Colm Gartlan
Colm Gartlan

Advisory Board Chairman,
CIO of Norbrook

Meet the CIO Advisory Board

The Irish Computer Society's CIO Advisory Board comprises CIOs of top Irish and multinational companies. The board provides expert advice on the needs of the IT profession across the whole economy, including the ICT industry, the non-ICT private sector and the public sector.

The Board is chaired by Colm Gartlan, CIO of Greencore.

Colm Gartlan

Colm Gartlan Colm Gartlan is CIO at Norbrook, one of the largest privately owned veterinary pharmaceutical companies in the world. Colm's role at Norbrook is focused on transforming IT into a more valued business partner by improving the capability of the IT organization, aligning IT activities with business priorities and leveraging technology more effectively to deliver business process efficiency and value. Prior to joining Norbrook, Colm held a number of senior IT management positions at Greencore as CIO and also at Xerox as CIO of Xerox's European and Developing Markets businesses and IT Director of Xerox's European Manufacturing and Supply Chain operations. Colm has also worked with Motorola in a variety of IT management roles and in Accenture as a management consultant.


Kevin Cooney

Kevin has been Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer, since 2004. In 2008 in addition to his CIO role he became Managing Director of Xilinx in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). In 2014 he was named the recipient of Ireland’s prestigious Innovation Value Institute award. Cooney is a Distinguished Fellow of Irish Computer Society


Pat Clarke

Pat Clarke Patrick is CEO and co-founder of Omnipay, a global acquirer processing company. Previously Patrick served as Chief Technology Officer and under his leadership of the IT organisation a high volume real-time transaction management system was built delivering software as a service to client companies.
Patrick joined OmniPay in 2000 and has previously held technical and management positions in Oracle, Trintech, Motorola and British Telecom. He is a BSc (Eng) graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor (PCI QSA).


Liam Molloy

Liam Molloy is CIO and IT Services Manager at ESB. He has 40 years’ experience in the electricity and gas industry in Ireland and internationally, managing, inter alia, a range of retail, engineering, energy trading, and start-up businesses. Liam established ESB’s retail supply business, Electric Ireland and served as General Manager, Electric Ireland for a number of years. Previous positions in ESB include Managing Director, ESB Independent Energy Ltd. A member of the ICC Digital Economy Commission and the ICS CIO Advisory Board, he has served on a number of ESBI company boards and was IBEC’s representative on the Northern Ireland CBI Council.


John Barron

John Barron ICT is critical for the effective operation of Revenue and the delivery of the services it provides to citizens, businesses and Government. John has worked in Revenue’s IT Division for over 25 years and has played a key role in developing the organisation’s ICT capability. He is committed to further utilising ICT to enable and support Revenue’s strategic objectives. Current priorities include improving customer service and channel offerings, modernising the ICT estate to reduce technical debt and utilising analytics to drive decision making and help Revenue become a more insight driven organisation. John is keen to drive the use of standards to improve ICT in Revenue and to develop a viable professional development framework for Revenue staff to improve skills capability and career progression. Revenue is also a key player in ICT in the wider public service and John is keen to contribute to cross-government ICT initiatives. As a member of the CIO Council, he has played an active role in the development of the new Government ICT strategy.


Kevin Breen

Kevin Breen is an IT Executive with over three decades of experience in a number of disparate global roles. He is passionate about driving breakthrough business results through a proactive and positive fusion of people, business and technology/digital acumen. Kevin is Founder/Principal Consultant with CyberActive Limited [ website ] and is a recognized Fellow and CIO Advisory Board member of the Irish Computer Society. He is a member of the Enterprise Mobility Exchange Advisory Board [International Quality & Productivity Centre - IQPC Exchange] and an inaugural Advisory Board member of Corrata [ website ], an Irish Tech startup. Kevin is also a Steering Committee member of the Irish National Coalition for Digital Skills/Jobs, an EU Commission sponsored initiative [ EU DSJC ]. Until 2016, he served as the Global Service Owner for Mobile Computing within Intel IT with responsibility for all aspects of smartphone/ tablet/ wearable enterprise deployments to ~100000 worldwide employees. This included areas ranging from usability, security, TCO through to delivering productivity and business value. In 2015, this brief was extended to include IOT Gateway management. Within Intel, Kevin also managed all IT aspects of several Semi-Conductor FAB startup/ ramp and sustaining operations and led the initial global IT Service Management journey. Previously, Kevin has managed IT organisations at both an Ireland and regional/global level across large MNCs with responsibility for new capability introduction and delivery of world class business service management. Kevin holds 1st Class Masters Degrees in both Business Administration [MBA] and Computer Science [M.Sc].


Tim Hynes

Tim Hynes was appointed to the role of Chief Information Officer in September, 2015. New to the Financial Services Industry, Tim brings 25 years of IT industry experience. His corporate roles have included Global lead for Microsoft's Site Infrastructure, Head of IT (EMEA) for Microsoft. During his career, Tim has led teams located in all parts of the world, including emerging markets in India, Brazil, and China and on the African continent. He has deep leadership experience in creating strategies and inspiring people of different cultures and backgrounds to work together to deliver successfully. In addition to his core skills, Tim is also an accomplished and highly sought after public speaker, frequently called upon to present to external audiences on the growing strategic impact of both leadership and technology in the digitised business environment.


David Fox

David has been Head of Group IT at Bord na Mona since 2013. Prior to this, in a career spanning 40 years, he held senior IT roles in Oracle, Vodafone Ireland, Eir and also with O2 Czech Republic in Prague. David graduated with a B.Sc in Computer Science from Trinity College in 1978 and obtained his MBA in International Business from DCU in 1994.


Brendan Healy

Brendan is SVP and Chief Information Officer, Europe at Irish Life Group. He was appointed Group CIO of Irish Life and Permanent in 2004 and more recently took on the role of CIO Europe for Canada Life Europe, after Great-West Life acquired Irish Life in 2012.


Brendan graduated with a BSc in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin in 1984 and obtained his MBA in Business Administration from University College Dublin in 1995. He began his IT career in the public sector, working for eight years in the Department of Finance.


Gerry Quinn

Gerry is the Chief Operations Officer of the Central Bank of Ireland reporting directly to the Governor. In this role Gerry has responsibility for Human Resources, Finance, Procurement, Information Technology, Facilities Management (including the Bank’s new Headquarters project), Regulatory Transactions, and Currency Operations. Gerry joined the Bank in 2010 as CIO before taking on the newly created COO role in 2011. Prior to joining the Bank Gerry was Chief Information Officer in Eircom for 7 years. In all, he has over 25 years management experience gained in the public and private sectors. Gerry received an MSc in Organizational Behavior from Trinity College, Dublin in 2000.


Ashling Cunningham

Ashling Cunningham 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.


Eleanor O'Neill

Eleanor is currently Senior Director, IT Mergers & Acquisitions, at Symantec, where she is responsible for driving & executing the strategy for acquired companies. Most recently she managed the global IT program for the Divestiture of Veritas, which involved setting up an independent IT ecosystem (Applications & Infrastructure) to support a $2billion Business. This Program has just been announced as a recipient of the CIO 100 Awards. Eleanor has held a number of IT leadership roles in both startups and large scale organizations, including Symantec, Marrakech (eCommerce), Visio International and Digital Equipment. She brings in depth experience in Large Scale Enterprise IT Program Management, IT Customer Operations and M&A Eleanor graduated with a B. Eng. from the National University of Ireland, Galway.