The Charles Institute

The Charles Institute

The City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital Charity in partnership with University College Dublin founded the Charles Institute, named after the founder of the Hospital, on the campus of U.C.D. This centre of research excellence, was officially launched by Professor Hugh Brady, President of UCD, and Mr. Peter O’Flanagan, Chairman of the Charity on 19th September 2011.

Irish Skin Foundation

The Irish Skin Foundation

To extend the ethos of translational medicine from the research laboratories to the wider community with skin disease by “bringing science to society“, the Charity established the Irish Skin Foundation, which will be supported financially by the Charity during its formative years. The ISF held its inaugural meeting on 19th January 2011.

The Charles Centre for Dermatology

The Charles Centre for Dermatology

To further facilitate the ‘bench-to-bedside’ maxim of translational medicine, the Charity has provided funding to enable the establishment of the Charles Centre for the treatment of patients with skin disease at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, which will open in 2012. The Charles Centre for Dermatology has accommodated the majority of patients who formerly attended the old hospital on Hume Street.


Introduction to the CDSCHC

Following the closure of The City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital in 2006 after nearly a century of providing treatment to patients with skin disease and cancer from all parts of Ireland, the Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital Charity was established to operate according to the dictates of the Charter granted to the Hospital in 1916 in administering the proceeds of the sale of the Hume Street premises. The Charity is dedicated to perpetuating the ethos and tradition that are a tribute to the surgeon founder of the original hospital, Andrew Charles, and the many doctors, nurses, paramedical and general staff, and the many board members who were associated with the Hospital from its foundation to its closure. In keeping with the ethos of translational medicine to bring scientific advances from the research laboratories to the patients with illness as expeditiously as possible, the Charity has provided financial support and expert opinion to establish the Charles Institute at University College Dublin, the Charles Centre at St. Vincent’s University College Dublin, and the Irish Skin Foundation.

Mission Statement

To create an environment to promote, endow, support and advance scientific research into diseases of the skin and the maintenance of skin health, and to facilitate the timely application of the resulting knowledge for the benefit of Society, consistent with the objects of the Charity.

The Board

The City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital Charity board at a meeting in the Charles Institute

The City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital Charity board at a meeting in the Charles Institute on 5th December 2014. Standing from left to right: S. Kennedy, C. Ryan, B. White, E. O’Brien, P. Walsh, P. Ormond, M. O’Brien, T. Brennan Seated left to right: P. O’Flanagan, M. MacDonagh-Byrne, S. Walsh, E. Lynch, G. Lawler, P. O’Cearbhaill.

Stephen Walsh, who was a career banker for 40 years, retired from Bank of Ireland Private Banking in 2006. He is a consultant to a small number of high profile clients and serves as a non-executive Director on a number of private and family boards, where he also acts as trustee. He continues to play an active role as chair and member of a number of finance and investment committees in the not-for-profit sector.
Padraig O’Cearbhaill is a Member of the Institute Of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. In practice as auditor and accountant for the past 34 years he previously worked in haulage and building industries. He is Chairman of Credit Union Advisory Committee – a statutory body that advises the Minister of Finance on all matters relating to Credit Unions. He is treasurer of the Blackrock Credit Union.
Gerard M. Lawler, who has served as Treasurer, Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Board, is a former employee of AIB and Executive Committee member of IBOA. He is involved in voluntary and church organizations and is a Knight Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of The Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
Elma Lynch BCL NUI is a Law Graduate of University College Dublin and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 1970. She is also admitted in Northern Ireland, England and Wales. She is a member of Dublin Solicitors’ Bar Association and served as its President in 1985/1986 and was President of the Law Society in 2001/2002.
Thomas Brennan, who has been a board member of the City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital since 1975 is involved in construction and property development. He is also a thoroughbred race horse owner and breeder.
Mairin MacDonagh-Byrne was educated at University College Galway and Fordham University in New York, where she majored in Biology and Chemistry. She has travelled extensively and was been an active member of the ladies guild of the City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital for many years before joining the board in 2008.
Eoin O’Brien is Professor of Molecular Pharmacology at University College Dublin and has been involved with the City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital since childhood as his parents were members of the staff, as was he in later years. He has written the history of the hospital: A Century of Service. The City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital 1911-2012 and is member of the Board of the Charles Institute and Chairman of the Irish Skin Foundation.
Matthew O’Brien is a professional civil engineer whose working life was largely spent in both the UK and Ireland on the design and supervision of capital schemes in the public health area and on the management of associated services. He joined the Board in 1999 and was chairman of the Board during the closure and sale of the Hospital. He is also the Honorary Secretary of the Irish Skin Foundation.
Peter O’Flanagan has spent his working life in the sales and marketing of Construction equipment. He served as Treasurer and Vice Chairman of the Board before serving a 4 year term as Chairman from 2007 to 2011 during which time the Charles Institute, the Charles Centre and the Irish Skin Foundation were founded.
Patrick Ormond, MRCPI is a Consultant Dermatological and Mohs Micrographic Surgeon at St James Hospital, Dublin. He is lead clinician for Skin Cancer in St James Hospital and runs the Irish Mohs Micrographic Service. He also serves as the Chairman of the Skin Cancer Expert Skin group for the National Cancer Control programme.
Ciaran Ryan has been on the Board since 2000 when he retired as General Secretary of the Irish Bank Officials Association. He had previously been a Director of the the employer body, the Federation of Irish Employers – now IBEC – for twelve years. He is currently a member of the Employment Appeals Tribunal and for some years served on a number of Human Resources Committees in University College Dublin. He is President of the Irish Bowling Association
Paul Walsh is currently Group CEO of CUNA Mutual Group Europe which are Life Insurance and Insurances Services Companies in Europe. He previously worked in Dublin and in the UK with Barclays Insurance, and in the Middle East with Gulf Bank. Paul also spent time with the Musgrave Group, Mastock/Almarai and the National Lottery, and has considerable experience in finance, regulation and governance.
Bartholomew (Battie) White is a Civil Engineer who worked in Local Government in various Counties and also with Dublin City Council for a number of years from where he retired in 2008. He has since worked in the Private Sector and is currently on contract with Irish Water. Battie’s key skills lie in the areas of financial control, strategy development and project management. BW is a Member of the Board of Management of the Dominican College, Sion Hill and of the St Vincent de Paul, and also Engineers Toastmasters Club.
Seamus Kennedy, MA (Financial Control DCU), ACMA, CGMA is an accountant who has been associated with the charity since 2000, a native of Cavan; he has worked in the healthcare industry for over 30 years.