Management team for the Health Insurance Authority

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Laura Brien

Chief Executive / Registrar

Laura Brien has over 25 years experience in the area of regulation across a number of industries. Laura was previously a Director at the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU), where she held various roles involving economic regulation, including Water, Compliance and Energy Markets.   She was a member of the Bureau of the OECD Network of Economic Regulators. Prior to joining the CRU, she was senior economic advisor to ComReg, the Irish telecommunications regulator, from 2012 to 2014.

Earlier in her career she worked advising utilities, governments and regulators in the energy sector in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. 

She holds a Commerce degree and a Diploma in Corporate Governance from University College Dublin, Ireland and an M.Phil in Economics from Oxford University, UK.

Maeve Kearns

Head of Corporate Affairs

Maeve 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.

Brendan Lynch

Head of Research/Technical Services

Brendan 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.

Corrinna Nolan

Head of Finance

Corrinna 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.

Joanne George

Head of Regulatory Affairs

Joanne holds a Bachelor of Actuarial and Financial Studies and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. Prior to joining the Authority, Joanne worked for a multinational risk management, insurance brokerage and advisory company.