Leadership Team

Meet the Leadership Team

CEO HC21 Group

Tara Kearney

Group Chairman

Owen Curtin

Executive Director HC21 Group

David Frederick

CEO HC21 Group

Tara Kearney

Experienced Managing Director with over 22 years’ experience of working in the hospital & health care industry.

As one of the founding team members of Healthcare 21 in 2003, Tara successfully drove the Commercial function of the business, progressing to the Commercial director in 2007, while completing a master’s in business management. Healthcare 21’s Group branding and marketing development over the years has been directed by Tara’s distinct vision for the brand.

Tara’s understanding and deep knowledge of the complex nature of services required for clients coupled with her entrepreneurial and strategic prowess has helped drive significant growth both organically and through acquisition.

In 2010, Tara was appointed as Managing Director. Despite managing a huge, expanding team, Tara maintains an open-door policy and has conserved a family feel to the business. Her passion and drive to provide the best possible solutions and ultimately long-term outcomes for Healthcare 21 customers is mirrored by her team.

The company has experienced exponential growth in the past 10 years under Tara’s leadership, in the past three years alone, the company has tripled in size.

“People management is a key element of my role. Our people are our greatest asset, and our teams differentiate us from our competitors. I am so proud of the people that work at Healthcare 21, our teams take pride in consistently delivering world class service to our customers, both healthcare professionals and care givers.”

Group Chairman

Owen Curtin

Owen’s healthcare career began over 40 years ago as a supplies officer in a local hospital, the South Infirmary Hospital while also studying commerce in University College Cork.

A natural entrepreneur, Owen mastered the art of healthcare sales which subsequently led him to set up his own business, Southern Hospital Products (SHP), distributing surgical and medical consumables to Southern based healthcare customers. The business was acquired by BM Browne in 1992 and subsequently was sold to DCC (Fannin) in 1998 where Owen held senior management roles including Sales Director and Business Development Director.

Owen’s experience and understanding of the complexity of the healthcare sector, positioned him to create Healthcare 21, as a solutions-based specialist, sales, marketing and distribution organisation.

From start-up in 2003, Healthcare 21’s company values were identified as imperative to the success of the business. These included but were not limited to: “yes to ownership”, “no to mediocrity” and “no to grumpy people”. These values remain an important part of HC21’s day to day business as they strive to assist healthcare professionals and caregivers in delivering the best possible care to patients and clients. The company culture is customer-oriented, and Healthcare 21 is proactive and agile in creating customised solutions.

Owen’s belief in empowering people to be as good as they can be has been fundamental to the success of the business and ensured rapid expansion to service markets in Ireland, UK and Europe and employ just under 500 personnel.

In addition to successful partnerships with leading, worldwide medical device manufacturers, Healthcare 21 has created customised solutions and delivered 21st century solutions to meet the diverse needs of our healthcare customers.

Owen has taken a hands-on approach in the significant growth and expansion of the business over the years and is a firm believer in the management style of MBWA “Management by walking about”. His passion for use of technology in innovation has ensured that Healthcare 21’s progressive services are supported by leading edge IT solutions.

“I am extremely proud of the Healthcare 21 team and what we have achieved. We started from zero and we now employ more than 500 people. The knowledge, passion and expertise of all of our people is enduring and we take pride in our work of delivering innovative healthcare solutions for our customers.”

Executive Director HC21 Group

David Frederick

As one of the founding shareholders of Healthcare 21 UK, David has over 20 years of medical device sales, marketing, business development and management experience. Prior to starting Healthcare 21 UK, David’s position as Vice President of Sales at Covidien (Medtronic), included accountability for $1bn sales and a headcount of over 700 people.

David’s know-how in complex re-structuring, acquisitions and integration coupled with an ambitious strategic outlook has been fundamental to the Healthcare 21 Group’s success. In addition to his role at Healthcare 21, David holds a Non-Executive Chairman role at Alesi Surgical Ltd., a medical device developer and manufacturer.

With David’s strategic input and know-how, Healthcare 21 UK has seen significant growth over the past number of years, in particular through acquisitions.

“Our Healthcare 21 UK team work effectively to support our customers’ needs and bring the most innovative market leading products, ultimately providing better choices for healthcare professionals.

Our HC21 Academy is a great example of our commitment to supporting professional development by bringing together our partners and clinical experts to optimise skill development opportunities across the areas that we operate.

We are committed to continue delivering optimal results to our customers through continued growth of our partnerships with reputable world-leading brands. We actively seek innovative products and services to improve and expand our portfolio”.

Company Vision, Mission & Values

Our Vision

To be recognised as Europe’s largest and most respected outsourced MedTech sales, marketing and solutions company.

Our Mission

To become a pan-European organisation with a reputation for exceeding our customers’ and our partners’ expectations.

We are a company that inspire and motivate our employees to act on improving patient outcomes by delivering the best and most innovative healthcare products to clinicians and caregivers throughout Europe.

Our Values

We are passionate about delivering growth and being the industry leader. We are passionate about our work, being inclusive and in supporting each other.

We are honest, open and transparent in everything we do. We always do what’s right for our community, colleagues and our partners.

We deliver solutions to tackle new and old challenges. We strive to innovate new ways of serving our customers, partners and employees.