I’m an MD, COO and CRO with over 25 years of experience in finance, technology and risk, across diverse industries from financial services to not-for-profit. I'm also an author, speaker and mentor to emerging businesses and serve as a mentor on the Enterprise Ireland Scale programme.
I have qualified as a Chartered Accountant, PRINCE 2 practitioner, CISA and CISSP, Sustainable Finance and ESG Investing certificate and a certificate in Ethical AI from the CISI.
After gaining a B.Comm and Masters of Accounting at University College Dublin, I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen and subsequently transferred to New York working with blue chip financial services clients.
In 2002, I came to London, where I spent 13 years in Barclays, initially in Investment Banking, then Wealth Management and finally as Chief of Staff to the Group General Counsel.
Having long held an interest in corporate social responsibility and sustainability, I seized an opportunity to serve as Chief Operating Officer of Save the Children UK, a £400m NGO which serves in 68 countries and helps 22 million children every year.
Since then, I have served as COO and CRO of several fintech companies, including Asto, an SME lending company created by Santander, and as Managing Director, EMEA, of nCino, a NASDAQ-quoted financial services software company.
My values have been shaped by my family, my Irish heritage and my life experiences.
- Integrity first, whatever the consequences.
- Helping others.
- Kindness - we never know what others are going through
- Leaving things better than we found them
From my experiences, I have written a series of business books, centred around how to attain and be successful in senior c-suite roles. All books have received highly positive reviews and regularly feature in the bestseller list in their categories.
I also contribute regularly to high quality publications such as Banking Risk & Regulation, an FT publication. I'm a speaker, board advisor and mentor to emerging businesses.
I live in London with my husband, two children and two cats.