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NSAI Board Members

Julie O'Neill, NSAI Chairman

NSAI Board Member Julie O'Neill, ChairmanAppointed to the Board in 2013, Julie is the Executive Vice President Global Operations for Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Prior to that she served as the Vice President for Operations for Gilead the US biopharmaceutical company from 1997 to 2013.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a BSc in pharmacy Julie has also attained an MBA from University College Dublin and is a Chartered Director.  She is a member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland.

Julie is the former President of the Irish Business Employers’ Confederation (IBEC) and is also the former Chairperson of PharmaChemical Ireland - the Pharmaceutical and Chemical Manufacturer's industry organization in Ireland. 

 Valerie Bowens, Chief Executive

Appointed to the Board in May 2014, Valerie holds honours degrees from UCD, where sNSAI Board Member Valerie Bowenshe graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters of Business Studies, as well as a Diploma in Financial Services Law in 1999. She is also a member of the Board of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland, a position which she has held since January 2013, in addition to which, she is Chairman of its Publications Committee.  

Until end-August 2014, Valerie was Managing Director and the Country Head of Compliance for BNY Mellon in Ireland, a global investments company, with c.1,850 staff in Ireland within investment servicing, custody and banking entities. Valerie has a range of prior senior management experience from the financial regulatory and services sector.


Roger Blackburn

Roger BlackburnRoger was appointed to the Board in 2016 and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and serves on one of its regulatory committees.  He also holds the post of 'external reviewer' with the Revenue Commissioners, adjudicating on complaints made by taxpayers.  He studied economics and business at the University of Wales, graduating in 1975, before training as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (which is now PricewaterhouseCoopers), qualifying in 1978 and going on to specialise in computer audit and consultancy. 

Roger later moved on to work for Kellogg Company, a US multi-national, in various finance, tax and treasury roles and was a director of various Kellogg European entities when he took early retirement in 2010.

Kieran Ryan

Kieran RyanKieran was first appointed to the Board in 2009 and re-appointed in 2013 and 2016. Kieran has recently been appointed as Managing Director of Surgical Affairs with RCSI and prior to this he was Chief Executive Officer at the Irish College of General Practitioners since 2011.  

Kieran previously worked as Associate Director and Surgical Research and Development Manager, with the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland (RCSI) and has many years experience in clinical drug trials research having worked for ICON Clinical Research, Covance CAPs Ltd and as Clinical Trials Manager with GlaxoSmithKline Ireland.  As Healthcare Practice Leader for Aon Insurance Brokers, Kieran consulted with healthcare organisations including acute hospitals, health boards, the Clinical Indemnity Scheme and long term care facilities in the development of clinical risk management and quality assurance programmes. Prior to returning to Clinical Research at RCSI, Kieran was Director of Clinical Services at Ireland’s newest private hospitals, Hermitage Medical Clinic.

Kieran holds a M.Sc in Healthcare Ethics and Law, a M.Sc. in Healthcare Leadership and Management Development from RCSI and a B.Sc. in applied sciences (Chemistry & Mathematics) from the Dublin Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin.  He undertook post-graduate research work with Novartis Pharma AG and the Institute for Organic Chemistry, University of Basel in Switzerland.  He also holds a Higher Diploma in Quality in Healthcare from RCSI.

Aideen Goggin

Aideen Goggin NSAI Board MemberFirst appointed to the board of NSAI in February 2013, Aideen is Deputy Head of Enforcement with the Central Bank of Ireland.

Aideen previously trained and worked as a solicitor with the commercial law firm Arthur Cox specialising in litigation and also held previous roles in business process outsourcing and policy advisory.  Aideen is also a board member and former chairperson of the Irish charity The Friends of St Lukes.

Aideen is admitted as a solicitor both in Ireland, England and Wales and has a BA from University College Cork.  Aideen also holds postgraduate diplomas in legal studies, finance law, white collar and regulatory crime, corporate law and governance and is currently completing her training as a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors.

Kevin Earley

Kevin EarlyAppointed to the Board in Ocgtober 2015 Kevin is a Certification Officer in NSAI Business Excellence with competencies in the Construction products directive and management systems for quality, environment and health & safety.


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Nina Brennan

Appointed to the Board in 2016, Nina Brennan is the Principal Officer in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) with responsibility for the National Standards Authority of Ireland.  This includes working on governance and oversight; strategy and policy; as well as support and Agency performance. In addition, Nina also has responsibility for the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Policy Unit within the Indigenous Enterprise Development Division.  This includes monitoring and driving the implementation of the National Policy Statement, and facilitating structured dialogue between the Minister and the small business sector through the Advisory Group on Small Business.  At EU level she leads on the SME Envoy, the Small Business Act and co-ordinating her Department's work on the Digital Single Market Strategy. 

Nina has worked across a range of Government Policies including: Access to Finance for SMEs, Green Economy, Active Labour Market, and Consumer. She has worked in various Corporate Services functions in DJEI (Finance, HR and Management Support).  She acted as the Managing Authority for the Equal Community Initiative under the European Structural Funds Programme. She has also worked in the Department of Finance and the Courts Service. 

Nina holds a Bachelor of Civil Law Degree, a postgraduate diploma in Business Studies, a Masters in Economic Science (Policy Analysis) and is a qualified Barrister. 

Aidan O'Boyle

NSAI Board Member Aidan O'BoyleAppointed to the Board in 2014, Aidan is the past Joint Managing Director for Aalto Bio Reagents Ltd a company which supplies a broad range of purified human proteins to meet the growing biological raw material needs of the in-vitro diagnostics industry. He is a graduate of UCD with a BSc. Hons Biochemistry and PhD Clinical Biochemistry. Aidan has a range of experience from industry development and representative bodies to the private sector. In addition, he is a former Chairman of the Small Firms Association (SFA) and is currently a council member of SFA and IBEC.


Deirdre Smith

Deirdre Smith NSAI Board MemberAppointed to the Board in 2014, Deirdre is a tech entrepreneur and Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors.  She sits on the Governance Board of the Welcome Trust-HRB Clinical Research Facility at St. James's Hospital in Dublin, is a non-executive director of Raynaud's & Scleroderma Ireland, a registered charity, and is on several Advisory Boards.  She acts as a consultant, mentor and advisor to start-up companies and SMEs both through Enterprise Ireland and Green Point Consultancy.

Deirdre also supports Going for Growth, an initiative to help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses, as a Lead Entrepreneur, and is active with the DCU Ryan Academy start-up accelerator, Propeller. With a strong engineering, operations and commercial background, Deirdre was the CEO of Zandar Technologies plc from 1999, which developed award winning MultiViewer solutions for the broadcast video monitoring sector worldwide.  She led Zandar through their acquisition in 2007 by Harris Corporation; a $5bn US headquartered listed company.  Deirdre held various management positions with Harris, an international ICT company, until 2010.


Kieran Cox

NSAI Board Member Kieran CoxAppointed to the Board in 2012, Kieran is NSAI’s Education and Promotion officer with responsibility for promoting Standards and Standardisation in 3rd level institutions and organisations in the manufacturing, service and retail sectors in Ireland. Prior to that Kieran was involved in Management Systems auditing both public and private sector organisations and included electronic, electrical and mechanical manufacturing, printing, packaging, petroleum and service industries. He has also held the role of Training Coordinator within the NSAI. Before joining NSAI, Kieran worked for TEAM Aer Lingus, Top Tech Ireland and Novum/Pressomatic in design and Research & Development capacities.


Terry Landers

NSAI Board Member Terry LandersFirst appointed to the Board in 2012, Terry is Microsoft Chief Standards officer for Europe Middle East and Africa, working across a wide range of future and emerging technologies in the Information and Communications area, including Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Smart Grids and Health Informatics. He is Chairman of NSAI’s ICT standards Consultative committee and is also a Board member of Enable Ireland, and several Microsoft companies. He previously served as Microsoft Director Legal and Corporate Affairs for Northern and Central Europe. During the early part of his career he also worked in Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) as Senior Software engineer. In the mid-1990’s, he worked with Forfás on science and technology policy where he was secretary to Ireland’s Information Society and Technology Foresight initiatives, and worked extensively on EU Technology agenda, including EU Framework programmes. He joined Ericsson Ireland in 1998, where he served as Chief Technical Officer. Terry holds a B.Sc. University College Dublin and an MBA from National University of Ireland, Galway; he also holds post-graduate qualifications in Telecommunications engineering from the Open University, and in Quality Management from the University of Limerick.


Patrick Bracken, Secretary to the Board 

NSAI Board Member Patrick Bracken, Secretary to the BoardAppointed as Secretary to the Board in 1997, Pat is also NSAI’s Director of Corporate Services with responsibility for a wide range of support services. Pat is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators (FCIS); Chartered Institute of Management Accountant (FCMA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).


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