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Anne Deegan has 30 years experience in the financial services industry. Her most recent position was as Managing Director and CEO at SEI Investments Depositary Company, which she established in 2000. Previously she held a similar position with Bankers Trust in Dublin. She worked as an Accountant in London at Touche Remnant & Co. and Kleinwort Benson Investment Management. Anne is a business graduate and an accountant in Business Studies from UCD.

John Dunleavy is Director of HR, Corporate Communications and OD, of the National Shared Services Office (NSSO) in the Irish Civil Service. He leads a cross functional team providing solutions to over 800 staff nationwide with an annual budget of €55m. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and holds an MBA from DCU, and an undergraduate degree from UCG together with a Diploma in Industrial engineering. Previously he was a HR Director of two private healthcare companies, and was a senior HR manager in Intel Corporation for over 12 years, in Ireland, Europe and the USA. He has consulted and assisted global operations internationally by providing the full suite of HR services and solutions.

Simon Geelon is the principal and founder of Geelon & Co, an Investor Relations practice based in Dublin, Ireland.  Geelon & Co. works with public listed companies to assist their investor targeting and investor communications programs. Prior to founding Geelon & Co. in 2010, Simon was a Director of Davy Capital Markets where he advised Asset Managers in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Previously, Simon worked as a Financial Analyst with Citibank in New York and London. Simon holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from Trinity College Dublin where he read Business & Economics.

Mani Janakiraman is Director of an IT Consultancy that specialises in providing innovative solutions on Governance, Risk, Regulation and Compliance projects (GRC) in the Financial services sector. He has proven ability to think and act strategically, translating strategies into prioritised work plans working in complex and challenging environments, his specialism being Digital Transformation through Scrum (Agile) Framework, Product Management and Business Analysis.
Previous experience includes senior project roles with Swiss Investment Banks UBS and Credit Suisse, German Investment Bank Deutsche Bank, Investment firms State Street Global Advisors (ssga), Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM) along with Irish Retail entity Bank of Ireland. Mani holds an Engineering Degree in Electrical & Electronics, MBA (Systems and Finance) apart from several Industry certifications like Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) both from Scrum Alliance & Business Analyst Certification from British Computer Society (BCS). A friendly demeanour and genial nature complements his persona.

James Lidierth is a senior corporate banking professional with extensive credit, customer management and business experience. His most recent role was Head of Credit Risk for the Commercial Banking Division in Ulster Bank.  James was previously a Director in the Corporate Banking unit in Ulster Bank and also held various senior roles in Bank of Ireland. James is a graduate of UCD, Irish Management Institute and The Institute of Banking and currently serves on the Council of the Institute of Banking and as a non executive director / pension fund trustee of a major Irish pension fund.

Cathy Mannion is Commissioner at the Commission for Aviation Regulation. As Commissioner for Aviation Regulation, Cathy sets charges at Dublin airport and licenses airlines, groundhandlers and the travel trade. She looks after consumers if a travel company becomes insolvent and deals with complaints. Previously she worked in CRU, implementing energy policy including opening markets up to competition. She led the National Smart Metering Programme and set up the regulatory framework for water. Previously she worked in ESB and the UK energy industry and has an MBA.

Liz Roche holds the position of Deputy CFO and is a member of the Executive Committee in AXA Life Europe where she has worked for the past 12 years. Prior to this Liz worked in Deloitte as an Auditor. Liz is an experienced finance leader with over 12 years experience within financial services. Liz holds an Honours Degree in Finance and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Brian Ryan is a Senior Strategy Manager at ESB helping it transition to a clean energy future.  As part of this role Brian represents ESB on the boards of companies in which it invests.  Brian has over 30 years of wide-ranging experience in the energy sector. He led the Energy Services and Innovation business for ESB’s customer facing Electric Ireland brand and has held various senior roles in ESB ranging from the development of its extensive portfolio of wind generation projects to conventional power station operations. Brian’s initial career was as a lead engineer for GE on the installation of new power plants across the world.  Brian holds a Bachelor of Engineering from UCD and Diplomas in Accounting & Finance and Strategy & Innovation.

Sinéad Ryan advises on strategic projects at Trinity College Dublin and has a background in public policy, higher education and the diplomatic service. She was Secretary to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland, which reported to Government in 2018. Prior to this, as Director of Internationalisation in Trinity, she was responsible for leading development and implementation of the University’s Global Relations Strategy. Her postings in the diplomatic service included Deputy Ambassador at the Irish Embassy in Madrid and Private Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. She holds a B.A. in International Marketing and Languages from DCU and an M.A. in German from Maynooth University. She is a Board Member and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the National  College of Art and Design. 

Alan Smith is Deputy Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health. He is dual EU certified as a GP and Public Health Physician. He has extensive experience of senior managerial level positions in both the NHS and Irish Healthcare systems including the UK and Irish Departments of Health, the UK Health Protection Agency, the National Cancer Screening Service and St Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin. He has a particular interest in governance, clinical risk management, patient safety, leading and motivating high-performance teams

Matthew Williamson is a financial services consultant and an independent non-executive director to a number of international investment funds. Matthew has over 25 years’ experience within the area of asset management. He was Head of MontLake Management in Ireland and previously held executive positions in Man Group plc in Ireland and Dubai, UAE. Matthew is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland and the Irish Fund Directors Association.


Ronan Anderson is a senior communications strategist with over 20 years’  global expertise at blue-chip multinationals and intergovernmental organisations. Most recently, Ronan served as Senior Director, Global Brand Strategy, at US engineering firm AECOM and has led across corporate communications at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan. He has also directed external relations and public policy at the United Nations and Airports Council International. Ronan holds a BA Economics and a Diploma in Business Studies from UCD.

Anne Barrington spent 40+ years in the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Taoiseach and at the UN.  She retired as Ambassador to Japan in 2018.  Anne was Joint Secretary in the North-South Ministerial Council, Ambassador to Tanzania, Kenya and Burundi and in Ireland’s Embassy in Washington DC, Consulate General and Permanent Mission to the UN both in New York.  When in Dublin Anne’s positions included Director General Europe Division and Director of the National Forum on Europe.

Jens Bleiel started his career at a management consultant company in Germany. After 5 years, he joined Dutch company Numico holding management and executive functions in the baby food area including Global Marketing Director Infant Milks. 10 years later he joined Dutch multinational DSM as Senior Vice President Metabolic Health Products. From 2009 to 2018, Jens Bleiel was CEO of Food for Health Ireland which combines world-class science of 7 Public Research Organisations and the industry expertise of 5 leading dairy companies in Ireland. Jens is Executive Director of AnaBio Technologies Ltd. of which he co-founder and where he works as mentor and advisor for innovation driven food and food ingredient companies.

Shane Brennan joined EirGrid in 2008 and has held Senior Project Management roles in Grid Development and Interconnection.   He currently oversees the North South Interconnector project for SONI Ltd.   Previously he worked for Intel Ireland in Automation and Manufacturing. He holds an honours degree in Engineering from the University of Ulster, PGD in Environmental Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and is a member of Engineers Ireland.  In 2017, Shane was appointed as a non-executive board member to the board of EirGrid as a representative of the staff. 

Bernadette Carr is Medical Director of VHI Group and executive director of VHI Health Services. She is responsible for purchasing health care for VHI’s 1.1 million members with consultants, hospitals, and nursing homes.  She was a founder director of VHI Health Services and is responsible for VHI’s Hospital in the Home service, VHI screening, VHI Nurseline and VHI’s occupational health service. She qualified in Medicine from UCC, has a doctorate in Medicine from TCD, a master’s in public health from UCD. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Fionnuala Croke is an art historian and Director/Chief Executive of the Chester Beatty museum. Prior to this, she was Keeper & Head of Collections at the National Gallery of Ireland. Fionnuala holds an Honours BA (History of Art and Archaeology) from University College Dublin (UCD), a research MA (UCD) and an International Executive MBA from the Smurfit Business School. She is also a graduate of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute in Los Angeles.

Patricia Cronin is an Assistant Secretary and head of Governance and Operations in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.  She is responsible for Corporate Services including HR, Finance and Information Systems, managing broadcasting policy and shareholder functions.  Previously, she was head of HR and she managed regulation of the Communications sector.​  She has also worked in the Department of the Taoiseach and in the Revenue Commissioners. 

Patricia holds a masters’ in policy analysis from Trinity College Dublin and a primary degree from the Institute of Public Administration.

Ronnie Downes is Assistant Secretary at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) in charge of Central Expenditure Policy.  He has responsibility for preparing the annual budget, promoting budgetary reforms and public financial reporting and maintaining the Code of Practice for the Governance for State Bodies. Ronnie also manages relationships on matters of public expenditure control and related reforms with the Education and Justice sectors. He was previously Deputy Head of the Budgeting & Public Expenditures Division, Public Governance Directorate, OECD, with responsibility for introducing the OECD Principles of Budgetary Governance. He holds a M.Sc. (Econ.) in Policy Studies from Trinity College Dublin and graduate diplomas in Legal Studies and Accounting.  

Ian Drennan is the Director of Corporate Enforcement. Previously, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Auditing & Accounting Supervisory Authority (IAASA). He is a Fellow of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland. He also holds a B.Sc. in Police Leadership & Governance from the UCD and an Advanced Diploma in Corporate, White-Collar & Regulatory Crime from the King’s Inns.

Jane Feighery is Co-founder and Head of Strategy for Books at One. Previous roles included Director of Development at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Account Manager for LinkedIn’s Talent Solutions business, and Marketing Specialist in Bord Bia, Madrid. In her current role Jane’s focus is on designing, implementing and managing a model for a financially-sustainable, socially-driven network of bookshops across Ireland. She holds a BA in Modern Languages (French & Spanish) from The University of Manchester, and a Post-grad Diploma in International Business Develoment from DIT.

Georgina Gray is an Inspector in An Garda Síochána based in North Kildare.  She has previously been responsible for the GSOC Liaison Office and the Programme Management office within An Garda Síochána with a particular focus on the modernisation and renewal programme.  Her role involved the provision of technical expertise and knowledge to support and influence the governance framework and processes within An Garda Síochána.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Leadership and Governance from UCD and a diploma in policing studies.

Breda Horgan is a senior supervisor in the Registry of Credit Unions in the Central Bank, with 18 years’ experience in consumer, enforcement and credit union financial regulation. Breda was also seconded to the Insolvency Service of Ireland for two years from 2014 to 2015. Breda is a Chartered Accountant, LCOI and LIA as well as having completed a diploma In Forensic Accounting from the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Eileen Jackson has worked in education for over 35 years, 23 of which were in management roles both in the state and private sector, nationally and internationally.  She has held numerous governance roles, including the National Museum of Ireland, CIBE, NCCA, and Children’s Books Ireland.  As well as being a member of various strategic planning groups within the Department of Education and Skills, Eileen has led local and national education-based initiatives.  She is a member of the Junior School Advisory Committee at Alexandra College.  She holds a BEd (Hons) and MSc in Education Management (TCD) and is an accredited mediator (Friary Law and Harvard). 

Miriam Kavanagh is a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She trained in the Telecommunications Sector in Vodafone Ireland before moving to the public sector in 2008 where she worked as a forensic accountant in law enforcement working on investigations and providing evidence in court. Currently, she works as an Investigative Accountant in the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement.

Joe Kelly is Director of Organisation Support and Development with Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board.  He has significant experience in strategic HRM, organisational effectiveness, change management and business leadership.  He has proven ability to think and act strategically, translating strategies into prioritised work plans working in complex and challenging environments. Previous experience includes senior leadership positions in Microsoft and Coillte. Joe holds a BA, MSc in Organisational Behaviour, MBS in Management Consulting, MBA, Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science, Higher Diploma in Education.

Aine Kenny is a Medical practitioner and qualified from RCSI Dublin in 1985.  She has been in general practice since 1991 and principal of own practice for the last 20 years.  The practice caters for 8,000 patients dealing daily with patients, hospitals, consultants and with the HSE. Aine is tutor, trainer and examiner in the undergraduate medical school at RCSI.  As part of the continued medical education (CME) programme I attend lectures and conferences both at home and abroad, convene and attend monthly meetings, and work in study groups on individual topics of interest.

Padraig Kenny is Country Director of the business of Royal Bank of Canada in Ireland. Previously, he held similar positions and was responsible for establishing operations in Ireland for a US bank, Bankers Trust; and for an Italian bank, Unicredit; having worked at Bank of Ireland with a focus on asset management and securities services.  A law graduate of UCD, he qualified as a solicitor and worked in private practice, and in legal positions in the IDA and GPA Group.

Kim Lavelle is Board Secretary & Chief Risk Officer at Science Foundation Ireland. She has a broad range of experience in the corporate sector having previously worked for ICON plc and the GSM Association (a Swiss-based trade association).  She has held senior legal advisory in-house roles, working directly with finance and operational teams in particular.  She is a qualified barrister with an LLM in Commercial Law and Post Grad Diploma in Employment Law.

John Loughran is owner/director of award winning 4* Sandymount Hotel, Dublin’s oldest (1955) and largest (190 bedrooms) independent family operated hotel. John is a Business Studies Graduate of Trinity College Dublin and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse. He spent a number of years as partner in Cunningham, Loughran, Marks & Co., and was a board member of Combat Poverty Agency until it’s dissolution in 2009. He is a life member of Wanderers Rugby Club and plays average golf in Milltown Golf Club.

Aoife MacEvilly is a Commissioner for the Regulation of Utilities, with lead responsibility for gas networks, energy consumers and smart metering. She is a member of the All-Island Single Electricity Market Committee and a member of the CRU Risk and Audit Committee. She previously worked in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in Energy Policy and Corporate Governance roles. She served as a Director on the Boards of NORA and INPC. She also has private sector experience in Germany, the US and Ireland.

Lucy Masterson is CEO of the Irish Youth Foundation. Previously she was CEO of Charities Institute Ireland. She was a member of the Consultative Panel on the Governance of Charities established by the Charities Regulator and was also a member of the panel advising on the new Charities Governance Code launched in 2018.  She is an award-winning social entrepreneur for the employment initiative Hireland which sparked the creation of thousands of jobs during the recession. She is non-executive director of Champlain College, Dublin. She has a BA & DBS from UCD. 

Fiona Naughton is Non-executive director of the Shareholder Supervisory Board of Glen Dimplex, a director of the Feis Ceoil and director of the Dublin International Piano Competition.  She holds a BA in Economics & Politics from University College Dublin.

Helen O’Neill is a senior policy specialist within the Financial Risks and Governance Policy Division of the Central Bank of Ireland. She has over 20 year’s financial services industry experience including roles in regulatory, business risk, financial reporting and external audit.  Prior to joining the CBI Helen managed a number of board effectiveness and governance reviews of regulated firms. Helen is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA), holds an Accounting & Finance Degree (DCU) and Professional Diploma in Compliance (ACOI).

Audrey Marie O'Sullivan is General Counsel heading the legal function at SIRO. Audrey is a specialist in tech law, commercial contracting, corporate governance and data protection law. Audrey has skilfully navigated complex legal issues associated with a national infrastructure project and joint venture business.  She has closed out a number of substantial transactions recently with clients including Huawei and Axione and its Irish partner Obelisk.  Audrey holds a BA, Masters in Political Philosophy and Masters in Law from UCD.

Ian Quinn is Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary with Skillnet Ireland a public body funded via the Department of Education and Skills.  This is the national agency dedicated to the promotion and facilitation of workforce learning in Ireland.  Ian project managed Skillnet Ireland’s compliance with the 2016 Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.  He qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in 2000 and he has experience of public practice, commercial business and the not for profit sector where he was Head of Finance with a national disability service provider for over 8 years. 

John Smith is the Deputy National Director of Health Business Services (HBS) in The Health Service Executive (HSE). The division provides high quality business services and solutions globally across the health sector. Prior to the Health Service he worked with Aer Lingus where he held positions in Flight Operations Management, Human Resource Management, Industrial Engineering, Ground Operations and Finance.   John is a qualified Industrial Engineer and an Executive Coach and he holds a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree.

Samantha Taylor is Company Secretary and leads the National Information and Advice Services department in The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.  Samantha has over 13 years’ experience in the charity sector, with extensive service development, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement and operational management experience.  She holds a BA in Economics & History and a MA in European Studies from UCD and a Diploma in Public Relations.  She is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.


Ailish Tierney is the Governance Executive in Engineers Ireland, the professional body for engineers in Ireland. She is responsible for the management of Engineers Ireland’s governance processes including Council, Executive Board, Dispute Resolution Board, Accreditation Board and the management of the Ethics & Disciplinary complaints process.   Previously, Ailish worked as a Policy Researcher in a Brussels consultancy firm. Her role here entailed developing public policy and advocacy strategies for existing and anticipated legislative dossiers and liaising with MEPs.  Ailish has also spent time working with an MEP in the European Parliament, where she gained insight and expertise in the workings of the EU Institutions. She holds a BCL Hons (Law and Society) 2012.

Suzanne Tracy is Chief Technology Officer in SIRO and is a member of the SIRO leadership team.  Suzanne drives the selection, design and delivery of the SIRO infrastructure and rollout across network & IT including the in-home installation for customers and end users. Suzanne has 20 years’ experience in Technology & Engineering and delivered a number of complex infrastructure consolidation and off-shoring projects for Vodafone Group Technology across a number of markets in Europe. 


Rhian Williams is Corporate Services Director at HEAnet CLG, which provides internet connectivity and associated information & communication technology (ICT) services to education and research organisations in Ireland, including primary and post-primary schools.    She has responsibility for corporate governance, financial services, procurement, contract management, risk management and compliance.  She is company secretary for HEAnet and its subsidiary company, EduCampus Services.  As a graduate of Aberystwyth University, a chartered member of CIPD and a Fellow of IATI, Rhian has over 30 years’ experience of working in corporate services. 


Wil Byrne is an entrepreneur and professional non-executive director. He has a strong background in real estate, strategy, technology, economics and business management. He is the principal of Wilton Private, a private equity firm based in Dublin and Chicago focused on the real estate, telecommunications and gaming sectors.  He holds a BA (Hons) Economics & Anthropology and an MA (Hons) Economics & Finance from NUI Maynooth.



John D’Arcy is Managing Director of Bewley’s UK, a specialist in the manufacture and sale of coffee products to the Wholesale and Retail sectors. He worked within all Campbell Bewley Group divisions with focus on developing/implementing strategic plans and leading a number of foreign acquisitions. He was previously Group CFO. Other roles include Divisional Finance Director and Divisional General Manager of Kerry Group and Head of Hotels & Leisure in Quinn Group.  He holds a Business degree from DCU, post graduate programmes at Stanford University and the Irish Management Institute. He is a fellow of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).    

Sinéad Critchley

is Director of University Governance at University College Dublin (UCD), with over 16 years of experience in Higher Education leadership and management roles.  In her current role, she heads up the unit that provides company secretariat support to UCD Governing Authority, Academic Council, University Management Team and their sub committees. She has specific responsibility for the development and implementation of overarching governance and institutional policy frameworks.  She holds a BSc (Hons.) and a PhD in Science (Microbiology) from UCD.

Niamh Duddy

is Company Secretary and Head of Company Secretarial at Investec Ireland with responsibility for Corporate Governance and Company Law Compliance across the Irish group.  A key advisor to the Boards of Directors she has extensive experience in the development and management of corporate governance frameworks, monitoring and mitigating corporate governance risks, and the development and enhancement of board processes and controls.  Prior to joining Investec, she held senior positions with Prudential Plc and Wilton Group. Niamh holds an Honours Degree in Business & Law, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Council Member for ICSA Ireland, and is a Licentiate member of the Association of Compliance Officers Ireland. 

Paul Duff

has spent 27 years working in the IT and Business Consulting business with a focus on the Health and Public Sector markets.  In recent years he led the Irish Government Advisory teams for both Accenture and EY where he was responsible for a mix of Sales and Delivery activities.  He supported the implementation of many complex IT-enabled change programmes for Government clients in Ireland.  He also has international experience from more than 2 years working with a variety of clients in Southern Africa.  Paul holds a B Comm and an MBS from NUIG.  

Colm Eustace,

B Ag Sc, MBA, has been CEO of Glanbia Agribusiness, a business unit of Glanbia plc and recently Glanbia Ireland DAC since 2005.   Prior to 2005 he held other senior management positions within Glanbia Agribusiness.  He is currently a non-executive director of The Malting Company of Ireland, South East Port Services Ltd., Grassland Fertilisers (Kilkenny) Ltd. and Co-operative Animal Health Society Ltd.

Fintan Fanning

is an Assistant Commissioner in An Garda Síochána.   Fintan completed Police management training with the Institute of Criminology in Cambridge; French Police at L’Ecole Nationale Superieure de la Police de Saint- Cyr, Au Mont D’OR, Strategic Command Course at Bramshill and TOPspoc in Police Leadership in the EU.  Fintan holds an MA in Irish History,  LLM – Masters Degree in Law, MSc Police Leadership, MBA, LLB - Bachelor of Laws.  He holds Post Graduate Diplomas in Employment Law, Executive Leadership, International Arbitration, Advanced Management, Conflict & Dispute Resolution Studies, Project Management and Management Information Systems.

Níall Fitzgerald

is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Tax Consultant and holds an M.Acc from NUI Galway. Having previously worked in the US with McKinsey & Co he has over 14 years’ experience providing professional and management solutions through international and domestic roles held with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Chartered Accountants Ireland. He is currently Head of Ethics and Governance in Chartered Accountants Ireland, a professional membership body representing over 26,000 Chartered Accountants across the globe.

Jessica Fuller,

MA, BA, HDip., is a member of the senior executive team at the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology. She is responsible for Enterprise & Innovation, Research, Internationalisation, Fundraising and Stakeholder Engagement. She has a track record at the forefront of the convergence of cultural, media and technological developments driving enterprise, cross-sectoral partnerships and research. She is experienced in private, public and charity sectors in company ownership, senior executive and management roles in the creative industries, digital media, technology and the education sectors. She is Founder-Director of Platform Ireland and is a qualified piano teacher.

Gillian Harford

is Head of Diversity & Inclusion with AIB.  She has been responsible for a range of progressive HR policies and career and reward systems with particular focus on Culture, Diversity and Agile Work.  Gillian also works with the 30% Club and has a particular interest in Women on Boards.  She holds a BA Economics and Psychology and an MBA from Michael Smurfitt Business School UCD.  She is a fellow of CIPD, a fellow of the Institute of Bankers and a member of the Board of Beaumont Hospital.


Joanna Holly

has a wealth of experience in the education management industry.  Since 2006, Joanna has been Deputy CEO of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland bringing with her a strong background in strategy development, organisational planning, change management, digital transformation and business development.  She worked at Boston University Medical School and Harvard Medical School, at MMC Commercials Ltd and Trinity College Dental School and Hospital. Joanna holds as a Master of Science in Organisational Behaviour from Trinity College Dublin.

Maurice Keane

is an experienced CEO / Programme Director with Glanbia plc. He has held senior executive level roles in EMEA and USA. Maurice has significant experience managing and leading a variety of companies, including both large greenfield start- up and rapid growth businesses and in business turnaround and transformation. He held director roles in both commercial and in not for profit companies. He holds a B Agr. Sc and MBA from UCD and has completed the IMI Senior Management Programme and the MII Marketing programme.

Yvonne Keaveney

is Head of Operations and Outsourcing for Prudential International Assurance. She has over 25 years’ experience in sales, operational and executive management roles in Ireland and The Netherlands for FTSE 100 financial services, communications and business process outsourcing companies. Yvonne is a graduate IMI and DIT and holds diplomas in executive business management, financial services and international life insurance. She was a board member and vice chairperson of the Contact Centre Managers Association (CCMA) and was made a fellow in 2012. She is chairperson of the Irish Contact Centre and International Shared Services Awards judging panel.

Caron McCaffrey

is Director of Corporate Services in the Irish Prison Service with responsibility for Governance, Legal and Professional Standards, Compliance and ICT.  Caron is an experienced Director with strong managerial and organisational ability operating in a complex and challenging environment.   Previous responsibilities include management of the Human Resources function for over 3,000 staff across 12 institutions in the Irish prison system.  Caron’s holds an Advanced Diploma in Applied Employment Law, MA in International Relations & a BA in English and History.


Colin McMahon

is a board certified paediatric cardiologist. He graduated from UCD in 1994. He completed membership training in general paediatrics in Ireland before moving to London, Houston and Boston for paediatric cardiology training. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Ireland and the U.K, Fellow American Academy of Paediatrics, Fellow American College of Cardiology and Fellow American Heart Association. He was made Associate Professor in UCD in 2016. Colin completed Executive MBA at UCD prior to undertaking the Diploma in Corporate Governance. 

David McMahon

is CEO of the Irish Skin Foundation (ISF), a non-governmental organisation supporting people with skin disorders in Ireland.  Previously he was COO with the ISF, after working in healthcare advisory with marketing and communications group Publicis, in government relations and public affairs with Diabetes Ireland, the Department of Health and in Oireachtas Éireann. David holds an MA in history and a diploma in law from Kings Inns. 

Emer Mullen

is COO and co-owner of Sabeo Group.  She is a Fellow of Certified Accountants who has worked with Guinness, IBM Ireland and Cap Gemini Ireland in various senior financial and operational roles.  Emer, along with her partners, established Sabeo in September 2000.

Hilary Murphy-Fagan

is the CEO of the National Shared Services Office (NSSO) in the Irish Civil Services. She created the NSSO, and transformed the delivery of shared service in the Irish Public Service. She leads a team of around 800 staff with an annual budget of €55m. She holds an MScOB from Trinity College, and an undergraduate degree from UCD. Previously she was a Director at Oracle Corporation for EMEA, and has consulted and assisted global corporations around the world to transform their service delivery models through innovation and technology. 

Paddy Naughton

is CEO of EduCampus Services, a provider of IT shared services to the Higher Education sector.  Previously he held Senior IT Management positions with CRH Computer Services.  He has experience in the leadership of large scale business transformation programmes and with the provision of shared information services.  His focus is on the delivery of quality shared business solutions through the adoption of cloud technologies, incorporating software as a service best practice. He focuses on information security, regulatory compliance and strategic risk management.

John V. Nolan

is the IDA (Ireland) Solicitor.  He has practised as a solicitor since 1988. He was previously in-house solicitor to Enterprise Ireland and, before that in private practice he served as solicitor to the Lindsay Tribunal and the Barr Tribunal respectively.  He has tutored on State Aid law at the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht. He holds BCL and LLM (Commercial law) degrees from UCD.

James Nugent

is executive chairman and former MD of Lisney, Ireland’s largest independently owned commercial and residential estate agent.  He has personally represented numerous corporate clients including Central Bank of Ireland, Wells Fargo, Mercer, Mediolanum, MasterCard and Citi.  He has a BSc from Oxford Brookes University and a Diploma in Auctioneering, Estate Agency & Valuations from Bolton Street DIT.  He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Society of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland.  He has previously been a non-executive director of Dublin City Business Improvements District (t/a ‘Dublin Town’).

Marion O’Brien

is the Chief Governance and Strategy Officer and Group Company Secretary at DAA, the owner and operator of Dublin and Cork airports and retail and airport management businesses in a range of international locations.  Marion holds BA and MBS Degrees, is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA) and has held a number of senior financial, HR, commercial, regulatory and governance roles.  Marion is a Director of DAA subsidiary company boards and a member of the Dublin City University Audit Committee.

Eimer O’Rourke

has spent more than 15 years in the representational sector, liaising with senior banking executives and senior policy makers. As Director – Retail with the Irish Banking Federation, she developed significant expertise in analysis, influence and implementation of regulatory, legal and strategic change arising at both domestic and EU level.  She was a non-executive Director of Investor Compensation Co Ltd, a member of the Dormant Accounts Board, and a member of Executive Committee of European Mortgage Federation. She holds a BA in psychology and MBS in financial services from UCD. She joins the Board of St John of God Community Services clg in March 2018.

Maureen O’Sullivan

is a civil servant currently serving as Registrar of Companies. She previously held a number of senior roles in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation in the Industrial Relations, Labour Market Policy, Human Resources and Workplace Relations areas.

She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree and Certificates in Public Management and Public Sector Human Resources from the Institute of Public Administration.

Sheenagh Rooney

is a Director with the Commission for Regulation of Utilities and a member of the CRU Senior Management Team. She is responsible for the CRU's Water Division which oversees and regulates the activities of Irish Water and in advising the Minister for the Environment.  As Director of the CRU Operations division Sheenagh is responsible for CRU Finance and Procurement, Human Resources, IT, CRU communications and Corporate Affairs. Previously Sheenagh was Director of Energy Safety. Sheenagh also worked as a Consultant Economist. She has a degree in Economics and Law from NUIG with a Masters’ in Economics.

Pat Sheahan

is CEO and Secretary of North Cork Co-operative Creameries Ltd  having previously worked for Kerry Group Plc. He is responsible for formulating and implementing Business Strategy with focus on business development, product quality, operational excellence, innovation, mergers and acquisitions, people and culture. He sits on The Board of Ornua, The National Dairy Council and Moorepark Technology Ltd; (Audit Committee Chair). Pat holds a B.Sc in Dairy Science from U.C.C. and has completed Executive Leadership Development Programmes at Ashridge Business School London, IMD Lausanne Switzerland and the IMI.

Patrick Spain

is Managing Director of Grenke Finance plc the treasury division of Grenke AG, a German publicly listed leasing, banking and invoice financing company.  He was CFO of private equity group, Allen McGuire.  He has worked as finance director of Broadlake Capital and as a director of Beltrae partners. He worked as a tax consultant in Arthur Andersen and in finance for Unilever.  He is a Chartered Accountant who qualified with KPMG, holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin and is a Chartered Tax Advisor. 

Maura Toles

is Finance Director and Company Secretary for John Sisk & Son, Ireland’s premier Construction company. Her role incorporates the company’s interest in Ireland, UK and Europe.  She serves on various boards within the group. Maura has had a varied financial career spanning several key sectors – namely Retail, Entertainment, Technology and most recently Construction. Maura holds a BA, BBS and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.



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.



Michael Butler

is an Insolvency Practitioner, appointed on more than 500 occasions. He was a director of the ITPA which was subsequently sold to Experian plc, a director of TempusPro, sold to Sage plc and the first investor in sold to Hellman & Friedman LLP. Michael is MD at Butlers Marina and is Principal at Butler & Co., Insolvency Practitioners.  Michael holds a BComm from UCD, is a Fellow of the IICM and is a member of the ISIP.

Margaret Campbell

is Finance, Planning and IT manager with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland since August 2002 and has recently been appointed board secretary.  She is also the chair of the Audit Committee of safeFood, an all-Ireland body established by the Good Friday Agreement.  A Fellow of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants she also holds a Diploma in Management from IMI and a Certificate in Public Procurement from the IPA.

Emma Jane Clarke

is Head of Sports Partnerships at the Irish Sports Council. She joined the ISC after five years with community and rural development company KELT on the European Leader Plus programme. Previously Emma Jane worked with a range of forestry companies in Scotland.   ISC projects include the development of a governance framework, representing the ISC on The European Sports Governance Project, Better Boards, Stronger Sport, an EU Commission funded project and the Sports Inclusion Disability Officer programme.  She holds a BSc (Agr.Science) from UCD.

Peter Coulahan

is a senior manager within the Corporate and Legal Office of UCD. He is responsible for the management of research ethics, health and safety, insurance and operational risk across the university. Peter holds a degree in Natural Sciences from TCD; a PhD in Environmental Resource Management from UCD; a Diploma in Safety from UCD and a Diploma in Risk Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. 

Geoff Dunne

is a solicitor whose practice encompasses company law, employment law, insolvency law and litigation. He is the principal of Geoffrey Dunne & Co. Solicitors. Geoff has worked for law firms internationally and practiced commercial law with A & L Goodbody. Recently, he practices in employment law and insolvency law.  He studied at The Law Society and qualified and worked as a commercial solicitor with Arthur Cox in Dublin. He holds a BA and an MA in economics from UCD. 

Ann Fogarty

is Financial Controller of Dairygold Food Ingredients Division having previously held other roles in finance within the Dairygold group. Ann holds a BBS in Accounting & Finance from UL, is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds a Diploma in Business Management from UCC and a Diploma in High-Performance Leadership from Cranfield University.

Jim Foley

Group Pensions Director eircom Ltd is a Trustee on six pension schemes. He is a Trustee Director of the eircom Employee Share Ownership Trustee Ltd and a Director and Council Member of the Irish Association of Pension Funds.  Prior to joining eircom, Jim worked with the National Australia Group, the Institute of Public Administration and the Central Bank of Ireland. Jim has a BFS from UCD, an MSc Business Administration from TCD / IMI and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

Jolene Gacquin

is Deputy Group Secretary at Greencore Group plc providing secretariat and corporate governance advice and support to the Group Board and subsidiaries.  She is also manager and trustee of the Group's Defined Contribution Scheme.  Prior to joining Greencore Group plc in 2008 she worked in a number of law firms.  She is a qualified Chartered Secretary and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. She holds a degree in Corporate Law and an LLB from NUIG.

Méabh Gallagher

is Company Secretary and Legal Counsel at Aer Lingus.   Prior to 2012 Méabh worked as Legal Counsel at Lab49, a strategy, design and technology consulting firm. Previously she worked in the UK and Ireland with BSkyB and RTE where she advised on television and radio production and content distribution (including online, on satellite and on mobile), advertising and sponsorship, defamation law and privacy and trademarks and copyright. She trained as a solicitor with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and New York.  Méabh holds a H.Dip in IT from NUI Maynooth and LLB from TCD.

David Haran

is the principal of Harantech Ltd, established in 2011 to provide strategic CFO services to start-up businesses. David has worked with Aerospace, Green Energy, Technology and Financial Services clients during. David was the CFO of Aran Technologies Ltd, and in one of Cable & Wireless’ overseas units.   He has extensive experience working and living in Asia, the UK and the USA.  He holds a BComm from UCD and CPA from American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Brian Harrison

is General Manager at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cruiserath Manufacturing with responsibility for all site performance.  Previous roles included Senior Director of Global Manufacturing Technology Organisation in New Brunswick and Vice President of Global Chemical Development in Syracruse.  Brian holds a Diploma in Accounting & Finance and a Diploma in Management in addition to a PhD in Synthetic Chemistry from UCD

John Healy

is Senior Manager, KBC Bank Ireland plc Taxation & Company Secretarial.  His responsibilities include tax, company secretarial and corporate governance within KBC Bank Ireland and other Irish KBC group companies.  Previously he worked with KPMG providing tax advice in Banking, Leasing, Insurance & Life Assurance and Funds. John holds a BA in Law & Accounting from UL, is a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Tax Adviser and Chartered Secretary.

Seamus Kennedy

is Secretary/Accountant to the Board of Directors of the City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital Charity, a native of Cavan; he has worked in the healthcare industry for over 30 years.  Seamus holds an MA (Financial Control) from DCU and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Jillian Mahon

was Treasurer (Head of Balance Sheet Risk Management) at Allied Irish Banks plc until December 2012 having commenced her career as Foreign Exchange Trader.  Previous roles included Money Market Manager, Fixed Income Manager and Credit Investment Analyst for the Banks discretionary portfolios.  She was appointed Treasurer in 2005 with responsibility for interest rate, inflation and new product market risk, expanding in 2010 to full responsibility for all Balance Sheet Risk for the AIB group.  Jillian holds a BA in Political Economy & English from UCD and an MBA from OU.

Robert Moynihan

is a Chartered Accountant and provides consulting & training services in financial services regulation & compliance, governance & risk management and investment advice to credit unions.  He has significant experience in financial services in Ireland, London & Sydney including compliance & regulation.  He is authorised to provide investment advice by the Irish Financial Regulator.  He holds an MSc in Financial Regulation & Compliance Management and holds diplomas in Securities Trading & Investment Management and Corporate Treasury.

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.

Ros O’ Shea

is Head of Group Compliance & Ethics at CRH plc, responsible for the strategy, direction and delivery of the Group’s compliance and ethics programme worldwide and incorporating Code of Business Conduct, Anti-Bribery, Competition Law and Fraud prevention programmes. Previously, Ros held various senior executive positions with Smurfit Kappa Group plc including Group Tax Manager and Vice President of E-business. She holds a BComm & Masters of Accounting degrees from UCD, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an Associate of the Institute of Tax, having completed her training with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Jennifer Taaffe

is Associate Director of Trinity Foundation, Trinity College. She is responsible for fundraising and development for key strategic projects and sits on a number of college boards.  Prior to joining Trinity in 2008, Jennifer spent eight years in RTE Communications where she acted as company spokesperson, managed the corporate social responsibility function and headed up the RTE Radio Press Unit.  Jennifer holds a BA in History from TCD and an MA in Public Relations from DIT.

PJ Timmins

has over 22 years’ experience in the Retail Industry. He is the former CEO of Clery & Co (1941) Plc and a former, President of Dublin Chamber of Commerce,  Chairman of Ocuco Holdings Ltd,  He is Chairman of YouBloom plc, Non-Executive Director of GS1 (Ireland) and O’Leary Opticians Ltd.  He previously held roles with PriceWaterhouse and McInerney Properties plc. He was a founder director of the Dublin City Bid Company Ltd and Retail Ireland.  He holds a BComm from UCC, and is an FCA.






Caroline Bergin

has been Group Legal Director and Company Secretary of NTR plc since July 2010. She also sits on the Company’s five-person Group Leadership Team.  Previously she held the same position in Greencore Group plc, an Irish and UK publicly traded convenience foods company which she joined in 1991. Prior to that Caroline had begun her career practicing law with A&L Goodbody. 

Tom Boyce

has worked with the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) for the past 7 years where he is currently the Senior Manager for the Premium Rate Services sector. He served in the military for over twenty years including periods on secondment with GOAL, the relief agency, in Rwanda/Congo and OSCE in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Tom holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.


Declan Buckley

has over 20 years experience implementing enterprise financial solutions within a diverse range of organisations, both at home and abroad. Declan founded Decca in 2005 having previously held an executive board position with a software development company. Declan is a qualified Prince2 practitioner and now manages and delivers significant organisational change programmes for clients.  Declan holds a BComm and a Masters in Management Science, both from UCD.

Hilary Coates

has over 20 years senior clinical and management experience and is currently Head of Safety, Learning and Operations in the Health Information and Quality Authority. Previous roles include positions in the World Health Organisation, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Allianz.  Hilary has an MBA and PG Risk Management Diploma from UCD and has been an INED and Chair of a charitable organisation.

Marie Collins

is a senior manager with the ESB.  She is Group Pensions Manager and Secretary to the Trustee Board of ESB Pension Fund, Ireland’s largest occupational pension fund.  She is recent past chair of the Irish Association of Pensions Funds, representing their interest to Government and other stakeholders, an international and national conference speaker on pension provision.  Marie is a Fellow of Institute of Chartered Secretaries.

Tom Comerford

is Deputy Financial Services Ombudsman, a position he was appointed to in December 2010.  Prior to that, Tom was a career banker, holding senior executive positions across a range of business units in Bank of Ireland Group. He has also consulted to a range of small and medium business covering service and manufacturing sectors in Ireland.  Tom has a BBS from TCD and an MBA from UCD.

Emma Dignam

is Head of Group Secretariat and Deputy Company Secretary at Ulster Bank Group.  In her current role, she provides secretariat and corporate governance advice and support to the Group Board and its subsidiaries.  She has extensive experience in her area of expertise, having held a number of senior company secretarial roles in both private and public companies.    She is a qualified Chartered Secretary and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Claire Garvey

has a background in financial services and worked in Luxembourg for 9 years with organisations such as Ermitage Luxembourg SA and Nomura Bank (Luxembourg) SA.  In 2001 Claire joined Bank of Ireland Securities Services and has subsequently worked for Investors Bank and Trust and State Street International (Ireland) Ltd. She has been a client relationship manager for the past 10 years.  Claire holds a BA in Economics and Psychology from UCD.

Noel Griffin

is currently CEO at the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Ireland’s largest national animal welfare society. He previously spent 30 years in banking and was Head of Treasury with Bank of Scotland Ireland from 1993 to 2010. Within this role he chaired a number of committees while also being part of a wide range of interbank forums both in Ireland and the UK.

Bernard Hanratty

is a Managing Director responsible for the Investor Services business of Citi in EMEA.  Bernard has worked for Citi since 2004 and has had roles in operations, technology, sales, relationship management and product management in that time.    Bernard was a council member of IFIA for 10 years during which time he was Chairman, established the annual Mutual Fund Conference and established the Certificate in Mutual Funds.

Bryan Harty

is currently Chief Executive of Blackrock Clinic.  His career has been in healthcare, first in the pharmaceutical industry and then in the management of public and private hospitals. Bryan has a BSc. in Physiology and also a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance.

Rose Leonard

has spent twenty years working with employers on the design and communication of their pension scheme benefits. Previous roles include Head of Client Operations & Business Development in Mercer and Head of Business Development with Irish Life Direct Corporate Clients.  Rose is a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Pensions Management and a Director of Mind the Gap where she continues to work with employers on the cost management of their pension schemes.

Eamonn Looney

is Company Secretary of Dairygold Co-Operative Society Ltd.  Previous roles held include Group Commercial Accountant at Dairygold, Group Management Accountant at Express Foods Group Ireland and Financial Controller at Uponor Ltd.  Eamonn is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Henry McGarvey

is Managing Director of Pramerica Systems Ireland Limited (a subsidiary of Prudential Financial – Pru) and has over 20 years experience working in the IT industry in Ireland, the UK and Saudi Arabia. Henry holds a BComm and MBS from NUIG and a Master of Science in Supply Chain management from Cranfield University.

Darren McGee

has previous sales leadership experience within leading companies like IBM, Lucent Technologies and HP.  He now leads HP’s transformation and outsourcing activities within the Financial Services and Telecommunications sectors in Ireland.  Development of sales capability is a key interest area and Darren has sat on the advisory board of DIT/Enterprise Ireland’s International Selling Programme. Darren has a BSc (Mgmt) from TCD, an Advanced Diploma (Marketing) from DIT, and an MBA from UCD. 

Felix McKendry

manages Enterprise Ireland’s preference share portfolio.  Previously he worked for the IDA as an investment analyst/ project officer in the small company, Far East, engineering/electronics and agribusiness sectors, and in the planning division of Forbairt.  In addition to portfolio management, he also undertakes commercial evaluation on potential EI investment.   He is a barrister and holds a BA from TCD, an MBA from UCD and a Certified Diploma in Accounting & Finance from ACCA.

Eamonn Medley

is Executive Director responsible for Business Development and Regional Operations with Greenstar. Prior to this, he was a self-employed consultant for a number of years having spent 16 years in American multinational companies in the semiconductor industry.  Eamonn is also company secretary and board member of Thurles Lions Trust Housing Association Limited, a voluntary housing body providing sheltered housing to persons with mental challenges and risk of homelessness. Eamonn holds a BE and MSc in Engineering from UL.

Donal Moriarty

is Executive Counsel at Aer Lingus and member of the Executive Team. He is responsible for the Legal, Company Secretarial, Aero-political/ Regulatory Affairs and Public Relations areas. He has been Company Secretary at Aer Lingus since early 2009. Prior to that Donal spent 9 years with software company IONA Technologies, most recently as Assistant General Counsel.  Previously, he worked in practice as a solicitor in the Corporate Department of William Fry.

Noel Moynihan

has been Head of Compliance for Invesco’s Global Product Range since 2000. Prior to this, Noel spent 25 years in various departments of the Central Bank of Ireland, culminating in the position of Senior Regulator. Noel was a founder Director of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland serving as Director for almost nine years and as its Chair from 2008 to 2010. He is also a former Council member of the Irish Funds Industry Association having served as its Chair during 2006/07.

Heather Nesbitt

has over twenty years experience in international financial services, most recently as Chief Financial Officer in Hypo Public Finance Bank. Her areas of responsibility included Finance, Operations, Risk Management, and Regulatory compliance. She has served on a variety of Boards both as executive and non- executive Director.  Heather holds a BA (Mod.) from Trinity College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Damian O’Neill

is Company Secretary of KBC Bank Ireland plc where he has worked for over 20 years. Previous roles within the Bank include Finance, Risk, Compliance and Regulatory. He is also currently a non-executive director of an IFSC company. He holds a BCL from UCD and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.


John Redmond

was appointed Company Secretary of ESB in 2002. He was previously group company secretary and senior vice president corporate affairs of GPA Group plc and subsequently company secretary of Debis AirFinance BV and SEC-registered Airplanes Limited. From 1980 to 1988 he worked in the diplomatic service and the Department of Finance. He holds a BA from NUI Maynooth and a Postgraduate Diploma from Napier University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries. 

Tom Riordan

is Vice President & Legal Counsel for Alkermes Pharma Ireland Ltd and has over twenty years experience as a lawyer in private practice and in industry. Previously, Tom was Head of Legal for the Elan Drug Technologies Division and also worked as in-house legal counsel for a number of other companies in Ireland. In addition, Tom worked in private practice for several years, including a Brussels-based EU law firm and with a large Irish firm in Dublin.

Pauline Treanor

is currently the Secretary-General Manager of the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin. She trained as a nurse and midwife and has worked in the healthcare sector across a variety of roles in Ireland, the UK and Switzerland. Pauline is a member of An Bord Altranais (Nursing Board) where she is Chairman of the Fitness to Practice Committee. She holds an MBA in Health and Social Care Management from the University of Ulster.


Neil Whoriskey

is Secretary of the Central Bank of Ireland and Head of its General Secretariat Division. He has worked at the Central Bank since 1998. He heads up a division that is responsible for the Central Bank’s communications, strategy, planning and secretariat functions. He is a member of the European Central Bank’s External Communications Committee. A native of Galway, he has a BA in Sociology and Politics from NUI Galway.






Max Barrett

was recently brought into Anglo Irish Bank as Group Company Secretary and is one of the new management team appointed with ministerial approval following the Bank’s nationalisation. Max is a practicing solicitor and was formerly Head of Legal and Compliance with Danske Bank (National Irish Bank) and Rabobank in Ireland.  Max holds a Ph.D. in Law and has published numerous books and articles on various legal topics.

Denis Byrne

took early retirement in December 2009 following a Public Service career in Industry and Commerce, Foreign Affairs and Agriculture. He was appointed to the Board of the national forestry company, Coillte in January 2010. He holds a B.Comm. degree from UCD and a Masters in Management Science from Trinity.  He undertakes selected consultancy work and is a part-time tutor in the Open University MBA programme.


Miriam Doyle

is Director of Legal, Public Affairs & Communications for CPS Ireland.  She sits on executive and company boards of a number of different global Coca-Cola businesses from manufacturing to financial services.  She was previously a company solicitor in financial services.  Qualified as a solicitor, tax consultant and mediator with over 20 years of public relations experience, she has been a director of commercial and voluntary organisations for many years.

Anne Grady

is Head of Administration in the National Museum.  Anne is responsible for securing and managing financial resources, HR, and managing and developing ICT systems. Anne project managed the transition of the Museum from the Civil Service to autonomous status in 2005. Her career to-date has centered on working in both the heritage and cultural areas of the public service. Anne holds a BA, Higher Diploma in Education, and a Master’s of Science.

Kevin Hanratty

has worked in various global supply chain management positions over the past 15 years including Purchasing, Planning, Manufacturing Operations and Logistics.  He is currently responsible for the design and deployment of supply chain operations, processes and systems for the IT Division of Schneider Electric globally.  His Primary Degree is a BEng in Manufacturing Systems and he also has an MSc in Computer Integrated Manufacturing from Cranfield University.

Michael Hodson

has over 20 years experience in financial services.  He is a qualified accountant who has held a number of executive and non-executive directorships.  Most recently he was Finance Director of Merrion Capital Group, where he was one of the original founders, member of management team, director and significant shareholder.  He has been approved by the Financial Regulator as a director to a number of investment firms and is currently a non-executive director of Marketspreads, the financial spread betting company.

Martin Mc Cormack

is currently Director of ICT in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. He has over 14 years experience in senior management roles focused on delivering change. Martin has held board and advisory board positions on a number of charities and not for profit entities. He holds a Bachelor’s degree and MA from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in Healthcare Management from the Institute of Public Administration and is certified in Certified Risk and Compliance Management (CRCMP).

Brian McLoghlin

is a company director, mediator and solicitor. His 40 years of experience both in-house and private practice as a lawyer has been mainly in the commercial field. As a company director, Brian chairs a number of boards in insurance, property development, leisure and sport. He also serves on boards in the field of aircraft finance.   Brian began his career as a barrister but subsequently became a solicitor working in-house, including with Aer Lingus and GPA Group Plc.

 David Mc Namara

is a financial specialist and industrialist. His range of industrial and financial interests includes chemical manufacturing company, Micro Bio Ltd and European real estate company, Thevi NV. David manages his own and third-party absolute return on private funds. He pursued a 21-year investment banking career at JP Morgan Chase, Bank of Nova Scotia and others where he built and managed debt and equity trading and sales operations. He is a graduate of Law, Trinity College Dublin and is a Master of Business Studies, specialising in Banking and Finance, UCD.

Richard Morton

is an Independent Director and Venture Consultant specialising in strategy, business planning and funding for technology startup companies.  He has over twenty-five years’ experience in global businesses and currently works with a leading seed and early-stage venture capital company in Dublin. Richard holds an MBA from Warwick Business School, a BSc in Geography from the University of Otago (NZ), and is a Member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.

Mary Noonan

is Company Secretary and Vice President with KBC Finance Ireland. She has over fifteen years experience in Global Project Finance, underwriting and providing funding for infrastructure, telecommunications and industrial projects.  Previously she was Head of Legal and Company Secretary with Don Bluth Entertainment Limited. Mary holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from UCD. She is a Solicitor and practiced with McCann FitzGerald.

Annette Norton

is Commercial Director of Sam McLernon Ltd. a family run firm that specialises in the manufacture and distribution of Pharmaceutical Packaging. She has over 25 years experience in the Packaging Industry. She holds a BA and MA in Human Resource Management from the National College of Ireland and is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Brian O’Brien

is Manager of the Financial Performance and Governance area in ESB Networks.  He previously worked for a publicly quoted company in Scotland and, before that, a firm of Chartered Accountants in London.  He holds a BComm. from UCC, an MBA from Heriot-Watt University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

John O’Brien

is Company Secretary and Head of Corporate Strategy at IDA Ireland. From 1999 to 2008 he served as Economic Adviser and Programme Manager to the Tánaiste and Ministers for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Health and Justice. Prior to that, he held various senior executive positions with IDA in both Ireland and the US. He has also worked for the European Union and undertaken economic development assignments for the World Bank 

Sean Quigley

is Head of Resource Management in the Courts Service. He has over 30 years experience in a number of large public sector organisations, including Trinity College and Teagasc. His responsibilities include Financial Management, Investment, Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Strategic Planning, Procurement, Training and Organisational Development. He is a member of the Investment Committee. A Chartered Accountant, he also holds a Masters in Organisational Behaviour from Trinity College. 

Dermot O’Rourke

is a solicitor who set up his own legal practice in 1981 participating in its growth into a large, medium-sized firm of solicitors. He specialised in commercial property, commercial law and sports law and retired in 2004. Since then he has acted as a consultant to companies and private clients and in a judicial and advisory role to governing sports bodies in Ireland, following on from previous experience as a Formula One motor racing lawyer.

John Walley  

is a member of the Institute of Bankers and the Institute of Auditors in Ireland.  He currently acts as a consultant within the hedge fund industry having spent ten years as Chief Executive of Olympia Capital Ireland Ltd.  Previously he was Group Managing Director of Investors Trust Holdings (Ireland) Ltd., and he established Chemical Bank’s first presence in Ireland and was its MD.  He also held senior management roles in Chase Manhattan Bank in Ireland.





Catherine Corcoran

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

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. He is a director of An Oige.


Vincent Dodd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

is currently a corporate solicitor with Aviva Group 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.





Fergal Brehony

has over 23 years experience working in the pharmaceutical industry. His background is in Sales & Marketing having graduated from The College of Marketing in the mid-eighties. He completed a Certified Diploma in Accounting & Finance with the ACCA and then an MBA with RCSI & UCD in 2001. Having spent 16 years with Roche he has been General Manager of Nycomed Ireland since 2001.

Jack Carney

is Non-Executive Director and consultant to Infinity Capital Markets London Ltd and previously held roles as Hedge fund manager for First New York Securities LLC, now trading as Infinity Capital Markets in the UK and roles in Davy Stockbrokers including private client advisor, institutional equities market maker, proprietary trader and finally Head of Institutional Sales Trading.  Jack is a Member of the Securities Institute, Registered Representative of the London Stock Exchange, Registered Representative of the National Association of Security Dealers(U.S.A.)

Matt Coffey

is the General Manager and Executive Director of EurizonLife a cross-border insurance company operating in the EU from Ireland. EurizonLife is a subsidiary of Intesa Sanpaolo, the Italian banking group, and has assets under management in excess of Euro 12 billion.  Before joining EurizonLife in 1998 he was General Manager and Executive Director of J Rothschild International an IFSC insurance company and prior to that he worked at senior management level for a number of UK domestic-based insurance companies.


Derek Feeney

is CEO of An Chéim Computer Services Limited, delivering IT Services to the Institute of Technology Sector.  Previous roles included MIS Project Manager and General Manager at DIT and Systems Officer at Dublin City Council.

Jacques Henry-Bezy

has worked mostly with the Export Division of Irish Distillers, became Managing Director of CRIT Human Resources and recently C.E.O. of Derichebourg Multiservices.  Past President of Ireland France Chamber of Commerce and of Irish chapter of "Conseil du Commerce Extérieur de la France". Married to Niamh, four children, a passion for motorbikes, vintage cars.


Declan Hughes

is Managing Director of Imperial Tobacco Group’s manufacturing operation in Ireland since 2001 having previously worked as Engineering Manager for the same company.  Prior to that Declan worked, as a senior design engineer at Ford Motor Company’s Research and Design Centre in London and at Mitsubishi Motor Company’s Design Center in Tokyo.

Declan holds an MBA(OU) and a degree in Metal and Engineering Technology (UL).


Peter Madden

is a Director and General Manager of Inora Life, part of the French banking group Société Générale. Prior to taking up this position in 2000, he spent 5 years managing the international client administration function in Scottish Amicable Life Insurance, later Prudential Europe. A languages graduate from UCD, he also holds an MBA (OU) and previously spent 6 years managing a number of language schools in Germany for the Berlitz organisation.


Norman Maziwisa

(ASCS, MRICS) is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor currently holding the position of Senior Manager for Healy Kelly Turner and Townsend.  Norman has over ten years experience of various construction projects in Africa, United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.


Pat McArdle

is Chief Economist, Ulster Bank, is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, Council Member of the Foundation for Fiscal Studies, Member of the Securities Institute and the Financial Regulator’s Consultative Industry Panel. He has a masters degree in Econometrics from UCD and is a QFA. 

Michael O’Donnell

is Chief Executive of Inse-Com Limited, a company that coordinates IT development for the general insurance industry in the broker channel. An accountant (FCMA) he holds an MSc in Management from TCD and has worked in manufacturing and financial services before joining the insurance industry over 10 years ago.

Imelda Reynolds

has been a partner in Beauchamps Solicitors for over 15 years and was Managing Partner from 2001 to 2008.  She holds both a B.C.L. and a Diploma in European Law from University College Dublin. She is a Council Member of Dublin Chamber of Commerce, where she presently holds the role of Deputy Vice President and is a member of the Governing Body of Dublin Institute of Technology.


Fiona Walsh

is the Associate Director for Surgical Affairs at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She has over 15 years of international experience in business and product development, including 4 years as a management consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services.  She holds a B.Eng. from UCD and an MBA from INSEAD. 




Jim Baneham

is Company Secretary and Head of Corporate Services with the National Building Agency Ltd. His background is in Quantity Surveying and he has spent almost 20 years in practice in both the private and public sectors. In recent years Jim has been involved in advising Local Authorities on a number of development projects involving the private sector.


Cian Blackwell

is a partner in Grant Thornton's Business Risk Services (BRS) division, responsible for risk management, internal audit, corporate governance, third-party assurance and technology advisory services. He is a Chartered Accountant, having trained with PKF in Dublin, and has 14 years' professional services experience, including over 5 years as a management consultant with Accenture.

Carol Cronin

is head of corporate services and secretary to the board of the Health Research Board (HRB).  The HRB supports and funds health research, maintains health information systems, and conducts research linked to national health priorities.  Prior to joining the HRB Carol worked in the food industry in the UK.  Carol trained as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young in Cork and holds a B.Comm from UCC.

Margaret Larkin

has over 18 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, working both in Ireland and the US in finance directors positions both locally and globally. She holds FCCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and AITI (Institute of Taxation ) qualifications. She is currently a director of the corporate captive reinsurance company.

Conall Lavery

is an entrepreneur, one of the companies he founded was Entropy which was the leading company in Ireland specialising in IT security. Conall has worked in the IT and communications industries since 1977. Currently Conall is an executive of the Encircle Foundation, a not for profit charity.

Martina Lennon

is a qualified accountant, who currently holds the position of Management Accountant in the HSE.  Martina has a high level of interest in working with local organisation to grow their capacity to contribute to the economic development of their communities. Prior to HSE, she held position at group management accounting level in large private sector companies. She is a director of a not for profit organisation and also in a private family company.

Adrian Lynch

spent ten years with AON Insurance Managers in Ireland, Grand Cayman and New York as Director of Business Development, leaving AON in April 2005.  As CEO of Westwind Alternative Risk Ltd. Adrian has a number of holdings in Private Placement Life Insurance Companies, Brokerage Companies and offers strategic, reinsurance and alternative risk consulting services to the High Net Worth Client primarily in the US and offshore markets.  He holds a number of NED roles with Insurance Companies in Ireland, Switzerland, Bahamas, Barbados and Nevis

Johnny McClintock

is an Adviser at Rosecastle Capital.  His career in the finance industry started in London when he joined Thornton Management in 1987. He subsequently moved to Mercury Asset Management (MAM) in 1989 where he spent 13 years, initially as a business development director in the UK. He established an office in Bahrain in 1994 and was MAM’s Chief Representative in the Middle East until 2001. More recently, he was an executive director of Taylor Young Investment Management, a private client specialist. He joined Rosecastle Capital in 2007 as an adviser.

Robert Martin

recently retired from the health services having served in a number of senior positions in various Dublin Voluntary Hospitals since 1986. Robert is now involved in private healthcare consulting and undertook the course on corporate governance at UCD to enhance his understanding of the subject. The course has been challenging and one of the benefits is the encouragement of class participation which assists learning.

Damien Moloney

is an advisory counsel in the Office of the Attorney General since 1995.  Before that, he was a junior counsel in the Law Library Dublin serving the South Eastern Circuit.  He holds a degree of Barrister at Law from the Kings' Inns, a degree in law from Trinity College Dublin, a Diploma in European Law from University College Dublin and a Diplome de Francais Juridique from the Chambre de Paris."

Declan Murray

is a Director and Chief Operating Officer of Pioneer Alternative Investments Limited. He has 17 years financial services experience in asset management and investment banking in Dublin and London. He is a board member of a number of Pioneer Group companies and Fund companies in the alternative investment sector. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

David O’Brien

his career has been in Banking and Finance, he has spent the last 22 years as Finance Director and Compliance Officer with a firm dealing on the Dublin Inter-Bank Money Market. He currently works as an independent advisor to companies addressing issues of growth and transformation.

Bob Semple

has been a partner for over 20 years in PricewaterhouseCoopers and currently has responsibility for the firm’s services in Corporate Governance, Risk Management and Compliance. Bob holds a BSc from UCD and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and of the Irish Computer Society.

Anne-Marie Taylor

was a Senior Executive with Accenture where she worked as a management consultant both in Ireland and internationally.  She was also Director of HR and Director of Operations in Accenture's European Finance Shared Service Centre.  She holds a BA from UCD and an MA from the University of Illinois.  She is currently an independent consultant and an executive coach.


Tom Trainor

is Chief Executive of The Marketing Institute of Ireland. He previously held global revenue responsibilities with Trintech, where he was Executive Vice President, and he worked with Cambridge Technology Partners in New York.  Tom has an MBA from UCD and he has completed an executive programme at Harvard Business School. 


Alan Wallace

is a partner in Mangan O’Beirne Solicitors in Donnybrook, Dublin 4. He has previously completed an LLB law degree from University of London and diplomas from the Law Society of Ireland in Commercial Conveyancing and Applied European Law.


Janet Watters

has a background in the Financial services industry, in particular, the Banking Treasury sector and Corporate Treasury. In 1990 she set up the Securitas group's internal bank in the IFSC. This centre was subsequently designated Group Treasury Centre. Janet continued there as MD until 2006. She is currently a NED on the Securitas Treasury Ireland Limited's board.




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