Irene is a Cardiovascular Nurse specialist, holds an MA in Health Promotion, Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education, and is an Adjunct Lecturer at the College of Medicine, University of Galway, Ireland. Irene is a strong advocate for the nurse’s role in cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention and much of her career to date has focused on the design, development and evaluation of innovative community based models of CVD prevention. She is the past Programme Leader for the MSc in Preventive Cardiology at the University of Galway and is Director of Programmes and Innovation at the National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health (NIPC). She is the chair of the ESC ACNAP Advocacy Committee and is a member of the ESC Advocacy Committee. Irene is currently a Health Research Board, SPHeRE PhD scholar at the University of Galway. The focus of her PhD is on using co-design to develop a digital health intervention for the secondary prevention of CVD.