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Management Team

Kevin Prendergast Chief Executive

Kevin joined IAASA in November 2016 from his role as Head of Enforcement with the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement, having been employed there since 2005.  Prior to that he worked in the Large Cases Division of the Revenue Commissioners and also has several years experience in the private sector including a number of years working in an audit firm.  Kevin is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.



Sinéad Boyle Head of Conduct & Legal Services

Sinéad is responsible for the development of the Conduct Unit in IAASA and also provides in-house legal advice on all aspects of IAASA’s work.  She is also IAASA’s nominated member of the Company Law Review Group.  Sinéad came to IAASA from a similar role in CORU - a Health and Social Care Professionals regulator.  Sinéad is a solicitor with significant dispute resolution experience in private practice including a top 5 law firm. Prior to that, Sinéad worked for several government Departments advising on policy and drafting legislation.


Lisa Campbell Head of the Audit Inspections Unit

Lisa Campbell is Head of the Audit Inspections Unit in IAASA with responsibility for the quality assurance of public interest entity auditors and audit firms. Lisa is a chartered accountant who joined IAASA in 2015 from UPS, where she worked as a manager in one of UPS’ 3 Global Accounting Centres. Prior to this, Lisa spent 12 years with PwC Dublin, mainly working on audit engagements. Lisa also acted as examiner and moderator in several subjects, at several levels, with Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Michael Kavanagh Head of Financial Reporting Supervision

Michael has been with IAASA as Head of Financial Reporting Supervision Unit since 2005 and acted as Chief Executive during 2016.  He is IAASA’s representative at various committees of the European Securities  Markets Authority (ESMA) as well the  Accounting Council of the UK FRC.  Immediately prior to joining IAASA, Michael was a Director in the Professional Standards Department of KPMG, a member of the Accounting Consultative Committee of CCAB-I and chair of the CPA Institute's Financial Reporting Committee. Prior to that he was the Technical Director and headed up the practice review function at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has acted in the past as examiner, lecturer, solution writer and moderator for a number of accountancy bodies’ professional exams and was a frequent presenter on auditing and accounting matters at accountancy body Continuing Professional Development events.

Eileen Townsend Head of Regulatory & Monitoring Supervision

Eileen Townsend is Head of Regulatory and Monitoring Supervision in IAASA with responsibility for the supervision of the regulatory activities of the nine prescribed accountancy bodies. Eileen joined IAASA in 2006, working as a project manager in the Financial Reporting Supervision unit.  Eileen previously worked as a lecturer in accounting and auditing in Dublin City University and as an assistant audit manager with PwC, Dublin.

Fergal Ó Briain Secretary and Head of Finance & Administration

Fergal is a professional accountant and has been employed in the public service since 1987.  Throughout his career he has worked in various Government Departments, the Local Government Management Agency, and a State funded private entity.  Fergal is a member of the Irish Tax Institute, and holds other qualifications in ICT and in management.  He has been Head of Finance & Administration with IAASA since its establishment, and was appointed as Secretary to the Board in 2015.