Participants’ Profile - Class of 2009-10

Catherine Corcoran

Catherine is a Partner with Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon, a top 10 accounting and business advisory firm. She sits on the firm’s executive board and also heads up a successful Strategic Planning and HR Consulting Team. A graduate of UCD and NCI, she has over 20 years experience in Senior management and HR roles across a variety of sectors – Public Service, Retail and Professional Services.

Jasper Coyle

Jasper has a background in auditing, taxation and financial consultancy services. For the past 12 years he has been an independent non-executive director of a wide variety of companies and he has been approved by the Financial Regulator as a director to a number of investment undertakings. He is a consultant to the Citytrust Group and Franks International and is a director of An Oige.


Vincent Dodd

Vincent has a background in financial services and has worked with Bank of Ireland Securities and the Investment Bank of Ireland. He was also Head of Private Banking with IIB-KBC. He acts as Non-Executive Director to a variety of IFSC and non-IFSC companies. Vincent holds a BA in Politics and Economics from UCD and a DBA from Queens.

James Doorley

James is Assistant Director with responsibility for Advocacy and Policy with the National Youth Council of Ireland.  He is also Chairman of the Consumers’ Association of Ireland since 2007.  He is a member of the Financial Regulator Consumer Panel and a member of the EU Commission Consumer Consultative Group. He is a trustee of the Andrew Carnegie UK Trust.  James holds a BA in Applied Social Studies from NUI Maynooth.

Eilish Finan

Eilish is an Independent Director and Consultant specialising in the Financial Services & Property Sectors. She has over twenty years experience in global Financial Services industry with her most recent role being CFO & Director of AIG Investments. She is a member of the Board of NAMA. Eilish holds a BA in Maths and Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Patricia Golden

Patricia has over twenty-two years experience working in senior finance roles in financial services and pharmaceutical multinationals in Ireland,the UK and US. Recent roles have been in semi-state bodies including Head of Finance in SFI and Head of Finance in The Injuries Board. Currently she is Head of Finance & Corporate Services in Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Patricia holds a BA (Economics) and MA from Trinity College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

John Healy

John has worked with ESB for over 25 years where he is currently Group Risk Manager. Previous roles include Manager of the IT Consulting Division and Senior Auditor.  He is a qualified Company Secretary and holds a BSc in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin.

James Heary

James is Manager in the Company Compliance & Governance Group of Arthur Cox. He qualified as both a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary and is an affiliate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Joe Heavey

Joe is Finance Director and Company Secretary of LM Ericsson Limited and has over 20 years experience working in the telecommunications industry, both in Ireland and the UK. Joe holds a BComm from UCD and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Áine Higgins

Áine is currently the Compliance Officer for Siemens Ltd.  Responsibilities include anticorruption / antitrust programs, environmental and health & safety compliance. She is also responsible for all Quality related topics. She is the ICT representative on the WEEE Register Board.  Prior to joining Siemens in 1998, Áine worked with Waterford Foods implementing quality / continuous improvement programs.  Áine holds a BSc and MSc from UCC and an MBA from UCD.


Ann Judge

Ann is a General Manager in the Leadership, Education and Development department, HSE National Human Resources Directorate having previously been a Management and OD Specialist in the Office for Health Management. A registered nurse and midwife, Ann also holds an MBS in Management and Organisation Studies from UCD.

Pat McGinley

Pat is the Head of Investments with IPB (a general insurance company) managing a portfolio of assets in excess of 1bn euro. Prior to joining IPB in 1989 Pat worked on the bond desk of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority in London and the Ulster Investment Bank in Dublin. Pat is a fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland and a member of the Securities Institute.

Michael McGreal

Michael is a member of Roscommon County Council and has been Chairman for two terms, 1999-2000 and 2008-2009 . He has also served as Chairman of the Border, West Midlands [BMW] regional assembly and West Regional Authority. He is a director of Irish Public Bodies Mutual Insurances Ltd. and is a member of its claims and remuneration/nomination committees.

Kevin Molony

Kevin has a background in Fund Management having most recently spent 10 years as a Director and Stockbroker in International Equities with Citigroup. He holds a BA in Economics from Trinity College Dublin.

Valerie Mulhall

Valerie has twenty-five years of financial services experience covering Alternative Investments, Investment Management, Custody & Administration, Corporate and Investment Banking. She has held a number of senior executive positions with Investors Bank and Trust and Barclays Bank plc. Valerie was appointed by Irish Nationwide Building society to lead the Nama project. She holds a BBS and MBS from Trinity College Dublin.

Emer Moriarty Crowley

Emer is the Acting General Counsel at Aviva Ireland and was previously a Director at one of Ireland's largest domestic corporate law firms. Emer has over 20 years experience of working with a variety of Irish and multinational clients, on all aspects of corporate and commercial law. Emer holds a BCL from UCD.

Geoff Scully

Geoff has a background in retail and has been Commercial Director of Shop Direct Ireland since 2005. He is also on the board of other companies within the Shop Direct Group.

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