Directors

The Board of Directors of Bank of Ireland Group plc

The Court of Directors of The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland

  • Patrick Kennedy – Chairman and Non-Executive Director of the Board,
    Governor and Non-Executive Director of the Court

    Patrick was Chief Executive of Paddy Power plc from 2006 to 2014. He served as an Executive Director of Paddy Power plc since 2005 and a Non-executive Director since 2004, during which time he served as Chairman of the Audit Committee. He was a member of the Risk Committee of Paddy Power plc from 2006 to 2014. Prior to joining Paddy Power plc, Patrick worked at Greencore Group plc for seven years where he was Chief Financial Officer and also held a number of senior strategic and corporate development roles. Patrick also worked with KPMG Corporate Finance in Ireland and the Netherlands and as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Co. in London, Dublin and Amsterdam.

    As an experienced Chief Executive Officer and Finance Director, Patrick has in-depth knowledge of international business, management, finance, corporate transactions, strategic development and risk management through his involvement in Paddy Power plc, Elan Corporation plc (where he was Chairman of the Leadership, Development and Compensation Committee and a member of the Transaction Committee), Greencore Group plc and McKinsey & Co. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

    Term of Office
    Appointed to the Court in July 2010 and Governor since August 2018.
    Appointed to the Board in March 2017 and Chairman since August 2018.
    Independent
    Yes.
    External Appointments
    Chairman and the Chair of the Audit, Risk, Remuneration and Nomination Committees of Cartrawler.
    Committee Membership
    Chair of the Nomination, Governance and Responsible Business Committee since August 2018 and Member since September 2014.
    Member of the Risk Committee from January 2011 to July 2018 and Chair from July 2016 to July 2018.
    Member of the Audit Committee from July 2016 to July 2018.
  • Evelyn Bourke – Non-Executive Director of the Board and the Court

    Evelyn recently resigned as CEO of BUPA Group in January 2020, having served as CEO since April 2016.

    Evelyn has a strong track record in global executive management and extensive experience in financial services, risk and capital management, and mergers and acquisitions. She joined Bupa as CFO in September 2012, from Friends Life Group, where she was Chief Executive Officer of its Heritage division. Previously at Friends Provident, she was the Executive Director responsible for strategy, capital and risk and, prior to that, Chief Financial Officer. She was previously a non-executive Director of the IFG plc, Dublin, where she was Chair of the Board Risk Committee.

    Evelyn’s earlier career was spent at Standard Life Assurance plc, Chase De Vere Financial Solutions, St. James’s Place, Nascent Group, Tillinghast Towers Perrin, in the UK, and Lifetime Assurance and New Ireland Assurance in Dublin. She is a qualified actuary and holds an MBA from London Business School.

    Term of Office
    Appointed to the Board and the Court in May 2018.

    Independent
    Yes.
    External Appointments
    None
    Committee Membership
    Member of the Audit Committee since May 2018 and Chair since January 2021.
    Member of the Risk Committee since January 2021.
    Member of the Nomination, Governance and Responsible Business Committee from May 2018 to January 2021.
  • Ian Buchanan – Non-Executive Director of the Board and the Court

    Ian is an independent board director and senior advisor with extensive technology, digital, business transformation and customer operations experience gained through his work in a number of international retail, commercial and investment banks. He is currently a Senior Advisor to Cerberus Capital Management.

    Ian was previously the Group Chief Information Officer for Barclays Plc and Chief Operating Officer for Barclaycard until 2016. Before joining Barclays in 2011, he was Chief Information Officer for Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking (2009-2011), a member of the public board and Group Manufacturing Director of Alliance & Leicester Plc (2005-2008), and a member of the executive committee and Chief Operations & Technology Officer of Nomura International (1994-2005). Mr. Buchanan’s earlier career was spent at Credit Suisse, Guinness, and BP.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Durham.

    Term of Office
    Appointed to the Board and the Court in May 2018.

    Independent
    Yes.
    External Appointments
    None.
    Committee Membership
    Member of the Risk Committee since May 2018.
    Director, Bank of Ireland (UK) plc since September 2018 and member of its Risk Committee since October 2019.
  • Richard Goulding – Deputy Chairman/Governor and Senior Independent Director of the Board and the Court

    Richard held the role of Group Chief Risk Officer and Director at Standard Chartered Bank where he was a member of the Group Executive Committee, prior to which he held the role of Chief Operating Officer, Wholesale Banking Division. Before joining Standard Chartered in 2002, he held senior executive positions with Old Mutual Financial Services in the U.S., UBS Warburg/ SBC Warburg, London and Switzerland, Astra Holding plc, Bankers Trust Company and the Midland Bank Group, London.

    Richard has extensive risk management and executive experience in a number of banks with an international profile, and brings a strong understanding of banking and banking risks, with a deep knowledge of operational risk. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (South Africa), having previously obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree and postgraduate degree in finance from the University of Natal, South Africa.

    Term of Office
    Appointed to the Board and Court in July 2017.
    Independent
    Yes.
    External Appointments
    Non-executive Director of Citigroup Global Markets Limited, where he is Chair of the Risk Committee and a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
    Non-executive Director of Zopa Financial Services Limited, where he is Chair of the Risk Committee and a member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.
    Committee Membership
    Member of the Risk Committee since July 2017 and Chair since August 2018.
    Member of the Audit Committee since August 2018.
    Member of the Nominations, Governance and Responsible Business Committee since January 2021.
    Member of the Remuneration Committee from July 2017 to January 2021.
  • Francesca McDonagh – Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Board and the Court

    Francesca was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer in October 2017. She joined the Group from HSBC Group, where she held a number of senior management roles over a twenty year period including Group General Manager and Regional Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, UK and Europe, Regional Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Middle East and North Africa, and Head of Personal Financial Services, Hong Kong.

    Francesca is a very experienced global retail banker, with an exceptional track record, both in terms of financial performance and her leadership of transformation to drive future results in a range of senior banking roles, and in a range of countries and operating structures. She brings to the Board a leadership style characterised by strong commercial results orientation and a clear strategic vision, with significant customer empathy.

    Francesca is a member of the PRA Practitioner Panel. She has previously served on the Board of the British Bankers’ Association (BBA), where she was Deputy Chair, and on the Board of the National Centre for Universities and Business in the UK. Francesca has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

    Term of Office
    Appointed to the Board and the Court in October 2017.
    Independent
    No.
    External Appointments
    Director of Ibec Company Limited By Guarantee
    Committee Membership
    None.
  • Fiona Muldoon – Non-Executive Director of the Board and the Court

    Fiona was a Group Chief Executive of FBD Holdings plc and FBD Insurance plc, one of Ireland’s largest property and casualty insurers, from August 2015 to May 2020.

    She served from 2011 to 2014 with the Central Bank of Ireland including as Director, Credit Institutions and Insurance Supervision. She also spent 17 years of her career with XL Group in Dublin, London and Bermuda, where she worked in various senior financial management positions with responsibilities for corporate treasury and strategic activities including capital management, rating agency engagement, corporate development, corporate finance, liquidity, foreign exchange and cash management.

    Fiona has significant experience in governance, regulatory compliance and financial oversight and is an experienced financial services professional. She has significant previous experience within a financial institution with an international focus. Fiona has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University College Dublin and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

    Term of Office
    Appointed to the Court in June 2015.
    Appointed to the Board in March 2017.
    Independent
    Yes.
    External Appointments
    None.
    Committee Membership
    Member of the Nomination, Governance and Responsible Business Committee since January 2019.
    Member of the Audit Committee since May 2020.
    Member of the Remuneration Committee since October 2020.
    Member of the Risk Committee from November 2015 to October 2020.
  • Steve Pateman – Non-Executive Director of the Board and the Court

    Steve acts as an Advisor to Aurora Group, where he was the Chief Executive Officer from April 2020 to August 2020. Prior to this, Steve was Chief Executive Officer of Hodge Group from January 2019 to March 2020, and a Chief Executive Officer of Shawbrook Bank Limited from October 2015 to December 2018. He joined Shawbrook from Santander UK, where he was Executive Director and Head of UK Banking and was responsible for the bank’s Corporate, Commercial, Business and Retail Banking operations as well as Wealth Management. He also held a number of senior positions at Santander UK, Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest. Steve was appointed Vice President of the Chartered Bankers Institute in June 2017. He was Director of The Mortgage Lender Limited from May 2018 to January 2019.

    Steve brings to the Board the strategic insights of a Chief Executive Officer of a UK Bank and a strong lending and credit background with deep commercial experience including the operational challenges facing lending institutions. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Banker Institute and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kent for services to banking.

    Term of Office
    Appointed to the Board and the Court in September 2018.
    Independent
    Yes.
    External Appointments
    Advisory role to Arora Group.
    Committee Membership
    Member of the Audit and Risk Committees from September 2018.
    Member of Remuneration Committee from September 2018 and Chairman since January 2020.
  • Eileen Fitzpatrick – Non-executive Director of the Board and the Court

    Eileen has extensive capital markets and public sector experience, and has held a number of senior roles in both the asset management and stockbroking industries. Eileen joined the NTMA in 2006 as a Director, where she oversaw the Alternative Assets Investment Programme, for the National Pensions Reserve Fund. Eileen was subsequently appointed as head of NewERA at the NTMA, a position she held from November 2011 to January 2019.

    Prior to her appointment at the NTMA Eileen was Chief Executive Officer at AIB Investment Managers from 2000 to 2006. From 1987 to 2000 Eileen held a number of senior investment and stockbroking positions, including with AIB Investment Managers, Goodbody Stockbrokers, National
    City Brokers and Montgomery Govett. Eileen has served in a number of non-executive positions including as Chairman of the Irish Association of Investment Managers, as a Board Member of the Chartered Accountants Regulatory Board, as a Member of the Government’s Top Level Appointments Committee, and as a Member of the Governing Body of University College Dublin. She is a graduate of University College Dublin where she completed a PhD in Science in 1986.

    Eileen joined a number of KKR investment management firms in Ireland in March 2020 as NonExecutive Director and she was appointed Non-Executive Director of Respond Housing Association in April 2020 and Non-Executive Director of Urbeo Residential Limited in July 2020. Eileen is the
    Workforce Engagement Director of the Board.

    Term of Office
    Appointed to the Board and the Court in May 2019.
    Independent
    Yes.
    External Appointments
    Chairman of the Outside Appointments Board, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
    Non-Executive Director of a number of KKR investment management firms in Ireland.
    Non-Executive Director of Urbeo Residential Limited and Respond Housing Association.
    Committee Membership
    Member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees from May 2019.
    Member of the Nomination, Governance and Responsible Business Committee since January 2021.
    Workforce Engagement Director from January 2020.
  • Michele Greene – Non-Executive Director of the Board and the Court

    Michele has over 25 years’ experience of financial services and retail banking, particularly in the areas of payments and digital innovation. She held the role of Managing Director of Virgin Money’s Digital Bank until July 2018, prior to which she was Director of Strategic Development, responsible for the Bank’s future development. Michele joined Virgin Money initially as Director of Banking, with responsibility for building the Bank’s new credit card business. Before joining Virgin Money, she was CFO of MBNA Europe where she held executive positions on the boards of MBNA Europe Ltd and Premium Credit Finance Limited.

    Michele’s earlier career was spent at Goldman Sachs, Credit Lyonnais and KPMG. She has a Master’s Degree from Trinity College Dublin and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

    Term of Office
    Appointed to the Board and Court in December 2019.
    Independent
    No – Michele was nominated to join the Board by the Minister for Finance.
    External Appointments
    Mololo Limited
    Committee Membership
    Member of the Risk Committee since December 2019.
  • Myles O’Grady – Group Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of the Board and the Court

    Myles has 30 years’ experience as Finance professional with over 25 years in financial services. Prior to joining the Group he was Chief Financial Officer at D|Res Properties, an Irish homebuilding and property development company. Previously, he was Group Director of Finance & Investor Relations at AIB Group, an Irish financial services group operating predominately in the Republic of Ireland and the UK. Myles’ earlier career was spent at Citibank, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and AIB Bank.

    Myles has significant expertise working with international and domestic regulators, government and state authorities, investors, market analysts and international investment banks. He is also experienced across strategy development, business restructuring and recovery, Finance function transformation, investor relations and IPOs.

    Term of Office
    Appointed to the Board and Court in January 2020.
    Independent
    No
    External Appointments
    None.
    Committee Membership
    None.
  • Giles Andrews – Non-executive Director of the Board and the Court

    Giles has extensive experience in financial technology, investment and lending as well as strong management experience. He co-founded Zopa in 2004, the first ever online peer-to-peer lending marketplace. Giles was CEO of Zopa from 2007 to 2015, Chairman from 2015 until 2019 and remains a member of the Zopa Group Board. He is Chairman of Bethnal Green Ventures, a leading early-stage venture capital firm which focuses on using technology to tackle large-scale social and environmental problems, and is on the boards of Carwow Limited, a platform for buying new cars from franchised dealers, and Market Finance Limited, a FinTech platform that provides working capital finance to small businesses in the UK.

    Giles received a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from Christ Church at Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD. He was awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to financial services and was named FinTech leader of the year in the 2016 FinTech innovation awards.

    Term of Office
    Appointed to the Board and Court in November 2020.
    Independent
    Yes.
    External Appointments
    Non-executive Director of Zopa Group Limited.
    Chairman of Bethnal Green Ventures.
    Non-executive Chairman of Market Finance Limited.
    Director of CarWow Limited.
    Advisory role to Northzone Ventures.
    Committee Membership
    Member of Risk, Remuneration and Group Transformation Oversight Committees since November
    2020.