Chief operating Officer
Cath O’Brien MBE is the Interim Chief Operating Officer of Velindre University NHS Trust and has responsibility for service delivery in Velindre Cancer Centre and the Welsh Blood Service. She has a successful track record in delivering major change programmes in health and education, most recently at Welsh Blood Service. From 2017 she led the Welsh Government Programme Team exploring how Cell and Gene Therapy developments could provide improved patient care and economic benefit resulting in the establishment of Advanced Therapies Wales.
Cath spent her early career as a pharmacist in Cardiff and South Wales before moving to senior management roles in commercial pharmacy companies. In 2002 she was appointed as the Director for Wales for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and subsequently undertook a range of UK-wide policy and public affairs development work before joining Cardiff University as Director of the Wales Centre for Pharmacy Professional Education.
Cath is a Board member of the Life Sciences Hub Wales, working to deliver their focus on supporting health and economic wellbeing for the people of Wales.