Compliance Institute Council

 

References to Council mean the Council of Directors and references to members of Council replaces previous references to Board of Directors. For clarity, members of the Compliance Institute's Council are the directors of Compliance Institute.

President

Diarmuid Whyte

Diarmuid Whyte qualified as a Chartered Accountant working in KPMG in 2010. He has been a member of the Compliance Institute since 2013 and joined the Compliance Institute's Council in January 2017 and has been president of the institute since January 2022.

He is Director EMEA Client Asset Oversight in Citi Bank. Previously he was Head of Compliance and Client Asset Oversight in Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland Limited. Prior to this Diarmuid was the Chief Risk Officer and Head of Compliance for Willis Towers Watson in Ireland. This position included direct responsibility for a MiFID regulated investment firm, three trustee businesses, three businesses operating as investment and insurance mediation firms for the provision of individual life, pension, investment advisory services and two non-life intermediaries providing a broad range of insurance services.

Diarmuid also worked for the Central Bank of Ireland, where he was a member of MiFID and Client Asset Inspection units from 2010 to 2013. Diarmuid is a Licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (LCOI).

Séamus Canning

Séamus Canning has worked in the Financial Services for the past 35 years in various roles in the area of insurance claims. He previously worked for an insurer, several loss adjusting companies in Ireland and the UK and latterly as a consultant acting on behalf of the consumer providing assistance with their insurance claims. He is also currently Chair of the Oversight Committee of St. Joseph’s Aviation Credit Union in Dublin Airport.

Séamus is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters. He is an Accredited Mediator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has an International MBA from DCU and recently obtained a MSc. in Compliance offered by IOB, a recognised college of UCD. He is a Fellow of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (FCOI) and is a Certified Data Protection Officer (DPO) and Certified Financial Crime Prevention Practitioner (CFCPP). Séamus joined Compliance Institute's Council in January 2017.

Kathy Jacobs

Kathy Jacobs is an experienced compliance and risk professional, working in these fields over 20 years, mainly in retail banking and also in payments fintech and insurance broking.  She originally qualified as a chartered accountant in London before returning to Ireland in 2000 to commence a career in regulatory compliance.  She has deep subject matter expertise in Anti-money laundering, terrorist financing and sanctions, data protection, and customer protection.  Kathy established and was Chair of Compliance Institute's Data Protection Working Group and chaired its Financial Crime Compliance Working Group.  She has been a member of Council of Compliance Institute for 9 years and also was president from 2019 to 2021. 

Mick Stewart

Mick Stewart is Head of Regulatory Risk and Data Protection in Permanent TSB, having joined in 2017. From 2011 to 2016 he was Deputy Head of Consumer Protection in the Central Bank of Ireland covering all financial services sectors at various stages during his tenure. He represented the Central Bank both domestically, on Government committees, and internationally on ESA committees.

From 2014 Mick served a three year term as a director of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board and a member of its Audit Committee. Prior to that, he worked in Bank of Ireland for 24 years holding a variety of positions in Finance, Investor Relations, Regulatory Compliance and Operational Risk.

Mick is a Fellow of the Institute of Accounting Technicians in Ireland, Licentiate of the Institute of Bankers, a Licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland and a Certified Data Protection Officer. He was elected to the Council in January 2020.

Claudette Whyte

Claudette Whyte has been a Compliance Institute Member since 2015 and is a Fellow of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (FCOI), Certified Data Protection Officer and Certified Financial Crime Prevention Practitioner (CFCPP), having completed the MSc. in Compliance offered by IOB, a recognised college of UCD. Claudette works as a Senior Compliance Officer at JP Morgan. Prior to this, she worked in various positions in Compliance, Legal and Forensic Investigation.

Robert Farrell

Robert is a lecturer, trainer and speaker specialising in Digital Transformation and Digital Marketing. Robert has delivered training to audiences including Google, HubSpot, Citibank, DocuSign, Amplexor and many more. Prior to entering training, he has worked with the certified public accountants Ireland (CPA), the Musgrave group, Irish Life and Bear Stearns. Robert holds a postgraduate diploma in digital transformation, a masters in strategic management and several digital marketing certifications.