Board of Directors

Lorraine Corcoran - Chairperson

Lorraine Corcoran is founder of Afanite, a business which bridges the gap between social, for-profit and public sectors, with a particular focus on personal credit inclusion and social enterprise. Prior to Afanite, Lorraine had a career in Financial Services that spanned Corporate, Retail and special projects, with roles in the areas of strategy, operations, credit and customer relationship management.

Lorraine chairs the Department of Finance Credit Union Advisory Committee and is a member of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment Corporate Social Responsibility forum. She is also a founder and Director of Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland.

She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a B.A. Mod in Economics and Geography (1992) and a Masters in Literature (1994). She also holds a Masters in International Relations specialising in social enterprise from Dublin City University (2012).

Ronan Headon

Ronan worked for 36 years in financial services in a variety of roles including; lending to SMEs, marketing, finance, and general management.

From 2011, he project managed the government’s microfinance initiative and acted as Interim CEO of Microfinance Ireland until April 2013.

He is Head of Finance in Social Finance Foundation, a lender to the community and voluntary sector and parent company of Microfinance Ireland.

In 2016, he was appointed Chair of the Audit Committee in the Department of Health. He is also a director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee in Oaklee Housing, an Approved Housing Body.

He holds an Honours degree in Commerce from UCD and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Fellow of the Institute of Banking.

Pat Horgan

Pat Horgan is Head of SME Banking for Ulster Bank.  He leads a team of 60+ relationship bankers across 12 office locations focusing on delivering customised financial solutions to small and medium sized businesses.    Pat’s 25+ years’ experience in banking ranges from managing smaller to larger teams, across different geographies, on both sides of the balance sheet, at Retail and Corporate levels with Ulster Bank and previously with AIB.  This range of experience gives him a versatile perceptive and allows him bring significant positive influence to any situation.  Pat is a director of the Social Finance Foundation.  He holds a BA in Economics from University College Cork and a MBA from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

Mags Brennan

Mags is  a career banker with extensive experience in business banking  both in Ireland and internationally. Mags joined Permanent TSB in March 2020 as Head of Business Banking to support the banks expansion plans into the SME market. Prior to this role Mags had responsibility for National SME Sectoral Strategy and Specialism at AIB. Mags has also managed Business Banking for Cork City and County as well as having played a key role in addressing and supporting the restructuring of AIB’s lending book while based in Cork with responsibility for Munster. Prior to this Mags held multiple senior roles in AIB’s North American Business spending most of the time living and working in the US between 2002 and 2011. Mags started her career in a bank branch in Dublin city centre.

Mags is currently President of Chambers Ireland and previously was a director on the Cork Chamber board.

Mags has an MBA from DCU and has completed the Diploma in the Chartered Director program with the Institute of Directors in Ireland.

Sean O’Hurley

Sean has over 35 years’ experience working in industry and regulated financial services, both in Ireland and abroad. Since 2017 he has served as the Chief Compliance Officer of the Irish Domestic Insurance business (Life and Pensions and General Insurance) of a leading global insurance group. This encompasses Compliance responsibility for both the general and life and pensions businesses and membership of their respective Executive leadership teams.

He has accumulated extensive financial services experience in insurance for over 23 years holding senior leadership roles across Finance, Product Management and Technical Underwriting, Risk Management and Compliance.

Prior to working in the insurance sector, he held several senior Finance roles, primarily with US multinationals, in the hi-tech industry in both Ireland and Italy.

Sean is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland having trained and qualified with PWC Ireland and a member of the Compliance Institute in Ireland.

In a non-executive capacity, Sean is also a director of a defined benefit pension trustee company and a member of the Audit Committee of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland.

Roisin Scallan

Róisín Scallan is a founder and member of the executive team of VERTIGENIUS, a newly formed digital health company. She is driven by the opportunity for medical technologies to improve lives and has worked with start-up clients in the MedTech industry to bring innovative technology based solutions from concept to clinical implementation.  Prior to this, Róisín has experience working in the regulation of medical devices with the HPRA and has over 20 years of experience as a Chartered Physiotherapist, working in both hospitals and in private practice.

As Chairperson of the International 2018 Round Ireland Yacht Race, and on the organising team of many other local events, Róisín believes strongly in contributing as a volunteer to community enterprise.

She undertook a fellowship in BioInnovation at NUIG, holds a Masters in Bioengineering from TCD and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Biomechanics from Strathclyde. She is an invited member of the Enterprise Ireland Lifesciences MedTech panel, acts as a clinical assessor for CORU, and has been an executive member of employment and clinical interest bodies for the physiotherapy profession.

Seamus Murphy

Seamus is a commercially focused Senior Executive and Board member, with a strong commercial, digital, operations and data background, and a track record of leadership and the delivery of results within complex, dynamic and regulated businesses.

Seamus is characterised as a visionary, strategist and tactician. Recognised for transforming organisations into market leading franchises with an emphasis on Customer First, Culture, Technology, Operations and Data.

Oisín Geoghegan

Oisin Geoghegan is currently Head of Enterprise in Fingal, having been appointed on the establishment of the Local Enterprise Offices in 2014.  He is responsible for the management of the Fingal Local Enterprise Office (LEO), including the development and implementation of the region’s Enterprise Development Plan.

Prior to this appointment, he served for 14 years as Chief Executive of the Fingal County Enterprise Board.

Oisin has served on many Boards & Committees concerned with Enterprise, Economic Development and related issues at both national and regional level.  He held the position of Chair of the LEO Network for three years, including the period of the COVID19 pandemic, and currently serves as Chair of the LEO Communications Committee among other roles.

A Master of Business Studies graduate of University College Dublin, Oisin previously held managerial positions in Export Sales and Marketing for Irish and Scandinavian industrial equipment manufacturers in food processing and engineering sectors.

Caroline Ashe Brady

Caroline Ashe Brady has been a Director for the KORE Group (Insulation & Retrofit) for nearly two-decades, devoting her professional career to developing the sustainability of Ireland’s built environment in both the new build and retrofit markets.

Education and continuous learning are important to Caroline, holding a BSc in Marketing and
Management from DIT, MSc in Strategic Procurement from DCU, and is a qualified Passive House Consultant. As the construction landscape evolves in Ireland, so do the opportunities for development and collaboration within the industry, which is an important goal for brand success, where Caroline mentors and sits on the boards of Micro Finance Ireland, and Passive House Association of Ireland.

She has led the company to win numerous industry awards including the SEAI Energy Awards, KPMG Property Excellence Awards and the SFA Awards. She is a well-respected leader within the construction industry, taking part in speaking engagements for industry events such as National Women’s Enterprise Day, Cavan Business Women’s Club, SEAI and SFA industry seminars, and World Quality Day, among many others.