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Board Members

The SBCI Board consists of a Chairperson and eight Board members.

Barbara Cotter

Chairperson (reappointed 12 March 2019 for a five-year term)
Barbara Cotter was a partner at A&L Goodbody, Banking and Financial Services Department for over 20 years. She is now a non-executive director of a number of companies and sits on various panels/tribunals. She is a graduate of University College Dublin.

Ian Black

Board member (ex officio member)

Ian Black is the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the SBCI since February 2021. Ian joined the NTMA in 2013 as Director of Finance, Technology and Risk. Prior to joining the NTMA, he was an Executive Director (CFO/COO) of KBC Bank Ireland with responsibility for Finance, Operations & IT, and Treasury-ALM. He has worked in the financial services industry since 1988. He is a Chartered Accountant, member of the UK Association of Corporate Treasurers, member of the Irish Tax Institute and holds an MBA from Dublin City University.

Eoin Dorgan

Board member (appointed 6 September 2018 for a five-year term)
Eoin Dorgan leads the Eurogroup Section in the Department of Finance, which supports the Minister for Finance in his role as President of Eurogroup. He has previously served in the Banking Division of the Department, as Special Adviser to the Minister for Finance and as Press Officer to the Minister and Department of Finance. He is a graduate of University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin.

Tom McAleese

Board member (reappointed 12 March 2019 for a five-year term)
Tom McAleese is a Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal Europe and Head of the Bank Restructuring practice in Europe with over 25 years in financial services. Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal he was Managing Director of Barclays Bank Ireland plc. He previously worked with ABN AMRO Bank in various positions and also at GPA Group and KPMG. Tom is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers and a Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Tom is a former President of the Trinity Business Alumni and director and audit chair at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

AJ Noonan

Board member (reappointed 12 March 2019 for a five-year term)
AJ Noonan is a founder and Managing Director of Rhonellen Developments. He was previously founder and Managing Director of Noonan Recruitment and Professional Placement Group. AJ was Chairperson of the Small Firms Association from 2013 to 2016 and remains a member of the National Council. He is a graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Conor O'Kelly

Board member (reappointed 12 March 2021 for a two-year term)
Conor O’Kelly is Chief Executive of the NTMA. He is the former Deputy Chairman of Investec Holdings (Ireland) Ltd. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of NCB Group which was subsequently acquired by Investec plc. Before joining NCB as Head of Fixed Income he spent 11 years with Barclays Capital where he held a number of senior management positions.

Richard Pelly


Board member (reappointed 12 March 2020 for a five-year term)

Richard Pelly is the former Chief Executive of the European Investment Fund. He was previously a member of the GE Capital European management team and a Managing Director at Lloyds TSB. He is a graduate of Durham University and a member of the Institute of Bankers.

Eilis Quinlan

Board member (reappointed 12 March 2020 for a five-year term)
Eilis Quinlan is principal in Quinlan & Co. Accountants, a fellow of the ACCA and a Chartered Director. She currently serves as Director of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprise Association and previously served as Chairperson. Since 2011, Eilis has been the Irish representative to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Global Forum for SMEs. She also represents the ACCA on FEE, the Federation of European Accountants in Brussels. Eilis is a graduate of Griffith College Dublin, a Fellow of the ACCA and a Chartered Director.

Marguerite McMahon

Board member (appointed 17 July 2020 for a five-year term)
Marguerite Mc Mahon is non-executive director of SME wholesale finance (Funding London) London. More than half her professional career of plus 30 years at the European Investment Bank in Rome, Madrid and Luxembourg, concerned different aspects of intermediated lending to SMEs mainly in the Spanish and Italian markets and to a lesser extent Malta, Slovenia and Croatia. In addition, she has a wide expertise in public and private sector finance, structured finance including PPPs, the banking sector and financing innovation and energy efficiency. Prior to the EIB she was a credit analyst in London. Marguerite is a graduate of University College Dublin, ESADE Business School Barcelona and London School of Economics.