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 a Chartered Director, Consulting Actuary and Partner with Lane Clark & Peacock Ireland Ltd. She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and is the past Chairperson of the Society's Pensions Committee (2016-2018) and a past Council Member of the Society (2016-2019). She also holds an MA from Trinity College Dublin 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”.

Munro O'Dwyer:

Munro is a Partner at PwC Ireland.  Munro qualified as an actuary in 2000 and has worked on a number of Society of Actuaries working parties.  He works with organisations around non-salary aspects of their remuneration arrangements, including how to maximise the value of the pension arrangements that are provided and supporting employers to develop financial wellness strategies across their employee population. 

Munro supports a range of defined benefit, defined contribution and individual pension arrangements, and his focus is on action-oriented advice, that seeks to deliver better outcomes for stakeholders, in a risk controlled manner.  Munro provides support to corporate trustee clients, helping them to independently assess all aspects of pension arrangements that they have in place, from administration and investment effectiveness, through to member engagement and satisfaction.

Munro works directly with Boards, NEDs and management committees tasked with overseeing the development and implementation of a pension and financial wellness strategy and the delivery of change where necessary. 

Stephen Gillick:

Stephen is a Partner and Head of Pensions in Mason Hayes and Curran’s  Employment Law and Benefits team.

He has extensive experience in advising trustees, sponsoring employers and pension providers on a range of issues, including pension scheme establishment and restructuring, pensions specific data privacy advice, pension scheme funding and de-risking exercises.

Stephen is a member of several industry bodies in addition to his membership of the Pensions Council.

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.

Eoin Dormer:

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

Roshin Sen:

Roshin is the representative from the Department of 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.