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 – Michelle Gallagher

Michelle holds an MBA from the University of Limerick, Kemmy Business School, which she completed in 2017. She is a Senior Marketing Professional & Integrated Brand Strategist.


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.


Secretary – Maria Barry

Maria holds an MBA from Smurfit Business School. She is Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Manager with the Health Service Executive (HSE).


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

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.


South Western Chapter and Membership Director  – Paul O’Reilly

Currently People Director at PaddyPower, Paul completed an Executive MBA at South East Technological University (SETU) in 2022.


Western Chapter Director – Sandra Grogan

Sandra holds an MBA from the University of Galway, which she completed in 2023, and joins the board to launch a new chapter in the west of Ireland. She is a Senior Manager in Programme Management with Boston Scientific.


Board member – Michael Bulman

Michael is the Alliances and Partnership Development Manager for Kyndryl Ireland. He studied with the Open University and completed his MBA with Dublin City University in 2018. Michael previously served as President and Membership Director of the Association.


Board member – David Bradley

David currently serves as the European Head Equity and Equity-Linked Portfolio Manager at Heights Capital Management (an affiliate of Susquehanna International Group, LLP (SIG)). He holds an Executive MBA from Trinity Business School.