Council of ACOI 2019 (Board of Directors)

With the adoption of the Constitution on 17th January 2018, references to Council mean the Council of Directors and references to members of Council replaces previous references to Board of Directors. For clarity, members of Council of ACOI are the directors of the company, The Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland.


 Clive Kelly, President

Clive is the current President of the Association of Compliance officers in Ireland (ACOI), the leading global compliance association, and has been involved with the association in a number of roles since its formation.

Clive has worked in International Financial services for 33 years for leading global insurers and reinsurers and has held the following roles over that time CEO, independent non-executive director, Head of Risk, Head of Compliance and Chief Underwriting Officer.

Clive is an industry recognized expert in risk management, compliance, insurance and reinsurance in the financial services sector.

Clive is a lecturer, author & examiner at NFQ level 7-9 and in senior executive education in Risk management, Compliance, Financial Markets, Bank Directorship and Governance. He teaches on programmes for University College Dublin, Institute of Bankers, Chartered Accountants Ireland, Central Bank of Ireland, Irish Department of Finance and ACOI

Clive speaks both nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics such as Risk management, Compliance, Governance and Culture and has published both in industry journals and in the national press on the topic of Compliance.

Lorraine Blayney

Lorraine is a longstanding member of the ACOI with over 17 years’ compliance experience in the Fund Industry. Lorraine is currently Chief Risk Officer for the Northern Trust Fund Administration and Depositary companies in Ireland with responsibility for Risk, Compliance and Business Continuity. Lorraine is also Chair of the Risk Committee for these entities and was previously Head of Compliance.

Prior to joining Northern Trust Lorraine worked in Bank of New York in Dublin and began her compliance career in Barclays Ireland.

Lorraine is a graduate (B.A., LL.B) of the National University of Ireland, Galway and more recently has completed the Masters (MSc) Degree in Compliance Management from the Institute of Banking and University College Dublin.

Fintan Byrne

Fintan is Chief Compliance Officer with CurrencyFair, the FinTech peer-to-peer currency exchange market place. Fintan assumed his position with CurrencyFair in September of 2015 having spent the previous four years in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with Arab National Bank. His broad range of banking and insurance experience has been developed as Compliance Officer and Company Secretary with Zurich Bank, Compliance Officer with Afribank in Nigeria, e-Business Risk Manager with First-e an internet bank. Before his days in cross-border financial services he worked in Lombard & Ulster and started his career in branches with Irish Permanent. While working in branches he was in eighteen armed raids. He obtained his primary degree in Management Law at Trinity College, Dublin and his MBA in Regulation and Compliance from ACOI/Smurfit Business School.  Fintan has previously been an active member of the ACOI as Director, Member of the AML Committee and also lectured various segments of the PDC course.

Séamus Canning

Seamus worked in the Financial Services for the past 35 years in various roles in the area of insurance claims. He has worked for an insurer, several loss adjusting companies in Ireland and the UK and latterly as a consultant acting on behalf of the consumer providing assistance with their insurance claims. He is also currently Chair of the Oversight Committee of St. Joseph’s Aviation Credit Union in Dublin Airport.

He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters. He is an Accredited Mediator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has an International MBA from DCU and recently obtained a MSc. in Compliance from UCD in association with the Institute of Banking. He is a Fellow of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland and is a Certified Data Protection Officer and Certified Financial Crime Prevention Practitioner. Séamus joined the Council of ACOI in January 2017.

Joanne Harvey

Joanne is Head of Compliance, MLRO and Data Protection Officer at Dilosk/ICS Mortgages and is a member of the Senior Management Team. She has 18 years’ experience in Financial Services with 13 of those in Risk, Compliance & Data Protection. Joanne spent 17 years of her career in Allied Irish Banks, where she held roles in a number of areas including Branch Banking, Conduct of Business Regulation, Data Protection and Conduct Risk. She worked for a period in Permanent TSB (PTSB) as a compliance SME on their GDPR implementation project.

Joanne is a Licentiate member of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland having attained a Professional Diploma in Compliance. She completed a Bachelor of Financial Services Degree through University College Dublin (UCD) and was awarded the Chartered Banker designation following its completion. Joanne is a Certified Data Protection Officer (CDPO) having completed the Certificate in Data Protection in early 2018 and holds an Approved Product Advisor (APA) in loans. She joined the Council of the ACOI in January 2019.

Coleman Hudson

Coleman is a Licentiate of the Compliance Officers in Ireland and a Certified Data Protection Officer. He is currently Head of Compliance at Aon Risk Solutions. Prior to this he worked various positions in the Central Bank of Ireland. He is the current President for the Insurance Institute of Dublin and also served as the Institutes honorary CPD Officer.

He is a member of the IBA Compliance Committee since 2012. Coleman also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations. Coleman joined the Council of the ACOI in January 2017.

Kathy Jacobs

Kathy Jacobs

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London followed by a number of years working as a forensic accountant in the public and private sectors, Kathy returned to Ireland in 2000 and commenced a career in Regulatory Compliance in KBC Group. She achieved the LCOI qualification in 2006 and spent a further 7 years at EBS Building Society working in all areas including Money Laundering, Data Protection and Conduct of Business.

Kathy set up and chaired the ACOI’s Data Protection Committee in 2009 and joined the Council of ACOI in January 2012 and is currently on the Membership Committee.

Mary Noonan

Mary is a LCOI and a member of the ACOI Ethics Committee since 2013. She holds a Diploma in Corporate Governance from UCD Smurfit Business School. Mary joined the Council of the ACOI in January 2016.

A qualified solicitor, Mary was Head of Legal, Compliance, and Company Secretary with KBC Finance Ireland. She has over 20 years’ experience in global project finance, underwriting and providing funds for infrastructure, telecommunication and industrial projects worldwide. Previously, Mary was Head of Legal at Don Bluth Entertainment Limited having started her career at McCann FitzGerald.

D3S_8767Jason Palmer

Jason has over 28 years of experience in the financial services industry, he is currently Senior Compliance Officer for Hewlett-Packard International Bank plc. Previously he has held a compliance management role in Rabobank, providing compliance support to the retail/wholesale banking/loan management operations and senior compliance/anti money laundering roles in the Dublin based international life assurance/reinsurance operations of both AXA and HSBC.

Jason joined the Council of ACOI in January 2013. As such, he is a compliance professional who understands the need to be able to balance the adherence to legal and regulatory requirements whilst meeting the practical business needs. A positive team player who is a confident and assertive individual committed to customer care and excellence of service.

He holds the LCOI Professional Diploma in Compliance, Joint Financial Services Diploma and Professional Certificate in Financial Crime Prevention accredited by University College Dublin.

Diarmuid Whyte

Diarmuid Whyte qualified as a Chartered Accountant working in KPMG in 2010. He has been a member of ACOI since 2013 and Diarmuid joined the Council of ACOI in January 2017. He holds the LCOI Professional Diploma in Compliance. Diarmuid is the Vice Chairperson of the Finance Risk and Administration Committee in ACOI.

He is Director EMEA Client Asset Oversight in Citi Bank. Previously he was Head of Compliance and Client Asset Oversight in Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland Limited. Prior to this Diarmuid was the Chief Risk Officer and Head of Compliance for Willis Towers Watson in Ireland. This position included direct responsibility for a MiFID regulated investment firm, three trustee businesses, three businesses operating as investment and insurance mediation firms for the provision of individual life, pension, investment advisory services and two non-life intermediaries providing a broad range of insurance services. Diarmuid also worked for the Central Bank of Ireland, where he was a member of MiFID and Client Asset Inspection units from 2010- 2013.