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IAASA Board members are  - Chairperson Martin Sisk, Chief Executive Kevin PrendergastClodagh HegartyDavid Hegarty, Aisling KennedyAisling McArdle, Ronan Nolan, Brendan Sheridan, Daniel Sinnott.

IAASA’S Board of Directors

Martin Sisk, Chairperson, has over 35 years regulatory and business related experience. A qualified Solicitor, he started his career in the Revenue Commissioners, served as Registrar of Friendly Societies 1985 – 2003, Deputy Registrar of Credit Unions 2003 -2006, Deputy Head of Consumer Protection Codes 2007 – 2008 and as Head of the Anti- Money Laundering, Terrorist Finance and Financial Sanctions Unit of the Central Bank 2008 – 2010. He retired from the Central Bank in July 2010.  Martin was elected to the Board of Malahide & District Credit Union in December 2010 and continues to be a Director. He was elected to the Board of the Irish League of Credit Unions in February 2011 and was subsequently elected as Vice President 2011 – 2013 and President 2013 – 2015. He continues to be a Director.  Martin was appointed a Director of VHI Healthcare in March 2012 for a three year term ( 2012 – 2015 ) and was subsequently appointed as Chairman in September 2012 for the remainder of his term.  Martin was appointed as the Independent Non – Executive Director of the Interim Board of the Office of Government Procurement in May 2015.  Martin was appointed to the Board of the Health Information and Quality Authority in July 2015.
 

Kevin Prendergast, Chief Executive, 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. As well as a holding a Bachelors Degree and  a Masters in Accounting from University College Dublin, he also holds an MSc in Executive Leadership from the University of Ulster.

 

Clodagh Hegarty is a Lecturer in Accounting and Course Director at Ulster University Business School, Magee Campus, where she lectures extensively in audit and financial reporting. She is also Director of Combined Studies at Ulster University, Magee. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Chartered Tax Adviser. She is a past Chair of the ACCA Ireland Committee.  Prior to academia, Clodagh spent 15 years’ working in practice with EY, Dublin and in general practice in the North West. 

 

David Hegarty is a barrister working as a Principal Officer in the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement. He qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and transferred to the Bar in 2006, practising primarily in the area of criminal defence and advocacy. He is registered on the LRSA Roll of Practising Barristers in the Full-time Service of the State. Prior to joining the ODCE he was Advisory Counsel in the Office of the Parliamentary Legal Adviser advising the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission and Service and parliamentary committees on constitutional, parliamentary and administrative law matters. He has also worked as a legal officer in the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) and at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, working in Judges’ Chambers with international judges trying economic crime, corruption, abuse of public office, war crimes and conspiracy to commit terrorism cases. 

 

Aisling Kennedy is an independent non-executive director and chair of the Audit Committee at Athora Ireland plc and an independent non-executive director and chair of the Risk Committee at ECCU Assurance DAC.  Her most recent role, prior to embarking on her non-executive career in February 2020, was at Swiss Re as Head of Pricing – Life & Health – UK, Ireland and Israel.  Other prior roles over the course of her 35+ year career in financial services include: Client Director at Mercer Ireland, Director of Professional Affairs at the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and Director – Business Development at Vhi.  She also chaired the Audit Committee at Comreg between 2014 and 2016. Aisling is a Fellow and former Council Member of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and an Affiliate of the UK Actuarial Profession.

 

Aisling McArdle is Head of Regulation at Euronext Dublin and is a member of the Euronext global regulation team. She joined the Irish Stock Exchange in 2002 and has held a variety of regulatory roles within the company over the past 17 years.  She became Head of Regulation, Dublin in September 2018, and is responsible for regulation and operations relating to the listing of financial instruments on Euronext Dublin's markets, across a variety of asset classes and a number of jurisdictions.  Aisling is responsible for the regulatory engagement with issuers and market participants as well as domestic and EU regulatory authorities.  She participates on the European Corporate Governance Network and is a former member of the Company Law Review Group and the International Markets Surveillance Group.  She is a Licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland. 

Ronan Nolan is a Chartered Accountant, and was President of Chartered Accountants Ireland in 2014/2015. He retired as a partner in Deloitte in May 2015 having been a senior advisory partner and chairman of the firm.

 

Brendan Sheridan has worked in financial services for forty years in both the private and public sectors in roles spanning finance, planning, reporting, business transformation and strategy.  His focus on distressed debt in a domestic bank led to a move to the Central Bank in 2011 to contribute to the resolution of non-performing loans. He initially led a credit team for three years, engaging with the Troika on a quarterly basis and presiding over onsite inspections, stress tests and remediation plans across Ireland’s credit institutions.  From 2015 to 2018, Brendan headed the Central Bank’s Financial Reporting function and, during that time, developed a strategy for the Finance Division. He undertook a review of the Central Bank’s approach to funding of its regulatory activities and, as a result, at the request of  the Deputy Governor – Prudential Regulation, in 2019 he assumed responsibility of a multi-year strategy to largely eliminate the burden of regulatory costs on the taxpayer.  Brendan also leads the co-ordination of the annual regulatory planning and reporting processes for the Central Bank’s Prudential Regulation pillar in a role which now logically integrates planning, budgeting, reporting and cost recovery activities.  Brendan is a member of the ACCA, and holds a Master’s in Business Practice.
 
 

Daniel Sinnott is a Principal Officer in the Office of the Revenue Commissioners with responsibility for data analytics. Prior to working for Revenue, he held a variety of roles in Ding, the Education Endowment Foundation, and the Boston Consulting Group. Daniel is a graduate of University College Dublin and the University of Oxford.