The Big Interview

‘If we can give a bit of hope, that is really important’ – Eibhlín Mulroe, Cancer Trials Ireland

When the chief executive of Cancer Trials Ireland was aged just 18, two of her schoolmates were shot dead by the loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force outside Armagh College. The incident, in 1994, had a profound effect on the course of her life and the career choices she has made

Eibhlín Mulroe, chief executive of Cancer Trials Ireland: ‘We are very ambitious, but we can only be as ambitious as everyone is in the sector.’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

In brief:

Name and role: Eibhlín Mulroe, chief executive, Cancer Trials Ireland

Lives: Castleknock, Dublin

Age: 47

Family: “Married to Marty Chambers and we share our home with Molly the cat and Maisie the dog. Eldest of five, three sisters, one brother. Mam and Dad, Ann and Peter.”

My working day: “Meditate for five minutes every morning, walk the dog and chat to the neighbours, coffee, then cycle to the Royal College of Surgeons on ...