Brian Macdonald, Director of Operations
Brian is Director of Operations at Newcourt. He has extensive experience in the life and pensions industry spanning over 25 years, having worked both in Ireland and the UK in various life and pensions technical roles. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and is also Licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland.
Prior to joining Newcourt, Brian was the Life and Pensions Technical Support Manager for New Ireland Assurance. Brian is vice chairman of the pensions working group of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (ACOI) and sits on the DC Committee of the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF). He was previously chairman of Insurance Ireland’s Pensions Committee.
Emmet Pullan, Head of Operations
Emmet has worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years. He joined Newcourt Retirement Fund Managers Limited in November 2022 as Head of Operations. Prior to joining Newcourt, Emmet held the position of Head of High Exposure and Asset Management in Bank of Ireland Mortgages.
Emmet is a Qualified Financial Adviser (QFA) and Pensions Trustee Practitioner (PTP).
Gillian Parkinson, Operations Manager
Gillian joined Newcourt in July 2012 and has over 7 years’ experience in the pensions industry in both pensions administration and leadership roles.
She has worked in a variety of roles at Newcourt building up a wide range of experience and pensions technical knowledge during this time. She holds the Professional Diploma in Retirement Planning Advice (RPA) and is a Qualified Financial Adviser (QFA) through the Life Insurance Association (LIA) and University College Dublin (UCD).
Michael McGurrin, Head of Finance
Michael joined Newcourt Retirement Fund Managers Limited in May 2019. He previously held a number of senior finance roles in a variety of industries, most recently in the United Kingdom in the Insurance industry, and has over 10 years’ experience in Finance.
Michael is a Qualified Chartered Accountant (ACCA) and a Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA). He is also currently in the process of qualifying as a Chartered Tax Advisor (AITI).
Bernadette Peters, Head of Compliance
Bernadette joined Newcourt Retirement Fund Managers Limited in July 2019. She has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry in Ireland and the USA working in senior compliance roles in banks, broker/dealer, funds, payments services and trusts. She is a member of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (ACOI) and sat on the ACOI Finance Committee. She was also a member of the Irish Funds Industry Association (IFIA) and sat on the IFIA Trustee Committee, the European Fund Manager Association (EFMA) AIFMD working group, and the IFIA AIFMD and FATCA working groups.
Martina Kelleher, Process Oversight and Controls Manager
Martina has worked in the pensions industry for over 19 years and has developed her career with Newcourt Pensioneer Trustees Limited since 2003 and also with Newcourt Retirement Fund Managers Limited since 2007, holding many senior positions within both companies. Martina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Information Systems Management (Honours), a Life Insurance Association Pensions Diploma (LIAP) and is also a Qualified Financial Adviser (QFA) through the Life Insurance Association (LIA) and University College Dublin (UCD). Martina is also a Revenue approved Pensioneer Trustee.
Ursula Galvin, Head of HR
Ursula joined Newcourt Retirement Fund Managers in June 2021 as Human Resources Manager. She previously held a number of senior management roles in a not-for-profit organisation and most recently as National Lead for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the HSE.
Ursula holds a Degree in Education & Training and a Diploma in HR Management. Among her many other qualifications Ursula has a NFQ Level 9 in Coaching & Mentoring and having studied in London she is also a qualified work place investigator.