Physiotherapists Registration Board Elections

Meet the Chartered Physiotherapists standing for Physiotherapists Registration Board Elections

The ISCP is delighted that four of the five candidates standing for election to the Physiotherapists Registration Board are Chartered Physiotherapists.

Registrant members – have you received your election papers from CORU?

It is crucial that you use your vote – every vote counts and is crucial

Remember you have to get the Declaration of Identity witnessed and signed so that you ballots will be eligible for the count– see the back of your letter from CORU

Please vote and vote for the PHYSIOTHERAPISTS on the Ballot Sheet



Voting is by proportional representation by the single transferable vote
Every registrant on the electoral register of CORU will have a single transferable vote in each electoral category
The election documentation and details on voting will issue to registrants from CORU.
The closing date for voting is 5pm on Friday 8th January 2021
It is crucial that every registrant votes
View more details on the CORU website here


Category 1 – clinicians  - ‘engaged in the practice of the profession’

PHYSIOTHERAPISTS are Corinne Evans and Dale Whelehan   (Three candidates are running for the two seats in this category)  

Please vote for both in order of your preference 1,2

Category 1 - Election Candidates Biographies

Corinne Evans

Corinne graduated from Kings College London, in 1995 with an Honours degree in physiotherapy and throughout her 25 years in practice has sustained a passion for her profession evidenced by her commitment to continuing professional development.
She has attained Graduate Diplomas in Musculoskeletal Medicine (University of Middlesex), Orthopaedic and Rheumatological Medicine and Clinical Education (NUIG) and a Certificate in Healthcare Management.
She is a professional member of numerous organisations, including Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine and the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, of which she has been a Board member since 2017 and Vice-President since 2018.
As a Board member she has continued to advocate for members and to promote the practice of the physiotherapy profession to the general public through her engagement with numerous organisations, support groups and the media.
Her dynamic and proactive approach is evidenced by her ability to couple her many roles -as a clinician she is committed to providing patient centred care through evidence based practice and commitment to excellence. Along with her clinical role, she has worked as Regional Placement Facilitator with University of Limerick, lectured in the Kerry College and continues to lecture part-time in the Institute of Technology, Tralee- soon to be Munster Technological University and on the South/Southwest GP Training Scheme.
She very much looks forward to the opportunity to be a member of the CORU Physiotherapist Registration Board and hopes to grasp the challenges this role may bring with both hands


Dale Whelehan

Dale Whelehan is a staff physiotherapist in Tallaght University Hospital and PhD candidate in Trinity College Dublin. Having completed his undergraduate physiotherapy degree in 2018, Dale pursued research in behaviour sciences with a focus on behaviour change approaches to preventive medicine. His interests are in optimising sleep which he provides continuous professional development for on the educational platform Physiopedia.
He has been an external expert for twelve quality assurance reviews of bachelor, master and PhD programmes in Ireland, European Union, and Middle Eastern countries through his appointment by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). Having an interest in education, he has been project lead for Trainees in the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) and strategy associate for the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
His physiotherapy interests are in education, regulatory and legal affairs to assure patient safety. He has extensive experience in these fields having served on the Board, as well as the Education and Professional Development Committee of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP). He has also served as a member of the board of Trinity College Dublin whereby he authored Ireland’s first ‘Student Partnership Agreement’ to which he has received the highest accolade from Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) for student rights. He now serves as an advisory board member on the National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP) and welcomes the opportunity to be a member of the CORU Physiotherapy Registration Board.


Category 2 – managers ‘engaged in the management of services provided by the profession’

Two physiotherapist managers Kevin Burke and Róna McLaughlin are running for one seat in this category. Unfortunately only one will be elected.
Please vote 1,2 in order of your preference

Category 2 Election Candidate Biographies

Kevin Burke

Kevin graduated from TCD with a BSC in Physiotherapy in 1990 and went on to receive an MA in Healthcare Management from the Institute of Public Administration in 2000. Kevin worked as a staff grade physiotherapist in the USA and in Cork University Hospital in the nineties. He has held the position of Physiotherapy Manager in both the Mercy University Hospital Cork (MUH), and presently, since December 2010, at Children’s Health Ireland Crumlin, (previously Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin). He has over 5 years of experience in general management; as Director of Support Services in MUH, and as a Business Manager in St James’s Hospital, Dublin. He was recently seconded for a period of 15 months, as Directorate Operations Manager for CD2 in Children’s Health Ireland, Crumlin, during a process of change management and structural reform. He returned to full time Physiotherapy management in Children’s Health Ireland, Crumlin in November 2020.

Róna McLaughlin

Róna graduated in 1995 from the University of Ulster with a BSc.(Hons) in Physiotherapy. She started her clinical career in OLOH Drogheda, moving on thereafter to work in the HSE and private practice in Dundalk, Galway, Clare and Dublin. In 1998 she moved to Sydney, Australia where she worked in a variety of public and private clinics. On her return to Ireland in 2007 Róna took up a post as senior physiotherapist in Letterkenny Primary Care before being appointed Physiotherapy Manager for Donegal Community Services, CHO1 in July 2019.
Academically Róna has been involved in clinical research projects in the University of Ulster and NUIG, where she completed a Masters in Medical Science in 2018. She also recently completed an ISORM diploma in orthopaedic and rheumatological medicine.


The ISCP is supporting the four candidates who are chartered physiotherapists for the three vacant positions on the Physiotherapists Registration Board. It promotes a campaign which is respectful of a registrant from a physical therapy background standing for one of those positions.