Tom Byrne is former Chief Financial Officer of the Health Service Executive, and prior to this held the positions of CFO and a board member of Esat and BT Ireland. Tom also held the positions of VP Finance, Transformation, Systems and Risk with BT Global Services. Prior to this he was a CFO with Bristol Myers Squibb and joined from BASF Ireland where he was Finance Director. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he is a Fellow and past president of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and a past president of the TCD business alumni. He has held board membership of a number charities and companies including Bus Eireann. Following graduation he qualified as an Accountant with the Jefferson Smurfit Group and was CFO of Smurfit Web Press. Tom also currently sits on the Board of Management and the finance and risk committee of the Royal Dublin Society.Outside work Tom assists on a Dublin city children’s charity, he is a keen golfer artist and a fan of the works of James Joyce!
Jason Coady joined SAP in 2000 as Financial Controller for SAP in Ireland. In 2007, he was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of SAP in Ireland.
In this role Jason is responsible for providing financial leadership and oversight for SAP’s group operations and legal entities in Ireland, where the workforce has grown to over 2,300 employees across Dublin and Galway, over the last five years.
Prior to joining SAP, Jason worked in the United Kingdom in a variety of sectors including FMCG and publishing.
Jason is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Marie has been the CFO of NTR plc since 2013. Between 2013 and 2015, Marie led the corporate reorganisation of NTR plc from public to private ownership while delivering €232m to shareholders via share redemption programmes. Concurrently with this, Marie executed an extensive restructuring of the NTR group, including the sale of its US wind and recycling assets for a collective $500m.
NTR today acquires, constructs and operates onshore wind and solar assets across Western Europe on behalf of institutional investors through regulated funds. Under Marie’s financial leadership, it has launched its latest €1.2bn renewables fund and has to date acquired 7 wind and solar projects in the UK, France, Sweden and Finland with a total investment of €275m. This follows on from NTR’s first renewable energy fund and the completion of 12 wind project acquisitions across UK and Ireland with total investment of over €600m during a two-year period.
Prior to her time at NTR, Marie was Senior Director of Strategic Planning for Elan Corporation plc, where she played a key role in the sale of multiple drug businesses culminating in raising $2bn which restored the company to a solid financial footing after a period of financial instability.
She was formerly the Chair of the Board of Make-A-Wish Ireland, where the charity doubled its income and wishes granted over the course of her tenure.
Marie was previously an Audit & Corporate Finance Manager at Arthur Andersen. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Galway and a Masters in Accounting from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. She is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and is a member of its Ethics and Governance Committee.
Professor Michael Mainelli FCCA FCSI (Hon) FBCS, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group, is a qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist, and management consultant, educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin. Michael gained his PhD at the London School of Economics where he was also a Visiting Professor. His career spans aerospace & cartography science, accountancy-firm partner, and director of Ministry of Defence research. Michael founded and chairs Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading commercial think-tank, famous for instrumental factor indices, including the Global Financial Centres Index and the Global Green Finance Index. Michael’s clients include banks, insurers, asset managers, exchanges, policy makers, governments, technology and scientific firms, and charities. Michael is Emeritus Professor, Fellow, & Trustee at Gresham College where he created the London Finance initiative asking “when would we know our financial system is working?” He is Alderman for Broad Street, non-executive director of a regulator, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service overseeing certification bodies and laboratories, Fellow of Goodenough College, and Trustee of Morden College. Michael is past Master of the World Traders and a liveryman of the Furniture Makers, Water Conservators, and Marketors, as well as a Craft-Owning Freeman of the Watermen & Lightermen. Amongst numerous publications, his third book, The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions, won the Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize. His interests include skiing, woodcarving, bagpipes, racing sailboats and sailing Thames barges. From 27 September 2019 to 28 September 2020, Michael has the honour of being Sheriff of the City of London for 367 days.
Gerard joined Fexco as the Head of the Managed Business Solutions Division in February 2010; and was appointed as the Group Chief Financial Officer in May 2013. In his current role, Gerard is responsible for the effective management of Finance, Treasury, Tax, and Shared Services. Prior to joining Fexco, Gerard spent over 20 years in the United States with Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading global management consulting firm with over $5.5B in revenue and 23,000 staff. He served in a range of senior executive roles including Global Financial Controller, Director of Treasury and Risk Management, Director of Financial Systems and Business Intelligence and Head of Internal Audit. Gerard trained with PWC in Ireland and also worked with KPMG in the Caribbean. Gerard holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College Cork and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland
Patrick has been CFO for Kerry’s Europe & Russia region for the last 4 years following business finance roles in North America and Europe.
In his current role he is a member of the regional executive team responsible for the €1.1bn Europe & Russia business serving 3,000 customers across 35 jurisdictions. In addition, he leads the regional finance team responsible for delivery of world class finance services to the business.
Prior to working with Kerry, Patrick worked for KPMG in both Audit and Transaction Services.
Patrick holds a law degree from UCD, is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Irish Tax Institute.
Rob is the Finance Director for EML Payments Europe and Middle East. Rob joined EML in October 2018 shortly after EML acquired PerfectCard DAC. In his role Rob leads a finance function spanning Ireland, UK, Poland and the UAE. In July 2019 EML acquired a second business in Newcastle, UK, Flex-e-Card, consolidating EML’s position as the world’s leading and largest provider of retail gift card programmes.
EML annually processes payments in excess of $9 billion and is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Prior to joining EML Rob was the Head of Finance & Operations of Property Button and also worked in both Transaction Services and Audit within KPMG for a number of years.
Rob holds a B.Comm International degree and a Masters of Accounting from UCD and is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Susanne Chishti is the CEO of FINTECH Circle, Europe’s 1st Angel Network focused on fintech opportunities & Founder of the FINTECH Circle Institute, the leading fintech learning platform offering Innovation Workshops to C-level executives and fintech & digital transformation courses. She is also the Co-Editor of the Bestseller “The FINTECH Book” which has been translated into 10 languages and is sold across 107 countries, and The WealthTECH Book and The InsurTECH Book (published by WILEY in 2018).
After completing her MBA she started her career working for a fintech company (before the term “fintech” was being invented) in the Silicon Valley 20 years ago. She then worked in senior positions more than 15 years’ across Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Morgan Stanley and Accenture in London and Hong Kong. She is a Non-Executive Director at a UK bank and several fintech companies and a keynote speaker at Fintech conferences worldwide.
Peter Oakes is a non-executive director of leading regulated fintechs including TransferMate, Optal Financial and Susquehanna International and recently joined the board as Chairman of AWM Wealth Advisers. Collectively these cutting-edge fintechs operate in the MIFID, payments and e-money industries. Peter has also served as board adviser to Regtechs including currently, Mizen Group and fintechs in the banking and wealth management space.
Peter established the Fintech Ireland network in 2013 to give a unique identity to the promotion and facilitation of the fintech scene in Ireland and to promotes the Irish fintech scene globally. Fintech Ireland is independent and is connected throughout the fintech ecosystem locally and internationally to fintech startups, C-Suite fintech professionals at traditional and challenger institutions, innovation hubs, accelerators, trade bodies, governments, embassies and investors. Following the success of Fintech Ireland, Peter has established Fintech UK which is supported by Kerman & Co. Peter is a Member of the Fintech50 Panel which curates the annual list of the 50 hottest FinTech companies in Europe.
Peter consults on fintech/regtech, financial services regulation, enforcement and business strategy and advises the Irish operations of US law firm Clark Hill and UK law firm Kerman & Co on regulation, governance and fintech. Peter is speaks and moderates at international fintech and governance conferences in Ireland, the UK, the USA and UAE.
Peter has 30 years experience working as a regulator, central banker, senior executive director and non-executive director in financial services, including Director (Enforcement & Financial Crime) at the Central Bank of Ireland (2010-2013) and Chief Risk Officer at Bank of America Merchant Services Europe.
Brian is the Group Director of Corporate Development for Uniphar Plc, an international diversified healthcare services business servicing the requirements of more than 200 multinational pharmaceutical and medical technology manufacturers. With more than 2,100 employees and >€1.5bn t/o, the Group is active in Ireland, the UK, the Benelux, the Nordics and the USA. Brian is responsible for M&A and Investor Relations and is part of the management team of the only Company to IPO in Ireland in 2019.
Previous to joining Uniphar Plc, Brian was the CFO of eShopworld, one of the world’s leading global eCommerce platforms. Since 2010, eShopWorld has helped the world’s best-loved brands to grow their eCommerce revenues in global markets. As CFO at eShopWorld Brian was responsible for a team of >40 people across 5 functions: Commercial & Strategic Finance; Finance Operations; eCommerce Operations; International Tax & Trade Compliance; and Finance Transformation.
Brian is a chartered accountant and spent 12 years in advisory including 7 years with Capnua Corporate Finance, involved in acquisitions, business sales, financing and restructuring across Healthcare, Logistics, Retail and Technology sectors.
Howard served as Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of Ryanair Holdings plc, Europe’s largest airline, for 23 years until he stepped down on December 31, 2014. Post stepping down Howard continues to be involved as a Non- Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee in growing Ryanair from currently 150m customers to 200m customers by 2024
Since 2015 Howard has served on the Advisory Board of Irelandia Aviation the world’s premier low cost carrier (“LCC”) developer. Irelandia Aviation, is a private company owned by the Ryan family, has successfully developed 6 LCC carriers, Ryanair in Europe, Tiger Airways in Asia, Allegiant in the USA, Viva Aerobus in Mexico, Viva Colombia, and Viva Peru. In addition, Howard is a Director of Viva Latinamerica which is the parent holding company for Viva Colombia and Viva Peru.
Since 2016 Howard has served on the board of Applegreen plc ( a forecourt operator with operations in Ireland, UK and the USA) as a Non- Executive Director, and Chairman of the Audit Committee..
In September 2018 Howard established Sirius Aviation Capital Holdings Limited and serves as Chief Executive Officer. The company will focus on mid-life single aircraft leasing opportunities and is focused on the growing to business to in excess of 100 aircraft by 2022.
Marie is a highly skilled and accomplished non-executive director in a range of sectors and works with clients as a Governance Consultant across the public and private sector.
She currently Chairs a new commercial State Company, Home Building Finance Ireland, a non-executive director of IPUTplc and Bank of Ireland General Investment Trust DAC. She is an independent member of the Communications Regulator Audit & Risk Committee and is also a Trustee of the Trinity College Dublin Foundation and Chairs the Audit & Risk Committee.
Marie is a Tutor with the Institute of Director’s Chartered Director programme and is a well sought after trainer for Boards and Directors.
She has a MBA from Trinity College and a postgraduate qualification in Corporate Governance from UCD and is a Chartered Director.
Managing Director and Founder of specialist finance recruitment firm PeopleSource. Rachel Tubridy started her recruitment career in 1997 in London where she remained for over 10 years as both a Consultant and Head of Marketing for global recruitment firm, Advantage Resourcing. Returning to Dublin in 2008 she joined international recruitment firm Michael Page as Country Manager before moving to Brightwater as a Partner with their Executive recruitment team.
Watching the market and identifying the benefits for both clients & candidates of working with a specialist recruitment firm, she set up PeopleSource in 2015. Working across the finance department, Rachel brings a wealth of knowledge & experience to the recruitment process. While most of the client and candidate base is Irish, PeopleSource operates internationally, having placed or sourced candidates from Carlow to the Caribbean, Sligo to Singapore and from Dublin to Dallas.
Rebecca believes that as a Coach, be it public speaking with Own The Room, coaching people on the gym floor or giving one to one consultations as a trained nutritionist, it is an honour to be involved in someone’s shift in mindset, to see their self belief grow and their confidence soar.
In 2015, Rebecca received a Masters from Oxford Brookes in Applied Human Nutrition and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Trainer. Since then, she’s worked as a health coach with Google and Spectrum Health, regularly leading 200+ person workshops at companies like Vodafone, Microsoft, Azzure and Siemens.
From starting her own health pop up café, while living in Australia, becoming a trained phlebotomist (that’s right she can legally draw blood) to leading a global wellness programme in Dominica, Rebecca demonstrates her passion for wellness in everything she does.Although a New York City marathon veteran, Rebecca spends most of her free time power lifting, enjoying rugby and training for adventures such as climbing Kilimanjaro.
John is the General Manager of Modulr Finance Europe Ltd and heads up the recently launched European operation of this highly successful UK Fintech. Modulr moves money efficiently to power business productivity through its innovative platform as a licenced Electronic Money Institution.
John has over 35 years experience in financial services in Ireland and worked previously for AIB with senior roles in Business Banking, Capital Markets and International Cash Management.
John has a BSc in Business and Information Technology and an MBA from Trinity College. John is a non-Executive Director of Microfinance Ireland.