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Meet the Board

Helen Keelan, Non-Executive Director

Helen Keelan
Non-Executive Director

Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in April 2012 and Chair of Barclays Bank Ireland PLC in September 2015. Helen has 25 years of senior finance and strategic leadership experience gained in KPMG, Ericsson and Intel. She is familiar with the challenges both of re-structuring and of scaling companies globally. She is an experienced Non-Executive Director and is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of PM Group Ltd, Liberty Insurance Ltd and Standard Life International Ltd. Helen holds a B.Comm; an M.Sc in Mgmt, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and is a Chartered Director.

Helen Keelan has also served on the board of Science Foundation Ireland. Helen is a graduate of UCD with a B.Comm and has an M.Sc (Management) from Trinity College Dublin. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. In 2009 she was awarded Chartered Director by the Institute of Directors, London.

Kevin Wall, Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Wall
Chief Executive Officer

Kevin joined Barclays Bank Ireland PLC in May 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. Kevin most recently served as Chairman of Corporate Banking and Vice Chairman, Investment Banking for Barclays based in London.

Kevin joined Barclays in 1981. He held roles in Corporate Banking, Project Finance and Foreign Exchange in the UK, US and Australia, and London-based management roles in Strategic Planning and Human Resources. These were followed by Investment Banking roles in Hong Kong, Singapore and London, and Corporate Banking in London.

He is a Non-Executive Director of the BGF Group Limited.

Kevin has a BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Financial Analysis from Warwick University.

Eoin O’Driscoll, Non-Executive Director

Eoin O’Driscoll
Non-Executive Director

Eoin O’Driscoll was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Barclays Bank Ireland PLC in December 2014. He is currently the Chairman of the Tyndall National Institute. Eoin is a former Governor of the Irish Times Trust, a member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Times Ltd and the Cork University Foundation and serves as a member of the National Executive Council of IBEC.

Eoin was previously a Senior Vice President with Lucent Technologies Inc. He served as Chairman of Forfas, SWS Group, e|net and Shenick Network Systems and as a member of the Board of Science Foundation Ireland, Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland.

Eoin graduated with a BE (Elec Eng) and a M.Eng Sc. from UCC and is a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering.

David Farrow, Non-Executive Director

David Farrow
Non-Executive Director

Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in May 2014, David joined Barclays in 1990 and has worked across London and the South of England in Retail, Business and Corporate Banking.

Prior to his current role, David was Managing Director for the Eastern region for five years, leading a team of Relationship Directors across eight locations focusing on various industry sectors from manufacturing and technology to restaurants, law firms and agribusiness.

As Head of International Corporate Bank, David leads the origination teams responsible for supporting global Corporates based across the UK as well as our Corporate Banking businesses across Europe.

Pauline Gallagher, Company Secretary

Paul McCullagh
Company Secretary
Paul was appointed as Company Secretary of Barclays Bank Ireland PLC in December 2017. An Associate of the Institute of Chartered Company Secretaries and Administrators, Paul holds a Masters in Management and Corporate Governance and a degree in Law from the Ulster University.

Paul joined Barclays from an International law firm in 2014 and was based in Barclays London Headquarters before he relocated to Dublin.

Tom Huertas - Independent Non-Executive Director

Tom Huertas
Independent Non-Executive Director

Tom has 40 years’ experience in financial services as a banker, regulator and consultant. While at a leading American Investment bank, he held a number of senior roles, including that of Chief Executive. He served as an Alternate Chair of a regulatory agency in Europe, a member of an Executive Committee of a UK financial services regulatory body as well as a member of a banking supervisory committee. Tom was a partner in a Big 4 Firm within its Financial Services Risk practice and chaired the firm’s Global Regulatory Network.

Tom holds a Ph.D. in Economics and is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Law and Economics at a German university.

Keith Smithson- Chief Financial Officer

Keith Smithson
Chief Financial Officer

Keith joined Barclays Treasury in 2014 after spending 10 years as a Chief Financial Officer covering Corporate Banking and Wealth Management divisions globally.

Prior to joining Barclays, Keith spent 13 years at a leading UK bank where he acted as Finance Director for personal financial services as well as the life, pensions and investments and asset finance divisions of the bank.
Keith is a Chartered Accountant and, after qualifying with a Big 4 Firm, he joined a start-up mortgage and asset finance provider where he was Financial Controller.

Keith has recently completed a 3 year term as a Non-Executive Director of a firm that was established to build the social investment market in the UK and in which the major UK banks have an equity interest.

Etienne Boris - Non-Executive Director

Etienne Boris 
Independent Non-Executive Director

Etienne is a financial expert with deep banking industry expertise, currently serving as senior partner at a Big 4 Firm. Etienne is a proven executive with strong leadership experience at one of the largest professional services firms. He has significant finance and audit experience in the Banking sector.

In his 39 years at his PwC, including 29 as a Partner, he served as lead engagement partner on several of the PwC’s largest global banking clients, working with the Audit Committees and Boards of Directors of these large multinational organisations. He also served as the lead engagement Partner for global consumer companies.

Etienne has significant experience in technical accounting and financial reporting matters, corporate governance and European and global operations. Etienne has been engaged on major finance and financial reporting changes, such as the transition to IFRS, as well as complex acquisitions.

Etienne has held a number of leadership positions in PwC, including EMEA Clients & Markets Leader and a member of the EMEA Executive Team from 2012 to 2018. Etienne joined PwC in Paris in 1979 and was admitted to the partnership in 1989. He transferred to London from 1981 to 1982, and to New York from 1984 to 1989 where he served major US financial institutions as a Senior Manager.

Etienne graduated from a European business school in 1979 and is an "Expert Comptable" and "Commissaire aux Comptes".

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