Ireland Conference speakers

Barbara O’Malley – Chief Internal Auditor, Great West Lifeco Ireland & Germany

Barbara is a banking and risk professional with some 20 years’ experience in risk management, acquired from senior roles in financial services.

She joined Great West Lifeco in June 2019 as a Chief Internal Auditor and has previously worked as a Head of Internal Audit for both ABN Amro and Ulster Bank.

Barbara completed her primary degree in UCD, a bachelor of business and legal studies. She later went on to gain her accountancy qualification with the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Barbara also holds an executive masters in risk management.

Brent Pope – Broadcaster and Former New Zealand Rugby Player

Brent is a New Zealand born Rugby Player and a professional Rugby Coach. He is also one of Ireland's best-known media personalities and has appeared in numerous crossover programmes including The Late Late Show.

On top of this, Brent is a dedicated Charity Worker and a proud ambassador for many leading Irish charities. To date, he has published six children’s books for various charities and is the Author of a bestselling autobiography.

Outside of these roles, Brent is a popular health and wellness speaker, known for speaking candidly about his experiences with depression and anxiety.

Eileen Healy – Partner, Deloitte

Eileen is a Partner in Deloitte’s risk advisory practice and leads the sustainability assurance team for Ireland, working closely with her colleagues in EMEA to deliver best in class services to all her clients.

Her focus areas include global reporting initiative (GRI) assurance, taskforce on climate-related financial disclosures (TCFD), sustainable development goals (SDGs) and sustainability linked loans.


Gavin Faloona – Chair of the Ireland Committee, Chartered IIA

Gavin is Head of Internal Audit for Goodbody Stockbrokers. He is an experienced professional with 20 years' experience across industry.

Prior to his current role, Gavin worked with Aviva Europe, the FCA. He has also held various other roles in risk management.

He possesses both a BSc and an MSc in finance from Queens University Belfast.


Dr Geraldine Smith – Head of Internal Audit – HSE

Geraldine is a qualified Accountant with over 27 years’ internal and external audit experience and chairs the audit committee of a central government department. She has a doctorate in governance and an MA in public management.

During her time with HSE, Geraldine has been responsible for the conduct of numerous sensitive and high-profile audit assignments, including a number which have been discussed at the Public Account Committee (PAC), at which she’s appeared as a witness on several occasions.

Geraldine is a published writer on audit, whose articles have appeared in national media and a professional accountancy journal.

John Chesshire - Chief Assurance Officer - States of Guernsey

John is a Chief Assurance Officer with over 20 years' experience in internal audit, risk management, business improvement and governance fields. He delivers cost effective, insightful training through his company JC Audit Ltd.

He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered IIA, an Independent Internal audit committee Chair and has recently completed a 10-year tour of duty as Chief Assurance Officer for the States of Guernsey.

John is also Chair of the Institute's South West Committee and, in 2019, had the great honour of receiving the JJ Morris Distinguished Conduct Award for his outstanding contribution to the internal audit profession. 

Marc Aboud – Sustainability leader, Deloitte

Since joining Deloitte in 2010, Marc has gained extensive experience in leading and delivering high profile strategic business and regulatory internal audit work, primarily in financial services but also in the public sector.

He now oversees Deloitte’s sustainability services which includes sustainability risk assessments, assurance and more.

Marc previously worked in Deloitte’s consulting department as well as at the company’s New York office. He has also served as the Chief of Staff to the CEO of Deloitte Ireland.

Marc is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and an affiliate member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

Tim Berichon – Director of CAE Solutions - IIA Global

Tim is a Finance Leader and Speaker with over 30 years’ finance, operational management and leadership experience, including across internal audit, operational finance, public accounting and strategic alliances.

An expert in his field, Tim harnesses his knowledge to improve processes, controls, employee engagement and customer service and is currently a Leader of CAE Solutions for IIA Global.

In his previous roles, Tim worked as a CAE for various multi-billion dollar global public companies.

James Paterson – Conference Facilitator

James is a Conference Speaker and Chair who provides training, development and coaching across a variety of areas in internal audit. He also delivers open courses for IIA institutes.

A former Chief Audit Executive for AstraZeneca, James has worked in corporate and commercial finance, as well as in HR - where he’s led on leadership coaching and cultural change.

James continues to speak at conferences and, just recently, was the Co-Chair of our 2020 Internal Audit Conference. He has a masters in management and is the Author of the book ‘Lean Auditing: Driving Added Value and Efficiency in Internal Audit’.