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Leon worked for 38 years in the Public and Civil Service in direct training and Management. She managed the funding, day to day operations and expenditure for a broad range of state funded employment and community programmes aimed at disadvantaged people, including the CRC funded projects. With an annual budget of €90 million, it was the largest and most far reaching Division nationally. She also was tasked with the development and rollout of the Employer Relations function in the Department of Social Protection. Leon also served on the boards of a number of Partnership companies and others.
Leon is passionately committed to enhancing and developing services for people with disabilities. Having carried out voluntary work as a young adult in St Mary’s Hospital in Baldoyle and having worked for three years in the Irish Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, together with the roles above, she wants to use her knowledge, skills and network contacts to assist in this task.
She completed a degree in Business and Marketing, as well undertaking various computer, quality and life skill studies. She completed an Msc. In Education and Training Management in DCU in 2007. She is an advocate for lifelong learning and firmly believes everyone should be given an equal opportunity to learn and develop.
John Florence is an experienced professional having held Executive-level financial and commercial roles in Ireland and Australia in industries such as manufacturing, hospitality and financial services.
John is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Irish HomeCare and a Director of Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI). Prior to this, John worked with Kepak, Citibank Australia and Bank of Ireland in Senior Financial positions.
Brian started his banking career in 1988 in ICC Bank Plc as a graduate entrant. His banking career has been focused on business banking in the SME sector. Brian left Ulster Bank Ireland, after almost 18 years on their specialist working capital team, to pursue his long held ambition of studying for an MBA at Trinity College Dublin as a full time student. While studying for his MBA he developed a strong interest in impact assessment, particularly with regards to the third sector.
Brian is passionate about the benefits of lifelong learning. He has also been a member of a return-to-work mentoring charity where he was involved as a team facilitator. He is currently studying for the Chartered Director qualification with the Institute of Directors Ireland. He is also a member of the Institute of Banking in Ireland through which he has been awarded the QFA and Professional Banker qualifications amongst others.
The CRC has played a role in Brian’s family life with two of his children sharing educational programmes with their primary school. Brian himself learned to swim in the CRC pool (it was bigger then and he was smaller!).
Sean McCormack is a Chartered Surveyor and Head of the Real Estate Advisory Unit in the Group Risk Division of Bank of Ireland which is an independent team of Chartered surveyors with responsibility for property collateral valuation risk and strategy, market monitoring, valuation policy and standards.
Sean joined Bank of Ireland in 2012 following a 25 year career in the property advisory industry holding various roles including of Head of Professional Services, Head of Commercial Business and Managing Director in DTZ Sherry FitzGerald in addition to running his own advisory firm. Sean previously specialised in valuation and rent review advisory and dispute resolution for commercial investment property and development land.
Sean is a Fellow of the Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCSI) in Ireland and The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors(RICS). Sean is a Past President of the SCSI(2009/10) and a member of the RICS (Ireland) Board. He previously served as Hon. Secretary and Committee member of the Institute of Arbitrators Irish Branch.
David is an experienced General Manager and Business Consultant whose career has spanned the payments, retail banking, travel and FMCG sectors.
His core competency is in developing competitive, high impact sales, marketing and business transformation strategies and programmes. He has delivered strategy development and implementation programmes for some of Ireland’s leading brands.
David’s focus is in putting the customer at the core of business strategy. He believes that the key to successful execution is delivering compelling communications across organisations to ensure understanding and alignment. He has worked on executive teams at blue chip companies including Procter & Gamble, Kraft Foods, Aer Lingus, Bank of Ireland and AIB Merchant Services. David is a graduate of University College Dublin.
He is former Chairman of the Visa Ireland Forum, past Vice President of AAI and past board member of CCCI.
Edward is a highly experienced risk and governance professional with 38 years’ experience in international and domestic banking. He retired from AIB in 2019 where he held various senior executive positions since 2007, including Divisional Chief Credit Officer. Prior to joining AIB, he held senior executive positions in corporate banking and risk management with Citigroup over a period of 22 years, mainly overseas, having started his banking career with The Investment Bank of Ireland.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Master of Business Studies degree from University College Dublin and completed the Chartered Secretary qualification with the UK Chartered Governance Institute. He is a Qualified Financial Advisor and Fellow of the Institute of Banking and a Chartered Director of the UK Institute of Directors.
Edward is also a Non-executive Director of Scotiabank (Ireland) DAC and Davy Global Fund Management Limited.
Gillian Harford is a HR Executive who works directly with client organisations, focusing on diversity and workplace change. She also operates as the Country Executive for the 30% Club in Ireland; a global campaign supported by Chairs and CEOs driving gender balance on Boards and cSuite; driving their strategic initiatives. Gillian is the former Head of HR Strategy & Planning with AIB where, with a career spanning almost 40 years, she was responsible for significant people change with particular focus on Culture, Career, Diversity and Agile Work.
Gillian holds a BA, an MBA from Michael Smurfit Business School UCD, and the Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance, UCD. She is a member of the Institute of Directors, fellow of CIPD, and a fellow of the Institute of Bankers. Gillian is also an Advisory Group member for the government-based initiative Balance for Better Business.
Rose has extensive banking experience at senior level across multiple areas and communications and has led strategic projects in customer experience and transformation.
She was Head of Stakeholder Management at AIB for 10 years and was a key member of the successful Initial Public Offering team in 2017. Rose holds a diploma in Joint Financial Services, APA and Diploma in Wealth Management, and is a qualified Personal Leadership and Executive Coach.
She sits on the Board and Advisory Council of Digital Business Ireland.
She is currently studying to become a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors.
Tony Golden is an experienced financial services executive. During his 31 year career with Citibank Europe plc he held a number of key senior management roles in Ireland including Chairman Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory, Managing Director Corporate Banking and Senior Credit Officer. He was a director on numerous Citibank Ireland banking and aviation leasing subsidiaries. He has extensive external board experience with IFSC banking subsidiaries and fund management companies.
Tony is former Chairperson of the Federation of International Banks in Ireland (FIBI) and was a member of the Government’s Clearing House Group for Financial Services.
He holds a Batchelor of Commerce Honours degree from UCD and Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.
Una Ryder is an experienced business and brand strategist having worked in senior-level roles in a number of leading service organisations. She holds a M.B.A. from the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.
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