Pension Council Members

Jim Murray, Chairman:

Jim Murray was the first Director of Consumer Affairs, responsible for the implementation and enforcement of a wide range of consumer laws, including laws on false trade descriptions, misleading advertising, food labelling, product safety and consumer credit.

He then moved to Brussels to become Director of the European Consumers Organisation (BEUC), leading a team campaigning for consumers on legal, financial and economic issues and policies on health, food and safety.

He served a term as special Advisor to the Consumer Commissioner, Meglana Kuneva, and was a member of many advisory and policy groups at EU level, including the High Level Group for the Reduction of Administrative Burdens, and the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue, of which he was a founding member.

As Director of the National Social Service Council in the seventies he was responsible for setting up first national network of Citizens Information Centres.

He has a degree in Physics and Maths and is a qualified barrister.

Roma Burke:

Roma is an actuary and partner with Lane Clark & Peacock Ireland Ltd, a firm that specialises in the area of pensions and investments. She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and the current Chairperson of the Society's Pensions Committee. Roma also holds an MA from Trinity College Dublin, a Diploma in Company Direction from the IOD and is a Qualified Financial Adviser.

Kirstie Flynn:

Kirstie is a pensions lawyer with Willis Towers Watson. She is also a director of corporate trustee companies, Trustee Principles Ltd, Willis Trustsure Ltd and Planlife Trustee Services Ltd, providing professional trusteeship to pension schemes. A qualified barrister, she is a former chairman of the Association of Pensions Lawyers in Ireland.

Kirstie was also a member of the Legislation Committee of the Pensions Board and was a contributing author of “Practical Employment Law”.

Brendan Keenan:

Brendan Keenan is a former Business Editor and Economics Editor for the Irish Independent. He now writes a weekly column on economic issues. 

Sandra Rockett:

Sandra Rockett is Director of International Business at Irish Life Investment Managers. Previous to this she was Head of Financial Planning and Pensions at Davy working in the Private Client business. Prior to Davy, Sandra worked in Mercer as an Actuarial Consultant working with a range of public sector and multinational corporate pension clients.

Sandra holds a first class honours degree in Actuarial and Financial Studies from UCD and is a member if the Society of Actuaries in Ireland.

Sinead Ryan:

Sinead Ryan worked in the financial services industry for 15 years and as an Examiner with the Life Insurance Association. She qualified as a Financial Adviser with diplomas in Economics and Journalism.

Since 2005, she has been a freelance journalist working in consumer affairs and personal finance. Sinead is a columnist with The Herald, the Irish Independent and is a regular contributor to radio and television.

Sinead also set up a not-for-profit organisation in 2009 teaching budgeting skills in school and in 2010, her book “Cents & Sensibility” was published.

Dr Shane Whelan:

Dr Shane Whelan is an actuary and Associate Professor in UCD School of Mathematical Science, and former Head of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. Previous to his academic career he held senior roles in investment management and pension advisory companies, including directorships of Friends First Asset Management and Acuvest. He was the managing editor of the British Actuarial Journal for several years, and served on councils of the actuarial profession both nationally and internationally.

His publications include topics such as pension policy, pension investment, and longevity forecasting. His research highlights the weak protection afforded to pension entitlements in Ireland, the high level of investment risk and the impact of charges in private pensions. He advocates change to the Irish pension system in both academic papers and articles in newspapers and magazines.

Brendan Kennedy:

Brendan Kennedy is the Irish Pensions Regulator and chief executive of the Pensions Authority, which is the Irish statutory body responsible for regulating pensions and for providing pension policy advice to the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection. He has held this position since 2006.

Conor McGinn:

Conor is the representative from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Alan Flynn:

Alan is the representative from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

Joanne Roche:

Joanne is a pensions actuary and Director with KPMG. She has specialised in pensions for 18+ years and works on a wide variety of pension issues across the public and private sector.  She co-authored the report into the actuarial review of the Social Insurance Fund in 2017 and 2012 on behalf of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Joanne is a member of the pension committee of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. She has a keen interest in ensuring the concerns of all stakeholders are reflected in pension solutions with a particular focus on the ultimate beneficiaries.

Tim O'Hanrahan:

Tim O’Hanrahan is the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Governor, Prudential Regulation in the Central Bank of Ireland. He has worked in Insurance Supervision for over 15 years. Tim holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UCD, is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Deirdre Cummins:

Deirdre is a partner and a member of the Employment Pensions and Benefits Group of Matheson and specialises in pensions and benefits law. Deirdre has over 15 years’ experience as a solicitor in private practice advising on all aspects of Irish pension arrangements both in the private and public sectors. Deirdre is a member and a former Chairman of The Association of Pension Lawyers in Ireland (APLI) and is a member of the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association (IPEBLA). Deirdre has lectured on the Law Society Certificate Course in Pension Law and Practice and has tutored on pensions and related matters on the professional courses of the Law Society.