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Upper Appeals Panel


Cathy Smith

Practicising Barrister with extensive experience representing public sector, corporate clients, and private individuals in the Circuit Court, High Court, Supreme Court and Court of Justice of the EU.  Expertise in company law, corporate governance, banking, commercial law, employment and equality law.

Finance Representative

Brendan Lenihan

Chartered Accountant, former President of Institute Chartered Accountants in Ireland and Managing Director of Navigo Consulting – a Strategy, Corporate Governance and Change consultancy.  Expertise in large scale financing, re-financing and corporate governance.

Customer Voice Representative

Tina Leonard

A communications professional with extensive experience in consumer rights and advocacy, working across both public and private sectors and NGO’s.  Published author of ‘Your Consumer Rights in Ireland”, Board Member of Citizens Information Board and Head of Advocacy and Public Affairs at Alzheimers Society of Ireland.

Lower Appeals Panel


Gary Byrne

Lawyer with extensive experience in litigation and specialist in complex commercial dispute resolution. 40 years’ experience in Courts, Tribunals, Arbitration and Mediation.  Member of the Law Society of Ireland, CEDR qualified Mediator and Fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators.

Finance Representative

Brian O'Kelly

Adjunct Professor of Finance at DCU. Extensive experience at senior management level in banking and financial services organisations. 

Customer Voice Representative

James Clarke

Extensive senior management experience at Local Authority  level with expertise in public service provision, policy development and implementation, Local Authority budgeting and planning, including housing planning and land zoning issues.Member of the Citizens Information Board. Co-Author of Good Practice Guidelines on managing Rent and Mortgage arrears published by the Department of the Environment and Local Government. 

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