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NSAI Board Members

James Kennedy, NSAI Chairman

Mr Kennedy has extensive experience at senior management level, having enjoyed a distinguished career in the facilities management, multinational healthcare and agri-services industries in Ireland. He currently serves as a  Director of Pentathlon Ireland.

In previous roles, Mr Kennedy served as interim CEO of Horse Sport Ireland, Vice President of European Operations with Bausch & Lomb Inc and Chief Executive of Thomas McDonogh & Sons Ltd. He has also served as President of the Chambers of Commerce of Waterford; the South-East region and Ireland. A science graduate of University College Cork, he is a native of Co Limerick.

Geraldine Larkin, NSAI Chief Executive

Geraldine Larkin has been at the helm of the National Standards Authority of Ireland(NSAI) since March 2017, where she leads the organisation in serving both business and citizen alike across a range of products and services.  She has a history of building and sustaining successful organisations in the public sector and is a firm supporter of continuous improvement. She has a keen interest in using standards and regulation to support the growth of Irish industry. She is an effective influencer, decision maker, change agent and team builder. Previous to her role at NSAI,  Geraldine was the first regulator of the private security industry where she drew heavily on Irish and European standards including the areas of security guarding, electronic security and cash conveyancing in order to regulate the developing industry.  Subsequently, she oversaw the development of further mandatory standards for specialist aspects of private security services. She has also served as CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board, a commercial state organisation charged with regulating and developing the industry in Ireland. She was also CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board, a commercial semi-state organisation charged with regulating and developing the industry in Ireland. 

Prior to her experiences in the role of Chief Executive, Geraldine held a diverse portfolio of policy responsibilities including in the areas of policing, crime, anti-drug trafficking, criminal law, human rights and European law. Geraldine holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA – Technology) from the Open University.

Valerie Bowens

Valerie has been a Director of NSAI since May 2014, and, to facilitate the early departure of the former CEO of NSAI, held the position of CEO on an interim basis from December 2016 to February 2017.  She is also a member of its Governance Committee, and, in January 2017 was appointed to the Board of NSAI Inc, its US subsidiary.  She also holds non-executive Director roles with the Investor Compensation Company Limited, as well as the Financial Services Ombudsman.

Prior to these roles, at executive level, Valerie has extensive compliance and regulatory experience over more than 20 years, to include Managing Director and Country Head of Compliance - BNY Mellon, Senior Regulator - Central Bank, Senior Manager – AIB Capital Markets, and most recently Director of Regulatory Compliance at Dillon Eustace Solicitors.  She holds honours degrees - Bachelor of Commerce, and Master of Business Studies, as well as a Diploma in Financial Services Law, all from UCD.

Barry Smith

Barry Smith joined NSAI in 1993. Since 2004 he has worked in the Standards Division, his current role is primarily in the field of ICT standardization where he operates the secretariat to the national mirror committee to ISO/IEC JTC 1 “ICT Standardization”. In the past Barry has had leading roles in construction industry and energy management standardization where he led standards development projects required for the national implementation of the European standards for structural design (Eurocodes) and for Irish standards on energy management systems and energy efficient design management.

Prior to 2004, Barry worked for NSAI Certification where he was an ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems lead assessor and an ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems assessor.

Aideen Goggin

First 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.

Maria Mc Keown

Maria McKeown joined NSAI in 1993. Maria is the lead auditor within NSAI’s Business Excellence division, engaging with organisations to achieve certification to management systems.

Maria’s current role includes performing, registration and surveillance audits to management systems, such as ISO 9001 for Quality Management and ISO 14001 for Environmental Management and ISO45001 for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. Maria has responsibility for managing technical competence to ensure compliance with ISO17021 Accreditation. In her role Maria is the technical expert on Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems representing NSAI at Technical Meetings.

Maria holds a BSc. Electrical Engineering, BSc in Occupational Health and Safety from University College Dublin and Post Grade Diploma in Compliance Management.

Marie O'Connell

Marie has extensive experience of leading and developing quality assurance teams in the health products sector. She has served in a number of roles in the Blood Transfusion Service Board, most recently as Director of Quality where she had responsibility for ensuring statutory and regulatory compliance across the organisation. Prior to this, Marie worked in a range of quality assurance roles in both the private and public sector, including NSAI Medical Devices.

Piers Devereux

Piers is currently European Vice President of Operations for Beckman Coulter Inc. He has worked for many years at senior management level within the medical device sector and has extensive experience in a wide range of areas including R&D, operations and commercial activities. Previous roles include Managing Director of Beckman Coulter Ireland and CEO of Olympus Life Science Research Ireland.

Conor Verdon

Conor Verdon is a Principal Officer in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI). Conor has extensive experience of policy, governance, legislation, and engagement with EU and international institutions during his career in DBEI. Conor currently has responsibility for SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in the Department. He represents Ireland on the EU network of SME Envoys, and is leading on the engagement with the OECD on its Review of Irish SME and Entrepreneurship Policy. Conor was previously Head of EU Affairs and Single Market in DBEI, where he advised Ministers in the context of the EU Council of Ministers, represented Ireland on the EU High Level Group on Competitiveness and Growth, and played a leading role in advancing Ireland’s engagement on Single Market issues with other EU Member States. Conor has also previously worked in Company Law, where he led the Department’s team on the Bill that was enacted as the Companies Act 2014, and represented the Department on the Company Law Review Group. Conor holds a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) and Master of Laws (LLM) from University College Dublin, and a Barrister-at-Law (BL) degree from the King’s Inns.

Patrick Bracken, Secretary to the Board 

Appointed 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).