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 Norbrook.

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.


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.


Barry Lowry

Barry Lowry Barry Lowry has been the Chief Information Officer for the Irish Government since April 2016 with the primary task of taking forward the Public Service ICT and eGovernment Strategies. These set out ambitions for developing the use of shared services, digital services and data to better serve the people of Ireland and ensure that Ireland is well-placed to benefit from European initiatives such as the Digital Single Market.

Barry was previously the Director for IT Shared Services and Strategy and Head of the IT Profession within the Northern Ireland Civil Service.
Barry is a Fellow of the Irish and British Computer Societies and is a former winner of the BCS Northern Ireland IT Professional of the Year.


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


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.


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.


Kevin Sweeney

Kevin Sweeney is the Technology Director of Cpl Group, Ireland's largest recruitment services company with a significant international presence in 10 countries. Previously Kevin has held senior IT roles for large corporates in Manufacturing, Financial Services, Telecoms and Energy initially spent 15 years working in the U.K and the U.S following graduation in Computer science from Trinity College, Dublin Kevin is recognised for his specialist expertise in It Service Management, Data Protection, Supplier Management and Business Analytics. Over the past 8 years, he has driven Cpl's solution architecture built on the Salesforce platform with focus in last two years on designing and implementing artificial intelligence solutions to transform business operations. Outside of his professional career, Kevin has personal interest and qualifications in childhood education and many years of experience in sports coaching


Margaret Troy

Margaret has over 25 years of experience in the banking and payments industry, in both retail and corporate environments. She is listed in the Business and Finance Top 100 CIOs in Ireland and is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society.
Margaret has held senior IT positions in First Data, General Electric, Lloyds (formerly HBOS) and AIB. As EMEA Vice President of Technology in First Data, Margaret had responsibility for ensuring that First Data delivered its strategic focus of helping its clients grow their business, with responsibility for infrastructure delivery within the region and acting as a business partner for delivering business solutions and opportunities.