National Board

The National Board is responsible for the overall direction of the MBAAI. Board members strive to deliver real value and learning for our members through a range of initiatives. In addition, they are responsible for the delivery of a number of events throughout the year.

Current Board

President – Michael Bulman

Michael is the Alliances and Partnership Development Manager for Kyndryl Ireland. He is responsible for building an ecosystem of partners to provide IT services to customers in Ireland and the UK. Michael studied with the Open University and completed his MBA with Dublin City University in 2018. He previously served as Membership Director of the Association.


Finance Director – Shane Connors

Shane Connors is a Chartered Accountant (ACA). He is Managing Partner of Connors and Co, Chartered Accountants based in Waterford where he specialises in Corporate Finance. He completed his MBA at Smurfit Business School.


Academic Liaison Director – Michelle Gallagher

Michelle holds an MBA from the University of Limerick, Kemmy Business School, which she completed in 2017. She is Marketing Director at medtech company EXI, which has developed a physical activity prescription platform.


I.T. Director – Owen Murphy

An MBA alumnus of Trinity Business School, Owen is co-founder and director of Protego Technologies Ltd., a software development organisation providing financial technology services.


Southern Chapter Director – Jerry Crowley

A recent addition to the board, Jerry is Marketing Manager for Johnson & Perrott Motor Dealerships. He is responsible for all marketing activities for ten leading car franchises as well as four dealerships across Cork City. Jerry completed his MBA at the University of Limerick in 2016.


Board member – Bryan Murphy

A 2016 graduate of the Executive MBA programme at Dublin City University, Bryan is Vice President, Industry Relations at OptumRx; a UnitedHealth Group company, operating in the US healthcare and pharmaceutical sector.