Martin Cowley worked for 33 years in the Mater Hospital (including Chief Executive for 11 years) and for six years in a voluntary role on the Board of the Mater. After he retired, he served in a voluntary capacity on the Audit Committee of Leopardstown Park Hospital, a statutory provider in the nursing home sector. For five of those of those years, Martin served as Independent Chair of the Audit Committee.
While he was Chief Executive at the Mater, he established a Quality Committee, one of the first of such committees in Ireland. He was also a hospital accreditor, inspecting other hospitals. This scheme predated HIQA. Martin is a Chartered Accountant by profession-his initial appointment at the Mater was Financial Controller.