Senior Leadership Team
Kevin Prendergast - Chief Executive
Kevin joined IAASA in November 2016 from his role as Head of Enforcement with the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement, having been employed there since 2005. Prior to that he worked in the Large Cases Division of the Revenue Commissioners and also has several years experience in the private sector including a number of years working in an audit firm. Kevin is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland. As well as a holding a Bachelors Degree and a Masters in Accounting from University College Dublin, he also holds an MSc in Executive Leadership from the University of Ulster.
Lisa Campbell - Head of Operations
Lisa is responsible for the examination of the level of compliance of certain entities’ annual and half-yearly financial reporting with applicable financial reporting standards, the quality assurance of public interest entity auditors and audit firms, and for the supervision of the regulatory activities of the eight prescribed accountancy bodies in Ireland. Lisa is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and joined IAASA in 2015. Prior to this, Lisa spent 12 years with PwC providing audit services. Lisa also acted as examiner and moderator for Chartered Accountants Ireland for several years, in the Auditing Cap 2 exam, the Auditing FAE Elective and FAE Core examination.
Eileen Townsend - Head of Organisational Development
Eileen is Head of Organisational Development with responsibility for Audit Standards and Policy. Eileen previously held the position of Head of Regulatory & Monitoring Supervision in IAASA with responsibility for the supervision of the regulatory activities of the eight prescribed accountancy bodies in Ireland. On behalf of IAASA she has participated at various EU groups and has also attended as observer at the FRC’s Audit and Assurance Council. Prior to joining IAASA, Eileen lectured in accounting and auditing in Dublin City University and was chairperson of the Accounting and Finance Programme Board. She commenced her career in PwC, Dublin where she was an assistant audit manager. Eileen is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and holds a primary degree in Accounting and Finance (DCU), a Masters degree in Accounting (DCU), a Diploma in IFRS (CAI) and a Diploma in Regulatory Management (IMI).
Fergal Ó Briain - Secretary and Head of Corporate Services
Fergal is a Fellow of CPA Ireland and has been employed in the public service since 1987. Throughout his career he has worked in various Government Departments, the Local Government Management Agency, and a State funded private entity. Fergal is an associate of the Irish Tax Institute and the Governance Institute, and holds a Masters degree in Management & Corporate Governance together with other qualifications in management and in ICT. He has been Head of Finance & Administration with IAASA since its establishment, and was appointed as Secretary to the Board in 2015.