Specialist Team

The Forum is managed from the Institute of Public Administration. The specialist team has broad experience in advising on Governance issues to boards, government departments, local authorities and non-profit organisations. They are also supported by the IPA research personnel who have carried out a series of corporate governance studies in Ireland and overseas.

Aidan Horan

Aidan Horan

Aidan Horan is a director in the consultancy, training and development directorate at the Institute of Public Administration. He serves as Chairman and member of a number of public body audit committees and voluntary boards. His most recent governance work has included reviews of control effectiveness, implementation and review of risk management systems and preparation of governance policy and procedure documentation for boards and executive teams.

Paul Turpin

Paul Turpin

Paul Turpin is a governance specialist at the Institute. Previously he worked at a senior level in financial services, as an economic adviser to Government Departments and with the National Economic and Social Council. He is a member of the Health Insurance Authority. He has also served as a member of the Audit Committee of An Garda Síochána and on Company Boards. His recent governance assignments have included board evaluation, risk management, board briefings and mentoring and supporting the development of strategy.

Tom Ward

Tom Ward

Tom is Governance Specialist with the IPA, and re-joined the Institute in May 2017 having previously been a member of staff between 2006 and 2011, delivering consulting, training and education services to a range of public sector clients. Prior to re-joining, Tom was a Senior Manager and Consultant at Crowe Horwath, managing and delivering a range of assignments in the areas of organisational review, governance and strategy. Prior to this, he held senior strategy and governance roles at the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA).

Kate O'Donnell

Kate O'Donnell

Kate is a Governance Specialist with the IPA. She comes from a legal background having practiced as a Barrister in various areas of civil litigation and in local authority law. Kate’s work with the IPA is focused on governance and compliance review with an emphasis on governance policies and procedures. Her work also involves training, lecturing and the delivery of presentations, in respect of which she has a strong background and considerable experience, having lectured at Masters level in Arbitration and having taught seminars at undergraduate level on a range of subjects (including Company Law).

Noreen Fahy

Noreen Fahy

Noreen Fahy, is a qualified accountant who worked for several years in the private sector before joining the IPA where she has responsibility for training and development services in financial reporting, financial management and internal audit. She has been nominated to a number of non-executive roles on audit and other board committees.

Philip Byrne

Philip Byrne

Philip Byrne has a Doctorate in Business Administration and specialises in public sector financial management, public sector legislation, and audit and risk management. He has been nominated to a number of boards and audit committees and is currently a non executive chair and member of several local authority audit committees.

Nicolas Marcoux

Nicolas Marcoux

Nicolas Marcoux has a Doctorate in Governance from Queens University Belfast and his initial qualifications were in the areas of constitutional, administrative and European Law. Before joining the IPA he worked for the European Commission in various development roles in Eastern Europe and in the Balkans.

Ariane Allex

Ariane Allex

Ariane is an Assistant Specialist in Governance. She graduated from University College Dublin with a Master degree in Public Policy. There, she studied Public Administration, Regulatory Governance and Health and Drugs Policy. Ariane also has a background in social policy, social studies and psychology through her Bachelor degree in Social Science. Ariane joined the IPA in 2015 to support the Governance team with research and to deliver workshops and seminars. She is also working on training projects carrying out data analysis and research.