OUR PEOPLE

2021 Board

Social Finance Foundation (the “Foundation”) is a company limited by guarantee, with no share capital, which qualifies for charitable tax exemption with the Revenue Commissioners, reference CHY 17272.
The Foundation is registered in Dublin, Ireland with registration number 433581. The Foundation’s registered office is: Arthur Cox Building, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.

BOARD MEMBERS

Garrett Greene
Chairman
Credit Committee

Biography

Garrett is International Affairs Officer at Limerick Institute of Technology. He is a Director of Mid-West Simon Community.

He has tutored in Public and Private Laws at the School of Law of the University of Limerick. He has also tutored at its Department of Politics & Public Administration.

He worked in the Private Sector from 2000 to 2013 with the GE Corporation and with international recruitment businesses.

From 1994 to 2000, he was Executive Officer at the former Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, serving at the Competition Authority and the European Social Fund Division.

A qualified Barrister, he is a graduate of Kings Inns, Dublin, (BL), the University of Limerick (LLB Hons).

Garrett is a native of Ennis, County Clare where he lives with his wife and 2 children.

Angela Black
Director

Biography

Angela Black, retired Chief Executive of Citizens Information Board, where she served from 2014 to 2021, has been involved in the provision and management of information, money advice and advocacy through citizensinformation.ie, and funding a network, including CIS and MABS, of more than 200 locations in Ireland.

Over her career, she has been engaged in customer service through her roles in public libraries, library administration, Government ICT projects and consumer financial services in the Department of Communications, Finance as well as in the European Commission. She represented Ireland’s EU negotiations on e-money, consumer credit, insurance and financial markets legal instruments.

Qualified to masters level from UCD in library and information studies, with an ICT degree from DCU, she has put her qualifications, including banking risk, into practice in several senior public service roles for over 25 years.

She spent four years as Detached National Expert in the European Commission in Brussels following the financial crisis, working on distance marketing, bank fees, switching, quality of investment advice and credit/APRC issues.

She chaired European Parliament negotiations, reaching agreement on the Mortgage Credit Directive during Ireland’s last EU Council Presidency.

She is a Director of the Legal Services Regulatory Authority and the Irish Banking Culture Board.

Marianne Checkley
Director
Credit Committee

Biography

With over twenty years experience in the social sector Marianne is currently CEO of Camara Ireland a social enterprise with a focus on the use of technology in education for equality of opportunity. Previously she founded and was CEO of iScoil, an award winning social innovation that developed a multi-disciplinary model for inclusive education. She has a broad range and depth of experience in developing and delivering creative social change initiatives and social impact metrics to deliver measureable outcomes.

She is a graduate of UCD and holds honours undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Psychology, MA in English Literature and a MSc (Res) in Educational Technology.

After graduating from university first time around she worked and travelled overseas mostly in South America and still likes to take any opportunity to travel.

John Murphy
Director

Biography

John has led Speedpak Group since 2003, building its commercial business and profitability and attracting a range of investment to deliver on the company’s social mission – to transform the lives of long term unemployed people through industry led training and commercial work experience. John has forged successful collaborations with the state, business, philanthropy and local community to innovate and improve outcomes for Speedpak’s trainees. During this time the Company has also evolved significantly and won numerous awards for social enterprise and entrepreneurship. Prior to his appointment, John held business development roles with Coca Cola HBC Ireland and Bass Brewers PLC and was Employment Services Manager with local development company, Northside Partnership. John is a founder and Non-Executive Director of Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland (SERI) and has served on the Board of Management of Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education ETB. He holds a BA, H Dip. in Ed. (UCD) and an MSc. in Education & Training Management (DCU).

Pat Horgan
Director
Credit Committee

Biography

Pat Horgan is Head of SME Banking (South, Midlands and West) for Ulster Bank.  He leads a regional team of 100+ bankers across 8 office locations focusing on delivering customised financial solutions to small and medium sized businesses.    Pat’s 20+ years’ experience in banking ranges from managing smaller to larger teams, across different geographies, on both sides of the balance sheet, at Retail and Corporate levels with Ulster Bank and previously with AIB.  This range of experience gives him a versatile perceptive and allows him bring significant positive influence to any situation.  Pat holds a BA in Economics from University College Cork and a MBA from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

Pauline Williamson
Director
Audit & Risk Committee

Biography

Pauline Williamson – a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with over 20 years’ international business experience working primarily in the financial services sector.
Pauline spent her early career in Dublin working initially with Irish Life and then moving to Bristol-Myers Squibb where, as Financial Controller, she was involved in the establishment of its European Treasury Centre and later was appointed General Manager. In 2005 she relocated to Dubai, United Arab Emirates and while living there she held several senior roles including Head of Finance for Lloyds TSB Bank and Finance Director for Safanad Limited, a private investment firm.
Pauline returned to Ireland with husband and young children in 2017 and currently lives in Dublin.

Michael McLoughlin
Director
Credit Committee

Biography

Michael McLoughlin is Chief Executive of Amárach Research. He joined the Company in 2000 after a decade with AIB Bank. He has also worked in venture capital and retailing. Within Amárach he has particular interest in political and public affairs research; network planning and retail research and in stakeholder research. He has recently developed Amárach’s Irish American research programme, undertaken in conjunction with the New York based  www.irishcentral.com.

Between 2008 and 2010 he was, while on secondment from Amárach, Political Director of Fine Gael based in Leinster House. He holds MA and MBA degrees from University College Dublin. Michael is a non-executive director of Guaranteed Irish – a not-for-profit organisation established to promote Irish goods and services.

Sinead Dooley
Director

Biography

Biography pending

Deirdre Shields
Director
Audit & Risk Committee

Biography

Deirdre Shields is a Chartered Accountant with over twenty years’ experience working with in the energy, aircraft leasing and banking sectors. She currently works as an independent business advisor.

She has extensive experience in corporate finance and funding, having held a number of senior Corporate Finance, Treasury and Strategic Management roles in ESB Group, and in the Funding and Capital Markets team in SMBC Aviation Capital. She has also previously worked with Bank of Ireland and completed her accountancy training with KPMG.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and holds a degree in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin.

MANAGEMENT AND STAFF

Brendan Whelan
Chief Executive Officer

Margaret Concannon
Head of Credit

Ronan Headon
Head of Finance

Celia McCarthy
Accountant / Office Manager