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Ian Drennan

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Drennan

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Drennan is Chief Executive Officer and the sole appointed member of the Corporate Enforcement Authority. He has extensive experience in the areas of investigation, regulation and civil and criminal enforcement and of leading entities having a public interest mandate, having previously held the positions of Director of Corporate Enforcement and Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Auditing & Accounting Supervisory Authority. He is a member of the Advisory Council on Economic Crime & Corruption, the Anti-money Laundering Steering Committee and the Company Law Review Group. He is also a member of the Medical Council, the statutory regulator of medical doctors in Ireland, where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Fitness to Practice Committee.

An accountant by profession, he also holds qualifications from University College Dublin, the UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School and the King’s Inns.

Please note that Ian Drennan is a Designated Public Official under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015. You may, therefore, need to assess whether any particular communication with him requires to be registered in accordance with that Act. If you are unsure in that regard, further information is available at www.lobbying.ie

 

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Suzanne Gunn

Director of Criminal Enforcement

Suzanne Gunn

Director of Criminal Enforcement

Suzanne Gunn is Director of Criminal Enforcement. She is Chair of the Economic Crime & Corruption Forum and a member of the Advisory Council on Economic Crime & Corruption. 

Suzanne was previously an Enforcement Lawyer with the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE), advising on all areas of the ODCE’s criminal and civil enforcement remits, and Advisory Counsel to the Houses of the Oireachtas, where she advised Members of the Oireachtas, Oireachtas Office holders, Oireachtas Committees and the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission on a broad range of parliamentary, constitutional and corporate legal issues. 

Suzanne is a qualified barrister and practised law at the Bar for over nine years, specialising in criminal, administrative and constitutional law. 

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David Hegarty

Director of Legal & Policy

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David Hegarty

Director of Legal & Policy

David Hegarty is Director of Legal & Policy. A barrister, he was formerly an Enforcement Portfolio Manager with the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE). He qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and transferred to the Bar in 2006, practising primarily in the area of criminal defence and advocacy. Prior to joining the ODCE, he was Advisory Counsel in the Office of the Parliamentary Legal Adviser advising the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission and Service and Parliamentary Committees on constitutional, parliamentary and administrative law matters. He has also worked as a legal officer in the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) and at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, working in Judges’ Chambers with international judges trying economic crime, corruption, abuse of public office, war crimes and conspiracy to commit terrorism cases.

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David McGill

Director of Digital Investigations & Analytics

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David McGill

Director of Digital Investigations & Analytics

David Mc Gill is Director of Digital Investigations & Analytics. He has worked in law enforcement for the past 14 years, most recently as the Head of Digital Forensics with the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE).

He has considerable experience in the fields of fraud investigation, financial analysis, digital forensics, eDiscovery, OSINT and data analytics and has achieved various certifications in these areas. David was originally conferred with a B.Eng. in Electronic Systems by Dublin City University before later going on to be awarded a M.Sc. in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation by University College Dublin. He has also recently completed a B.Sc. in Police Leadership and Governance at the UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School.  

Sharon Sterritt

Director of Governance & Support Operations

Sharon Sterritt

Director of Governance & Support Operations

Sharon Sterritt is Director of Governance & Support Operations. Sharon has previously held positions as Enforcement Portfolio Manager with the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) and with an international accountancy firm, where she specialised in the area of forensic accounting and investigations. During her time in practice, she was seconded to the role of Global Service Line Manager of Forensic & Investigation Services.

In addition to being a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, Sharon holds Post Graduate Diplomas in Forensic Accounting (Chartered Accountants Ireland), Risk Management, Internal Audit & Compliance (Chartered Accountants Ireland) and Regulatory, Corporate & White Collar Crime (King’s Inns).

Michael Dillon

Director of Legal

Michael Dillon

Director of Legal

Michael Dillon is Director of Legal. He read law at UCD where he also completed his Doctorate in Criminal law. As a barrister in Ireland, Michael has practised widely in criminal law, commercial law, administrative law, judicial review and constitutional law. He served as the sole Deputy Attorney General to the UK Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands and as the de facto Deputy Secretary General for the Ministerial portfolio of its Lands Division for over four years. Michael has also served as an MP (ex offico) in the Turks and Caicos House of Assembly as Legal Advisor to the Legislature when Acting Attorney General and in that capacity was responsible for the passage of legislation through all readings of the House and on one occasion, the national budget. 

He has represented the US Government in extradition cases involving Ponzi scheme fraudsters, human trafficking and smuggling cases. More recently, Michael led a construction and litigation team in a leading Dubai law firm in its common law jurisdictions. 

Michael is the author of the leading criminal law textbook on the Law of Intoxication.

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Cathy Shivnan

Director of Insolvency Supervision

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Cathy Shivnan

Director of Insolvency Supervision

Cathy Shivnan is Director of Insolvency Supervision. Cathy qualified as a solicitor in 2011 and holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from University College Dublin. She also holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring from the Law Society of Ireland. Prior to joining the CEA, Cathy worked with the Courts Service and in various roles in the Office of the Revenue Commissioners, including as a solicitor in the Commercial & Litigation team of the Revenue Solicitor's Division and as Head of Revenue's Dublin Insolvency Unit, where she managed all aspects of Revenue's involvement in liquidations, receiverships and examinerships. 

Mary Daly

Director of Finance & ICT

Mary Daly

Director of Finance & ICT

Mary Daly is Director of Finance & ICT. Mary joined the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) as a Forensic Accountant, having previously practised in a private capacity. Over the course of her career, Mary has held a variety of senior financial roles within publicly listed multinational organisations, both in Ireland and the UK. Her responsibilities extended to statutory, management & regulatory reporting, financial systems implementation and enhancement and the development and management of a number of global internal control projects.

A Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Mary holds Postgraduate Diplomas in Forensic Accounting (Chartered Accountants Ireland) and Regulatory, Corporate & White Collar Crime (King’s Inns).

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Director of Civil Enforcement

Vacant

Director of Civil Enforcement

Established in July 2022 under the Companies (Corporate Enforcement Authority) Act 2021, the CEA’s statutory mandate derives principally from the Companies Act 2014. The CEA is also conferred with statutory functions in respect of certain investment vehicles under the Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicles Act 2015. In addition, the CEA is the competent authority for the purpose of imposing sanctions on company directors under the Companies (Statutory Audits) Act 2018.

The CEA’s functions under the Companies Act 2014 include :

    • promoting compliance with company law;

    • investigating instances of suspected breaches of company law;

    • taking appropriate enforcement action in response to identified breaches of company law;

    • supervising the activities of liquidators of insolvent companies; and

    • operating a regime of restriction and disqualification undertakings in respect of directors of insolvent companies.

Governance
In accordance with the Companies Act 2014 (as amended by the Companies (Corporate Enforcement Authority) Act 2021), the CEA is governed by the members of the Authority (of which there shall be no more than three). Where two or more members have been appointed to the Authority, the Minister shall appoint one of them to act as Chairperson. Where only one member has been appointed (as is currently the case), references in the Act to Chairperson are references to that sole appointed member. For administrative and management purposes, the sole appointed Member of the Authority is also the Chief Executive Officer.

Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies ("the Code")
As a State Agency, the CEA is subject to the Code.

Statutory independence
In accordance with the provisions of section 944D(4) of the Companies Act 2014, the CEA is independent in the performance of its functions.

Statutory accountability mechanisms
In accordance with its statutory accountability obligations, the CEA is required to:

    • prepare, and submit to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment every three years, a Statement of Strategy. The Minister is, in turn, required to lay each Statement of Strategy before the Houses of the Oireachtas;

    • prepare annual financial statements and submit same to the Comptroller & Auditor General ("C&AG") for audit. The Minister is, following completion of the audit, required to lay the audited financial statements, together with the C&AG’s audit opinion thereon, before the Houses of the Oireachtas;

    • prepare an Annual Report in respect of each financial year and to submit same to the Minister. The Minister is, in turn, required to lay each Annual Report before the Oireachtas;

    • publish each Annual Report on its website, once the Report has been laid before the Oireachtas by the Minister.

In addition to the foregoing:

    • the CEA is required, if requested by the Minister, to permit any person appointed by the Minister to examine the Authority’s books and records;

    • the Chairperson shall, whenever required to do so by the Dáil's Committee of Public Accounts, give evidence to that Committee on matters coming within the Committee’s terms of reference;

    • the Chairperson is, when requested, required to attend before other Committees of the Houses of the Oireachtas on matters relating to the general administration of the CEA.

As a public body engaging in law enforcement activities, the CEA is also accountable to the Courts.