Getting to Know the FAI’s New Directors

The news broke last night, as expected, that Roy Barrett is to become the new non-executive Chairman of the FAI.

He is joined on the board by Catherine Guy and Liz Joyce.

All three have deep experience in the business sector and have already been welcomed by Ministers Shane Ross and Brendan Griffin, opening up a positive dialogue for the future relationship between the FAI and Government.

“I have decided to take on the role of Non-Executive Chairman of the FAI at this critical time because I believe the organisation has an important role to play in developing the game at every level in Ireland,” said Barrett in last night’s statement.

“There is a serious job of work to be done to address the very significant failures which have beset the organisation in terms of its governance and its finances. The new Board will now deal with this task with urgency, working collaboratively with its stakeholders.”

Here is an introduction to the background of each of the three new directors

Roy Barrett

Managing Director at Goodbody Stockbrokers, Ireland’s longest established stockbroking firm. Barrett joined Goodbody as Head of Equities in 1995 from the NCB Group where he was Head of Institutional Equities since 1990.

Prior to that, he worked in the UK with both SG Warburg and Paribas. In 1996, he was appointed Managing Director.

Barrett was educated at Blackrock College and qualified with a Bachelor of Civil Law from UCD in 1985.

He continued his studies, attaining a Masters in Business Studies (Banking and Finance) in 1987. He is an executive director at financial services firm, Fexco.

Catherine Guy

CEO of Autolease Fleet Management Limited (which trades as Sixt Leasing). She took up the role in September 2019. Prior to this she was Managing Partner for six years at Byrne Wallace, one of Irelands largest law firms, where she was a partner for over 20 years.

As Managing Partner, she led the development and growth of the business.

Guy holds a BCL from UCD and is qualified as a Chartered Director from the Institute of Directors.

In 2013 she joined the board of Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) which has responsibility for delivery of services by the three children’s hospitals in Dublin, and is a member of the Governance and Capital Projects committees of CHI.

Liz Joyce

Director of Human Resources at the Central Bank of Ireland. She joined the Central Bank from Pioneer Investments where she held a number of HR roles.

Joyce was previously the Human Resources Director at Greenstar and at United Beverages (a subsidiary of Diageo). Prior to this, she worked in HR with Concern Worldwide for 10 years, ultimately as Human Resources Director.

She has prior experience as a non-Executive Director most recently on the board of Aware (2014 to 2018).

Joyce holds a BA degree in psychology from NUI Galway and an MBS in Human Resources Strategies from DCU.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is qualified as a Chartered Director from the Institute of Directors.

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