Orla Dolan is a graduate of University College Cork and University of Limerick’s Kemmy Business School. Originally educated as a scientist, she went on to work in Human Resources specifically in Workforce Development and HR systems in the Social and Health Sectors in the United States. While in Delta-T Group, a Mental Health, Behavioral Health, Social Service and Non Profit staffing agency, she developed and enforced standards for the front-end processes of the business in all States. She led the transformation of HR practices for over 1500 employees at 22 sites at VisionQuest, a company that provides treatment services for court adjudicated at-risk youth, and was successful in achieving Joint Commission Health Accreditation for the company in multiple States. She is HR accredited in both the US (SPHR) and Ireland (CIPD). On her return to Ireland in 2005 she was appointed Director of External Affairs for Cork Cancer Research Centre (CCRC). In 2011 she launched the charity Breakthrough Cancer Research which fundraises for CCRC of which she is now Fundraising Director.