Director General, European Institute of Women’s Health
Previously Director of Development at the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin and Director of the Research and Education Foundation at the Irish College of General Practitioners. Peggy is a a political scientist and has worked at EU and national level over the last twenty years highlighting the need for gender equity in biomedical. public health and social policy. As Director General of the EIWH ,she works with an expert Board and Advisors to the EIWH and co-ordinates a dedicated , highly skilled secretariat. In her EIWH role ,she initiated the first online cancer information for and by women and worked with other health and patient NGOs to ensure gender and age became part of the EU public health programme. As part of the DG Research Women and Science Unit Expert Group on Gender. Peggy contributed to the gender wording for the 6th Framework programme guides for applicants and evaluators. She has worked with the Commission External Advisory Group on ageing and disability and the WHO expert group on gender mainstreaming. Peggy has initiated and contributes to EU funded projects such as Engender-Inventory of good practices in Europe for promoting gender equity in health; Joint Action on Chronic Disease, Chrodis-JA; Engendering Research Ethics Committees(RECs) and EuGenMed, leading the research and the workshop on Sex and Gender in Healthcare Professional Education. Peggy contributes to the EIWH series of policy briefs on an ongoing basis and represents the EIWH at conferences and meetings.
She was a member of the expert group and contributed to the WHO Women’s Health Strategy for Europe. Currently, Peggy is a Board member of the Agency for Public Health Accreditation (APHEA). Peggy is a member of the EU Horizon 2020 advisory Group for the Societal Challenge 1 ‘Health, Demographic Change and Well-being, (H2020 AG SC1) and EU Horizon 2020 advisory Group, Gender and a member of the FRA, consultative NGO platform.