Management team

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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.

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Síle Hanley

Head of Regulation and Compliance

Síle Hanley is a senior actuary with experience across insurance regulation.  Síle was previously at the Central Bank of Ireland where she held roles in both life and non-life insurance, most recently leading the actuarial support for the supervision of health insurers and insurers in other market segments.  Prior to joining the Central Bank, she worked in life insurance outsourcing.  She holds a degree in Mathematical Sciences from University College Cork and a HDip in Actuarial Science from University College Dublin.

Christina Pendergrast

Christina Prendergast

Head of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

Christina Prendergast has worked in communications in a number of roles across the public and private sector, including most recently as Head of Communications in the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

She holds diplomas in digital marketing, sales and marketing and event management, a LLB, and completed her MBA in 2018.