The Institute of Bankers in Ireland, trading as IOB, is a company limited by guarantee, registered under Part 18 of the Companies Act 2014, and does not have a share capital. It is a not‐for‐profit organisation.

Nominations for Council are now closed. Details regarding the nomination process for Council will be published in November of each year.

Council is responsible for the effective, prudent and ethical oversight of the IOB. It sets the IOB’s strategic aims and is collectively responsible for its long-term success.

Jane Howard

Jane Howard - President

Jane Howard was appointed to CEO of Ulster Bank DAC in August 2018 and has worked in the financial services industry for nearly 40 years. She has operated at Executive level for the last 15 years, leading large-scale operations and customer facing businesses. Jane’s role, prior to joining Ulster Bank, was that of Managing Director, Personal Banking for RBS, one of the largest UK Banks. Under Jane’s four year leadership, Personal Banking implemented Financial Health checks for customers and reshaped the network so that customers have more physical and digital ways to bank than ever before.

Jane is a Certified Bank Director from the IOB (Dublin) and also a fellow of the Chartered Banker Institute in Scotland.


Colin Hunt

Colin Hunt - Deputy President

In March 2019, Colin Hunt was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AIB and an Executive Director on the AIB Board He joined AIB in August 2016 as Managing Director, Wholesale, Institutional & Corporate Banking Division. Prior to joining AIB, he was Managing Director at Macquarie Capital where he led the development of its business in Ireland. Previously, he was a Special Policy Adviser at the Departments of Transport and Finance, Research Director and Chief Economist at Goodbody Stockbrokers, Head of Trading Research and Senior Economist at Bank of Ireland Group Treasury and a country risk analyst at NatWest. He has a Phd in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin and degrees in Commerce & Economics from University College, Cork. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Aer Lingus Group plc from 2008 to 2014.


Council > Andrew Walsh

Andrew Walsh - Vice President

Andrew Walsh is the Group Legal Counsel of Permanent TSB. In his role, Andrew is accountable for leading the bank’s legal and company secretariat functions. Andrew joined Permanent TSB in October 2014 and he has been a member of the bank’s Executive Committee since 2015. Prior to joining Permanent TSB, Andrew was a partner in a leading corporate Irish law firm, where he worked for over 10 years. While in private practice, Andrew advised a number of Irish and international banks and financial services firms. Andrew holds a BCL (International) from UCD, having spent part of his law degree studying in Melbourne University. Andrew qualified as a Certified Bank Director in 2018.


June Butler

June Butler

June Butler is Head of SME Banking and Sectors at Bank of Ireland where she is responsible for formulating and driving the strategic direction for the business and supporting business customers’ needs through a team of Sector specialists recruited from their respective industries. June commenced her career in PwC in the investment management division. She subsequently joined Bank of Ireland where she has gained significant financial services experience through leadership roles in group internal audit, finance, operations and retail banking. June is a law graduate from Trinity College Dublin and a Chartered Accountant, along with holding a Diploma in Corporate Treasury and Risk Management from Dublin City University. She qualified as a Certified Bank Director in 2016


Jennie Power

Jennie Power

Jennie Power is a compliance professional with 15+ years at a senior level. Jennie is currently the Head of Compliance and Risk with Appian Asset Management. Prior to joining Appian, Jennie worked in Barclays Bank Ireland as the European Head of Financial Crime and MLRO and before that, Country Head of Compliance, MLRO and Data Protection Officer- Barclays. Prior to joining Barclays Bank Ireland Jennie worked in Danske Bank in the roles of Head of Compliance, MLRO and Chief Risk Officer. Before there, she held positions in Rabobank and Permanent tsb. Jennie is a graduate of UCD, with a B.Comm and qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC. She is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland. Jennie is currently an INED on the board of the charity of DEBRA Ireland.


David McCormack

David McCormack

David McCormack is a human resources professional with over 16 years’ experience in strategic business partnering and talent management, in regional and international locations, through phases of both growth and deleveraging. David is currently Head of HR for AIB Group (UK) plc responsible for driving the people agenda with a strong focus on delivering business strategy through organisational leadership and culture.


Denis Stevenson

Denis Stevenson

Denis Stevenson is currently working in AIB’s Business Governance and Control as part of the operations team. Denis began his career in AIB in 1998 working in retail banking in the branch network. In 2002 he joined the team which set up the personal credit centre and in 2006 moved to the wealth team as a financial planning consultant. Denis was elected by members of the Financial Services Union (FSU) to be the sector committee AIB member for the Munster region and serves on the FSU’s General Council.


James Lidierth

James Lidierth

James Lidierth is a business and lending professional with 20+ years senior 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 previously held various senior roles in the business banking and corporate banking units of Bank of Ireland. James is a graduate of UCD, Irish Management Institute and IOB and currently serves as a non executive director / pension fund trustee of a major Irish pension fund.


Council > Brian Delahunty

Brian Delahunty

Brian Delahunty joined Barclays Bank Ireland PLC (“BBI”) in 2012 and is the current Head of Business Development for Barclays Corporate Bank across Europe. Brian sits on the European Management Committee and reports to the Head of Corporate Banking for Europe. Prior to taking up this role Brian was the Head of Product and Business Development for BBI. Brian sat on the BBI Executive Committee and had accountability for all products within BBI across debt, cash management, deposits, treasury, trade, asset finance and cards. He also led the international team covering US business in Ireland, ran the non-bank financial institutions sector and the business development function across Ireland. Previously Brian held the role of Senior Manager in Ulster Bank Ireland across a number of portfolios of Irish and multinational clients. Brian is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate from UCD, a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland having trained with KPMG and holds the Certified Bank Director and QFA professional designation from IOB. Brian has been a board member of Inclusion Ireland since 2016, which is an organisation that actively looks to improve the rights and position of the intellectually disabled in Ireland.


Council > Carol Lawton

Carol Lawton

Carol Lawton is currently Head of First Line Anti Money Laundering in AIB. Most recently, Carol was Head of Channel Optimisation, with responsibility for driving both staff and customer adoption of AIB’s digital and direct channel capabilities. In this role, Carol placed significant focus on digital education, and developed a comprehensive staff education programme within AIB. Carol’s diverse career with AIB has spanned a wide range of functions and roles at senior level including operations, programme management, payments, process transformation, retail banking and direct banking. Carol has a passion for learning and personal development. Carol holds the IOB Certificate (dating back to the 90’s!), a BSc (Management) from Trinity College, Dublin and the Professional Diploma in Financial Advice from University College, Dublin. She is also a certified Agile ScrumMaster.


Council > Clare Duignan

Clare Duignan

Clare Duignan is an experienced executive and non-executive director with wide-ranging board experience across the private, public / state and not-for-profit sectors. Her executive career in RTÉ saw her progress from her initial role as a radio producer, then as a television producer, through a wide number of management positions culminating in her roles as Director of Television Programmes, and ultimately Managing Director, RTÉ Radio, where she had responsibility for RTÈ's FM and digital radio stations, and for the RTÉ Performing Groups. Since leaving RTÉ in 2013, Clare has served on a number of boards, including The Digital Hub Development Agency, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. She is currently a Board Member of Fáilte Ireland, (where she serves on the Audit and Risk Committee), The Irish Times DAC, (where she is a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee), Business to Arts, and is a trustee of The Chester Beatty Library. Clare is committed to diversity and inclusion in Irish business and public life, and her extensive experience as a leader in RTÉ has given her deep experience leading cultural change in a public-facing industry with complex regulatory and stakeholder issues. She is known for her excellent communications and interpersonal skills, and has a wide network spanning Irish business, media, arts and culture and public life.


Council > Derek Horgan

Derek Horgan

Flagship Commercial Branch Manager Cork at Bank of Ireland Patrick St the home of Work Bench in Cork. I have held a wide variety of management roles in various sectors of Bank of Ireland, including Innovation, tech and regional roles. A strong influential business leader with the ability to inspire and motivate others, a passion for putting customers at the heart of the business, highly effective leader of change in a dynamic and changing environment, with a relentless determination to deliver business success. Natural ability to work as part of a team or as a sole contributor, with excellent people and communication skills. Excellent computer and technical skills. Self-starter with creative vision.


East > Finbar Gaffney

Finbar Gaffney

Finbar Gaffney is an Associate of CZone coaching and training business having worked in the field of training and development for over 20 years. He specialises in management coaching, sales, customer service, and relationship management skills training. He is passionate about personal development and supporting people to achieve their potential though self-development and continuous improvement.

Finbar is a management and leadership coach who works with individuals who wish to improve or progress their careers. Finbar is an experienced trainer, coach and mentor with strong communication and relationship building skills. He is a creative problem solver who is passionately interested in helping people and organisations to fulfil their potential. Finbar enjoyed a successful career in the financial sector with over 15 years at senior manager level in sales and strategic management positions. Finbar developed his interest in people development when leading and motivating large teams of financial advisors and their managers. Finbar’s professional ethos follows the principle that all human beings, groups and organisations are striving for growth and positive oriented change.

His academic credentials include an Advanced Diploma in Life, Leadership and Executive Coaching together with a Diploma in Training Evaluation and Delivery. Finbar also holds the Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA) designation and completed the Registered Representative examinations with the Irish Stock Exchange. He lectured for IOB in financial regulation, investment advice, and pensions. Finbar was the Chief Examiner for the QFA exams and presented several CPD lectures for IOB. He is a Director of IOB and he is currently a member of the Membership Services Committee and the Education Strategic Advisory Committee.


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Paul Nixon

Paul Nixon is a Digital Product Owner with responsibility for Bank of Ireland’s Banking 365 platform. Paul joined Bank of Ireland in 2004 and has held a number of positions in Retail Branch Banking, Product Management and Operations across Bank of Ireland. Paul is customer focused and believes that Financial Services companies should use digital technology to deliver greater customer control, choice and enable them to reach their financial goals. His academic credentials include: the Qualified Financial Advisor, QFA (2007), Professional Banker (2015), University Diploma in Financial Services (2016), Bachelor of Financial Services (2017) and he is currently completing the Diploma in Digital Product Management.


Niall

Niall Garvey

Niall Garvey is Director Corporate Banking at Danske Bank Ireland branch. In his role, Niall is responsible for developing and executing Danske Bank’s strategy for the bank’s corporate clients (mainly publicly-quoted and semi-state companies across a wide and diverse range of business sectors). Niall has a particular interest in the Sustainability agenda and is Danske Bank’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) lead in Ireland, responsible for developing the Bank’s programme for this area. Prior to joining Danske Bank, he worked with Bank of Ireland in Business Banking where he held Relationship Manager roles and in Retail Banking. Niall is a qualified accountant, being a member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA) and holds the Association of Corporate Treasurers’ Certificate in International Treasury Management.

The objectives of the regional committees are:

  • To assist Council in promoting the objects of IOB in its functional area;

  • To provide a local co-ordinating point for members and students of IOB;

  • To provide a programme of activities for its members in conjunction with IOB secretariat;

  • To provide a channel for consultation between members and Council.


East region

East > Susan Jordan

Susan Jordan - Chair

Susan is currently an assistant branch manager in Permanent tsb’s retail network. Susan began her career in Permanent tsb in 2006 when she joined the Banks' mortgage processing team.

Susan holds an International Bachelor of Arts from UCD and the Professional Banker designation from IOB, among other accreditations. She is currently studying Operational Risk Management Practices through IOB.


East > Kevin Fitzgerald

Kevin Fitzgerald

Following a successful career in the Financial Services sector Kevin has set up his own business T/A Equilibrium. With over twenty-five years management experience across multiple roles, Kevin has worked with people, and teams, across all levels of the organisation.

He is passionate about helping people to continually improve their performance and reach their potential, by facilitating, through self-discovery and coaching, areas for further improvement in order to build their confidence and effectiveness.

Leveraging off his many years in Learning & Development he now specialises in Presentation / Time Management / Influencing Skills and Leadership Development focussing on Culture and Accountability. He is motivated by the visible progress participants make during and post the learning interventions.

His qualifications include a Business Degree (1.1) along with multiple diplomas and certifications through IOB. He is certified in Training Design, Build, Delivery and Change Management. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland and is a member (and previous Chairperson) of the East Region committee and Disciplinary Committee. He is a member of the Media Cube, Business Review Panel based at the IADT Campus. He has been an active Board Member of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber and a member of the Strategic Policy Committee (Planning) at Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council


East > Marie Murphy

Marie Murphy

Marie is a manager in the Wholesale Risk Portfolio Management team in Ulster Bank. Marie joined Ulster Bank in 2004 and worked in Retail Banking and Business Banking before joining Credit Risk.

Marie has completed several qualifications through IOB including the Bachelor of Financial Services, and holds Qualified Financial Advisor and Professional Banker designations.


East > Finbar Gaffney

Finbar Gaffney

Finbar is an Associate of CZone coaching and training business having worked in the field of training and development for over 20 years. He specialises in management coaching, sales, customer service, and relationship management skills training. He is passionate about personal development and supporting people to achieve their potential though self-development and continuous improvement.

Finbar is a management and leadership coach who works with individuals who wish to improve or progress their careers. Finbar is an experienced trainer, coach and mentor with strong communication and relationship building skills. He is a creative problem solver who is passionately interested in helping people and organisations to fulfil their potential. Finbar enjoyed a successful career in the financial sector with over 15 years at senior manager level in sales and strategic management positions. Finbar developed his interest in people development when leading and motivating large teams of financial advisors and their managers. Finbar’s professional ethos follows the principle that all human beings, groups and organisations are striving for growth and positive oriented change.

His academic credentials include an Advanced Diploma in Life, Leadership and Executive Coaching together with a Diploma in Training Evaluation and Delivery. Finbar also holds the Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA) designation and completed the Registered Representative examinations with the Irish Stock Exchange. He lectured for IOB in financial regulation, investment advice, and pensions. Finbar was the Chief Examiner for the QFA exams and presented several CPD lectures for IOB. He is a Director of IOB and he is currently a member of the Membership Services Committee and the Education Strategic Advisory Committee.


East > Fergus Hickey

Fergus Hickey

Fergus has over 20 years’ experience in retail banking with Bank of Ireland in both a branch and direct model. His breadth of roles includes Business Adviser for the SME market, Sales Manager, Branch Manager and Area Sales Capability Manager covering all of the branches in Dublin city and surrounding area. Fergus also held a Sales Training Manager position in Direct Channels covering both Kilkenny and Dublin. 

Fergus is currently working in the bank’s transformational project, the Core Banking Systems Programme, where his responsibilities involve business analysis and project management.

Fergus has successfully attained the QFA, Professional Banker and Chartered Banker qualifications.


East > Darren Duignan

Darren Duignan

Darren is currently Manager of the Business Market in AIB’s Direct Banking division, a position he has held since its inception in May 2013. Darren began his career with AIB in 2000 and has worked in a number of different areas such as Retail Banking, Finance & Leasing and Commercial Finance.

In his current role Darren is responsible for building and managing a leading edge Direct Channels capability that significantly underlines the future strategy and focus of AIB for its Business customers. 

Darren has a Bachelor of Financial Services, Chartered Banker and is accredited as a QFA.


East > Elizabeth Mahon

Elizabeth Mahon

Elizabeth is a Senior Manager in the Strategy & Planning department of Permanent TSB. 

Elizabeth joined Permanent TSB in 2012, having previously worked for Deloitte Consulting, specialising in the Financial Services sector. Elizabeth has a BBS in Business & French from Trinity College Dublin, an MBS from Dublin City University, and is a Chartered Banker. 

Elizabeth recently completed the Professional Diploma in Retail Banking with IOB. 


East > Julie Lawton

Julie Lawton

Julie has worked with AIB since 2005, holding a variety of roles across the frontline and head office. Her recent roles include Regional Business Banking Manager for Dublin South and Central and as Strategy Manager for the SME market in Group Marketing.

Julie has several qualifications from the IOB including the QFA and Professional Certificate in SME Credit. In addition, she holds a BA in European Studies from U.L. and recently graduated with an MSc in Strategic Management and Innovation from DIT.


East > Jonathan Martin

Jonathan Martin

Jonathan has more than 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having started his career in retail banking with Permanent TSB in 2004. He had roles as branch manager and in retail operations during his time there.

Jonathan joined Irish Life in 2017 and is currently Sales Excellence Manager in its financial planning team. The role gives him responsibility for the training and development requirements of over 400 financial advisers.

Jonathan has gained several qualifications through IoB including a Bachelors in Financial Services, Professional Diploma in Compliance, and holds the QFA and Professional Banker designations. He has most recently been enrolled in the Professional Certificate in Consumer Protection Risk, Culture and Ethical Behaviour.


South region

South > Marie Barry

Marie Barry - Chair

Marie Barry is Branch Leader in AIB Bank Fermoy , QFA, Diploma in Financial Services. Marie joined AIB in the South East and worked in a number of customer facing roles across County Wexford including a Business Development Role, Regional Training Role and HR. Experienced in Customer Engagement with a strong background in Relationship Management, having managed SME Portfolios a mix of Agri, Commercial and Professional customers in a number of AIB Branches. In addition to Marie’s experience within AIB, she is a qualified Business and Life Coach and a qualified professional trainer.

South > Pat Ahern

Pat Ahern

Pat Ahern has worked with Ulster Bank Ireland DAC since 1989, holding a number of positions across Retail and Business  Banking, and is currently Portfolio Manager for SME Clients in Cork City and County. 

He is a past Chairman of IOB South. Pat is a Qualified Financial Advisor and holds a Diploma in Financial Services, and an Honours Diploma in SME Credit. 


South > Derek Horgan

Derek Horgan

Flagship Commercial Branch Manager Cork at Bank of Ireland Patrick St the home of Work Bench in Cork. I have held a wide variety of management roles in various sectors of Bank of Ireland, including Innovation, Tech & Regional roles.

 A strong influential business leader with the ability to inspire and motivate others, a passion for putting customers at the heart of the business, highly effective leader of change in a dynamic and changing environment, with a relentless determination to deliver business success.

Natural ability to work as part of a team or as a sole contributor, with excellent people and communication skills. Excellent computer and technical skills. Self-starter with creative vision.


South > Oonagh Connolly

Oonagh Connolly

Oonagh Connolly joined AIB in 1998 and spent 10 years working for Ark Life before moving into retail banking in 2008. She has gained extensive branch banking experience and knowledge though out her career having worked in a number of branches in Cork. 

Oonagh was recently appointed Branch Manager AIB Douglas Road. Her role is to offer the best banking experience for bother business and personal customers. 

Oonagh is a Qualified Financial Advisor and also has an honours diploma in SME credit awarded by UCD.


South > Gerard Burgoyne

Gerard Burgoyne

Gerard Burgoyne joined AIB in 2000 and has spent the last 19 years working in Retail Banking. He has gained extensive Branch Banking experience and knowledge throughout his career working in a number roles and locations throughout Cork City and County.

Gerard is currently Branch Manager, AIB Little Island. His current role is to lead out the Branch in his local area, particularly focused on the Business & Personal market. Gerard is a Qualified Financial Advisor, and holds a honours BComm degree from University College Cork.


South > Marie Somers

Marie Somers

Marie Somers has worked in the financial industry for the last 18 years and has experience in both Retail and Business Banking. She joined Ulster Bank in 2007 and is currently working in Business Banking in Cork.

She has gained extensive experience and knowledge in working with SME clients across a number of sectors in Cork City and County.

Marie is a Qualified Financial Advisor and also has an Honours Diploma in SME Credit awarded by UCD.


South > David Sheehan

David Sheehan

David joined Bank of Ireland in 2004 as part of their Business Banking Graduate Programme and had a number of roles in Business Banking before moving to Retail Banking in 2011. David is currently Branch Manager at Bank of Ireland Fermoy, managing a team of financial and agri advisers. 

David holds a BSc Finance from UCC and has studied extensively with IOB, completing the QFA exams, the Professional Banker Programme and the Chartered Banker Programme. David is currently studying for the MSc in Banking.


South > Tomás Manning

Tomás Manning

Tomás has worked in the financial services industry with Permanent TSB since 1990 spending time in its Bancassurance and Retail Banking channels. He is currently Branch Manager of Permanent TSB Douglas.

Tomás is a Chartered Banker and a Qualified Financial Advisor.


South > Deirdre McSweeney

Deirdre McSweeney

Deirdre joined permanent tsb in 1997 spending time in Dublin and Cork retail banking channels and retail credit departments. Deirdre is currently Territory Sales Manager in Clonakilty and Skibbereen, West Cork.

Deirdre is a Chartered Banker, has studied extensively with IOB, completing the QFA exams, and also holds a BFS Degree from UCD.


Belfast

Lynsey Hughes - Chair


Belfast > Paul McClurg - Chair

Paul McClurg

Paul is Head of Belfast Business Banking in Bank of Ireland UK.

He has been with Bank of Ireland for 18 years and joined after graduating from Queens University of Belfast with a degree in Economics and Masters Degree in Computer Science. During this time, Paul has held a number of roles within Business Banking including leading Belfast Units, Public Sector Banking, Professional and Property team and North Down team. He currently Heads the Business Banking Teams in the Belfast region.

Paul has completed the Chartered Banker qualification and is the current Chair of the Belfast Committee. 


Belfast > Vicki Louise Hassan

Vicki Louise Hassan

Vicki joined Danske Bank in 2013 and is a Senior Manager within the Danske Bank Operations team, prior to this she worked for Ulster Bank. 

Her career spans more than 28 years and she has held a number of senior roles in various business areas including Retail Banking, Collections & Recoveries, Central Change Projects, Business Improvement, Training and Communication and Strategy & Corporate Development. 

She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from QUB and joined the Belfast Committee in 2016.


Belfast > Gerry Hawkins

Gerry Hawkins

I have over 30 years Branch Banking experience with First Trust across a number of roles, mainly based in greater Belfast locations. 

First Trust branch banking has a specialist team of Branch Leaders focused on delivering outstanding customer service to our customers. At First Trust Bank we offer a full range of products and services to Personal, Business and Private Banking clients. By building relationships and understanding each client's needs, we shape our products and services to provide a first class client experience. 

Each branch leader is supported by a team of credit experts who have extensive knowledge of the various business sectors across Northern Ireland. Together our Branch network and Regional Business Teams aim to deliver a personalised and responsive service to our highly valued business customers. This means understanding their business and following through on commitments to clients.


Belfast > Ken Kennedy

Ken Kennedy

Ken is Head of Financial Crime with Ulster Bank Conduct and Regulatory affairs with responsibilities across the Island of Ireland. He is a career Banker with over 37 years experience having been with Ulster Bank since 1979.

Ken has had an association with IOB over many years both a Regional and National level. A past member of Council, previous Chair of the Membership Services Committee and past Chair of the Belfast Regional committee. Ken is a Fellow of IOB and a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.


Belfast > Alan Laird

Alan Laird

Alan is a senior manager within Ulster Bank, A career banker with over 20 years experience within the organisation, he has held a number of positions across Risk, Business Banking, Retail and Restructuring.

Alan holds an Hons degree in Financial Services from UCD as well as a number of IOB qualifications. 

Alan also holds a Chartered Banker designation and has represented Ulster Bank on the Belfast Regional Committee for the past 10 years.


Belfast > Wendy Carleton

Wendy Carleton

Wendy is Senior Manager with Danske Bank Operations. She is a career banker with over 37 year’s experience having joined Northern Bank Limited in 1979. She has held a number of senior positions in Danske Bank and has a long history with IOB serving as Chairperson of the Belfast Regional Committee on two occasions as well as serving on Council.  

Wendy sits on the Membership Services Committee and is a Fellow of the IOB.


Belfast > Joanne Wilson

Joanne Wilson

Joanne is the Head of the Contact Centre for Edinburgh, Greenock and Belfast. She is a career banker with almost 29 years experience joining Ulster Bank in September 1989. Joanne has held a number of senior positions in a variety of areas including Branch Banking, Resource Development, Debit Recovery, Risk Management and Contact Centre.

Joanne is a board member of the recently formed Contact Centre Network in Northern Ireland. Joanne holds IOB qualifications and is an accredited coach.

Joanne joined the Belfast Committee in June 2018. 


Belfast > Catherine O

Catherine O'Keefe

Catherine O'Keefe has over fourteen years banking experience across three institutions, with seven of those years spent in lending roles. The remainder of her banking career has been spent restructuring/negotiating the sale of assets on behalf of NAMA. 

Catherine is currently in a Relationship Manager role with First Trust Bank, Belfast. She holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and Government and a Masters in Business Studies, both from University of Ulster and is currently undertaking IOB exams. 

She joined the Belfast Committee in 2018. 


Belfast > Desi Boyle

Desi Boyle

Desi Boyle recently joined Bank of Ireland in December 2018 in which his current role is within the Office of the UK Chief Financial Officer. Prior to his current role Desi spent over four years working in various roles within the assurance and corporation tax departments in PwC Belfast.

Desi holds a first-class BA (Hons) degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Liverpool. Desi is a qualified accountant and is member of Chartered Accountants Ireland. He also holds a Diploma in Corporate Finance from Chartered Accountants Ireland and is currently completing the Chartered Banker qualification with IOB and University College Dublin.

Desi joined the Belfast Committee in February 2019. He is also a board member of two non-profit organisations in conjunction with various other committee positions.


Belfast > Tim McNiece

Tim McNiece

Tim has been with Danske bank for two years having joined as part of the graduate scheme in 2017. Since then he has worked within business banking, business development, strategy and operations.

Tim continues to study as part of IOB exams. He Joined the Belfast Committee in 2019.

IOB’s governance regulations are comprised of the following documents: Constitution, Bye-Laws and our Corporate Governance Statement. Please see links ot these documents below.

Constitution

Bye-laws

Corporate Governance Statement

Disciplinary Proceedings Flowchart

IOB Fellowship Proposal Form

Professional Membership Categories

Disciplinary Proceeding Bye-Law

How can you become a member of Council?

The Constitution, Bye-Laws and Corporate Governance Statement all contain information on becoming a member of Council. These documents can be found under the Regulations tab. Each year, if a position becomes vacant, IoB invites nominations to Council from voting members of IoB. If the number of eligible candidates exceeds the number of places available, an electronic ballot of voting members is held. The electoral ballot for voting members is open from 30 January 2020 to 20 February 2020. Read about the electoral ballot and the candidates eligible for election.

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What is the IOB's relationship with UCD?

IOB has had a long-valued relationship with UCD, dating back to 1990 when we jointly developed the Bachelor of Financial Services (BFS) degree. In 2006, we entered into a long-term strategic alliance with UCD to enhance and develop education and research in banking and financial services. As part of this alliance, IOB became the first recognised school of UCD. In 2011 IOB became a recognised college of UCD.


Is UCD an International University?

UCD is Ireland’s largest university. It is a leading international university and is currently ranked within the top 1% of institutions worldwide. For the third year in a row, UCD is ranked number one in Ireland and 78th in the world in the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.more >

What is our governance structure?

IOB is governed by a board of 16 directors known as the Council of IOB. Council meets a minimum of four times a year and members of Council also sit on specialist committees.

The Council includes;

  • The President, who chairs Council

  • Deputy President

  • Vice President

  • Independent member of Council

  • Elected members of Council

Certain corporate members of IOB appoint members to Council, while certain categories of professional members of IOB of Banking elect members to Council. The role of the Independent member of Council is to bring independent, objective and external perspective to the board. For more information regarding Council operations, please refer to our Bye-Laws.

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