New staff at Credit Union

Killarney Credit Union has recently recruited three key staff to its management team to meet increased business and regulatory needs. The new staff additions will be responsible for operations, business development/marketing, and risk and compliance areas.
A transfer of engagements occured between Kenmare Credit Union and Killarney Credit Union in May 2015 and as part of this ongoing development and expansion, Michael Gavin has been appointed as Operations Manager (OM). The role is responsible for operational activities that contribute to the effective running of the credit union. Michael, who was previously CEO of Kenmare Credit Union, was involved in the successful transfer of Kenmare Credit Union to Killarney Credit Union earlier this year. Michael is a professional management accountant with 22 years’ experience gained across a wide range of industries as both firm principal and employee. In 2013, he completed a Master’s in Business Studies in Co-operative & Social Enterprise at UCC. He was recently awarded the designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
Speaking about the appointment, Mark Murphy, CEO, Killarney Credit Union, said “we are delighted to have Michael on board with his extensive financial experience and knowledge of credit unions, he will be asset to the organisation in managing our daily operations”.
The area of risk and compliance has been an ongoing development area for credit unions nationally and to address the increasing regulatory burden Killarney Credit Union has appointed Shane Foley to the role of Risk and Compliance Manager. This role is to manage and assess risk, and maintain compliance through integrating a more rigorous decision making/ planning process in the operations of Killarney Credit Union.
Shane Foley has worked with Moore Stephens Nathans Chartered Accountants for 5 years. He has worked on numerous audits for companies in various industries as well as audit senior for a number of credit unions since joining the firm in 2010. Shane progressed to lead Governance, Risk and Assurance consultant in the Munster region, where he acted for circa 20 internal audit credit union clients specialising in internal control reviews. He holds a Batchelor of Business Studies Degree, Majoring in Accounting and Finance.
“Compliance is a critical aspect of our business and continues to be so, with additional regulation from the Central Bank in managing credit unions. The role is essential is ensure that we adhere to all guidelines from regulators throughout the business” commented Mark Murphy, CEO.
The most recent appointment has been in the area of marketing and business development, with Helen Courtney Power taking over this responsibility in the credit union. Helen will be responsible for growing and developing Killarney Credit Union business in key areas and increasing awareness of its services among its 25,000 membership.
Helen is a very experienced marketer with nearly 20 years working in marketing and business development in Ireland. She has operated her own marketing consultancy company for the past decade specifically working with credit unions in Ireland. She previously worked as Business Development Manager for Bishopstown Credit Union in Cork City. She holds a First Class Master’s in Business and a Bachelor of Business Studies (Marketing) degree.
Mark concluded “growing and developing our member services and loan book is critical to the success of the credit union, we are delighted to have Helen on board to develop this area”.
Killarney Credit Union has a membership of nearly 25,000 and assets in excess of €91million. It has 25 staff in its 3 branches at Beech Road and Park Road in Killarney and at Killarney Road, Kenmare. It currently has over €20 million in loans to members in South Kerry area.
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