The Governance Team at the IPA

Here to assist you and your organisation

Specialist Team

The Governance team at the IPA provides a range of value added services to state, public interest and public benefit organisations. A selection of these services are outlined below and the Governance Team is available to discuss how we can assist you and your organisation during the forthcoming year.

Our other services include control effectiveness and assurance reviews, providing professional advice and support to Board committees, and governance gap analysis exercises. We also provide, as necessary, confidential advice and support for boards and those in key governance and leadership roles.

Aidan Horan

Aidan is a Director in the consultancy, training and development directorate at the Institute of Public Administration, specialising in governance and financial management. The range of services provided within his area of responsibility incorporate consultancy, advice, facilitation, training and professional development programmes. He was formerly director of the professional accountancy and audit programmes at the Institute.

Aidan leads the Governance Specialist Team at the Institute, and co-manages the Governance Forum with Tom Ward. The spectrum of governance services delivered includes board evaluations; board and senior management briefings, workshops, seminars and facilitation services; reviews of risk management systems; audit guidance and reviews of internal financial and general control systems; and also governance compliance arrangements, policies and procedures. 

In addition to his lead role in governance services, Aidan has also been nominated as a non-executive member to a number of board and committee roles over recent years in the public and state sectors. He is also a member of the Policy and Standards Board of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, United Kingdom and former chairperson of the CIPFA Republic of Ireland Branch.

Dr Tom Ward

Tom is a Senior Governance Specialist in the IPA Governance Team, and re-joined the Institute in May 2017 having previously been a member of staff between 2006 and 2011. He co-manages the Governance Forum with Aidan Horan and works on a range of governance assignments for clients, including board effectiveness reviews and governance reviews, strategy development, and delivering training and workshop sessions on governance matters for boards and senior teams. He has worked with a range of organisations, including government departments, state agencies, local authorities, higher education institutions, and sport, community and charitable organisations.

Prior to re-joining the IPA in 2017, Tom was a Senior Manager and Consultant at Crowe, managing and delivering a range of assignments in the areas of governance, organisational design, and strategy. Prior to this, he held senior strategy and governance roles at the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA). Tom started his career as a Parliamentary Assistant in the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Tom is an experienced trainer and lecturer at the IPA, lecturing in governance, organisation and strategy, and politics and public administration. He is currently a non-executive Director of a national governing body for sport, and a non-executive member of the Audit & Risk Committee of a state body.

Dr Nicolas Marcoux

Nicolas is a Senior Governance Specialist in the IPA Governance Team, providing assistance and consultancy services to various state and semi-state bodies, charities and not-for-profit organisations on issues regarding good governance arrangements, board effectiveness and impact assessment. His work primarily centres around training, board evaluations, gap analysis exercises, governance framework reviews, and the development of policies and procedures. 

Nicolas has also provided research assistance to the Charity Regulator Consultative Panel on the governance of charities in Ireland that led to the adoption of the Charities Governance Code by the CRA. He is an experienced trainer and provides training to EU Officials on Public Policy Analysis. He also contributes to the IPA Governance Forum, and the IPA Professional Certificate in Governance where he teaches on the governance of Irish not-for-profit organisations and charities.

Previous to his position at the IPA, Nicolas worked for the EU Commission providing support and capacity-building on governance reform to many public and semi-state bodies overseas.  He was also the CEO of a major not-for-profit organisation in South Africa when he ran the operations of the Society for Human Rights. Nicolas also possesses a deep understanding of the operations of the Irish public sector which he acquired as Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Unit of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs

Kate O'Donnell

Kate is a Governance Specialist in the IPA Governance Team, having joined the Institute in May 2017. She comes from a legal background having practised 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 practices. This includes terms of reference, governance frameworks, governance manuals, protected disclosures and data protection.  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). She contributes to the Professional Certificate in Governance at the IPA and has been involved in a significant number of governance review assignments.

Dr Deirdre Bane

Deirdre is a Senior Finance Specialist in the IPA Governance Team, delivering Financial Management, Audit, Training, and assistance programmes together with consultancy services to various public, state and semi-state bodies, charities and not-for-profit organisations. Previous to her position at the IPA, Deirdre worked in education for over thirteen years as a Lecturer in Finance teaching Financial and Management Accounting (including Financial Statement Analysis), Corporate Finance and Financial Management (Investment Appraisal), and Economic and Statistics.

Prior to her experience in education, Deirdre spent ten years in the United States, working in the financial services sector (including equity research and asset management). In addition, she worked for an independent consulting practice performing economic impact analysis studies, economic development planning, social research and analysis, and providing strategic planning services to government, non-profit and corporate clients in the United States. 

Majella Malone

Majella is a Finance Training Specialist at the Institute of Public Administration and is a member of the IPA Governance and Finance Team. Majella delivers a range of services to public and state bodies and not-for-profit entities in the areas of finance, audit and risk. She is an experienced finance and accounting trainer and lecturer.  Prior to joining the IPA, she was a Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at Dublin Business School.