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

    Role

    Non-Executive Director (July 2010). Chairman (August 2018, Deputy Chairman April 2015). Chair, Nomination, Governance and Responsible Business Committee (August 2018), Member from September 2014). Member, Risk Committee from January 2011 and Chair July 2016 to July 2018. Member, Remuneration Committee from January 2011 to July 2016. Member of the Audit Committee from July 2016 to July 2018. Member of Group Transformation Oversight Committee (August 2018)

    Particular Skills

    Strong leadership qualities. Deep knowledge of the Group with exceptional commercial acumen. Indepth knowledge of international business, management, finance, corporate transactions, strategic development and risk management gained from a highly successful career in national and international business.

    External Appointments
    Chairman of Cartrawler.
    Honorary Treasurer of the Irish Rugby Football Union.

    Experience

    Patrick was Chief Executive Officer of Paddy Power plc from 2006 to 2014, prior to which he served as an executive director from 2005 and non-executive director from 2004. Prior to joining Paddy Power plc, Patrick worked at Greencore Group plc for seven years where he was CFO and also held a number of senior strategic and corporate development roles. He previously worked with KPMG Corporate Finance in Ireland and the Netherlands, with McKinsey & Company in London, Dublin and Amsterdam, and as a non-executive director of Elan Corporation plc.

    Qualifications

    Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

  • Evelyn Bourke – Non-Executive Director of the Board and the Court

    Role

    Non-Executive Director (May 2018). Chair, Audit Committee (January 2021, Member (May 2018). Member, Risk Committee (January 2021). Member of the Nomination, Governance and Responsible Business Committee from May 2018 to December 2020.

    Particular Skills

    Strong track record in global executive management and extensive experience in financial services, risk and capital management, and mergers and acquisitions

    External Appointments

    Non-executive director of Marks & Spencer Group plc and member of its Audit and Nomination Committees. Non-executive director of Admiral Group plc. Member of the London First and The Ireland Fund of Great Britain boards. Non-executive Director of AJ Bell plc.

    Experience

    Evelyn retired from Bupa, the international health insurance and health care group, as at 31st December 2020, having served as Group CEO since April 2016, initially on an acting basis from April to July 2016. She joined Bupa as CFO in September 2012 from Friends Life Group, where she had been the CEO of the Heritage Division. Evelyn joined Friends Provident plc (renamed Friends Life Group) in May 2009 as Chief Financial Officer. Evelyn’s earlier career was spent, in the UK at Standard Life plc, Chase de Vere Finished Solutions, St. James’s Place plc, Nascent Group and Tillinghast Towers Perrin. Prior to that she worked with Lifetime Assurance and New Ireland Assurance in Dublin. She was a non-executive director with IFG plc, Dublin, from 2011 to 2016, where she chaired the Risk Committee.

    Qualifications

    Fellow of institute and Faculty of Actuaries. MBA from London Business School.

  • Ian Buchanan – Non-Executive Director of the Board and the Court
    Role

    Non-Executive Director (May 2018). Member, Risk Committee (May 2018). Director, Bank of Ireland (UK) plc (September 2018) and a member of its Risk Committee (October 2019). Chair of Group Transformation Oversight Committee (August 2018).

    Particular Skills

    Extensive technology, digital, business transformation and customer operations experience gained through his work in a number of international retail, commercial and investment banks.

    External Appointments

    Director of Cerberus European Financials One SA and Ponsonby Associates Limited.

    Experience

    Ian was group chief information officer for Barclays plc and chief operating office for Barclaycard until 2016. Before joining Barclays in 2011, Ian was chief information officer for Société Générale Corporate
    & Investment Banking (2009 to 2011), a member of the public board and group manufacturing director of Alliance & Leicester plc (2005 to 2008) and a member of the executive committee and chief operations and technology officer of Nomura International (1994 to 2005). Ian’s earlier career was spent at Credit Suisse, Guinness, and BP. Ian is a former non-executive director of Openwork Holding Limited.

    Qualifications

    Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from University of Durham.

  • Richard Goulding – Deputy Chairman/Governor and Senior Independent Director of the Board and the Court

    Role

    Non-Executive Director (July 2017). Deputy Chairman and SID (January 2021). Chair, Risk Committee (Aug 2018, Member, July 2017). Member Audit Committee (August 2018). Member, Nomination, Governance and Responsible Business Committee (January 2021). Member of Group Transformation Oversight Committee (August 2018). Member, Remuneration Committee (July 2017 to December 2020).

    Particular Skills

    Extensive risk management and executive experience in a number of bank with an international profile, and brings a strong understanding of banking and banking risks, with a deep knowledge of operational risk.

    External Appointments

    Non-executive director of Zopa Bank Limited, where he is chair of the risk committee and a member of the audit, nomination and remuneration committees.

    Experience

    Richard held the role of group chief risk officer (2006 to 2015) and director (2013 to 2015) 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 is a former director of Citigroup Global Markets Limited where he served as chair of its audit, remuneration and nomination committees.

    Qualifications
    Qualified Chartered Accountant (South Africa)
    Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Postgraduate Degree in Finance from the University of Natal, South Africa.

  • Francesca McDonagh – Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Board and the Court

    Role

    Group CEO and Executive Director (October 2017).

    Particular Skills

    A skilled global banker, renowned for strategic thinking and a proven track record in successfully executing strategy. A history of delivering strong financial performance coupled with leadership of transformation to drive future results. Experience 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, a clear strategic vision and significant customer focus.

    External Appointments
    Director of IBEC Company Limited by Guarantee.
    Member of the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) Practitioner Panel.

    Experience

    Francesca 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. She has previously served on the board of the British Bankers Association, where she was Deputy Chair, and on the board of the National Centre for Universities and Business in the UK.

    Qualifications
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.
    Awarded an Order of the British Empire in 2017 for services to banking.
    Fellow of the Institute of Banking (Ireland).

  • Fiona Muldoon – Non-Executive Director of the Board and the Court

    Role

    Non-Executive Director (June 2015). Member, Risk Committee (November 2016 to December 2020). Member, Nomination, Governance and Responsible Business Committee (January 2019). Audit Committee (May 2020) and Remuneration Committee (October 2020). Director and Audit Committee Chair, New Ireland Assurance Company (April 2021).

    Particular Skills

    Significant experience in governance, regulatory compliance and financial oversight and is an experienced financial services professional. Significant previous experience within a financial institution with an international focus.

    Experience

    From 2015 to 2020, Fiona was group chief executive of FBD Holdings plc and FBD Insurance plc, one of Ireland’s largest general insurers. She served from 2011 to 2014 with the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) including as Director of Credit Institutions and Insurance Supervision. Fiona spent 17 years of her career with XL Group in Dublin, London and Bermuda, where she worked in various management positions, including general insurance responsibilities, corporate treasury and strategic activities including capital management, rating agency engagement and corporate development.

    Qualifications
    Bachelor of Arts Degree from University College Dublin.
    Fellow of the Chartered Accountants of Ireland.

  • Steve Pateman – Non-executive Director of the Board and the Court

    Role

    Non-Executive Director (September 2018). Chair, Remuneration Committee (January 2020, Member September 2018). Member, Audit and Risk Committees (September 2018).

    Particular Skills

    Brings to the Board the strategic insights of a CEO of a UK Bank and a strong lending and credit background with deep commercial experience including the operational challenges facing lending institutions.

    External Appointments

    Consultant to ActivTrades plc.

    Experience

    Steve serves as consultant to the board of ActivTrades plc having performed a similar role to the Arora Group until June 2021. Previously, Steve was the CEO of Hodge Group from January 2019 to March 2020 and of Shawbrook Bank from October 2015 to December 2018. He joined Shawbrook from Santander UK, where he had been an Executive Director and Head of UK Banking with responsibility for the Santander’s corporate, commercial, business and retail banking operations as well as wealth management. He also held senior positions at Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest and was a director of The Mortgage Lender Limited from May 2018 to January 2019.

    Qualifications

    Steve was elected as President of the Chartered Banker Institute in June 2021 having previously served as a Vice President and Senior Vice President. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kent for services to banking.

  • Eileen Fitzpatrick – Non-executive Director of the Board and the Court

    Role

    Non-Executive Director (May 2019), Member, Audit Committee (May 2019), Remuneration Committee (May 2019), Nomination, Governance & Responsible Business Committee (January 2020). Workforce Engagement Director (January 2020).

    Particular Skills

    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.

    External Appointments
    Chairman of the Outside Appointments Board, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
    Non-Executive Director and organisational effectiveness director for a number of KKR investment management firms in Ireland.
    Non-Executive Director of Urbeo Residential Limited and Respond Housing Association.

    Experience

    Eileen joined the Nation Treasury Management Agency (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 Governments Top Level Appointments Committee, and as a member of the Governing Body of University College Dublin.

    Qualifications

    PhD in Science from University College Dublin.

  • Michele Greene – Non-Executive Director of the Board and the Court

    Role

    Non-Executive Director (December 2019). Member, Risk Committee and Group Transformation Oversight Committee (December 2019).

    Particular Skills

    Extensive experience of financial services and retail banking, particularly in the areas of payments, transformational and digital innovation.

    External Appointments

    Director of Mololo Limited, an advisory firm specialising in the use of advanced technologies for performance management.

    Experience

    Michele 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 board of MBNA Europe Ltd. and Premium Credit Finance Limited. Michele’s earlier career was spent at Goldman Sachs, Credit Lyonnais and KPMG.

    Qualifications
    Master’s Degree from Trinity College Dublin
    Fellow of Chartered Accountants of Ireland.

  • Myles O’Grady – Group Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of the Board and the Court

    Role

    Group Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director (January 2020); Director, New Ireland Assurance Company (February 2021).

    Particular Skills

    Significant expertise working with international and domestic regulators, government and state authorities, investors, market analysis and international investment banks. Experienced across strategy development, business restructuring and recovery, Finance function transformation, investor relations and Initial Public Offerings (IPOs).

    External Appointments

    Director of Irish Banking Culture Board.

    Experience

    Myles has 30 years’ experience as a finance professional with over 25 years in financial services. Prior to joining the Group he was CFO at D|Res Properties, an Irish homebuilding and property development company. Previously, he was group director of finance and investor relations at AIB, an Irish financial services group operating predominantly in Ireland and the UK. Myles’ earlier career was spent at Citibank and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson.

    Qualifications

    Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, an INEAD certified board director and member of the Institute of Directors Ireland.

  • Giles Andrews – Non-executive Director of the Board and the Court

    Role

    Non-Executive Director (November 2020). Member, Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee and Group Transformation Oversight Committee (November 2020).

    Particular Skills

    Extensive experience in financial technology, investment and lending as well as strong management experience.

    External Appointments

    Non-executive Director of Zopa Group Limited. Chairman of Bethnal Green Ventures. Non-executive Chairman of Market Finance Limited. Non-executive Chairman of Carwow Limited. Advisory role to Northzone Ventures.

    Experience

    In 2004, Giles co-founded Zopa, initially the first ever online peer-to-peer lending marketplace. In 2020, Zopa also launched as a Digital Bank. He was CEO of Zopa from 2007 to 2015, Chairman from 2015 to 2019 and remains a member of Zopa Group Board. Giles 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.

    Qualifications
    Master’s Degree in Experimental Psychology from Christ Church at Oxford University.
    MBA from INSEAD.
    Awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to financial services.
    Named FinTech leader of the year in 2016 at the FinTech Innovation Awards.