Shay has worked in the Financial Services Sector for nearly 30 years and has held senior positions with Irish Pensions Trust (now Mercer), Bank of Ireland Asset Management and Friends First Group, with a particular expertise in the development of strategic alliances. As a passionate advocate for the enhancement of the role of credit unions in the community, he has an exciting vision for the potential transformation of the sector. A former member of the world-famous Artane Band, he has the unique distinction of having played football, hurling, Australian rules and the tenor saxophone in Croke Park.
Noel founded the company in 1969 and has enjoyed a highly successful career in the life and pensions sector, building an enviable reputation for the introduction of high-quality and innovative financial services products, designed specifically for changing markets. Noel is a barrister, having studied at UCD and King’s Inns. Noel brings a wealth of experience across a number of industries to the board of le chéile. He has for many years been the Honorary Consul General of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (Ireland) and is also on the board of the Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Ireland.
Catherine has played a key leadership role in the success of the business for over two decades. Her rare blend of exceptional management skills, a keen financial analyst’s mind and an instinctive understanding of the needs of stakeholders and customers in the sector have been a cherished asset to the company as it developed over the years. Catherine holds a First Class Honours Degree from the National University of Ireland and is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland.
Advisor to the Board
Andrew is a former CEO of National Irish Bank and an Executive Committee member of Danske Bank Group’s European operations, with over 18 years’ leadership experience at CEO, board and senior management levels. As a prominent figure in the business community for the past decade, he has been Chairman of Financial Services Ireland, the association for IFSC companies and a council member of IBEC. He holds a First Class Honours Masters Degree in business and is a qualified executive coach and mediator. He is currently Managing Director of Exemplar Solutions, specialising in the business strategy, transformation and executive coaching needs of organisations.
Noel Kierans — Vice Chairman, le chéile Group
“Credit Unions are trusted and are visible in their communities, unlike their banking contemporaries whose branch network is fast vanishing. This combination of trust and continuity is a powerful force with which to address any new challenges and le chéile group are here to help”
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