Management team for the Health Insurance Authority

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Mr. Don Gallagher

Chief Executive / Registrar

Mr. Gallagher holds an M.Sc. in management from Trinity College, Dublin and is an experienced international Chief Executive.  Most recently he was CEO and Executive Director of the European subsidiary of a leading global life insurer.  Previously he had been Senior Vice President and Managing Director with a major Canadian life insurer both in Ireland and Canada.  Mr. Gallagher is also a Member of the Financial Services Ombudsman Council.

Ms. Maeve Kearns

Head of Corporate Affairs

Ms Kearns holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from NUIG and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.  Prior to joining the Authority, Ms Kearns held roles in Internal Audit and Finance within other public bodies as well as management roles within the financial services industry.

Mr. Brendan Lynch

Head of Research/Technical Services

Mr. Lynch is an economist and also a qualified solicitor. He has a Masters degree in Economics and a Diploma in European Law. He has worked as an economic consultant, stockbroker economist and as an economic adviser to the Minister for Finance.

Ms. Corrinna Nolan

Head of Finance

Ms. Nolan holds a BA in Accounting and Human Resources and is a member of both Chartered Accountants Ireland and the Insurance Institute of Ireland. Prior to joining the Authority Ms. Nolan worked within the Insurance Supervision Division of the Central Bank of Ireland, and held previous roles in financial services audit.

Mr. Micheal O'Briain

Head of Regulatory Affairs

Mr. O’Briain is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. He has over 30 year's management experience in the life assurance industry. He was Executive Director and Appointed Actuary of a large Irish life assurance company prior to joining the Authority. He is an independent non executive director of the following life insurance / reinsurance companies: Old Mutual Reassurance (Ireland) Ltd, Skandia Life Ireland Ltd, Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance (Ireland) Ltd and Coca Cola Reinsurance Services Ltd.