John Kelly is Corporate Secretary to the University of Limerick. His role is to support the Executive Committee and the Governing Authority in ensuring and sustaining the highest standards of corporate governance. He also has responsibility for compliance, risk management, legal affairs, and oversight of the University’s Visual Arts Collections.

Prior to taking up this post John was Head of Corporate Affairs for the HSE where he served as a member of its executive management team (EMT), reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer. John was also a member of the HSE’s National Crisis Management Team, which oversaw the organisation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

John began his career in healthcare, and has worked previously in the Midland, the Mid-Western and the North-Eastern Health Boards. He has held senior operational positions in hospital management and Community Services. He has also worked at a senior level in Human Resources.

John is a solicitor by profession with experience of both in-house and private practice. He has worked for one of Irelands largest law firms, ByrneWallace, where his practice extended to Employment Law, Public/Administrative Law and Healthcare Law. He has acted as a key advisor to the civil service to many large public and private sector organisations.

John has lectured for a number of years on the Law Society of Ireland’s Diploma in Healthcare Law Programme and tutored on the Professional Practice Course (PPC) for trainee solicitors. He has spoken extensively at public sector and employment law seminars and has delivered bespoke corporate training for a diverse range of organisations.

Within the HSE John was one of a number of people who worked on the establishment of the Health Services Leadership Academy, with the aim of developing leadership skills at every level and from every profession. The Academy has since grown to offer an MSc. in Healthcare Leadership as well as and two professional diploma programmes.  

John holds a BSc. (TCD), LL.B (NTU), Solicitor (LSI), Mediator (MII), Certificate in Healthcare Law (LSI), Advanced Diploma in Public Procurement Law (Kings Inns), and Advanced Diploma in Employment Law Irish (Kings Inns).