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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 for over 20 years. During her time as a banking lawyer, Barbara supported Irish SMEs and advised lenders and investors to the SME community. She is a graduate of University College Dublin and is a member of the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal.

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 September 2018 for a five year term)
Eoin Dorgan is a Principal Officer in the Banking Division in the Department of Finance, with responsibility for policies on Central Bank powers and functions, NTMA managed funding and investment strategies, and supporting the operation of the Financial Stability Group. He was previously Special Adviser to the Minister for Finance and 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, UK and Head of the Bank Restructuring practice in Europe with over 25 years’ experience in financial services. Prior to joining Alvarez and Marsal, he was Managing Director for five years at Barclays Bank Ireland plc. He previously worked with ABN AMRO Bank where he held a number of senior positions and with GPA Group plc and KPMG. Tom is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers and a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is currently President of the Trinity Business Alumni and audit chair of 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 for a 2 year term from 12 March 2019)
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 is an experienced executive specialised in long-term sustainable finance. A long-time expert on SME finance and strategy, she is currently a non-executive director and passionate about ESG-Environment, Social and Governance, Innovation and Climate issues. She has worked with the European Investment Bank (EIB) for over 30 years mainly on the Spanish and Italian markets holding a number of roles culminating in 10 years as Head of Division Banks and Corporates for Italy, Malta, Croatia and Slovenia. Since 2007, she led a team in the EIB to develop and implement lending strategy to large corporates targeting sustainable investment in innovation and climate action and SMEs via banks/securitisation financing EUR 50bn of new investment, creating new products for innovation, climate and agriculture.