Group Executive Committee

  • Myles O’Grady – Group Chief Executive

    Myles O'Grady - Chief Executive Officer

    Myles O’Grady
    Group Chief Executive

    Myles took up the position of Chief Executive of the Bank of Ireland Group on 17 November 2022, having previously served as Group Chief Financial Officer from January 2020 until March 2022.

    In a career of more than 30 years, Myles has worked nationally and internationally including in senior roles across retail, business and investment banking. Prior to joining Bank of Ireland, Myles was Director of Finance & Investor Relations in AIB Group and he has held senior positions in international financial services organisations including Citibank and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Until October 2022, Myles served as Chief Financial Officer of the Musgrave Group.

  • Mark Spain – Chief Financial Officer
    Mark Spain

    Mark was appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director on 31 March 2022. He was appointed to the Group Executive Committee in July 2019 following his appointment as Chief Strategy Officer in April 2019. He previously held a number of senior management positions in Bank of Ireland including Director of Group Investor Relations, Director of Group Finance and most recently UK Commercial Director.

    Before joining Bank of Ireland, Mark served as a Director of IBI Corporate Finance, where he gained extensive M&A and capital markets experience, advising a number of leading Irish companies including Bank of Ireland.

    Prior to this, he was a senior manager in Diageo plc’s M&A function based in London. He has more than 30 years’ experience in financial and accounting roles. Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, having qualified with KPMG.

  • Gavin Kelly – Chief Executive, Retail Ireland

    Gavin Kelly - Chief Executive Officer Retail Ireland

    Gavin Kelly
    Chief Executive, Retail Ireland

    As Chief Executive, Retail Ireland, Gavin oversees the provision of banking products and related financial services to personal, business and wealth management customers and the New Ireland Assurance Company.

    Since joining Bank of Ireland in 2007 Gavin has held a number of senior management positions, including Interim Group Chief Executive from 3 September 2022 until 16 November 2022. Before joining the Group, Gavin held a number of senior product and marketing roles in Permanent TSB, having previously worked in branch banking and marketing at AIB. Gavin holds a Commerce Degree and a MBS from University College Dublin. He is also a Certified Bank Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Banking. He is currently a director on the board of New Ireland Assurance Company.

  • Ian McLaughlin – Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland (UK) plc

    Ian McLaughlin - Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland (UK) plc

    Ian McLaughlin
    Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland (UK) plc

    Ian joined Bank of Ireland in December 2019 as Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc and Retail UK Division. He has over 25 years financial services experience, having joined Bank of Ireland from Royal Bank of Scotland, where he held the roles of Managing Director, Home Buying and Ownership and Managing Director Specialist Banking. Prior to this, he held a number of senior management roles at Lloyds Banking Group and Zurich Financial Services.

  • Paul McDonnell – Interim Chief Executive, Corporate and Markets

    Paul McDonnell - Interim Chief Executive, Corporate and Markets

    Paul McDonnell
    Interim Chief Executive, Corporate and Markets

    Paul joined the Bank of Ireland Group in 1986 and held various roles in Retail Banking, Business Banking and Private Banking before joining the Corporate Division in 2002.

    Paul was appointed Head of Property Finance in 2010 with responsibility for the Bank’s large property exposures in the commercial and residential property sectors in Ireland, the UK & the USA. In addition to his role as Head of Property Finance, Paul has responsibility for the Group’s Corporate Lending activities in Great Britain.

    Previously he has been Head of International Property Finance with responsibility for managing the Bank’s real estate lending teams in London, Frankfurt and New York.

    Paul is a member of the Group Credit Committee, Group Pension Fund Investment Committee and Private Equity Governance Committee. He is a graduate of UCD and is a member of the Institute of Taxation in Ireland.

  • Sharon Donnelly – Interim Chief Technology and Payments Officer

    Sharon Donnelly - Interim Chief Technology and Payments Officer

    Sharon Donnelly
    Interim Chief Technology and Payments Officer

    Sharon was appointed Interim Chief Payments & Technology Officer in June 2022. She has worked for Bank of Ireland for over 30 years and prior to her recent appointment was the Director of Group Payments, Business Continuity Management (BCM) and Divisional Risk. In that role Sharon was responsible for Electronic and Card Payment Services Group BCM and GTCS Divisional Risk. Having responsibility for Business Continuity, she co-led the Bank’s operational readiness response to the Covid-19 pandemic, along with its day-to-day requirements.

    During her career with the Group, Sharon has also had significant involvement in IT service management and key strategic change programmes. She has experience in areas such as Leadership, Strategy and Planning, IT Service Management & SIAM, Business Operations, Change Management & Programme Delivery and Business Analysis & Consultancy.

    She is a member of the Board for the Euro Banking Association (EBA). Sharon graduated from UCD in 1992 with a degree in English and History and obtained a Higher National Diploma in Executive Coaching in 2015.

  • Enda Johnson – Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer

    Matt Elliott - Chief People Officer

    Enda Johnson
    Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer

    Enda joined Bank of Ireland on 21 February 2022 from Virgin Money UK, where he was latterly Interim Chief Financial Officer following the merger with Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank Group (CYBG). At CYBG he held the role of Group Corporate Development Director.

    Prior to joining CYBG, Enda held senior roles in Allied Irish Banks plc (AIB), where he was Head of Strategy & Corporate Affairs, and in Ireland’s National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), where he was a member of the Banking Unit. Enda started his career in the investment banking and capital markets divisions of Merrill Lynch in New York, California and London. He holds a BA in Economics and BSc in Engineering from Brown University.

  • Matt Elliott – Chief People Officer

    Matt Elliott - Chief People Officer

    Matt Elliott
    Chief People Officer

    Matt Elliott was appointed to the role of Chief People Officer in February 2019.

    Prior to that he was Group People Director with Virgin Money. Under Matt’s leadership Virgin Money introduced the UK Senior Managers Regime (SMR) and worked closely with the Virgin Money Board to successfully introduce and implement a new variable remuneration scheme for all employees.

    A passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity, Matt appeared as a leading ally in the 2018 Financial Times lists for gender (HERoes), ethnicity (EMpower) and LGBT+ (OUTstanding), the only person to appear in all three lists.

  • Stephen Roughton-Smith – Group Chief Risk Officer, Group Risk

    Stephen Roughton-Smith - Group Chief Risk Officer, Group Risk

    Stephen Roughton-Smith
    Group Chief Risk Officer, Group Risk

    Stephen Roughton-Smith joined Bank of Ireland in December 2021 as Group Chief Risk Officer. Stephen has over 30 years’ risk and leadership experience working across large and medium sized UK and global financial institutions, having joined Bank of Ireland from Belmont Green Finance where he held the role of Chief Risk Officer.

    Prior to this, Stephen held a number of senior positions in international financial services organisations including Head of Credit Risk for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Deputy Chief Risk Officer at Lloyds Bank, and UK Chief Risk Officer with ABN AMRO. In these roles he led teams through periods of strong growth and significant economic uncertainty, operating both at Board and Executive Committee level.

    Stephen is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) with a BSc. Honours in Physics and MPhil in Semiconductor Physics.

  • Gabrielle Ryan – Interim Group Secretary and Head of Corporate Governance

    Gabrielle Ryan - Interim Group Secretary and Head of Corporate Governance

    Gabrielle Ryan
    Interim Group Secretary and Head of Corporate Governance

    Gabrielle is the Interim Group Secretary & Head of Corporate Governance with effect from June 2022. Gabrielle is responsible for assisting the Chair in establishing the policies and processes that the board needs in order to function properly and in ensuring that these are complied with and in advising the Board on all governance matters. She and her team support all of the Group companies.

    Gabrielle discharges these responsibilities in addition to her ongoing role as Group General Counsel and head of the Group Legal Services function.

  • Oliver Wall – Chief of Staff & Head of Corporate Affairs

    Oliver Wall - Chief of Staff & Head of Corporate Affairs

    Oliver Wall
    Chief of Staff & Head of Corporate Affairs

    Oliver Wall joined Bank of Ireland as Group Chief of Staff in 2017 taking on additional responsibility as Head of Corporate Affairs in 2019. Oliver previously held a range of roles in both the public and private sectors, including working in the Department of The Taoiseach during Ireland’s 2013 Presidency of the Council of the EU. Oliver joined Bank of Ireland from HSBC where he was Head of External Affairs UK and Europe. Prior to this, Oliver was Regional Head of Political Engagement, Europe for HSBC. Oliver, an Irish national, is a graduate of NUI Galway.