Financial Planning Standards Board Ireland DAC


FPSB Ireland is constituted as a Designated Activity Company (DAC) (Financial Planning Standards Board Ireland DAC) with its registered office at 185a Kimmage Road West, Dublin 12.


FPSB Ireland is a not for profit company set up by LIA and The Institute of Banking.

Under its constitution, it is not permitted to pay a dividend to its members and will be operated with a view to its income just covering its expenditure.

It's affairs will be directed by a Council or Board of Directors, whose members include leading academics, industry figures and experienced practitioners.

It's Articles of Association provides for the setting up of a number of committees, the members of which are representatives of various stakeholders in the financial services industry.

Council of FPSB Ireland

  • Anthony Walsh

    An accountant by profession, Professor Anthony Walsh was a member of the academic staff of Dublin City University (DCU) from 1980 to 1999. His teaching, research and academic management roles included founding Head of the School of Accounting and Finance, Professor of Accounting and Dean of DCU Business School. From 1999 to 2011, Anthony was Chief Executive of the Institute of Banking and oversaw the establishment of the Institute as a recognised College of University College Dublin. He served terms on the Higher Education Authority and the National Council for Educational Awards. Anthony is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds PhD and Masters degrees from the Bayes School of Business at City, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Banking and an Honorary Life Member of LIA.

  • Bill Hannan

    Bill Hannan is an actuary by profession. He was Chief Risk Officer at Permanent TSB from 2012 to 2014. He was Group Head of Risk and Compliance at Irish Life & Permanent from 2009 to 2012, where he was previously Group Head of Compliance, and, prior to that, Chief Operating Officer – Retail of Irish Life Assurance. He was until 1999 Deputy Managing Director and Actuary of Irish Progressive Life Assurance Company, where he had worked since 1974 and where his previous role was that of Finance Director and Actuary. He is Chairman of the QFA Board. He is a Past President of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland, of The Insurance Institute of Ireland, and of the Irish Institute of Pensions Management. He is an Honorary Life Member of LIA, a Fellow of the Institute of Banking and a Fellow of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland.

  • Professor Philip Bourke

    Philip Bourke is a Senior Academic Advisor in the Institute of Banking.

    Prior to this appointment he was Professor of Banking & Finance at University College Dublin and from 1998 until 2004 he served as Dean of UCD Business Schools, comprising the Smurfit Graduate School of Business and the Quinn Business School. During this time, the Business Schools achieved the Triple Crown of Accreditation - AACSB (US), EQUIS (Europe) and AMBA (MBA accreditation). The Smurfit School was also awarded membership of CEMS - the organisation of leading European Schools. Professor Bourke was Director of the Centre for the Study of Financial Markets from 1989 – 2002 and Director of Advanced Management Programmes (Executive Education Division) from 1991 – 2000. From 1984-1986, he was Senior Lecturer in the School of Banking and Finance in the University of New South Wales and Director of the Australian Centre for Banking and Finance. He has written and edited a large number of books and published a number of academic articles in journals such as the Journal of Banking & Finance. His research interests are primarily in the fields of financial institutions and bank regulation. He has also acted as consultant to government organisations and the European Union and lectures internationally in banking and finance.

    Professor Bourke holds a BComm, MBS (Finance) and PhD from University College Dublin and an MBA from Boston College.

  • Joanne Keane

    Joanne has worked with LIA for 20 years in various roles, culminating in her appointment as Chief Executive Officer in 2020. Joanne holds qualifications in Management, Public Relations and is a Master in NLP. In addition, Joanne holds LIA’s CUA, CUG and various APA designations.

  • Dr. Diarmuid Bradley

    Dr Diarmuid Bradley is Programme Director with the Institute of Banking which is a Recognised College of University College Dublin and provides programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Prior to joining the Institute of Banking Dr Bradley’s career was in the financial services industry. From 1978 to 1986 he was Investment Manager with Allied Irish Investment Bank. Subsequently he became Chief Executive of the Irish Futures & Options Foreign Exchange. From 1992 to 2001 he held a number of positions including Deputy Chief Executive with Permanent TSB Bank, one of Ireland’s leading retail banks. He is a former (2004-2005) President of the Irish Bankers Federation.

  • Willie Holmes

    Willie Holmes has worked in the Life Assurance industry for 44 years, and his active involvement with LIA dates back almost as far. Willie, who is a QFA and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland, joined Irish Life in 1973 as an actuarial student, and spent his career there working across areas such as sales, investments, marketing and administration – ultimately being appointed General Manager in 1990. Willie is a founding member of the Sales Institute of Ireland and has been a Director on a number of Boards, including Financial Planning Standards Board Ireland which oversees the awarding of the prestigious international designation, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.

    During his early career, Willie became a member of LIA and has always been passionate about LIA’s role in the Life Assurance industry. He has been a committed, enthusiastic and very active member of the Association – he was instrumental in the development of the QFA course and, in fact, it was Willie who originally conceived the “Qualified Financial Adviser” name. More recently, Willie has been actively involved in the development of the Retirement Planning Advisers (RPA) course. Willie served on LIA’s Board of Directors from 2009 to 2016, serving as President in 2015.

  • Mary O'Dea

    Mary O’Dea is Chief Executive of the Institute of Banking which is a Recognised College of University College Dublin and provides programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Mary joined the Institute in April 2018 from the Central Bank of Ireland where she was Director of Securities and Markets Supervision. She was previously Ireland’s representative at the World Bank and prior to that held the role of Alternate Executive Director representing Ireland with the International Monetary Fund.

    Mary held several director roles with the Central Bank of Ireland, including Director of Financial Operations, Consumer Director and acting Chief Executive of the Financial Regulator. Mary is a Non-Executive Director of Euronext Dublin (the Dublin Stock Exchange). She holds two Masters – one in Economics (UCD) and one in Investment and Treasury Management (DCU).

  • Michael Dempsey - Company Secretary


Council Committees

The Council of FPSB Ireland has established the following committees:

  • Education Committee


  • Examinations Committee


  • Ethics Committee


  • Disciplinary Committee


  • Operational and CPD Committee


Bye Laws

Under its Articles of Association, FPSB Ireland is empowered to make bye-laws to regulate its affairs and to lay down certain codes governing those to whom it may grant CFP certification.

The following are some of the Bye-Laws promulgated to date:

These Bye-laws may be downloaded (in PDF format) by clicking on the relevant links below.


  • Emer Kirk - Chief Executive

    Emer Kirk was appointed CEO in August 2021. Emer has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, including in-depth experience of financial planning. As well as being a CFP® professional, Emer is an Associate of the Irish Tax Institute (Chartered Tax Adviser) and has a degree in actuarial mathematics and accounting. Emer is a past Chair of LIA Dublin Region, a Founder and past Chair of the Connect Women in Pensions Network, and a past Chair of Young IBA.

  • Penny O'Hara - Executive Administrator

    As Executive Administrator, Penny is responsible for supporting community of CFP professionals and the Chief Executive.

  • Alice Blunden - Executive Administrator

    As Executive Administrator, Alice is responsible for supporting community of CFP professionals and the Chief Executive. (maternity leave)

  • Lisa Dunbar - Executive Administrator

    As Executive Administrator, Lisa is responsible for supporting community of CFP professionals and the Chief Executive.