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Dr Sharon McGuinness Appointed New CEO of HSA

Sharon McGuinness

Dr Sharon McGuinness, CEO, Health & Safety Authority.

The Board of the Health and Safety Authority has appointed Dr Sharon McGuinness as its new Chief Executive Officer. Dr McGuinness took over the role on 01 July last, following the retirement of Martin O’Halloran.

Prior to joining the HSA, Dr McGuinness worked in government affairs and global chemical regulations for Hewlett-Packard and also with the European Chemicals Bureau as a scientific officer in relation to classification and labelling. In addition, she has held posts in academia and the pharmaceutical sector.

Pat Breen TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection welcomed Dr Breen’s appointment.

“Dr Sharon McGuinness is an energetic senior executive with extensive experience in the public and private sector, she will bring a wealth of knowledge to this role,” he said. “Working with the current team in the Health and Safety Authority, Sharon will build on the successes of recent years and take the organisation into a new phase of development. I wish Sharon all the best in her new role and have every confidence that the organisation will prosper under her leadership.”

The Chairperson of the Authority, Tom Coughlan, welcomed the appointment of Dr McGuinness saying that her depth of experience and ability would position the Authority well in delivering on its strategic vision of healthy, safe and productive lives.