Our Team

Banking & Payments Federation Ireland delivers an extensive range of services through its specialist team whose combined knowledge, expertise and commitment drives our ability to advocate and deliver on behalf of our members.

Leadership Team

Brian Hayes

Chief Executive

Olivia Buckley

Director, Public Affairs

Niamh O'Donnellan

Director of Regulation & Supervision

Ann Smith

Director, Corporate Services

Richard Walsh

Director of Industry Collaboration & Innovation

Regulation and Supervision Team

Gillian Byrne

Gillian Byrne

Head of Payments

Michelle Byrne

Head of Consumer Banking

Bernice Evoy

Head of Legal & Regulatory

Joan Gill

Manager, Payment Schemes

Marian McCarville

Head of Business Banking & Taxation

Peter McGuigan

Peter McGuigan

Head of EU Affairs

Gavin Purtill

Head of Capital Markets

Louise O’Mahony

Head of Sustainable Banking

Industry Collaboration and Innovation Team

Sharon Brennan

Head of Technology & Business Change Projects

Michael Concannon

Head of FPAI Strategy & Development

Niamh Davenport

Head of Fraud Prevention

Public Affairs Team

Jillian Heffernan

Head of Communications

Anthony O’Brien

Head of Sector Research & Analysis

Lisa Shevlin

Lisa Shevlin

Head of Membership Communications, Marketing & Events

Ali Uğur

Chief Economist & Head of Prudential Regulation

Corporate Services Team


Mary Anne Barker

Office Manager

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Anastacia Gatiti

Finance Manager

Rosaleen Gibson

Executive Administrator, Corporate Services

Orlaith Kelly

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Summer Lee

Finance Team Lead

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Brian Hayes

Chief Executive

Brian studied at Trinity College, Dublin and at St Patrick’s College Maynooth.

Brian served as a member of both houses of the Irish Parliament from 1996 to 2014. In 2011 he was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Finance. During his time as Minister of State, Brian attended Eurogroup, ECOFIN and Budgetary Council meetings on behalf of the Irish Government. He also led on the issues of procurement and public sector reform.

Following his election to the European Parliament in May 2014 Brian was appointed to the European Parliaments Economic & Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committee, and also elected as Vice President of ECON. He was the Vice Coordinator of Econ for the European People’s Party.

Brian was the European Parliaments rapporteur for the IORPS II Directive and shadow rapporteur for the Money Market Funds regulation and the Pan European Pension Proposal (PEPP). He also worked on the EPs first ever report on Fintech and on the subject of Third Country Equivalence.

In 2019 Brian was appointed as CEO of the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland. He also serves on the board of the European Banking Federation.

Olivia Buckley

Director, Public Affairs

Olivia is a strategic communications and public affairs specialist who has worked with leading Irish companies and organisations for over 20 years. She has worked with a diverse range of national and multinational clients in sectors including taxation, manufacturing, agri-business, politics and privately-owned Irish enterprises.

Ms. Buckley has led a number of campaigns, including on EU referenda in Ireland and has been an adviser to key groups in Ireland and the UK on Brexit. She is an established media commentator and contributor on business, enterprise and economic issues. She holds a B.Sc. Management (TCD) and a Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from UCD Smurfit School.

Niamh O’Donnellan

Director of Regulation & Supervision

Niamh joined BPFI in 2016 as Head of EU Affairs. Based in Brussels she engaged on all policy and regulation originating from the European Union Institutions and related bodies/agencies.

Niamh previously held roles in both the European Parliament as an advisor to the former Chair of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and also the Council of Ministers as a member of the Presidency team during the Irish Presidency 2013 in Brussels. Niamh also worked as a Strategic Consultant advising financial services companies on regulatory and policy developments of relevance to the financial sector and how to engage with the European Union institutions on such matters.

She holds an MSc in Economics and Finance, a degree in International Commerce and Italian and a diploma in French Language and Culture.

Ann Smith

Director, Corporate Services

Ann Smith joined BPFI in late 2016 as Director Corporate Services. She has responsibility for financial management, corporate governance, people management and facilities within BPFI and its related entities.

Before moving to BPFI, Ann worked with Chartered Accountants Ireland for 20 years in a variety of education, regulatory and financial roles. Ann trained and worked in Butler Chance & Co/Touche Ross before moving to Irish Life Building Society as financial accountant.

Ann is a Chartered Accountant and fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Richard Walsh

Director of Industry Collaboration & Innovation

Richard joined BPFI in 2017 as Head of Digital and Payments working to formulate positions and responses to Digital and Payment policy and regulation at national, EU, and international level.

Before joining BPFI, Richard was CEO for FinTech & Payments Association of Ireland (FPAI) and managed the merger of the association into BPFI. In the years prior to this Richard provided consultancy in the development of digital commerce strategies for companies such as RBS/NatWest, Telefónica Group, Bank of Ireland, Monitise and Three Ireland.

Richard has a degree in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin.