’s Hospital, James Street, Dublin 8. Ann O Sullivan completed her general nurse training in the Meath Hospital in 1980. She started working in St. James’s Hospital in 1982 and worked in a variety of surgical wards including those with vascular and esophageal specialties. Ann moved to the National Coagulation Centre in 1998. She has supported Thrombosis Ireland from the beginning.

Noel Carbury, Director

Noel Carbury, Thrombosis Patient & experienced program manager with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. EHR Program Manager, Children’s Hospital Group, Noel is skilled in IT Strategy, Management, Business Intelligence, business Process Improvement and Customer Service. Strong program and project management professional with a MSC focused in Healthcare Management from Trinity College, Dublin and a BSC in Information Technology, DCU Dublin.

Barbara Wiseman, Communication and Not for Profit Director

Barbara Wiseman MSc, Head of Communications St. Michaels House, Disability Services. Performance-driven professional, with over 20 years of experience, in Business Development, Communications and Fundraising. Skilled in strategic management, administration roles, and functions. Strong and practiced communicator with leadership skills to effectively motivates others. A proactive and innovative self-starter with the drive to implement positive change.

Garrett Brennan, Media and Communications Director

Media & Communications Specialist at Media Matters, ‘putting power into your message’. In a career working across Irish media, I have had first-hand experience of operating in print, commercial, marketing, and digital media roles at the highest managerial levels. My skills as a manager and communicator have given me the ability to design and develop Ireland’s fastest-growing media brands. With my experience in marketing automation, integration of various information systems, and digital channels I have made a success of those same brands. I have taken strategic insights into the commercial business related to the development and implementation of national communications programs. I possess a huge understanding of managing CMS, digital communications, social media, and digital advertising campaigns. Expert experience with Google AdWords, Analytics, and Facebook ads

Lauren Carey, Company Secretary and Director

Lauren Carey, BCL, Law & Criminology, Maynooth University.

Guvanch Meredov, Director of Technology Enablement

Guvanch Meredov, Director of Technology Enablement: Guvanch has survived a number of severe blood clots since he was a teenager and continues to fight his chronic illness. This has motivated him to work in healthcare technology sector. He is a strong believer in the cause of utilising technology to optimise frontline healthcare workers’ time at the point of patient care and leads multiple projects to deliver efficient product solutions for this purpose across numerous hospitals. Besides his daily job, he is passionate about volunteering with us to raise awareness about venous thromboembolism (VTE) and its potential risks to livelihood as a patient advocate and a technology director.

Brian Carberry, IT Services

Current Head of IT for UPMC in Ireland, part of UPMC International a $19 billion global not for profit healthcare provider with 80000+ employees around the world and 40+ hospitals under management, highly motivated, adaptable and a dedicated business focused technology leader with 17+ years’ experience in manufacturing, FMCG, financials, pharma and healthcare, proven track record of delivering complex business & customer facing projects, PMO leadership , business process improvement implementation, highly experienced supporting 24×7 365 critical IT Infrastructure, IT risk and change management governance , IT team management and leadership, comfortable communicating and partnering with stakeholders at all levels including end users , C-suite , customers & third party vendors in both an operational and strategic capacity.

Gordon Stewart, Website and Data Protection


Gordon MBA PgD CITP MBCS is a seasoned technology leader, with over twenty years of global experience leading multi-million-dollar technology transformations designed to drive operational efficiencies, revenue growth, and stakeholder value. Gordon has a strong track record working with boards and executive teams, across a range of sectors (including financial services, professional services, education, and leisure) on the implementation of robust enterprise solutions, business process changes, and stakeholder adoption.

William Morrin, Advisor on Legal Affairs, Safety and Risk

William is a practicing Barrister, specializing in criminal law, safety & health law. He is also a qualified mediator with experience in various areas.