Eilísh Hardiman

Eilísh Hardiman is Chief Executive since 2013 of Children’s Health Ireland (CHI, previously the Children’s Hospital Group). CHI is the body established in January 2019 to govern and manage children’s healthcare services in its locations at Crumlin, Temple Street, Tallaght and since July 2019 at Connolly Hospital, as a single entity in partnership with multiple academic institutions, to provide integrated paediatric healthcare services, education, research and innovation.


Eilísh’s professional background is in nursing and has over 30 years acute academic teaching hospital experience, 20 of which at senior corporate management level in several roles, including:

Chief Executive, Children’s Health Ireland

Chief Executive of Tallaght University Hospital

Deputy CEO / Chief Operations Officer, St James’s Hospital

Director of Nursing, St James’s Hospital.

She was also the Chief Executive of the previous National Paediatric Hospital Development Board for 2 and a half years. She has been directly involved in progressing the transformation and development of paediatric healthcare since 2006, when the policy decision was first made to develop a single national children’s hospital central to an integrated network of paediatric services in Ireland.


Eilísh has an Executive MBA from Smurfit School of Business and several academic and professional nursing qualifications. A native of Galway, she is married to Steve and mother of twins, Emily and Lucca, her most important roles to date.