Meet The Judges
Of The Good Governance Awards
Of The Good Governance Awards
Nina is CEO of Volunteer Ireland, the national volunteer development organisation, which connects communities through volunteering. She also chairs the working group that developed and oversees the voluntary Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland.
As the CEO of a charity that has gone through the process of developing its own governance practices, she also has a practical appreciation for the challenges and opportunities that non-profits face in implementing good governance.
Mairéad is a Chartered Accountant and was most recently Head of Compliance and Corporate Affairs for Rabobank’s operations in Ireland. Having qualified with KPMG, she has worked primarily in financial services in Sydney and Dublin, in governance, risk and compliance areas.
Over the years she has obtained qualifications in IT audit, treasury and company secretarial roles. In 2016, she completed an MSc in Strategic Public Relations with the University of Stirling. Mairéad is a director of An Cosán and of the National Maternity Hospital and sits on sub-committees for each.
Katie is a governance expert who empowers boards to govern effectively and responsibly. She is founder of Katie Cadden & Associates – an Irish firm that provides trusted advisory and consultancy services, to boards of directors across the public, private and nonprofit sectors in Ireland and the UK.
Katie is an experienced, independent non-executive director who has served on boards across a range of sectors, including the financial services sector. An experienced State Board member, Katie has a wealth of regulatory experience having served as a Government appointee to Ireland’s first statutory Charities Regulator. She continues to serve as an external member of the Regulatory Committee of the Charities Regulator. Katie also lectures in Charity Law and Regulation at the Law Society of Ireland.
A committed volunteer, Katie is a Council member of the RNLI– the charity that saves lives in the water.
Katie is a practicing and MII accredited mediator, with a particular interest in dispute and conflict resolution in the boardroom, workplace and professional spheres. Katie is a former practicing solicitor who has worked in-house for one of the world’s leading luxury goods conglomerates and in private practice as a litigator in a range of actions, including complex, high volume, multi-party actions before the Superior Courts in Ireland.
Tom has held a number of voluntary positions in the not-for -profit and charities sector, following his departure in December 2014 from the staff of The Atlantic Philanthropies as part of the wind down of that organisation internationally. He is a member of the Charities Regulatory Authority Board, a Ministerial nominee to the Advisory Council for Better Outcomes Brighter Futures and is a former Chair of The Children’s Rights Alliance.
In his career with Atlantic over a period of 14 years, Tom led investments in programmes for Children, Older People, Education and Community Development. His earlier career included stints in teaching and consulting in Organisation Development and Leadership at the Irish Management Institute, and as senior manager with FAS in the 1990’s. Tom’s early career was in the voluntary sector in leadership positions in both the National Youth Council of Ireland and the Union of Students in Ireland.
Tom is Head of the Company Compliance and Governance Practice and a Partner in the Commercial Department of Arthur Cox where his focus is corporate governance, company law, corporate offences, legislation and regulation.
Tom has built a strong corporate governance advisory practice to leading national and international companies. Recognized as one of the leading experts on Irish company law, Tom is author of The Law of Companies (4th ed; 2016) and chaired the Company Law Review Group which designed the format and content of the Companies Act 2014.
Bill Cunningham is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years’ experience in both the professional and commercial world. Bill was a Senior Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers until his retirement in 2008. He was the managing partner of Coopers and Lybrand in Ireland prior to its merger with Price Waterhouse in 1998. Bill’s clients included many of the PricewaterhouseCoopers’ leading national and international clients, working with them on audit, advisory, merger and acquisition and re-structuring activities.
Since his retirement, Bill has continued to be active in business, holding a number of Non-Executive Director appointments and other advisory roles. Bill has chaired the Audit Committees in the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture, currently chairs the Audit Committee of the Pensions Authority and is an advisor to the Audit Committee of the Central Bank of Ireland. Bill also holds several not-for-profit directorships including the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture and Cricket Ireland and chairs the Board of Saint John of God Hospital in Dublin and has advised the Saint Vincent de Paul charity on their social housing strategy.
Gerry Egan is a Consultant and Trainer specialising in corporate governance, data protection and GDPR compliance, and strategy development working with clients in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.
Gerry is an experienced Chairman, Director and Company Secretary with over 30 years’ experience in a commercial State company where he held a number of senior executive roles and led significant transformation programmes. He currently serves on the board of Carmichael.
Gerry holds a M.Sc. (Mgmt.) from Trinity College and is a Chartered Director.
Níall is Head of Ethics & Governance at Chartered Accountants Ireland. He has responsibility for leading the development of policy and embedding of matters relating to business ethics and governance across operations. Níall previously worked with PwC and before progressing to work in management consulting, advising in relation to provision of professional services, policy and internal control development, induction and board committee training.
He is well-travelled, having worked overseas in Europe, USA and Canada with organisations such as PwC, McKinsey & Company and PGL Travel. Níall has also authored Chartered Accountants Ireland’s publication on “Concise Guide to Ethics and Governance in the Charity and Not-for-profit sector”, a range of professional toolkits, numerous ethics and governance related articles, and leads a number of projects in relation to creation of values and ethics awareness and supports, organisational culture resources and effective audit committees training.
He holds a M.Acc from NUIG, Diploma in Corporate Governance from UCD, is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and a Chartered Tax Consultant (CTC).ce.
Deirdre is the Chief Executive Officer of The Wheel, Ireland’s national association of community & voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises. She has represented the sector’s shared interests on many fora over the years. She is the founding member of the Working Group which developed and published the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary & Charitable Organisations (now replaced by the Charity Regulator’s Governance Code). She is a regular public speaker on the topics of corporate governance in non-profits, charities regulation, best practice in the non-profit sector and issues affecting charities.
Prior to joining The Wheel, Deirdre was Director of Development (Fundraising) at The Barretstown Gang Camp in Kildare where she worked for five years. Before moving into full-time work in the community and voluntary sector, Deirdre worked in the private sector, holding several managerial posts in the hi-tech field in Germany. Having studied science for her bachelor’s degree in 1986, she completed a Master’s in Business Administration in 2003.
Eva is CEO of Boardmatch – the only Irish charity that specialises in charity and not-for-profit board recruitment and support. Eva joined Boardmatch Ireland in March of 2011 as the Corporate Services Officer and became CEO in 2018. Eva is a graduate of the NUI Galway, with an honours degree in Economics and Social Studies, and a graduate of NUI Maynooth, in Addiction Studies. Eva was part of the Working Group for the original Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations (CVC Code) and the Consultative Panel for the Charities Regulator’s Governance Code. Boardmatch works closely with not-for-profit organisations all over Ireland, providing support, advice and training on building and strengthening voluntary boards and committees.
Brian, is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a Chartered Director. He also holds a degree in Economics from UCC. In July 2018 he was appointed as Chief Financial Officer for Pobal.
He has previously Chief Financial Officer/Director for a global captive (re)insurance management company. He has extensive experience in both Private and Public sectors spanning corporate finance, risk management, regulation and compliance. He has significant non-executive director experience for both commercial and not-for-profit organisations. He also acts as a Pension Trustee.
Jane–Ann McKenna is the Chief Executive Officer of Dóchas, the Irish network for international development and humanitarian organisations. She has significant experience in humanitarian and emergency response, having led Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) teams in conflict and crises affected areas including Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Central African Republic. She served as the Director of MSF Ireland from 2011-2016, where she led the strategic growth and scale up of MSF’s Irish office, focusing on fundraising, communications and recruitment initiatives. More recently, she led the development of MSF’s global strategy for 2020-2023. Jane–Ann is a qualified accountant (FCCA) with a Master of Business Studies in International Business from UCD Smurfit School of Business. Jane–Ann has previously been awarded UCD Alumni of the year for Business.
Aedín is a Partner in Mazars and has over twenty years’ experience in providing audit and advisory services to a wide range of organisations including many Irish charities and Not-for-Profit organisations. She leads the Mazars Not- for-Profit group and acts as Audit Partner to a large number of Charity and Not-for-Profit clients. A recognised specialist in the Charity and Not-for-Profit Sector, Aedín works with boards and senior management teams on governance, financial management, financial reporting and internal control.
She has in-depth knowledge of the Statement of Recommended Practice for Charities (SORP) and has assisted clients on transitioning to the Charity SORP (FRS102). She also regularly presents on issues of importance to the Not-for-Profit Sector. Aedín is an active member of the Mazars Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and has worked in a voluntary capacity with many organisations in the charitable, community and voluntary sector.
Aedín is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Áine is the CEO of Charities Institute Ireland, the membership and representative body for Ireland’s leading charities. A Chartered Surveyor by profession, she has over 30 years of business and board-level experience, providing advisory services to several charities and not-for-profit organisations
Aine previously held the role of Director General & Registrar of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, Ireland’s largest property & construction professional standards body.
She is a non-executive director of ChildVision, the national centre for visually impaired and multi-disabled children and HAIL Housing Association, providing safe and supported housing for people with mental health challenges.
She was recently appointed by the Minister for Justice to the State Board of the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA) as an industry expert.
She holds a Masters in Planning & Development Economics from TU Dublin and Professional Diploma in Arbitration from UCD.
Before founding 2into3 in 2006, Dennis worked in academia, in the international food sector, as a Technology Entrepreneur and as a Management Consultant. He has served on a number of nonprofit boards. Dennis holds a B.Comm and M.B.S from University College Cork and an AMP from Insead. He is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers.
Dennis has over 30 years Management Consultant experience specialising in Strategy, Fundraising and Talent Management in the Nonprofit & Public sector. Recognised expert in this field, Dennis has published papers, presented analysis and made recommendations to Government on the nonprofit sector and its diverse sub-sectors.
An avid sportsman, Dennis plays hockey for Avoca Hockey Club and for Ireland at Masters level.
Donnchadh is a Director in Davy’s Institutional Consulting team, where he sets and implements investment policy on behalf of charities, government agencies, universities and other institutions. Donnchadh has 17 years’ investment experience with a particular focus on institutional investment governance, policy and portfolio management. He holds a First-Class Honours B.Sc. in Finance, Computing and Enterprise from Dublin City University and a MBS in Finance from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. He recently completed a Professional Diploma in Data Analytics in University College Dublin. Donnchadh is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the CFA Institute. He has also completed the CFA Certificate in ESG Investment and is a member of CFA Society Ireland’s ESG Committee.
Sean is Assistant Professor in Accountancy at University College Dublin. He is also acting as the Interim Academic Director on the Masters of Accounting (MAcc) programme at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Prior to his role in UCD he was the Assistant Head of the School of Accounting & Finance at Technological University Dublin. He trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in PwC. He has experience as a company Founder, Director, Non-Executive Director and Consultant which includes International projects.
Geraldine has over 18 years’ experience of supporting the organisational development, volunteer management and governance journey of small to medium sized not for profit groups in Kerry plus larger networks nationally. Her training portfolio and client base is broad. She has been working as the Manager of Kerry Volunteer Centre since 2004 where she has earned a reputation for empowering the capacity of not for groups and their voluntary management committees.
Geraldine is keenly aware of the challenges that volunteers encounter when ‘doing governance’. She has worked with key national stakeholders such as the ICTR, the CRA and the Lobbying Regulatory Authority. She is a founding member and was long serving Director of Volunteer Ireland predecessor organisation Volunteer Centres Ireland and a member of the working group tasked with formulating The Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising in Ireland. Geraldine values the efforts being undertaken by trustees who are growing the culture of good governance practices.
Martin is a Chartered Management Accountant and Professor of Management Accounting & Accounting History at Queen’s Management School. He has worked for several indigenous and multi-national organisations before joining academia. His research works spans several areas, including the analysis of the content of contemporary and historic corporate disclosures.
Philip is a partner in Arthur Cox and specialises in Pensions Law and Charity Law. Philip holds practising certificates in both Ireland and Northern Ireland.
As coordinating partner of Arthur Cox’s Charity Law Group, he advises on the issues affecting charitable and not-for-profit organisations and their Directors/Trustees including advice on governance, regulatory compliance investigations, Revenue aspects mergers, restructurings, cy-pres, wind-up, trust law and fundraising. He is the co-author of Law of Charities in Ireland (Bloomsbury Professional, 2019)
Paul has served as a board member of regulatory bodies, commercial entities, public sector and non-profit bodies. His early roles included as an economist in the public sector followed by a career in investment management. Subsequently he worked for over 10 years with the Institute of Public Administration developing governance services. He was a founder and manager of the Governance Forum. He is a qualified Chartered Director and Investment Fund Director. He is an adviser to boards on governance issues. Current appointments include as a board member of investment companies and the PSI Council. He is the chairperson and of the Audit Committee of the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications and of Sport Ireland’s Governance Code for Sport Working Group.
There is also a panel of assessors who assist with the process of screening and shortlisting applications who are submitted to the judges for adjudication and selection of the category winners. See the Good Governance Awards Assessors below:
|Pat Barker||Chartered Accountants Ireland|
|Nano Brennan||CPA Ireland|
|Heather Briers||Chartered Accountants Ireland|
|Ciara Cassidy||CPA Ireland|
|Tom Connaughton||Rehab Group|
|John Curran||Donegal Volunteer Centre|
|Jason Dowling||Whelan Dowling & Associates|
|Evelyn Fitzpatrick||CPA Ireland|
|Sinéad Gordon||Sport Ireland|
|Emma Hickey||Arthur Cox|
|Ben Hilliard||CPA Ireland|
|Natalie Kelly||Crowleys DFK|
|Ruth Lynch||CPA Ireland|
|Shane McAleer||Chartered Accountants Ireland|
|Colm McGinty||Sport Ireland|
|Dee Moran||Chartered Accountants Ireland|
|Keith Morrow||Chartered Accountants Ireland|
|Musa Muhammad Dandikko||CPA Ireland|
|Salvador Nash||The Chartered Governance Institute (ICSA)|
|Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí||Carmichael|
|Siobhan O’Leary||CPA Ireland|
|Mike O’Halloran||Chartered Accountants Ireland|
|Dáibhí O’Leary||Arthur Cox|
|Uchenna Opabola||CPA Ireland|
|Michael Reddy||INDOS Financial|
|Kathya Rouse||McMoreland Duffy Rouse|
|Henry Thynne||CPA Ireland|
|Jeremy Twomey||Chartered Accountants Ireland|
Technical Assessment Panel
Those entries for annual report award that have been long-listed will have their financial statements technical assessed by a firm of accountants. In 2022 our accountancy firms who will conduct the technical assessments are: