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Claire Byrne

is CEO of St Raphael’s Garda Credit Union, Ireland’s largest credit union.  Previously she worked in financial services and held many senior positions including Head of Mortgages with Permanent TSB and Country Leader for a business division within GE.  She has extensive experience in change management, driving business growth and strategic planning.  Claire holds an honours BBS and an MBA from DCU.  She is a member of the Personal Financial Planning Advisory Board with the National College of Ireland.

Sean Casey

is an experienced financial services Director who has been CEO and CFO of one of Ireland's largest financial institutions, New Ireland Assurance Company, over many years. He has acted as President and Board member of Insurance Ireland, the representative body of the insurance sector. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors.

Fergus Clancy

is Principal of FC Advisory Limited, a small firm that advises on governance and/or strategic direction.  He is also Non-exec director and shareholder of Mater Private Group and of shareholder of CareChoice, Non-exec director of Pieta House,  Non-executive chairman of Gaelic Players Association and Member (non-exec director) of the Irish Medical Council.   He was previouslyDirector of Marsh Ireland, Managing Partner of Circa Consulting, CEO and Exec Chairman of Mater Private Group, Non-exec director RSA Insurance, Non-exec chairman of i360 Medical and of  Clatterbridge Private Clinic and the Private Hospitals Association.

Karen Cohalan

is a Chartered accountant and holds an MBA from Henley Business School. She spent 7 years with PwC managing the outsourced accounting functions of multinationals such as DuPont, PepsiCo and United Distillers. Later she managed the tax and legal financial services industry practice in Poland and set up a new service line, Global HR solutions.  She currently heads up the Direct Equity, Commercial Evaluation and Legal teams in Enterprise Ireland. 
The team invests in approximately 300 companies annually and manages an equity portfolio of approximately €300m. 

Ray Doyle

is the Livestock and Environmental Policy Executive for ICOS, the Umbrella body for Agricultural Co-operatives in Ireland. He holds both a bachelor and master’s degree in agricultural science from UCD. He has wide experience in the Agribusiness and Agrifood sectors with extensive experience in sales and global trading of animal feed commodities, edible oils and fertilisers. He represents ICOS on several European commission working groups for beef, lamb and livestock. He advises member Co Ops on environmental issues such as the use of veterinary medicines, climate change, carbon trading and GM feed products/issues.

Angela Dunne

is National Director of Midwifery – Women and Infant Health Programme at the HSE. Her previous role was Director of Midwifery and Nursing Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise from March 2014 – April 2017. Prior to this she was Assistant Director of Midwifery Coombe Women and Infant University 2006-2014. She holds a Master in Health Service Management and BA in Business Studies and Healthcare Management.

Niall Fenton

is Managing Director, Europe at Lotus Capital. Previously he ran Private Equity Investments structuring financings in technology and real estate in US, UK and Ireland. He is Chairman of the Irish International Business Network, a  member of the Global Irish Economic Forum and serves on the Advisory Board of Next-Gen Ventures, a US venture capital firm. Niall holds a B.Comm. and an M.B.A. from UCD.

Siobhan Gormley

is the CEO of JP Morgan’s Fund Administration Companies  in Ireland.  Previously she was a director of J.P. Morgan Bank (Ireland) plc.  She has worked in the Financial services industry for over 25 years, with experience in Fund Administration and Global Custody.  Siobhan has a BA in Financial Services from UCD.  She is also a member of the 30% Club, which promotes women in senior management and boardroom positions.

Nicola Hayes

is Assistant Principal Officer in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with responsibility for road traffic legislation and policy development for road safety including intoxicated driving, driver licensing and testing, traffic and parking and for the corporate governance oversight of the RSA and the Medical Bureau of Road Safety.  She previously worked in the aviation, public transport and energy sectors.  She served as the Department’s Transport Attaché to the Irish Permanent Representation in Brussels.  She is a member of the board of the Medical Bureau for Road Safety.  She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Studies.

Séamus Hughes

is General Manager of a US subsidiary, Zeus Industrial Products (Ireland), Limited. This family owned company is a precision fluoropolymer extrusion company supplying the EU market in the areas of medical, automotive and aerospace applications. He joined the company in 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Diploma in Business Studies and a Masters in Business Administration all from University College Galway.

Mark Keating

is a qualified accountant with over twenty years’ experience in senior finance positions within international property, wealth management and consultancy sectors. As a CFO to entrepreneurs and family offices he has led the corporate set up, financial restructuring, operations and risk management of new businesses. Previously, Mark was Director of Finance within Accenture Plc and Group Finance Controller for the ILP Group Plc.  He is an independent director with a number of domestic and international property and financial services organisations . Mark is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA).

Senan Largey

is an independent Information Security Specialist. His background is thirty years in IT sales. A strong interest in leading edge technologies lead to Angel Investing in start-ups, primarily in the UK as well as co-founding a start-up. He migrated to information security via an investment in a DDOS mitigation start up and complemented that with CISSP, CSSP and Ethical Hacking accreditation. His interest today is in translating the technical pieces behind information security into risk management, audit committees and board level business conversations.


Brendan Lenihan

is Managing Director of Navigo Consulting, specialising in strategy and business planning, corporate governance and navigating significant change. His previous professional roles include Group Finance Director of a multinational property company, principal of a boutique consultancy practice and Partner with Andersen. He holds a Batchelor of Commerce degree from UCC, a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting from UCD, is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and is a former President of the same Institute.

Katherine Licken

is Secretary General at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Prior to her appointment to this role in January 2017, Katherine was Assistant Secretary in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment with responsibility for telecommunications market interventions, including the National Broadband Plan, EU and national telecommunications and internet policy, cyber security, the National Digital Strategy, and the Emergency Call Answering Service. Previously she worked in the Energy area of the Department and as Departmental Press Officer, Private Secretary and Policy Advisor.

Declan Lynch

is CEO, Elavon, since 2006. Elavon is a fully chartered Irish bank which is a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Bank.  He has over 25 years of experience in international financial services with corporations in Europe and the United States. Prior to joining Elavon in 2006, Declan was Executive Vice President of Demica, CEO and founder of Vtreasurer, European Treasurer for Novell Inc., and held similar senior treasury roles at GE Capital and IBM. Declan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a graduate of University College Dublin.

Nicholas MacShane

is Head of DB Portfolio Management, Irish Life Investment Managers (ILIM). Nicholas joined ILIM in 2001 as a Senior Portfolio Manager with responsibility for the Irish Life Assurance relationship. In 2005, Nicholas was appointed to the Institutional Portfolio Management team and in 2012 was appointed Head of DB Portfolio Management.  He has over 21 years’ experience in the financial services industry working with Progressive Life Assurance and Irish Life Assurance.  He holds a BA in Economics and Computer Science from UCC, a MSc. in Investment and Treasury from DCU and a MBA from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.


Cormac McConnell

has a background in public policy making, advocacy, occupational psychology, personnel management, industrial relations, conflict resolution, and leadership.   He has an MSc (Econ), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics from TCD,  a B.A. in English & Psychology from UCD, and a B.A. in HRM from NCI. He has a Professional Diploma in Counselling from MU, and an Advanced Management Diploma from UCD.  He recently set up Common Good International having previously worked in the Rehab Group, Aer Lingus, Ibec, the Irish ProShare Association, the Department of An Taoiseach, and the Irish Jesuits.   He is a former board member of the Eurofound, and is a fellow of the CIPD, and the Royal Statistical Society.

Deirdre McKenna

is the Manager of the Secretariat and Governance function at the Central Bank of Ireland. In her current role, she heads the unit that provides company secretariat support to the Central Bank Commission and its sub committees. Her role also involves the provision of technical expertise and knowledge to support and influence the Governance framework and processes in the Bank to ensure they operate to proper standards and that the Bank operates in accordance with best practice.  Deirdre’s background includes roles in procurement compliance, audit and IT.

Helena Mitchell

is the Head of Consumer Protection: Supervision Division in the Central Bank, with over 20 years’ experience in Central Banking/ Financial Regulation.  Helena also worked in the European Central Bank in Frankfurt for a number of years, while seconded to its Internal Finance Directorate. Helena is a Chartered Banker, LCOI and also holds a number of other qualifications from the Institute of Banking.

Simon Moores

is Director of Finance  at St James’s Hospital Dublin, with responsibility for over €430m gross expenditure.  He has expertise in the leadership of complex strategic organisational change and financial management, securing patient outcomes. Prior to his current role, he was Director of Finance at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, where he presided over all financial aspects within the hospital. Simon holds an MBA from Michael Smurfit Business School, UCD and is a Chartered Management Accountant (GCMA).

Gerard M Morrissey

is Non-Executive Director of Lagan Hibernian Ltd and its subsidiaries and Trustee of Construction Executive Retirement Savings.  He has been Finance Director for Mercury Holdings, Ireland's largest building services company and its subsidiaries over a period of 25 years, involving extensive international work in UK, Poland, Russia and Gulf States.  He is a Fellow of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Alan Mulligan

is a career civil servant.  He worked in a wide variety of sections in the Department of Social Protection before moving to the Department of Justice in 1998.  There he was the Press Officer for the Minister and the Department and later became programme Manager for the Minister.  In 2006 Alan joined An Garda Síochána as its first Director of Civilian Human Resources. Alan has an MA in Public Management from the Institute of Public Administration.

Brian Murphy

is a Commerce graduate of UCD , has completed the CIMA professional exams and has spent most of his career in international Banking. This included spells as a VP with Citibank in Corporate Finance (Middle East) and Treasury/Capital Markets/Banking in Ireland followed by spells as CEO of ABN Amro Bank in Scandinavia and Ireland. Currently he runs the NDFA, part of the NTMA, responsible for PPP Procurement and Project Finance advice. He was founder Chairman of the Netherlands/Ireland Business Association and former Chairman of the Ark, a culture and arts centre for children in Temple Bar. He is currently member of the Council of the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce.

Patricia Murphy

is an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Social Protection and a member of the Management Board.  She has responsibility for Human Resources, Industrial Relations and Facilities Management,  covering 7,000 employees and 300 locations.  She also has responsibility for Business Information Security and Corporate Services.  Previous  roles in the Department included pensions policy development and development of the Public Service Card.  She is a former member of the Pensions Board.  She has a B.A in Public Administration and an M. Sc. (Economics ) in Policy Studies from Trinity College. 

Mary O'Connell

is a director of the Prize Bond Company. She holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from UCD and an MBA from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. She has worked with all divisions in FEXCO on developing their strategic plans, led the New Ventures Group and also worked on a number of strategic acquisitions. Prior posts included post in Sales and Marketing with Client Solutions Ltd., and a Database Marketing Consultant with Ogilvy & Mather Dataconsult in the Netherlands. She was Chairperson of the Irish Orienteering Association from 2012 – 2015 and Treasurer from 2007 – 2010.

Emer O'Flaherty

is a Credit and Risk professional and former senior manager with Bank of Ireland. She has a wide range of skills in the financial sector acquired over 40 years’ experience in retail banking, business banking and in risk analytics.  Her main areas of interest are impairment and credit risk modelling as well as policy and process documentation.  Emer is a Chartered Banker and qualified from UCD and the Institute of Bankers with the Bachelor in Financial Services degree. She has previous board experience with International Services Ireland.


Noreen O’Hare

joined Microsoft in November 2013 as Services Director and member of the Microsoft Ireland Leadership team.  She has 30+ years' experience in the ICT sector in sales, operational and executive management roles in Ireland, The Netherlands and Belgium for both blue chip IT and Telecoms companies and technology start-ups. Noreen holds a degree in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA.  She is a member of the Apprenticeship Council since 2014.

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

in a member of Seanad Éireann. He served as a Dublin City Councillor from 2004 to 2011 and a Teachta Dála for Dublin North Central from 2011 to 2016. He was appointed Minister of State for Equality, New Communities and Culture in July 2014 and as Minister with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy in 2015.  A primary teacher by profession, he taught in St Laurence O'Toole's GNS, Sheriff Street, Dublin 1. He was appointed principal in January 2008.

Ciara O’Sullivan

is a director at Duff & Phelps and provides a range of regulatory and compliance advisory services to regulated firms and investment funds. Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, she worked with a large US global custodian in a number of roles, including Head of Trustee, European Head of Compliance and Head of Global Market Initiative Regulatory Group. Ciara has a Bachelor of Civil Law,is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, and isa former chair and current member of the Association of Compliance Officers of Ireland’s Funds Working Group.

Teresa Kelly Oroz

is a Head of Regulation and Compliance in Irish Life Health and Company Secretary to GloHealth.    Teresa has been involved in a number of financial services start-ups being on the founding management team of Vivas Health, Insurance Regulatory Capital and GloHealth.   Teresa qualified as a barrister and has a Masters of European Law from the Universidad Carlos III Madrid.

Colin Potts

is Director of Finance & Operations at the Bar of Ireland. A chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in senior finance positions across a number of private sector organisations, Colin is currently responsible for finance & operational matters at the Bar, directing all financial planning, management, reporting and legal & regulatory compliance. Colin is also responsible for membership of the Law Library and members business support services. Colin is a Director of the organisation's property and finance subsidiary companies with full responsibility for commercial performance. Colin is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.


 Breda Rafter

is an Assistant Principal Officer in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with responsibility for Government Accounting.  She develops and advises on policy for accounting, financial management, internal audit and risk management for central Government Departments and Offices.  Prior to this she held a number of positions in the Department of Finance.  She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree, is a Chartered Management Accountant and has an MA in Public Management.

Kenneth Ruane

is Head of Legal Affairs at An Garda Siochana.  His primary function is to advise the Garda Commissioner and Garda management issues including civil litigation, corporate, employment and European and human rights law.  He was previously a solicitor in the Chief State Solicitor’s Office and a member of the Law Society of Ireland's Litigation Committee from 2007 to 2012. He holds a BA Hons (Law and Economics) NUIG 1993, LLB (Hons) NUIG 1995, Qualified Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland 1998.

Thomas Ryan

is a senior executive with the Irish Farmers’ Association, Director and Company Secretary of recycling company IFFPG and a resource efficiency programme manager. He has considerable experience in public policy and government relations.  Thomas is a graduate of UCD, DIT and the IMI. He holds degrees in agri-food business and property economics and a diploma in business management. He previously worked with Kerry Group plc. He is an associate member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland and a member of the Agricultural Science Association and the Irish Environmental Law Association.


John Webb

leads the Risk Optimisation and Insights team in AIB’s Enterprise Risk Management Department.  A Chartered Accountant, he has worked in financial services for over 28 years in Ireland and abroad.  Previous roles in AIB include;  Head of Global Treasury Risk, Head of Treasury in BZWBK (AIB’s subsidiary in Poland), Head of Business Banking Propositions, Head of Lending Products, and Head of Portfolio Management, Corporate & Institutional Banking.  He holds a B. Commerce degree from UCG and has completed post graduate programmes of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.  


Gerry Prendergast

is Strategic Development Director for Millennium Park, Naas and is involved in the delivery of a number of residential dwelling schemes in Naas and the greater Dublin region in response to the current residential availability crisis. He has vast experience in the Construction Industry having worked for the Ascon Group for 22  years.  He was part of the senior management team that delivered most of Ireland’s large infrastructural projects over the years of re-developing Ireland assisted by EU funding. Gerry holds a BA in management and an MSc from UCD, and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Oonagh Buckley

Assistant Secretary in the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform.

Oonagh has responsibility for Remuneration, Industrial Relations and Pensions. Prior to joining the Department in 2008, she worked in the Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government, latterly as a Director of the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Oonagh is a barrister with a background in European studies.

Liam Burke

has been a Regulatory Accountant with the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) since 2007. His role includes public procurement, tariff pricing and reviewing regulated accounts.  Prior to joining ComReg Liam was an audit manager with a top ten audit firm where he was also actively involved in staff training and development.  Liam is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland, the Irish Taxation Institute and holds a BComm and BA from UCD

Malachy Cardiff

is Head of Commercial & Administration and Company Secretary for Gorta – Self Help Africa.  Malachy joined Gorta in January 2013 as Head of Finance & Administration, after a merger in 2014 moved to his current role.  Malachy has experience of working in/with large UK firms, US subsidiaries and SMEs.  Malachy has a degree in Economics from UCD, Postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies, Certificate in Company Law & Company Secretarial Law and is a CIMA qualified accountant.

Lynda Carroll

is Lead Supervisor of one of Ireland's pillar banks at the Central Bank of Ireland which she  joined in 2012 bringing over 25 years financial services sector leadership experience. As MD of De Lage Landen Ireland (Rabobank's leasing entity) she lead European Structured Finance & Syndication and sat on the boards of the group's Irish subsidiaries. Lynda holds an MA from UCD, is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor (5 years with KPMG) and holds a Diploma in IFRS (ICAI).

John Cleere

Head of Financial Management for the Courts Service, he is also the Procurement Officer with additional responsibility for corporate governance, risk management and performance management. Prior to joining the Courts Service in 2000 he spent 2years in An Post as an Accountant and previously in Allianz, GreenIsle Foods and Digital. John is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (FCMA & GCMA) he is also a qualified Chartered Secretary (ACIS) and holds a diploma in Marketing and Administration.

John Conlon

is Assistant Secretary at the Department of Social Protection with responsibility for Budget Estimates, Finance, Legislation and some areas of corporate services.  He previously worked with the Departments of Public Expenditure and Reform  and Finance and was Assistant Secretary to the Commission on Taxation.  He also worked in the Office of the Ombudsman and with the Constitution Review Group.  He holds a B.Comm & LLB from UCG, a Master of Laws from Trinity College and an MA in Public Management from the IPA.  He is a former member of the Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare.

Lucia Crimin

held a number of roles in the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland  since 2010, including a secondment to the Department of Health to assist with the health agenda for the Irish Presidency of the European Union in 2013. Lucia is a registered pharmacist and holds a  BSc(Pharmacy) from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.  Lucia is a director of the Pharmacy Benevolent Fund – a charitable support body.

Cillian de Paor

is Group Secretary and Director of Compliance at RTÉ.  In this role he works with the RTÉ Board and is responsible for corporate governance and internal and external relationships.  Previously  he worked in journalism at all levels in RTÉ including fifteen years in the role of Managing Director of Television News.  He has a B.A. in history from UCD and a Diploma in Legal Studies from Rathmines College of Commerce (now DIT).

Michael Downes

is the Head of Group Internal Audit in CIE having previously worked in a number of engineering, finance and internal audit positions with ESB.  He has served as a member and Chairman of the Audit Committee for the Department of Agriculture & Food, and as a lay member of the Complaints Committee for Chartered Accountants Ireland.  Michael holds a BE from UCC and is a Chartered Engineer (EI) and a Chartered Internal Auditor (IIA UK&Irl).

Brian Doyle

is the Group Chairman of the Donnelly Group, a third-generation multi-award winning Irish Family Business famous for its innovation and quality in Irish grown vegetables and top quality fruits from Ireland and around the world. Brian is also Managing Director of Glan Arís, another award winning Irish business supplying a range of returnable plastic crates and pallets to the Irish Fresh Foods Industry.

Michael Dwan

is Managing Director of the Gowan Group since January 2000 and Chairman of all subsidiary companies. This family-owned Group is structured through five divisions including motor distribution, motor retailing, kitchen appliance and consumer electronics distribution, window manufacturing and industrial tool distribution.  He joined the Group in 1998 as Finance Director. Prior to joining the Gowan Group roles included Finance Director at GE Capital Woodchester and Audit Manager with KPMG. He holds a Business Studies degree from  Trinity College,  and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Sandra Fagan

is the Head of HR for Marks and Spencer Ireland, a subsidiary of M&S UK plc and operating in 17 locations in the Republic of Ireland.   She joined M&S Ireland in 2005 having spent 12 years in both general HR and Industrial Relations roles in Smurfit Kappa, Ladbrokes and Tesco Ireland.  She has a B.A.(hons) Degree in Industrial Relations and HR Management from the National College of Industrial Relations and a Masters in Human Resources from Sheffield Hallam University.

TJ Flanagan

is the Dairy Policy Executive for ICOS, the Umbrella body for Agricultural Co-operatives in Ireland. He is a UCD Agriculture Graduate with wide experience across the AgriFood Business. He is also Executive Director of the Plunkett Institute, the Professional Body for Co-op Directors in Ireland, as well as being a member of the Dairy Research Trust, a Board Member of the National Milk Agency, and a sitting member of the European Commission Civil Dialogue Group on Milk and Dairy Products.

Aidan Glacken

is the lead at Strategic Transformation Office of An Garda Siochana. He has over 30 years experience and has held a variety of operational command positions across a broad spectrum. He holds a BA in Management, a MSc in Work Based Learning from Queens University, Belfast and a Post Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership from Smurfit Business School at UCD. He is a member of the Irish Institute of Training and Development.

Lorraine Heffernan

is the Head of Operations and Administration in Smurfit Executive Development, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.  She has worked in the Irish education sector for the past 18 years and holds a BA in Business Management and an MSc in Education Management (Leadership).  She is also a Non-Executive Director of a not-for-profit organisation and is a member of various sub-committees of the Board of Directors. 

Denis Herlihy

is Managing Partner at BDO Limerick.   He advises a diverse range of clients ranging in the agricultural, engineering and services sector.  He is author of the Annual Tax Guide, published by Bloomsbury Professional and is editor to FINAK, a commentary on the annual Finance Act, published by the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Irish Taxation Institute.  He holds a MComm Degree from UCC, Diploma in Arbitration Law from UCD and is a Fellow of the Irish Taxation Institute.

Niall Jennings

is Head of Inspections at SEAI since 2014. Prior to this Niall has 30 years’ experience in construction major projects, working  both client-side and with key Principle Contractors, leading business development, design, procurement  and delivery of projects with blue-chip clients across a broad range of industries, incl. transport, manufacturing, commercial, healthcare, retail & residential. Niall is a Chartered Civil Engineer & holds an MBA.

Brendan Lawlor

is a Senior Manager at the Central Bank of Ireland. A Chartered Accountant, he has worked in financial services for over seventeen years as an Internal Auditor, External Auditor and Financial Services Regulator. He holds a Diploma in IFRS and a Masters Degree in Strategic Management from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Brendan is a Non-Executive Director of Boardmatch Ireland.

Stephanie Manahan

is Chief Executive of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC). Stephanie took up the position following a very public scandal in the CRC and was central to establishing new management structures and robust governance for the organisation. She has worked in health care for over 25 years and has experience in a variety of service settings both in the Acute and community. She holds a BSC from Trinity, an MSC from the University of London, a certificate in change management from the IPA and was awarded the 30% club Scholarship to undertake her studies in Corporate Governance with the Michael Smurfit Business School in UCD.

Eoin Moran

is the Assistant Director at Met Éireann, the Irish National Meteorological Service. He has over 20 years experience in meteorology and scientific management roles. He holds a Masters in Mathematical Science from NUI, Galway and joined Met Éireann in 1995. He worked as the Chief Scientific Officer at Valentia Meteorological and Geophysical Observatory from 1998 and in 2007 he joined Met Éireann's senior management team.  In 2011 he was appointed Assistant Director. 

John Murphy

had a career in financial services, investment funds, head of finance, together with director/company secretarial roles in various companies including regulated entities. Currently he is a member of boards associated with investment/fund management, corporate finance, property management and previously held membership of boards associated with large/small ticket leasing, manufacturing, services, information technology, nursing homes and state agency. He holds a (UCD) B Comm. and is an FCCA member.

Declan O’Callaghan

is Medical Director and board member of Pfizer Healthcare Ireland. He was previously Medical Director of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. He spend 15 years in clinical/academic medicine. He is President of the UCD Medical Graduates Association and Chairman of the Association of Pharmaceutical Physicians. He is a registered specialist in Pharmaceutical Medicine and holds a MB., BCh., BAO. (UCD)  and Diploma in Health Economics (IPA/ UCD).

Gerry O'Grady

is Chief of Staff, Company Secretary and Applications Engineering Manager of Decawave Ltd., an Irish technology company developing advanced location solutions based on ultra-wideband wireless technology. He joined Decawave in 2009 having spent 24 years in various positions in engineering and technology companies.  He has a B.E. from UCD, a Diploma in Management for Engineer and Scientists from TCD and is a graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.

Emmet Oliver

is Director of Corporate Communications at IDA Ireland, responsible for 
promoting Ireland as a business location to multinational companies.  He is a member of 
the IDA’s Management Committee.  Emmet joined the agency in 2012 after a career in business media and broadcasting where he worked with Irish Times, Bloomberg (London) and later with Sunday Tribune & Independent News & Media. He was the presenter of NewsTalk’s Down To Business radio programme for several years and a daily business news contributor with the station.

Rosie Owens

is a Senior Manager and leader of  PwC's Governance, Risk & Compliance practice. 
Rosie is a Chartered Accountant with over 11 years professional experience in Internal Audit, Sarbanes-Oxley implementation and support projects, risk management and internal controls. Rosie has worked in both Professional Services and in the Private Sector in both Ireland and Australia in Internal Audit, Internal Controls and Business Change / Transformation.

Tony Pearson

is CRO of Harcourt Life Services Ltd, having previously held a range of positions in the P&C insurance sector including CEO of RSA Reinsurance Ireland and General Manager of Royal Insurance in the Sultanate of Oman. He holds a law degree from the University of Nottingham, is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and is a Certified Insurance Director.

Lucinda Sibson

is General Counsel with Actavo (Ireland) Limited.  She is member of several formal ELTs and has served as Company Secretary to a number of Irish Companies.  Lucinda is a graduate of the  University of Oxford and holds Professional Qualifications from the College of Law, London.

Geraldine Smith

is Assistant National Director of Internal Audit with the HSE. Geraldine has held senior internal and external roles in the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the Office of the Comptroller & Auditor General.  She is a qualified accountant, chartered secretary, and has a Doctorate in Governance and a MA in Public Management.

Carol Tancock

is Head of CRE International at FMS Wertmanagement Service GmbH, which manages a large portfolio for one of the German Government wind-down institutions.  She is also co-branch Manager of the Dublin Branch.   She has over 20 years’ banking and financial services experience of which 10 years are Commercial Real Estate related.  She has worked for the HRE Group in London, Dublin, Munich, Stuttgart and Singapore.  She holds an MSc in Investment and Treasury from DCU.

Nigel Tennant

is Actuary and Director of Segrave Daly & Lynch Ltd. a firm which specialises in financial and litigation actuarial advice.   He is also Director of the Authorised Financial Advisors, P & A McMahon Life & Pensions Ltd.   He is a qualified actuary and has previously held several management roles with Guardian Royal Exchange, Caledonian Insurance and Norwich Union.

Tom Tynan

has a background in Financial Services. He has as spent 18 years at  Deutsche Bank as a Managing Director in  New York, Tokyo and London, with roles focusing on leadership, strategy implementation and creating multi-functional sales teams. He holds an MA in Entrepreneurship from UL, BSc (Surv.) from TCD and a Grad. Diploma in Development Studies from DIT.



John Boland

is the CEO of HEAnet Ltd., which delivers ICT services to Ireland’s education sector. This includes managing Internet connectivity for all Universities, Institutes of Technology and every school in Ireland. He is also heavily involved in European research networking. With a background in computers and networking, previously John worked for Marconi Communications in the UK and Motorola Computer Services in the US.  He holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from UCD.

Yvonne Brett

has a background in the global financial services sector. Most recently she was Head of Research and Portfolio Manager with AGFIA Limited, the Irish subsidiary of Canada’s largest independent investment management firm. Yvonne holds a BComm and MBS from UCD and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She is also a Director of the NGB for ice skating in Ireland.

Jane Carolan

is National Director for Health Business Services, the shared services entity which provides back office support business services to the Health Service Executive. This includes Procurement, Estates, Finance and HR shared services. She is a member of the HSE Leadership Team.  Previous roles included Head of Planning and Corporate Performance for the HSE and she has a great interest in strategy development and execution. A Chartered Physiotherapist by profession and a graduate of TCD (BSC Physio), she holds a MBA from UCD Smurfit Business School, a BA in Public Management from the Institute of Public Administration and BA in Spanish and French from the Open University. Jane has over 20 years experience in senior management roles within the health system.

Pat Collins

works with Intel as Risk & Controls Manager for the Tablet & Phone Development Business, Pat has previously served as Operations Manager for Intel’s Shannon Site. He has held several Management roles in Manufacturing and Quality in the High Voltage, Automotive and Electronics industries. Holding a degree in Manufacturing Technology from NUIG, Pat has served as Lead Assessor for the EFQM European Business Excellence Award on a number of occasions.

Elizabeth Daly

holds an MBS from the UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School and an MA in Politics and Sociology from TCD as well as Diplomas in Economics and Finance.  She lectured in Marketing in DIT Aungier Street where she was a key instigator of the Masters Course in Advertising. Prior experience includes Chief Executive of the Regional Newspapers Advertising Bureau. Elizabeth has many interests as a former listed judge of Dressage Ireland and an Associate of the London College of Music.

Cliona Deegan

is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a member of the Association of Compliance Officers of Ireland. She also holds an MSc in Management & Corporate Governance from Ulster University.  Cliona has worked in a number of company secretarial positions and non-executive director roles in industry and practice.

Peter Dennehy

is the Deputy CEO, Director of Corporate Services and Board Secretary at the NMBI. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) and a Member of the Standards Committee of the United States of America’s National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).  Spanning 30 years, he held Senior Manager positions in the Public, Private and International sectors. He is an experienced leader of Irish, UK and Worldwide organisations within; Technology, Services, International Standards and Governmental Regulatory Organisations.

Peter is an Honours graduate of Trinity College Dublin University, a Chartered Engineer,  Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Ireland and a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Tom Doherty

is the Chief Operations Officer and Secretary of Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority. He joined Teagasc in 2003 as Head of ICT having spent 20 years in ICT management and consulting roles with various private and public sector organisations. He was appointed to his current position in 2010. He has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from TCD, a Masters in Public Administration from UCD and a Masters in Project Management  from Limerick University. 

Damian Downes

is College Secretary & registrar of National College of Art & Design having previously held the role of Chief Executive of Kilkenny Arts Festival and Business Manager at the Helix. He also held positions at the UN High Commission for Refugees the National University of Ireland.   He is a member of a number of Boards associated with the Arts and holds an MA from Dublin City University and an MBA from UCD Smurfit School.

Gerard Egan 

is Director of Corporate Affairs for An Bord Pleanála having worked in various executive and management roles in that organisation over a number of years. He holds Primary and Masters Degrees in the areas of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development.

Celine Furey

has over 20 years experience in senior finance positions within FMCG, Financial Services and the Healthcare sector.  She is currently an independent consultant following on from four years as CFO for a private medical diagnostic company where she led the corporate set up, the financial restructuring and integration of an acquired business.   Celine holds a BComm and MAcc from UCD and is a member of CIMA.

Tara Glynn

is the Head of Legal & Company Secretary of ACC Loan Management Limited and Rabobank Ireland plc. She qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and has twenty years experience in banking. She holds a BCL from UCD, AITI and is a licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland.

Dermot Gorman

is a Director with Hughes Blake, Chartered Accountants where he works in the firm’s Corporate Recovery and Personal Insolvency business. He has over 25 years’ experience in financial services, working in senior customer facing leadership roles in London with Prudential Plc. and in Dublin with AIB Group. He was involved in rebuilding AIB Bank’s Credit Risk Management function and framework, at a time of significant customer, organisational, cultural and regulatory challenges. Brian is a graduate of UCD and an MBA from Middlesex University, London. He is an authorised Personal insolvency Practitioner.

David O’Halloran

is Head of Sales and Marketing at Willis Risk Services (Ireland ) Ltd the Irish operation of Willis Plc. (NYSE). He spent 15 years as Group Marketing Director with Coyle Hamilton Group prior to its takeover by Willis in 2004. He is a Director of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and also served as Treasurer and Chairman of The Friends of St Luke’s Hospital Charity. His current role involves Risk identification, assessment and mitigation through the medium of risk transfer. He works with Corporate clients to review Risk Registers and insurance protections providing gap analysis and advice on Alternate Risk Financing mechanisms.

Robert Quinn

is the Finance Operations Manager with the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg). A qualified accountant by profession, Robert has also worked in a number of Finance roles in Practice and in Industry prior to his current role in ComReg. He also holds a Masters Degree in Organisational Behaviour from TCD.

Dermot Ryan

is an independent director with a number of insurance and financial services organisations serving both domestic and international markets. He has thirty five years’ experience in the industry having previously held senior positions with HSBC. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors and has a Diploma in Finance Law from the Law Society of Ireland.

Nicky Jermny

is Director of Strategy working with the St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group and its Shareholders the Sisters of Charity.  Previously he was Group CEO/Director of the Group and CEO of St. Vincent’s University Hospital.  He was also CEO of a number of other Voluntary Hospitals.  He has a particular interest in Governance, Change Agenda, Risk Management, Patient Safety & Quality within the Health Sector.  He worked in the Commercial and Banking areas for a number of years and holds Financial and Management Qualifications to Masters’ level.  He has presented and lectured on Health matters.

Barry Keogh

is a Partner at KMCS the International Project and Cost Managers. He delivers capital project advisory services specialising in public procurement and advising clients on how best to initiate, develop and deliver major projects.  Holding a BE and M.Eng.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from UCD he worked for Diageo prior to obtaining his MBA from the London Business School following which he worked in the strategy & transformation practice of Gemini Consulting.

Grainne McLaughlin

is Vice-President of Legal Services and General Counsel at UPC Ireland.  She is a member of the Senior Management Team fulfilling the role of Compliance Officer, Company Secretary and Directors of various group subsidiaries with responsibility for the provision of all legal services. She and her team advise the Board, CEO and Senior Management team on corporate, contract, regulatory, litigation, employment and compliance matters.  Prior to joining UPC Ireland Grainne worked as a corporate finance lawyer with William Fry Solicitors.  She is a graduate of UCD -  BCL (European Legal Studies).

Freda Mahon

is Deputy Chief Legal Officer with An Post. She specialises mainly in Employment Law and Litigation. She represents the Company in the Courts, and various employment arenas and is responsible for determining the Company’s strategic approach in these areas.  Previously she held roles as In-House Litigation Solicitor and Solicitor in General Practice in the private sector.  Freda holds a BCL from UCD and Diplomas in Commercial Litigation and Employment Law from the Law Society of Ireland. 

Isabelle Monahan

is a Senior Manager for the Alternative Investment Services division of BNY Mellon Fund Services (Ireland) Limited. She has extensive experience in the Funds Industry and has responsibility for a hedge fund accounting team delivering fund administration services to a number of BNY Mellon’s strategic client relationships. Isabelle holds a BComm from University College Galway and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Michael Moriarty

is Head of Asset Recovery at NAMA having joined in 2010. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and joined The Investment Bank of Ireland Limited, in corporate banking and subsequently in IBI Corporate Finance where he became a director. Subsequently, he became Head of Private Banking at Bank of Ireland Private Banking. Later he was MD of a specialist subsidiary of HOK /Knight Frank before moving with his team to the private wealth management division of Goodbody Stockbrokers.

Sharon Morrow

qualified as RGN at the Adelaide Hospital and held a number of positions at the Adelaide Hospital and Tallaght Hospital. In addition to a BSc(Hons) and MBA, Sharon has a MSc in Medical Ethics & Law, qualified as a Black Belt in Lean/6 Sigma and is a Crew/Team Resource Management Instructor.  She worked as a Directorate Business Manager at St James Hospital before moving to the HSE, National Clinical Strategy and Planning Directorate as National Programme Manager for Rheumatology, Neurology, Dermatology, Orthopaedics, Epilepsy and Home Antimicrobial Therapy.  She subsequently held the post of Chief Operations Officer at the Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Tallaght before joining LauraLynn as CEO in August, 2014.

Noel O’Connell

has over 35 years working in public sector auditing, the last 17 as head of the Local Government Audit Service. Noel has been Chairperson of the Audit Committees of Revenue and the PRTB and is currently member of the audit committees of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, the PRA and the Financial Services Ombudsman’s Office. Noel has actively supported the establishment of audit committees in the city and county councils and has recently worked with the IPA is delivering training to audit committee members. Noel is a qualified accountant (FCCA) and has a BA in Public Administration. 

John O'Keefe

is a KPMG trained Chartered Accountant, via 1st year Architecture, followed by BA in Psychology. Post qualification experience is with foreign owned multinationals, including 3 Irish start-ups. Currently he is Executive Director of Irish subsidiary of Spanish privately owned multinational, transacting worldwide from Ireland. He is a Specialist in Irish tax compliance and international tax and Non-executive director of Irish resident JV between Spanish parent company and Norwegian publicly quoted company.

Dermot O’Riordan

is a Manager with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and has responsibility, inter alia, for the co-ordination of corporate governance across the Department's twelve State Bodies. Prior to this he was a Public Sector Governance and Finance Specialist with the Institute of Public Administration] where he provided consultancy and training services in corporate governance, internal audit and risk management and public sector finance. Dermot holds a Doctorate in Governance from Queens University Belfast and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).

Frances Spillane

has worked in the Department of Health for over 30 years.  Her roles at Assistant Secretary level have included children's services, corporate affairs and most recently national HR.  She is now responsible for a new Division which includes Agency Governance, Legislation, EU International and Research Policy.  Frances holds a BA in Irish and German from UCD and a MSc in Public Management from Trinity/IMI.

Sonya Twohig

joined EirGrid in 2002 and has held senior management roles in capital management, overseeing EirGrid’s revenue management and advising on wholesale market design policy.  She led a number of strategic change management initiatives including the establishment of a Joint Programme Management Office with ESB Networks in 2014 and the acquisition of SONI Ltd.   Previously she worked for Schlumberger (oil and gas exploration division).   She holds an honours degree in physics, an M.Sc in Physics & Engineering (UCD) and an MBA from Smurfit Business School.  From 2012-2014, Sonya was a non-executive board member and company secretary of Sensational Kids charity and she participates in a professional network which focuses on board diversity and women on boards.



Laura Brien

is the Director, Energy Markets at the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER). A member of the senior management team, she has responsibility for retail and wholesale energy markets. She leads the CER team working with the Utility Regulator of Northern Ireland, to redesign the all Island Single Electricity Market. Prior to joining CER, she was the Senior Economic Advisor at the Commission for Communications Regulation and before that worked in the power sector in the US, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She holds a B.Comm from UCD, and an M. Phil in economics from Oxford University.

Shirley Comerford

is Head of Strategic Human Resources and a member of the Management Board in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. She is responsible for professionalising the HR function and leading the Department’s HR Strategy. Prior to joining the Department she was HR Director and a member of Tallaght Hospital Board. Shirley spent a number of years in Australia working in the Education and Healthcare sectors in Executive HR positions. She holds a degree in Human Resource Management and is a qualified Organisation and Workplace Mediator.

Angela Kelly

is the principal of AK Associates which provides corporate governance consultancy to both the banking sector and Irish businesses in general. Angela has extensive banking experience with Ulster Bank Group for over 35 years during which time she held a number of key managerial posts. She also has experience of working within and reporting to the senior teams of Ulster Bank’s parent, Royal Bank of Scotland Group particularly in relation to major customer relations change projects. She holds the Diploma of the Institute of Public Relations in Ireland.

Eoin Fitzgerald

is Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Fund Services (Ireland) Limited. He also has global responsibility for investor servicing and shareholder compliance for Morgan Stanley Fund Services global operations. He sits on the Council of the Irish Funds Industry Association and previously served as Chair of the association’s Alternative Investment Committee. He also currently sits on An Taoiseach's IFSC Funds Group. He holds a B.Sc (Hons) from UCD.

Bernard Keogh

is a business adviser. In a previous role, he was VP Commercial at Level 3 Communications, a global telecommunications services provider. Prior to that, he was General Counsel EMEA at Global Crossing, a global telecommunications business, Head of Legal at ComReg, the regulator for the electronic communications and postal sectors in Ireland and Associate Partner at William Fry Solicitors. He attended UCD, DIT and Harvard Business School.

Jim Lawler

has over 25 years of experience in industry and 14 years in government industrial research policy development and technology administration. Jim provides advice and support on the application and use of industrial technologies and practice. He is owner/Director of Klondike Innovations Ltd., a board member and chair of a number of groups and boards. He has extensive public sector experience together with industrial experience in Engineering support, Quality and Maintenance management in the aviation industry. He has developed a number of European Technology Platforms, JTI and Framework related activities.

Anne McFarland

is an experienced financial director. She has worked abroad extensively particularly in Europe and Russia. She has worked in finance, commodity trading and manufacturing with Glencore, BP and Russian conglomerates. She is fluent in Russian. Recently she has been involved in acquisitions and restructuring. She enjoys working as an independent director. She qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in London and holds a BA from Trinity College Dublin.

Stephen McGovern

is Risk and Compliance Manager at CRH plc’s Europe Materials Division, responsible for the direction and delivery of the Group’s compliance and ethics programme across his Division, Enterprise Risk Management and managing internal and external audit relationships. Stephen is Board Member and Chair of Audit Committee at the Dublin Dental Hospital and also sits on the Medical Council Audit Committee. He holds a BComm(International) & Masters of Accounting degrees from UCD, and is a Chartered Accountant, having completed his training with KPMG.

Laverne McGuinness

is Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director General of the HSE since 2013 and is one of the most experienced senior managers in HSE. Her responsibilities include services planning for the health system, overall performance management of and the development of a commissioning framework. She has national responsibility for the Ambulance service. An accountant by profession, Laverne is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants and holds an MSc in the management and application of Information Technology in Accounting.

Natalie McGuinness

is Marketing Director at Mason Hayes & Curran. She is responsible for strategic planning and business development at the firm. Prior to joining, Natalie was Alumni Relations Director in UCD School of Business, responsible for building a community of over 30,000 graduates. She also worked in a number of marketing roles at Vodafone for almost 10 years in Ireland, Asia and the UK. Natalie is an MBA graduate from UCD Smurfit School.

Stan McIlvenny

is Chief Executive and Company Secretary of the Port of Waterford Company and a director of Waterford Container Terminal Ltd. He is a Marine Engineer and holds an MSc from Edinburgh Napier University and has studied at the Emory Business School, University of Atlanta. Stan is a chartered member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport. He was granted the dignity of an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Civil Division) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for services to Economic Development in Northern Ireland. Stan is the Chairman of Simon Community South East Ltd.,

David Muldoon

Managing Director Scotiabank (Ireland) Limited, has 25 years banking experience focusing on Credit, Treasury and Risk Management. As a member of the senior executive team his current role includes direct responsibility for managing bond and loan investment portfolios as well as being a member of the Asset/Liability, Credit, HR and Risk executive committees. He holds a BComm from UCD and an MSc Investment and Treasury from DCU.

Brian Nevin

is a Director with Hughes Blake, Chartered Accountants where he works in the firm’s Corporate Recovery and Personal Insolvency business. He has over 25 years’ experience in financial services, working in senior customer facing leadership roles in London with Prudential Plc. and in Dublin with AIB Group. He was involved in rebuilding AIB Bank’s Credit Risk Management function and framework, at a time of significant customer, organisational, cultural and regulatory challenges. Brian is a graduate of UCD and an MBA from Middlesex University, London. He is an authorised Personal insolvency Practitioner.

David O’Halloran

is Head of Sales and Marketing at Willis Risk Services (Ireland ) Ltd the Irish operation of Willis Plc. (NYSE). He spent 15 years as Group Marketing Director with Coyle Hamilton Group prior to its takeover by Willis in 2004. He is a Director of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and also served as Treasurer and Chairman of The Friends of St Luke’s Hospital Charity. His current role involves Risk identification, assessment and mitigation through the medium of risk transfer. He works with Corporate clients to review Risk Registers and insurance protections providing gap analysis and advice on Alternate Risk Financing mechanisms.

Robert Quinn

is the Finance Operations Manager with the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg). A qualified accountant by profession, Robert has also worked in a number of Finance roles in Practice and in Industry prior to his current role in ComReg. He also holds a Masters Degree in Organisational Behaviour from TCD.

Dermot Ryan

is currently Assistant Secretary in the Department of Children & Youth Affairs having previously served as a Principal Officer in the Department of Health and as Chief Executive of the Health Insurance Authority, the industry regulator. He has extensive experience in legislation, policy, and major change management. He has wide experience in the broader health sector and has served on the boards of a State agency and a North South organisation. He holds a BA in Politics and History from UCD and an MSc (Econ) from TCD.

Irene Ryan

has a background is in Company Secretarial, Taxation, and Insurance. She set up a Captive Management Company in the IFSC where she was MD until 1997 and acted as a Director on a number of the Clients’ Irish subsidiaries. Upon her retirement in 1997 she became an Independent Non-Executive Director, a role which she continued in until February 2013. She is a Chartered Secretary and a member of the ICSA.

Laura Slevin

is Director of Corporate Services, Education Welfare Services with the Child and Family Agency and was, until recently, secretary to the Board of the National Educational Welfare Board. Previously, Laura worked in senior positions across the private and public sectors primarily in the areas of organisational development and change management. She holds a degree in Human Resources and an MSc Organisational Behaviour from TCD / IMI and is a member of Chartered Instituted of Personnel and Development.



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