About Finance Ireland

Background & History

Finance Ireland Ltd is a privately owned financial services Group. We have businesses that specialise in Motor Finance, Asset Finance & Leasing, Commercial Mortgages and Agri Finance. We were established in 2002 and have two large strategic shareholders, global investment management firm PIMCO and the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF).

What makes us different?

We look at things a little differently here. We’re fast, flexible and red tape free. You’ll talk to an expert who knows what makes your business tick.

  • We’re an SME so we understand SMEs – whether dealers, vendors, farmers or other professionals

  • All our credit decisions are made locally by ourselves

  • We have experts who will understand what makes your business tick

  • We’re not a bank!

  • We’re more efficient, with no red tape, so we’re fast and flexible.

  • We deliver on our service promise – no hot air

Our Management Team

Billy Kane

Billy Kane

Chief Executive

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Jim Hickey

Jim Hickey

Chief Operating Officer

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Laurence Flavin

Laurence Flavin

Chief Financial Officer

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Frank Donnellan

Frank Donnellan

Managing Director First Auto Finance Ireland Ltd & Finance Ireland Leasing

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Ken Murnaghan

Ken Murnaghan

Managing Director Commercial Mortgages

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Donal Doran

Donal Doran

Director Corporate Development

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Conor Nestor

Conor Nestor

Director of Operations

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Michael Sheehy

Michael Sheehy

Director First Auto Finance Ireland Ltd

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Maud Conroy Kane

General Manager Finance Ireland Leasing

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Martin Huggard

Group Head of Credit & Compliance

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Laura Forde

Group Financial Controller

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Peter Cronin

Peter Cronin

Group Legal & Compliance

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Pat McGinty

Group HR Manager

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Conor Boyle

General Manager, MilkFlex

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Billy Kane

Billy Kane

Chief Executive

  • Founded the business in 2002
  • Formerly CEO Irish Permanent and Director Irish Life & Permanent plc
  • Founded Irish Permanent Finance in early 1990s and led the company to market leadership within a decade
  • Founding Director of Woodchester Investments plc and later MD Woodchester Bank UK
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Jim Hickey

Jim Hickey

Chief Operating Officer

  • Joined the Group as Chief Operating Officer in August 2016
  • Former Director of Group Finance at Bank of Ireland
  • Previously held senior roles at Ulster Bank Group, HP Financial Services and GE
  • Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants; MBA from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
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Laurence Flavin

Laurence Flavin

Chief Financial Officer

  • Joined the Group as CFO in 2011
  • Formerly with international private equity real estate groups Signature Capital and Quinlan Private
  • Previously Finance Director with Horizon Technology Group plc from 1997 to 2006
  • Graduate of University College Dublin (BComm, DPA); Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and Member of Institute of Banking (QFA)
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Frank Donnellan

Frank Donnellan

Managing Director First Auto Finance Ireland Ltd & Finance Ireland Leasing

  • Founded First Auto Finance Ireland Ltd in 2010
  • Previously joint MD of the automotive division of Bank of Scotland, a business he established in 2002
  • Formerly Director of Woodchester Investments plc
  • Origination, credit and collection of large car finance / leasing portfolios in Woodchester, Bank of Scotland and Friends First
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Ken Murnaghan

Ken Murnaghan

Managing Director Commercial Mortgages

  • Joined the Group in 2014 and launched the Group’ commercial property business in 2016
  • Formerly Head of Business Banking and Head of Property Finance at Ulster Bank; Head of Real Estate Finance Europe at AIB France; Senior Manager PWC Hong Kong
  • Appointed to the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman Council in 2016
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Donal Doran

Donal Doran

Director Corporate Development

  • Previously worked with Finance Ireland at executive level from 2003-2008
  • Former General Manager Products & Distribution with Irish Life & Permanent Group
  • Served on the boards of numerous inter-bank owned companies, an AIM listed company & 2 wholly owned Barclays subsidiaries in Ireland
  • Involvement in building a number of start-up ventures
  • Holds BSc & MBA, Diploma in Corporate Governance (IoD), Member of Institute of Banking & Institute of Directors
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Conor Nestor

Conor Nestor

Director of Operations

  • Financial services lender with over 18 years’ experience at senior level
  • Successful track record in establishing and leading new business units
  • Established a Personal Debt Recovery Division for IBRC (previously Anglo Irish Bank)
  • Qualified Financial Advisor
  • Member of the Institute of Bankers.
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Michael Sheehy

Michael Sheehy

Director First Auto Finance Ireland Ltd

Senior management roles in banks and financial institutions, most recently as Operations Director of permanent TSB Finance

  • Responsibility for the credit, collections and recovery functions
  • Previously held Operations and Finance Director roles in Woodchester Bank Ltd and UDT First Southern Bank Ltd
  • Former Chairman of the Irish Finance Houses Association and Director of the Irish Credit Bureau
  • Currently holds director and secretary of positions with a number of private companies
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Maud Conroy Kane

General Manager Finance Ireland Leasing

  • Joined First Finance and Leasing in November 2013 as General Manager having spent the last 18 years with Permanent TSB Finance where she was responsible for Credit, New business and early arrears
  • Prior to joining PTSB Finance Maud was Credit/ New Business manager with Woodchester Investment plc
  • QFA and Member of Institute of Banking
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Martin Huggard

Group Head of Credit & Compliance

  • Senior banking manager with over 20 years’ management experience in PermanentTSB
  • Provided credit support to Business Divisions in Ireland and the UK in senior credit roles including Head of Underwriting, Head of Credit Quality Reviews and Head of Credit Policy Governance
  • Experience covers residential & commercial mortgages, term loans, overdrafts, credit cards, motor & car dealer finance and loan re-structures
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Laura Forde

Group Financial Controller

  • Qualified accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland
  • Holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance
  • Joined Finance Ireland Ltd in May 2012 having previously worked in Welch & Co in Cork City
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Peter Cronin

Peter Cronin

Group Legal & Compliance

  • Trained with Flynn O’Driscoll Business Lawyers
  • Was admitted to act as solicitor in Ireland, England and Wales in 2014
  • Holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and Politics from University College Dublin and a Post Graduate Diploma in Law and a M.Sc. from the Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Currently completing a Diploma in Finance Law with the Law Society of Ireland
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Pat McGinty

Group HR Manager

  • Over 25 years’ experience of leading Human Resources across Finance, Sport, Retail, Education and Manufacturing Sectors
  • Holds a BBS (Hons) in HR, Post Grad Dip Employment Law and CIPD graduate
  • Is a qualified Mediator, Executive Coach and Psychometric test practitioner
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Conor Boyle

General Manager, MilkFlex

  • Over thirty years financial services experience with AIB, ICC Bank and ACC/Rabobank
  • Headed business divisions across many sectors including agriculture & food, manufacturing, hotel & leisure, property development & investment
  • Member of bank Credit Committees
  • Holds a BSc and MBA and is a Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA)
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Board of Directors

  • J. Gunn British, Chairman
  • J.M. Anderson US
  • D. Ballen US
  • I. Black
  • F. Donnellan
  • J.Hickey
  • W. Kane
  • K. Kraus US
  • F. McAleavey

Investor Relations

Laurence Flavin, CFO, Finance Ireland Group
Tel: +353 (1) 642 5380, Email: investor@financeireland.ie 

Registered Office: c/o Company Matters, The Registry, 34 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4TU, England. Registered in England and Wales No. 5144506

Auditors

EY

Solicitors

Norton Rose Fulbright

Bankers

AIB Group