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.


Séamus Canning

Séamus Canning has worked in the Financial Services for the past 35 years in various roles in the area of insurance claims. Séamus 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. Séamus 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. Séamus is an Accredited Mediator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Séamus has an International MBA from DCU and recently obtained a MSc. in Compliance offered by IOB, a recognised college of UCD. Séamus is a Fellow of Compliance Institute (FCI) and is a Certified Data Protection Officer (CDPO) and Certified Financial Crime Professional (CFCP). Séamus joined Compliance Institute's Council in January 2017.

Vice President

Áine Hickey 

Áine Hickey is Director, Compliance Advisory, with BNY Mellon, the world's largest custodian bank and securities services company. BNY Mellon deliver a broad range of services to traditional and alternative asset managers, banks, pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds.

Formerly, Áine was Head of Risk & Compliance for Crestbridge Ireland (PCF12, PCF 14 and PCF52), leading and promoting the compliance strategy and risk management framework to support Crestbridge Group. Áine was previously Head of Compliance (PCF15) and Chief Risk Officer (PCF14) for the fund administration business of Intertrust, subsequent to performing strategic operations, relationship management and directorship roles with the company across funds, corporate and capital markets. Áine has over 15 years’ experience in financial services. She worked within governance, board and company secretarial compliance with Northern Trust. Working as regulatory advisor with PwC, Áine gained extensive experience of prudential and conduct of business regulation, risk and compliance frameworks, processes and controls, and governance structures, across asset management, insurance and banking to deliver a comprehensive range of professional services including compliance management, governance, responding to regulatory change, risk management, outsourced assurance and internal audit, training and remediation.

Áine is a Fellow of both the Compliance Institute (including CDPO and CFCP) and the Governance Institute. She holds an MSc in Compliance (CI/IOB/UCD (placed 1st)) and a Bachelor of Law and European Studies from the University of Limerick. She has a Diploma in Investment Fund Services from the IOB, a Professional Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance from the Law Society of Ireland and a Diploma in Investing from the Irish Institute of Financial Trading. Áine also completed the PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification in Project Management.

Diarmuid Whyte

Diarmuid Whyte qualified as a Chartered Accountant working in KPMG in 2010. Diarmuid 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.

Diarmuid is Director EMEA Client Asset Oversight in Citi Bank. Previously, Diarmuid 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 Compliance Institute (LCI).

Claudette Whyte

Claudette Whyte has been a Compliance Institute Member since 2015 and is a Fellow of the Compliance (FCI), Certified Data Protection Officer (CDPO) and Certified Financial Crime Professional (CFCP), having completed the MSc in Compliance provided by IOB and awarded by 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.

Mary Colhoun

Mary Colhoun is a Senior lawyer with 20+ years experience (both in-house and top tier practice) driving data protection and privacy compliance across global enterprises. Mary has extensive experience in regulatory engagement, corporate governance and risk management. Mary is a Director in the Office of the Data Protection Officer at Meta Platforms Ireland Limited (formerly Facebook Ireland Limited). Mary's previous roles include Group Executive sponsor for Privacy & Data Protection and Global Data Protection Officer at ICON Plc,  a global top 3 clinical research organisation, and Director of Data Protection at Eir, (formerly Eircom) the former state telecommunications company in Ireland. 

Mary's previous industry roles include Committee Member of the Association of Clinical Research Organisations’ (ACRO) sub-group on Privacy from 2018-2020; Chair of the Telecommunications and Internet Federation (TIF) Working Group on Data Protection 2016-2018; Member of TIF’s Working Group on Cyber Security 2017-2018; Member of the Irish Business & Employers Confederation’s (IBEC) Digital Strategy Group 2016-2018; Vice-chair of the Privacy Task Force for ETIS (European Community for Telecommunications Providers) 2016-2018; Member of the Compliance Institute’s Working Group on Data Protection & Information Security since 2015. Admitted to the Rolls of Solicitors in both Ireland and England & Wales.

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.

Robert Farrell

Robert Farrell 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.