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ICS Council and Structure

Every year, ICS members elect a council to represent its views and manage the Society's affairs over the following twelve months.

Specialist sub-committees, special interest groups and a full-time administrative staff also play a key role in the ICS's operation and success.

The Irish Computer Society is governed by a representative Council that consists of:

  • Members elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Society
  • Ex officio members
  • Representatives of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) approved by Council
  • Representatives of geographical groups approved by Council
  • Representatives of specific membership groups approved by Council
  • Members co-opted onto the Council for specific functions.

The Council elects four Officers – a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, a Treasurer and a Secretary. The office of President is an honorary position bestowed by the Society for periods of up to three years.

The role of the ICS Council is to:

  • Manage the financial and organisational operation of the Society
  • Listen to members and work to represent their views
  • Deliver the services members want
  • Facilitate social and business interaction among members.

Committees are appointed as needed by Council to handle detailed matters that cannot practically be dealt with by normal meetings of Council. All members are eligible to become members of Committees subject to approval by Council.

The business of the Society is managed on behalf of Council by full-time professional staff operating from offices in central Dublin.

The current ICS Officers and Council Members are as follows:

Declan Brady

A Chartered IT Professional with over 25 years experience, Declan is the international representative of the Irish Computer Society. He has been a member of CEPIS Execom since 2003 and currently chairs the CEPIS Task Force on Professionalism.

Mike Hinchey

Mike is Co-Director of Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, and Professor of Software Engineering at University of Limerick. Previously he was Director of the NASA Software Engineering Laboratory and continues to serve as a NASA Expert.

Kevin Thomas
(Honorary Secretary)

Kevin is CTO of Minds and Machines and was a certified ethical hacker for the EC-Council. Among his many qualifications is an MBA from Imperial College London.

Fintan Swanton
(Honorary Treasurer)

A Certified Data Protection Practitioner and Chartered Engineer, Fintan is a Senior Consultant and Managing Director with Cygnus Consulting. He consults with, advises and provides training to a range of organisations, public and private, on data protection compliance and is a member of the European Commission’s expert group on the application of the GDPR.

Matt Lemon
(Council Member)

A Fellow of the Society and Chartered IT Professional with over 20 years experience in Information Security, Matt is the Senior Cloud Security Architect at IBM and has a Masters in Computer Science from MIT as well as PhD in Cryptography and Cryptanalysis. His specific interest at ICS is to help promote professionalism within the IT industry.

John Ward
(Council Member)

John is a member of the IT Management team at OmniPay. He has a particular interest in representing the views of members who are working in the ICT industry and in helping to develop a professional CPD programme for ICS members.

Fran Davern
(Council Member)

Fran is an experienced IT Service Management and Information Security Management, an ISO/IEC 20000 consultant and auditor, and is certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC). He has been a board member of itSMF Ireland since 2009.

Mark Gargan
(Council Member)

As a Software Architect at IBM's Industry Solutions Mobile Centre, Mark drives the development of native and hybrid mobile applications for a diverse range of industries. He is also the Irish manager for IBM Software Groups premier internship programme.

Mary Sharp
(Council Member)

Mary lectures at the Computer Science Department, TCD, is a member of the Board of Examiners of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, and is deputy convenor of the European CEN TC251 working group on security and safety in health informatics.