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George Jones

Chairman & Group Non Executive Director

Michael Garvey

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

John Smyth

Independent Non-Executive Director

Caitríona Somers

Independent Non-Executive Director

Barbara Cotter

Independent Non-Executive Director

Sean O’Grady

Group Non-Executive Director

John Hogan

Group Non-Executive Director

John Clendennen

Group Non-Executive Director

Enda Devine

Finance Director and Executive Director

George Jones – Chairman & Group Non Executive Director

George is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland and the Insurance Institute of Ireland. He has spent 40 years working in the insurance industry, holding management roles in the areas of corporate, personal, commercial and human resources. George is formerly an elected representative of Wicklow County Council and Greystones Town Council, with which he has been affiliated with for over 38 years.

Michael Garvey – Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Michael is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland, the Insurance Institute of Ireland and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Michael has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry in various leadership roles and has extensive Director experience at Board and Shareholder level with two of Ireland’s largest insurance companies over the past 20 years.

John Smyth – Independent Non-Executive Director

John is a Chartered Director, Chartered Secretary and Fellow and past President of the Institute of Directors in Ireland and he has attained Diplomas in Corporate Governance and Company Direction. He is a professional corporate governance specialist with extensive experience in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe and he has been awarded a Diploma in Corporate Governance by University College Dublin and a Diploma in Company Direction by the Institute of Directors in Ireland.

Caitríona Somers – Independent Non-Executive Director

Caitríona Somers has extensive experience developed throughout her career in general insurance.  Caitríona spent 10 years as CEO of the Irish subsidiary of Cunningham Lindsey Group and was a member of the Executive Global Leadership Team of the Group.

A Chartered Director and Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters, she holds a Diploma in Company Direction and a MSc in Business and Digital Innovation.  She is a Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chairperson with the MIBI, a Non-Executive Director and formerly an Honorary Education Officer and Council Member of the Insurance Institute of Ireland. Caitríona is also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Risk and Compliance Committee of St. Patrick’s Credit Union (ESB Staff) Ltd.

Barbara Cotter – Independent Non-Executive Director

Barbara is a chartered director and member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland and a Solicitor.  Formerly a Senior Partner with one of Ireland’s leading law firms, she has extensive experience of the financial services industry having spent her executive career advising major Irish and international financial institutions on banking and finance law.

Sean O’Grady – Group Non-Executive Director

Sean is a member of the Institute of Directors of Ireland and the Insurance Institute of Ireland, with considerable knowledge in the insurance industry gleaned from over 30 years of professional experience.He has served as mayor of Killarney on five occasions and is a former member of Killarney town council with 40 years’ experience.

John Hogan – Group Non-Executive Director

John serves as a County Councillor for Tipperary and has an unbroken record of public service since first being elected in 1999. He is currently Chairman of Tipperary ETB having been elected in September 2014. In September 2018 it was announced that he would assume the role of ETBI President for a one year term, following from his tireless work at local and national level for the ETB and broader education sectors over the past few years. John also has a Diploma in Corporate Direction from UCC & a Professional Certificate in Governance from UCD & the Institute of Public Administration.

John Clendennen – Group Non-Executive Director

John has been an elected representative to Offaly County Council since 2014. He holds a Diploma in Business Studies & a Diploma in International Hotel Management from the Shannon College of Hotel Management & a Masters of Business Studies in Marketing from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. He has a particular interest in Business Development & Marketing & his career has involved working in compatible roles with the Shelbourne Hotel, the Westin Hotel & the Four Seasons. He is currently responsible for the management & operation of Giltraps Pub, Townhouse & Glamping Initiative in Co. Offaly

Enda Devine – Finance Director and Executive Director

Enda is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland and a member of the Insurance Institute of Ireland with a Diploma in Information Systems awarded by Trinity College Dublin. He has held a number of Senior Executive and Board level positions over 15 years in leading financial services organisations.