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Audit and Risk

Marie Collins

Marie was appointed to the Trinity Foundation Audit & Risk Committee in 2016. She was appointed as Trustee in 2018 and now Chairs the Audit & Risk Committee. She graduated with a Masters in Business Administration from Trinity College Dublin. A Chartered Director she also holds a postgraduate qualification in Corporate Governance from UCD. Marie Chairs Home Building Finance Ireland DAC and is also Chair of Bank of Ireland Subsidiary, General Investment Trust DAC. She is an Independent Non-Executive Director (INED) and Audit & Risk Committee member of IPUTplc, and an independent member of the Audit & Risk Committee of the Communications Regulator. She is a Tutor on the Institute of Directors Chartered Director Programme and runs her own governance consultancy company.

Claire Conroy

Claire is a Senior Consultant KB Associates with particular expertise in the preparation and audit of financial statements for investment funds as well as extensive experience in hedge fund operations. Prior to joining KB Associates, Claire worked with Davide Leone & Partners Investment Company LLP, a London based investment manager, where she was responsible for fund accounting and operations. Previously, she was part of the PwC Asset Management Group where she specialised in the audit of investment funds and fund service providers. Claire is a graduate of Trinity College’s Business School. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and holds a Professional Certificate in Investment Fund Services Risk Management. Claire was appointed to the Trinity Foundation Audit & Risk Committee in 2019.

Tom Byrne

Tom is currently an Executive Chairman at Charter Medical Private Hospital. He is a former Partner at Pathfinder Consulting and Group CFO and Board member of BT Ireland. Tom held a number of positions in BT including Vice President Finance and Transformation (Global Services) and Vice President Systems and Risk. Tom is a former CFO of Bristol Myers Squibb’s Bulk Pharma operations in Ireland and the HSE. Tom has previously held a number of Non-Executive Directorships of companies and charities including Board member of Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition Ltd, and Board positions with Bus Eireann, Co-Operation Ireland, US-Ireland Alliance and a number of BT Companies. He is a member Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Finance and Risk committee and a former RDS Board member. Tom graduated in Business Studies from Trinity College, Dublin, and is a former President of the Trinity Business Alumni. He is a Fellow, and former President of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in Ireland (CIMA). Tom was appointed to the Trinity Foundation Audit & Risk Committee in 2018.

Ciara Deans

Ciara is Head of Strategy, Change and IT at the Insurance Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, Ciara held a number of consulting and insurance industry roles delivering business intelligence, pricing, and system and process change solutions across the UK and Irish markets. She has also held a number of insurance roles on representative councils at both Local and National level. Ciara is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII) and a Chartered Insurer. She graduated in Management Science and Information Systems from Trinity College, Dublin. Ciara was appointed to the Trinity Foundation Audit & Risk Committee in 2021.

Máiréad Devine

Máiréad joined the Trinity Foundation Audit & Risk Committee in 2021. Máiréad is an experienced leader in Risk Management, Regulatory Compliance and Governance in Financial Services - she is currently the Chief Risk Officer at BNY Mellon (Ireland), previously holding the role of Group Head of Compliance for Bank of Ireland. She has extensive prior experience within regulatory bodies, including the Central Bank of Ireland and the Bank of England and in professional services (PwC) in both the UK and Ireland. Máiréad was a non-executive director in IAASA and is a current Member of Faculty at the Institute of Banking and Insurance Institute of Ireland Certified Director programmes. Máiréad is a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors and a graduate of Trinity College Business School.