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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
(Vice President)

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.

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.

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.

Padraig Farrell
(Council Member)

Padraig Farrell has been working in the IT industry for over30 years. In that time he has worked in software development, project management and service management. His particular interest is in service management and is a member of the management committee of itSMF Ireland. Among his qualifications is an MSc in Project Management from the Smurfit business school UCD.

Ashling Cunningham
(Council Member)

Ashling Cunningham is the Chief Information Officer at Ervia with responsibility across all areas of ICT. Ashling has an established track record implementing state-of-the-art, technology based business applications to facilitate process and cultural re-engineering. A dynamic leader with excellent analytical, organizational and management skills who thrives on challenges, Ashling has outstanding leadership and technology skills as demonstrated by delivery success in a challenging and fast changing organization. Ashling is a highly able Business and IT Executive with an IT and Finance background. She holds an M.Sc. in Management from Trinity College, Dublin and before joining Ervia worked as an independent consultant specializing in the implementation of financial software systems. Having held several senior leadership and consulting positions in international companies she will provide a valuable insight into the key challenges faced by IT leaders today.

Cormac Callanan
(Council Member)

MSc (Adv Sec/Digital Forensics), MSc (Comp Sys Design), MICS, BA (mod)

Dr. Cormac Callanan owns Aconite Internet Solutions ( which provides expertise in cybersecurity risk mitigation and cybercrime. Dr. Callanan is qualified with a PhD in data privacy risks on mobile devices, an MSc in Computer Systems Design and an MSc in Advanced Security and Digital Forensics (GCHQ certified). He has over 30 years working experience on international computer networks and 20 years’ experience on illegal content and cybercrime activities on the Internet.

He co-authored the Council of Europe Guidelines on Cooperation between Law Enforcement and Internet Service Providers quoted by the European Court of Human Rights. Dr. Callanan is past-president and CEO of INHOPE ( dealing with illegal child abuse material on the internet.

Professor Tiziana Margaria
(Council Member)