Executive Management Team
Frank O'ConnorChief Executive
Frank O’Connor was appointed Chief Executive of the NTMA in July 2022. He is the former Director of Funding and Debt Management at the Agency. Frank joined the Funding and Debt Management Unit in 2012 and was appointed Director in 2014. Prior to that he was Head of Treasury in the National Asset Management Agency.
Before joining the NTMA, Frank worked for 20 years in a variety of senior roles within AIB including the Head of Trading in AIB’s Primary Dealer Bond Unit in the late 1990s and from 2004 to 2010 as Head of Wholesale Treasury, Bank Zachodni WBK (now Santander) based in Warsaw, Poland.
Frank is a graduate of Dublin City University (MSc in Investment & Treasury) and a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BSc Mgmt). He is also a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a graduate of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland (MIB Grad).
Nick AshmoreDirector, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund
From 2015 to 2021 Nick Ashmore served as Chief Executive of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI), Ireland’s promotional financial institution focused on the SME market, which provides finance through front line bank and non-bank lending institutions. Before taking up this role in December 2014 he served as Project Director during the setup of the SBCI. He originally joined the NTMA as part of the team managing the National Pensions Reserve Fund (NPRF) in 2006, where he served as Head of Private Equity and Infrastructure before becoming Deputy Director in 2011. Before joining the NTMA Nick was an Investment Manager with Greenaap Consultants Limited, a private family office. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton in Glasgow and Edinburgh and is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen in Accountancy and UCC with a MSc in Management Practice. He is also a member of the Scottish Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Ian BlackChief Financial and Operating Officer
Ian Black joined the NTMA in 2013 as Director of Finance, Technology and Risk. Prior to joining the NTMA, he was an Executive Director (CFO/COO) of KBC Bank Ireland with responsibility for Finance, Operations & IT, and Treasury and Asset/Liability Management. He has worked in the financial services industry since 1988. He is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the UK Association of Corporate Treasurers and a member of the Irish Tax Institute. He holds an MBA from Dublin City University.
Ciarán BreenDirector, State Claims Agency
Ciarán Breen was appointed Director of the State Claims Agency (SCA) in 2007. He joined the NTMA in 2001 when he was appointed Head of Claims at the SCA. Prior to joining the NTMA, he held the position of Managing Director of a leading nationwide firm of insurance liability adjusters. He is a graduate of Maynooth College and the Honorable Society of King’s Inns.
Des CarvilleHead of Banking (on secondment to Department of Finance)
Des Carville joined the NTMA in November 2013 as Head of Banking. He is on secondment to the Department of Finance, where he is Head of the Shareholding and Financial Advisory Division. Prior to joining the NTMA he worked for Davy Corporate Finance from 1998, becoming a director in 2001, and was involved in a wide range of public and private company transactions. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland (FCA), having trained with KPMG from 1994 to 1998, and is a Certified Bank Director with the Institute of Banking. He holds a BSc (Mgmt) from TCD. He is a director of the European Investment Bank.
Oonagh KellyChief People Officer
Oonagh joined the NTMA in 2023 as Chief People Officer, leading the People and Culture agenda for the NTMA and affiliates. Prior to joining the NTMA, Oonagh was Head of HR for New Ireland Assurance and the Wealth & Insurance division at Bank of Ireland Group. She has previously held senior and international HR roles in Hartford Life Insurance, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (formerly Riverdeep) and AIB. She is a voluntary Board director for Plan International Ireland. Oonagh is a graduate of UCC and the National College of Ireland, and is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD.
Dave McEvoyDirector, Funding and Debt Management
Dave McEvoy was appointed Director of Funding and Debt Management at the NTMA in July 2022. The unit is responsible for borrowing on behalf of the Irish Government and managing the National Debt to ensure liquidity for the Exchequer and to minimise the interest burden over the medium term.
He joined the NTMA in 2010, initially working in NAMA, where his roles included Head of Treasury. In 2014, he joined the NTMA Funding and Debt Management unit as a Deputy Director.
Prior to joining the NTMA he worked for over 20 years in a variety of senior roles within AIB Capital Markets, including the Head of the Euro Fixed Income Desk and Head of the Traded Credit Desk. He holds a BSc (Mgmt) from Trinity College Dublin and a MSc in Investment & Treasury from Dublin City University.
Andrew O’FlanaganDirector, National Development Finance Agency and NewERA
Andrew O'Flanagan was appointed Director of the National Development Finance Agency and NewERA in 2019. He joined the NTMA in 2011 and as Chief Legal Officer worked across all of the NTMA’s mandates. Prior to joining the NTMA, he was Group Head of Legal at ESB and Chief Legal Officer of Ervia. He previously worked in New York and London for seven years as a corporate lawyer with the Wall Street law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, which included a secondment to the international investment bank Morgan Stanley. He has been a non-executive director of Home Building Finance Ireland since 2018. Andrew is a graduate of the University of Galway and Yale Law School (where he was a John F. Kennedy Scholar).
Susan O'HalloranChief Legal Officer
Susan was appointed Chief Legal Officer of the NTMA in July 2019. She joined the NTMA in 2012 and served as Head of the NTMA’s Legal Unit before her appointment as Chief Legal Officer. Prior to joining the NTMA, she was a Corporate Partner for 10 years with the Irish law firm McCann FitzGerald, where she also trained and worked following qualification as a solicitor. Susan is a graduate of University College Cork and UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.