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ILIM has been at the forefront of Liability Driven Investments (LDI) development and innovation in the Irish market.

In 2006 ILIM leveraged its existing expertise to formally establish an experienced Financial Engineering team providing client specific LDI and bespoke asset/liability modelled solutions for the bond mandates of a significant number of Ireland’s large pension schemes.

Our team has built a suite of unit-linked funds spanning both the real and nominal curves and is available to investors of all sizes and our offering continues to evolve to meet the needs of our clients.

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LDI is an investment strategy based on ensuring the cash flows of the DB Scheme will fund all future liabilities.

In other words, seeking to manage the solvency or funding level volatility of a pension scheme on a proactive basis. For many pension funds, this is how likely the assets of the scheme are to meet the scheme liabilities.

LDI will bring many benefits to investors, including increasing the ability to diversify investments, introduce greater efficiency to the matching portfolio and potentially enhance return at a portfolio level due to flexibility to invest across asset classes.

LDI specifically focuses on the different actuarial valuations of liability cash flows and how the asset investment strategy can be positioned to minimise and/or control the impacts of changes in these actuarial valuations. This approach allows greater confidence in the scheme’s ability to meet its pension promise without compromising return or increasing long-term funding costs.

Pinpointing the optimal LDI execution strategy is an interdependent and evolving process.

We engage in collaborative interaction, leveraging our vast experience and knowledge of the pension sector in Ireland to help our clients evaluate the broader investment challenges, solvency risks and ultimately structure a solution that seeks to meet their needs. The following schematic illustrates our consultative approach.

 

Phase 1 – Discovery

Understand asset & liability behaviour, identify solvency impacts, actuarial consultation, agree LDI goals.

Phase 2 – Design

Align to investment strategy, measure and quantify LDI risks, develop execution strategy.

Phase 3 – Execution

Efficient delivery, transparency, simple, aligned to de-risking glide path.

Phase 4 – Monitor

Measure hedge effectiveness, assess ongoing changes within the investment portfolio, continue alignment with de-risking glide path, ongoing trigger-point monitoring.

 

Our clients benefit from our extensive LDI experience, working with best-in-class execution, our long-term continued commitment to the Irish market and, most importantly, our extensive knowledge of the challenges facing Irish pension trustees.

We offer the following benefits to our clients.

  • A market leader: LDI is only a single part of the ongoing investment strategy, but is often one of the first steps in a holistic Asset Liability Management (ALM) Strategy for a scheme on a journey to fully funded status. Future long-term investment strategies we offer include cashflow-driven investments, longevity risk management, annuity products, among others.
  • Flexibility: Not only will we design and monitor our solution and the specific risks hedged, we do this in detailed cooperation with our clients. As your LDI manager, we will work within the investment strategy you have developed and cooperate with your current managers to ensure we provide the best-in-class execution and monitoring, while clients retain their investment flexibility and decision making. We believe this is a key benefit of our solution. It ensures our business goals do not impact the solution design, the goals of the scheme, and the investment outcome for the members.
  • Efficiency: Our LDI solution will maximise the efficient use of the assets to hedge financial risk. This efficiency will release assets for re-allocation to potentially higher-yielding investments, thereby increasing investment returns at a portfolio level.
  • Our pooled solution: Working with a leading execution partner, we can efficiently deliver the oversight and transparency required to manage the most complex LDI solutions, while also delivering a simple and understandable outcome for trustees. Our pooled solution will leverage ILIM’s investment expertise, risk management capability, ethos of transparency, client focus and deliver a partnership that will help our clients to achieve their future lifecycle plans.

The LDI team comprises a broad group of seasoned professionals with specific expertise, including investment management, risk management, quantitative analysis, actuarial oversight, derivatives experience, trustee impacts, governance, and market research.

Our team can draw on the intellectual capital necessary to develop and implement an effective LDI solution for each of our clients.

Key Contacts

Patrick Burke
Patrick Burke
Chief Executive Officer

Patrick Burke is Chief Executive Officer at Irish Life Investment Managers and a member of the Irish Life Group Executive Team. Patrick has led the growth and evolution of the ILIM business since 2013 reflecting its market leading voice on social and public policy matters for investors. He joined the company in 2006 as Director of Investment Development, responsible for the strategic development of investment solutions for the institutional market. Prior to joining ILIM, Patrick was a director and professional trustee at Irish Pensions Trust Limited, having previously been a corporate lawyer with Mercer. Patrick is past-Chair of Pensions Europe, past Chair of the Irish Association of Pension Funds, and has previously served as Chairman of the Irish Trustee Forum. A solicitor by profession, he is also an Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute and an Associate of the Irish Institute of Pension Managers. Patrick holds a primary degree in Commerce from University College Dublin.

Anthony MacGuinness
Anthony MacGuinness
Chief Investment Officer

Anthony is Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at Irish Life Investment Managers (ILIM). He leads the firm’s multi-disciplinary investment team with responsibility for the design and ongoing management of ILIM’s range of investment solutions for clients which span Multi Asset solutions, Indexation, Active Fixed Income, Property and Alternatives. His responsibility extends across all aspects of the investment process from research, asset allocation, portfolio construction, trading and also a strategic focus on Responsible Investment.

In recent years, Anthony and his team have been responsible for developing ILIM’s multi asset business and specialised equity strategies including ILIM’s range of ESG solutions.

Prior to taking on the CIO position in January 2022, Anthony held the role of Deputy CIO and Head of Multi-Asset & Quantitative Strategies since 2013. Since joining ILIM in 2004, he has held senior leadership and portfolio management roles with responsibility for fixed income, asset allocation and the development of asset liability management solutions for institutional clients. Prior to joining ILIM, Anthony worked with the Irish National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) and Pioneer Investment Managers.

Anthony graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an honours degree in Economics and completed the Advanced Management Program with IESE Business School. He also holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations.

Colin Cunningham
Colin Cunningham
Director - Global Institutional Distribution

Colin joined ILIM in 2017 to build on Irish Life’s de-risking solutions for investors and also joined our executive management team with responsibility for our institutional distribution business.

Colin has unique experience as an investor and former Chairman of Danske Bank DB pension scheme that pursued an aggressive de-risking strategy which culminated in the largest buy-in transaction in Ireland in 2017. He also introduces an alternative view of potential investment opportunities for Irish pension funds and institutional investors to manage their long-term liability profiles.  

Prior to joining ILIM, in his role as Treasurer and Head of Danske Bank Markets in Ireland, Colin was a member of both the Executive Board of Danske Bank in Ireland and the Executive of Danske Bank Markets global business. Colin has over 25 years’ management and execution experience in treasury, capital markets, investment management and investment banking transactions. Colin has a MBA from Smurfit Business School, is a Certified Investment Fund Director, Banking Director and completed the Stanford LEAD program.  Colin is a fellow of the Institute of Banking in Ireland and a member of the Certified Investment Fund Director Institute.

Ciara Geoghegan
Ciara Geoghegan
Head of Strategic Project Developments

Ciara was appointed Head of Strategic Project Developments in July 2019. In this role Ciara is responsible for leading strategic projects and program managing the delivery of ILIM’s overall strategic plan.

Ciara has over 25 years’ experience in ILIM and has worked in various roles across the company; from Finance to Compliance to Client Relationship. In 2012 Ciara was appointed Head of Operations and Finance. In this role she was responsible for all aspects of Investment Operations across ILIM, including providing fund administration and investment accounting services to ILA, and for delivering back office, middle office and finance services to ILIM and Setanta.

Gerry Hanifan
Gerry Hanifan
Director, Business & Technology Services

Gerry is Director of Business & Technology Services in ILIM. He has 25 years’ experience in the IT industry and has worked in financial services for over 20 years. Gerry is responsible for middle & back office operations, IT services, technology, systems development and delivery, and digital channels

Prior to joining ILIM in 1998, Gerry held a number of engineering roles in the financial services, telecoms, and software industries. Gerry has a BSc in Computer Applications from Dublin City University.

Donal Woodcock
Donal Woodcock
Head of Compliance & Business Risk

Donal Woodcock is the Head of Compliance & Business Risk. Donal is the Compliance Officer for ILIM and for Setanta Asset Management, Beresford Funds plc and Summit Asset Managers. Donal has over 30 years experience in the Irish Life Group and has extensive experience in the financial services industry having worked in finance, risk and compliance managerial roles. Donal is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA).

Jennifer Richards
Jennifer Richards
Head of Business Development Europe

Jennifer joined ILIM in 2021 and is responsible for leading our new business activities across Continental Europe, focusing on utilising ILIM’s wide range of capabilities to develop long term solutions for investors.  Jennifer is also responsible for supporting growth within the Irish market looking at new opportunities for ILIM to help meet investors’ requirements.  Prior to joining ILIM Jennifer held a number of roles within Aberdeen Standard Investments (previously Standard Life Investments) including Co-Head of European Business Development and Head of Ireland.  Jennifer has previously worked with AIB Investment Managers as a Client Portfolio Manager and Mercer, latterly as an investment consultant.

She holds a primary degree in Statistics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, a Masters in Investment & Treasury from DCU and the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing

Nicholas MacShane
Nicholas MacShane
Head of European Partnerships

Nicholas leads our European Partnership Business.  He has overall responsibility for ILIM’s European client relationships, working with our partners to ensure that ILIM’s range of services is aligned with and delivered to our clients’ needs and expectations. 

He joined ILIM in 2001 as a Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for all aspects of the Irish Life Assurance relationship. In 2005, Nicholas was appointed to the Institutional Portfolio Management team and in 2012, he was appointed as Head of DB Portfolio Management with responsibility for Client Relationship Management. He has over 28 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having worked for Progressive Life Assurance, Irish Life Assurance and most recently, Irish Life Investment Managers.

He holds a primary degree in Economics and Computer Science from University College Cork, a MSc. in Investment and Treasury from Dublin City University, and a MBA from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College Dublin. In 2017, Nicholas completed the Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College Dublin and in 2018 completed the Qualified Pension Trustee (QPT) programme at the IIPM.

Donal Keating
Donal Keating
Head of Corporate Clients

Donal joined ILIM in 2020 and leads on our Defined Benefit and ALM (Asset Liability Modelling) offering within the Distribution Team. He is a qualified actuary with over 20 years’ experience.

He works with clients to ensure the asset strategies for their pension arrangements are fit for purpose and aligned with their objectives. This includes all elements of journey plans for DB, including how de-risking interacts with future funding, developing dashboard reporting for Trustees and considering the potential impacts of any settlement options such as buy-ins or buy-outs etc. He also ensures his clients’ wider strategic considerations are being met when they look at their investments.

Prior to joining ILIM, Donal was a Director in the Pensions Group in PwC where his clients included many of the largest employers in Ireland. He previously worked in Willis Towers Watson as an actuarial consultant where he acted as a Scheme Actuary for many years, delivering the full range of statutory services to Trustee clients.

He is a regular contributor on pension matters both on national radio and at industry events.

Padraic Nolan
Padraic Nolan
Senior Portfolio Manager

Padraic is a member of ILIM’s Distribution team. He is responsible for managing Defined Benefit corporate pension scheme relationships and developing investment solutions for clients, including investment strategy, asset allocation and risk management.

Padraic has 30 years’ experience in pension investment management. Prior to joining ILIM in 2015, he worked for eight years as a senior investment consultant/principal at Mercer, where he provided the full spectrum of investing consulting services to trustees of Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution pension schemes. He also spent 17 years as a senior client portfolio manager with AIB, Ulster Bank and KBC Asset Management. Padraic has been an adjunct third-level lecturer for 14 years, teaching investment management. 

Padraic earned a BComm and MBS in Banking and Finance from University College Dublin. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation and the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing and the GARP Sustainability and Climate Risk (SCR) Certificate. He is a Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA), Retirement Planning Advisor (RPA) and Pension Trustee Practitioner (PTP) through LIA Ireland, and is an IIPM Qualified Pension Trustee (QPT).

 

 

Eoin Keating
Eoin Keating
Head of DC Portfolio Management

As part of the Investment Development Management team, Eoin is responsible for leading the Defined Contribution (DC) client relationship team. Under Eoin’s leadership, ILIM is designing and delivering investment solutions to meet the diverse requirements of DC clients in Ireland.

Prior to joining ILIM in 2007, Eoin worked for eight years with Ulster Bank in the treasury and debt capital markets teams. 

Eoin graduated from Dublin City University with a Bachelor of Business Studies degree in which he specialised in Finance. In 2003, he completed the M.Sc. in Investment & Treasury from Dublin City University. Eoin also holds the Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA) qualification.

Brian Morrissey
Brian Morrissey
Senior Portfolio Manager

As part of ILIM’s investment development team, Brian is responsible for delivering investment strategies and complementary services that meet the objectives of both occupational pension scheme clients and investment consultants.

Brian has over 15 years’ industry experience. He previously worked with Kleinwort Benson Investors and FBD Investment Services, holding a number of key roles focused on both institutional and private clients.

Brian holds a first-class honours primary degree in Business Studies, an MBS in Management Information and Management Accounting from University College Cork, and is a Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA).

Louise White
Louise White
Senior Portfolio Manager

Louise joined ILIM in 2001 as a Senior Business Development Manager, and assumed responsibility for all aspects of the Irish Life Assurance retail relationship in 2008. In 2013, Louise took on the role of Senior DC Portfolio Manager, assuming responsibility for servicing the investment needs of our institutional DC clients. Louise holds an honours degree in International Commerce from University College Dublin (UCD) and a Master of Business Studies from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, UCD. More recently, she completed a Diploma in Strategic Marketing in the Irish Management Institute. She also holds the Certificate in Investment Management and the Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Niall O'Leary
Niall O'Leary
Chief Sustainability Officer

Niall joined ILIM in March 2019 and has over 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry.  He  was appointed Chief Sustainability Officer in 2023 and is a member of the Executive Management Team.  He has overall responsibility for responsible investing in ILIM, including setting strategy, overseeing our stewardship agenda, ensuring adherence to regulatory commitments and working with the investment business to develop new and to enhance existing responsible investment strategies.

Prior to that he was Head of Indexation and Fixed Income, with responsibility for ILIM’s equity indexation business and its active and passive fixed income capabilities.  He remains a member of the asset allocation committee.

Prior to joining ILIM, Niall was Global Head of Fixed Income Portfolio Strategy at State Street Global Advisors.  He was responsible for leading a team of experienced investment professionals with operations in Dublin, London, Boston, Bangalore and Singapore.  The team represented investment capabilities to clients, spanning indexed and active fixed income, LDI, cash and currency. Prior to taking on this role he was Head of Fixed Income and Cash at State Street Global Advisors Ireland (formerly Bank of Ireland Asset Management), as well as managing the institutional real estate investment team.  Niall holds a Commerce Degree and a Master’s in Business Studies (first class) from University College Dublin.

Lenny McLoughlin
Lenny McLoughlin
Chief Investment Strategist

Lenny was appointed Fund Management Economist in August 2012 and is a member of the asset allocation committee. Previously, he was responsible for managing the financial and retail sectors in ILIM’s active global equity funds. Lenny has over 25 years’ experience in the financial industry.

Prior to joining ILIM in July 2005, Lenny worked for Zurich, AIB and Aviva Investors in equity research and investment management roles.

Lenny graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College Dublin in 1986, and became an Associate Member of the Institute of Investment Management & Research in 1990.

John Thornton
John Thornton
Head of Fixed Income

John joined ILIM in 2011 as a Senior Active Fixed Income Fund Manager and is a member of the Asset Allocation Committee. 

John manages discretionary active fixed income strategies for institutional, retail and defined benefit pension scheme clients.  John is also responsible for managing ILIM’s LDI product, advising defined benefit pension schemes on their liability matching strategies. He has been at the heart of developing our ALM modelling capabilities.  Prior to joining ILIM, John worked as an executive director within the UBS London credit trading department, having previously worked with RBS and JP Morgan.

John is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland having qualified while working for Canada Life in Dublin. John graduated from University College Dublin in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial and Financial studies.

Darragh O’Dowd
Darragh O’Dowd
Head of Multi-Asset Solutions

Darragh is Head of ILIM’s Multi-Asset Solutions Team. He is responsible for the overall design and management of Irish Life’s MAPS, Ireland’s fastest growing retail multi-asset solution. Darragh and his team are also responsible for helping our clients, across all distribution platforms, design portfolios congruent with their specific objectives and constraints.

Darragh joined ILIM in 2007 as a Quantitative Analyst within the Quantitative Strategies Group and in 2016 was made Head of Portfolio Solutions. Darragh has lectured at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School on the MSc Finance, MSc Quantitative Finance and MSc Aviation Finance curricula and prior to joining ILIM, worked as a research assistant and lectured various courses at UCD School of Business including Corporate Finance, Econometrics, and Financial Modelling.

Darragh earned a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) from University College Dublin in 2000, a master’s degree in Quantitative Finance from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in 2002, and a master’s degree in Statistics (MSc) from UCD in 2013 and he holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations.

Peter Haran
Peter Haran
Head of Multi-Asset Strategies

Peter Haran has been appointed to the position of Head of Multi-Asset Strategies at ILIM. Peter joined ILIM and was appointed to ILIM’s Executive Fund Management group as Head of Alternative Strategies in November 2014. In that role Peter was responsible for the management and development of ILIM’s alternative investment capabilities, including the Multi-Manager Target Return Fund, the Absolute Alpha Fund and the Irish Infrastructure Fund.

Prior to joining ILIM, Peter worked at the National Treasury Management Agency as Head of Investment Strategy for the National Pensions Reserve Fund (NPRF). Prior to his career at the NTMA, Peter was a Portfolio Manager with IIU Asset Strategies for over nine years. During that time, Peter was Fund Manager to the IIU European Long/Short Fund and the IIU Breakout Managed Futures Fund.

Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Dublin City University and a master’s degree in Computer Applications, also from Dublin City University.

Ronan Bradley
Ronan Bradley
Head of Quantitative Research

Ronan leads the Research team within the Quantitative Strategies Group, responsible for researching, back-testing and implementing quantitative investment strategies across a variety of asset classes.

Within the equity space, he has led the research agenda which now covers over 100 proprietary factors and developed ILIM’s multi-factor stock selection model. In the area of foreign exchange, he has developed the last two iterations of ILIM’s currency model. Within asset allocation, he has developed the Dynamic Share to Cash model, a core component of ILIM’s multi-asset funds, and more recently a Bond-Cash model for sovereign fixed income strategies. Other research areas include the development and deployment of asset risk models and portfolio optimisation tools. 

Prior to joining ILIM, Ronan earned a PhD in Electromagnetic Modelling (TCD), a master’s degree in Theoretical Physics (TCD), and a BSc. in Physics and Applied Mathematics (QUB).

Elaine O'Shea
Elaine O'Shea
Senior Portfolio Manager

Elaine is part of the Defined Benefit Client Relationship team in ILIM.

Prior to joining ILIM, she spent 14 years with Danske Bank, initially as money market manager of the then National Irish Bank balance sheet, taking responsibility for the bank’s funding and liquidity requirements whilst managing the bank’s interest rate risk. More recently Elaine developed and managed the Fixed Income & derivative sales desk at Danske, dealing mostly with institutional and large multinational corporate clients. In this role, Elaine gained experience working with Irish pension funds offering risk modelling, LDI and sovereign annuity portfolio construction services. Elaine served as a trustee of Danske Bank Hybrid pension scheme. Previously, Elaine also worked for Pfizer corporate treasury, MeesPierson Investor Services and AIB Security Services. Elane earned a master’s in Real Estate from DIT and also studied the MSc. Investment & Treasury at DCU.

Paul Murray
Paul Murray
Quantitative Portfolio Manager

As a member of the Quantitative Research team, Paul is responsible for the ongoing identification and refinement of ILIM’s proprietary factor model inputs and multi-factor modelling approach. Since joining ILIM, he has led several research projects, including ESG factor identification.

Paul has over 10 years of investment experience at leading buy-side institutions. Prior to joining ILIM, he worked for Callisto Asset Management, a systematic equity market neutral fund manager, where he was a Senior Research Analyst and Portfolio Manager responsible for the development and oversight of investment strategies.

He also held a quantitative research position at Fidelity International, where he was involved in the development of global equity strategies and was co-lead on the systematic-based optimised and passive fund mandates, which held a combined AUM of c. $3 billion. Before joining Fidelity, Paul spent four years as a senior member of the Quantitative Equity team at Pioneer Investment Management, where he was responsible for alpha strategy development and portfolio management of the Pioneer European Quant Equity fund ($1billion AUM).

Paul has an MSc in Quantitative Finance from University College Dublin, and a BSc in Financial & Actuarial Mathematics from Dublin City University. He also holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) from the CFA Society of the UK

Ruoxi Dong
Ruoxi Dong
Quantitative Portfolio Solution Analyst

Ruoxi has worked in ILIM’s Quantitative Strategies Group since June 2015. He is primarily responsible for portfolio modelling as part of the Portfolio Solutions team. This includes simulation, backtesting, research and implementation of modelling methodologies, along with modelling system maintenance. 

Prior to joining ILIM, Ruoxi obtained a BSc in both Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Finance from Xiamen University China over the course of 2010-2014. He graduated with first class honours in MSc Quantitative Finance at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland in 2015.

Brian Murphy
Brian Murphy
Fund Manager

Brian is part of the Indexed Fund Management team in ILIM, responsible for managing a range of equity and fixed income indexed funds. Brian joined ILIM in 1992 and worked for a year in external client reporting, followed by nine years in active fund management as a Portfolio Construction Manager. He then spent over three years as Manager of the ILIM IT Business Analyst team, before returning to fund management and joining the Indexed Investment Team in 2007.

Prior to joining ILIM, Brian worked within the Irish Life group in a number of business and accounting roles in retail, corporate business and central financial accounting.

Brian completed his final Association of Chartered Certified Accountants exams in 1991 and the Institute of Investment Management & Research exams in 1995.

Michael Lynch
Michael Lynch
Indexed Fund Manager

Michael is part of the Indexed Fund Management team in ILIM, responsible for a range of indexed equity funds.

Prior to joining ILIM in 2006, he worked for six years on the trading desk in Investment Technology Group Europe.

Michael graduated with an honours degree in Commerce from UCC and holds a master’s degree in Economics from UCC. Michael completed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme in 2011.

Peter Leonard
Peter Leonard
Indexed Fund Manager

Peter is part of the Indexed Fund Management team in ILIM, responsible for the management of a range of equity and fixed income indexed funds.

Prior to joining ILIM in 2012, Peter worked in the investments industry for 8 years as a private client fund manager and in investment management audit.

Peter graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2003 with a B.A. Honours Business & Economics degree, qualified as a chartered accountant (ACA) in 2006 and as a Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA) in 2008. Peter received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2011.

Brian Faley
Brian Faley
Senior Portfolio Manager

Brian joined ILIM in 2012 and is a Senior Portfolio Manager in the Portfolio Solutions team. He is responsible for the development and management of multi-asset solutions, portfolio modelling and product research and design.   

Brian previously worked on ILIM’s Indexation team, where he was responsible for managing a range of equity, fixed income and fx hedged indexed funds.

Prior to joining ILIM in 2012, Brian spent three years as an investment analyst with Johnson & Johnson where he was responsible for the management of Johnson & Johnson’s money market investments.

Brian has an MSc in Business Analytics from UCD Smurfit Business School, a B.A. Honours degree in Business & Economics from Trinity College Dublin and is a CFA charterholder.

Nicola Dowdall
Nicola Dowdall
Indexed Fund Manager

Nicola is part of ILIM’s Indexed Fund Management team, responsible for managing a range of indexed equity funds. She joined ILIM in 1998 and worked for two years as an investment accountant within the finance department, before joining the Indexed Fund Management team in 2000.  

Prior to joining ILIM, Nicola worked as an audit manager in practice. Nicola completed her Association of Chartered Certified Accountants exams in 1997.

Eoin Diffley
Eoin Diffley
ESG Product Manager

Eoin is part of the Responsible Investing team in ILIM.  Prior to joining the RI team, Eoin worked in the Index Equity team as a fund manager for six years where Eoin managed many of ILIM’s ESG investment mandates.  Eoin has been heavily involved in ILIM’s ESG journey since joining.  Prior to ILIM Eoin trained in KPMG Dublin as a chartered account for four years. He also worked in Infrastructure and Debt Advisory in AMP Capital Sydney for over four years until August 2015.

Eoin earned a B.Comm with a specialism in finance from University College Dublin in 2006. While in Australia, Eoin received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.  Eoin has also undertaken ESG education such as the CFA Institute Certificate in ESG Investing and the CFA Certificate in Climate and Investing, where Eoin was chosen as part of the initial pilot scheme for both.  Eoin is also on the board of CFA Society Ireland where he is actively involved and is the current and founding Chairperson of the society’s ESG Committee. 

John Tarpey
John Tarpey
Fund Manager

John is part of the Fixed Income Fund Management team, and is the lead portfolio manager on a range of strategies including corporate bonds and ESG emerging market hard currency.” 

 John previously worked as a fund manager on the Indexed Equity team. John also worked as an analyst on the Portfolio Construction team, responsible for asset allocation and liquidity management for all portfolios, as well as modelling and generating market orders for active equity funds and overlay strategies.

Before joining ILIM in February 2013, John spent three years as a Performance Analyst in Pioneer Investments.

John earned a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from NUIG and an MSc in Computational Finance from University of Limerick. John is a CFA Charterholder.

Sean Coffey
Sean Coffey
Indexed Fund Manager

Sean is part of the Indexed Fund Management team in ILIM, responsible for the management of a range of equity indexed funds. Sean joined ILIM in January 2016. Prior to joining ILIM, Sean worked for 7 years in Cantor Fitzgerald, in Risk Management and on the Trading Desk.

Sean graduated from University College Dublin in 2008 with a B.SC. Economics and Finance degree. Sean is a Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA) and received his CFA Charter in 2016

Ciarán Gargan
Ciarán Gargan
Indexed Fund Manager

Ciaran is part of the Indexed Fund Management team in ILIM, responsible for the management of a range of indexed equity funds. Ciaran previously worked as an analyst on the Portfolio Construction team, responsible for asset allocation and liquidity management for all portfolios as well as modelling and generating market orders for all active equity investing funds. Ciaran also worked as a Performance Analyst and in Operations in ILIM.

Prior to joining ILIM in 2006 Ciaran worked for AIB as a securities officer for 3 years.

Ciaran graduated with an honours degree in Electronic Engineering & Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin in 2003. Ciaran completed an M.Sc. in Investments Treasury & Banking in Dublin City University in 2012.

Daire Mulgrew
Daire Mulgrew
Indexed Fund Manager

Daire is part of the Indexed Fund Management team in ILIM, responsible for a range of indexed equity funds. Daire previously worked as a Performance Analyst in ILIM responsible for Performance Measurement, Attribution and Appraisal across ILIM’s suite of funds.

Prior to joining ILIM in 2015 Daire worked for State Street for 5 years and Bloomberg for 2 years in fund pricing and market data roles.

Daire graduated from University of Liverpool in 2006 with a B.A. Honours degree in Financial Economics and received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2017.

Stephen Holland
Stephen Holland
Head of US & Canadian Partnerships

Stephen joined ILIM in 2019 as Head of US & Canadian Partnerships. Stephen has over twenty five years of experience working in global investment management across a range of business management, strategic and client facing roles.

Stephen joined ILIM from ICM Limited, a boutique global investment management business.  Prior to this, Stephen was a Director at KKR working as part of KKR's Client & Partner Group in Europe.  Stephen also worked at Abbey Capital, a Dublin-based hedge fund that is focused on managed futures and global macro strategies.  Stephen also spent 13 years working in the United States where he was a Director of Bank of Ireland Asset Management (U.S.) Limited and head of the business development team for North America.

Stephen has a B.A. in Economics from University College Cork and an MBA from Fordham University, New York.  Stephen is an Associate of the Society of Investment professionals (ASIP) and a member of the CFA Institute and has a Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors in Ireland.

Shane Murphy
Shane Murphy
Alternatives Portfolio Manager

Shane joined ILIM in August 2006 and is a senior Alternatives Portfolio Manager

He has a BA in Mathematics from TCD, as well as master’s degrees in Quantitative Finance (UCD) and Investment & Treasury (DCU). 

Prior to joining ILIM in 2006, Shane began his career in Naspa Dublin in 2003, where he worked as a credit analyst.  Upon joining ILIM, Shane worked in the Quantitative Strategies team for ten years before moving to his current role in the Alternative Strategies team.

Martin O’Reilly
Martin O’Reilly
Head of Property

Martin, as a member of the Fund Management Executive, holds overall responsibility for Property Fund Management in ILIM. He oversees the property team’s fund management, asset management and investment transacting functions.

He is a general practice chartered surveyor with over 30 years’ experience in commercial property investment. He joined Irish Life in 1990 where his work in the Property Investment area has ranged from fund and portfolio management of a number of ILIM’s Irish and UK Property Funds, to investment transacting of property investments in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe.

Martin holds a BSc (Surveying) from Trinity College, Dublin and a Diploma in Property Economics from the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a member of Society of Chartered Surveyor Ireland and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Deirdre Hayes
Deirdre Hayes
Head of Irish Commercial Property

Deirdre is responsible for strategically driving asset management initiatives across the property portfolio  enhancing income and capital value through a number of initiatives including leasing, major redevelopment and refurbishment projects.

She is a general practice chartered surveyor with over 24 years’ experience in commercial property Prior to joining Irish Life, Deirdre was Managing Director of Aramark property and a board member of Aramark Northern Europe where she was responsible for the management and development of the business, enhancing service delivery and driving change strategies. Prior to joining Aramark, Deirdre was a founding partner of HT Meagher O Reilly (now Knight Frank).

Deirdre holds a BSc (Surveying) from Trinity College, Dublin and a Diploma in Property Economics from the Dublin Institute of Technology. She is a member of Society of Chartered Surveyor Ireland and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Brendan O’Regan
Brendan O’Regan
Head of Property Funds

Brendan is responsible for the fund management of ILIM’s direct and indirect property funds on behalf of institutional and retail investors. 

He joined Irish Life in 2015 and has over 20 years’ experience in asset management, fund management, fund structuring, private equity, credit, direct and indirect investment. He is former Head of Real Estate at the National Pensions Reserve Fund and Head of Origination at the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, both managed by the NTMA. He was also a Senior Manager with AIB and an Associate Director with Savills. He qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1999 with King Sturge (now JLL) in London.

Brendan holds a BSc (Estate Management) from Oxford Brookes University and is a member of Society of Chartered Surveyor Ireland and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

David Eggers
David Eggers
Senior Manager – Investment Transactions

David is responsible for property transactions.

David is a general practice chartered surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in commercial and residential property investment. He joined Irish Life in 2007 and is responsible for sourcing new acquisitions, disposals and maximising opportunities that match the investment objectives of the Investment Management (property) business.

Prior to joining David previously served in a variety of roles in property investment business’ in the UK and Ireland including Jones Lang La Salle, DTZ and for a period in Bank lending.

David holds a BSc (Surveying) from South Bank University, London . He is an associate member of the Society of Chartered Surveyor Ireland and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Lorraine Boylan
Lorraine Boylan
Fund Services Client Manager

Lorraine is the Fund Services Client Manager in ILIM and has worked in Irish Life for over 15 years.  Joining Irish Life in 2002 Lorraine worked as part of the Operations team in Corporate Business before moving to ILIM in 2005.  Lorraine has held a number of positions in ILIM including Marketing Information Manager and Client Services Manager.

In 2016 Lorraine took up the role of Fund Services Client Manager and has responsibility for ensuring the delivery of a quality service to our clients who engage ILIM to provide fund administration and asset servicing .  Lorraine holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies from DCU and is a Qualified Financial Advisor.

Aoibheann Treacy
Aoibheann Treacy
Head of Individual Markets

As part of the Investment Development Management team, Aoibheann is responsible for leading the Retail Investment Development Team. The team is responsible for supporting investment sales, product development and operational initiatives across a multi-channel intermediary distribution network.

Prior to joining ILIM in 2018, Aoibheann was Head of Sales & Marketing for Key Capital Investment Management, who specialise in Alternative investments. Aoibheann has held previous roles as Vice President - Senior Business Development & Relationship Management for the State Street Global Advisors, Finance & IT for Bank of Ireland Trust Services, Private Banking and Custody Services.

She holds a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation. She graduated from Dublin City University with a MSc in Investment & Treasury. Aoibheann holds a BA in Economics, Postgraduate in Applied Economics, Postgraduate in Computer Science from University College Cork. She is a member of the Institute of Bankers and a QFA holder.

Gillian Errity
Gillian Errity
Senior Portfolio Manager

Gillian joined ILIM in February 2016 as Head of Platform Portfolio Management in the Retail Investment Development Team with responsibility for working with key Partners on the Irish Life Portus Platform. In 2022 Gillian joined the Defined Contribution Team in ILIM as a Senior Portfolio Manager with responsibility for servicing the investment requirements of our occupational pension scheme clients and investment consultants.          

Gillian has over 20 years of investment management experience. Prior to joining ILIM, Gillian spent 11 years in London with the boutique asset management firm J O Hambro Capital Management. Before that Gillian spent 2 years with Invesco Perpetual in their Dublin office.

Gillian graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with a BSC Honours Science degree followed by a H Dip in Business Studies from Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, UCD. Gillian also completed the Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA) qualification in 2019.

Cian O’Mahony
Cian O’Mahony
Head of Financial Planning Relationship

Cian O’Mahony is an Investment Manager with Irish Life Investment Managers (ILIM) and has over 15 years’ experience in the financial services sector. Having started his career in retail banking, he went on to work in brokerage and derivatives trading before spending the past 7 years in investment management, servicing investors across Europe and the Nordics, focusing on the Irish market upon joining ILIM in 2016.

A graduate of Dublin Business School, Cian holds a Master of Business Studies from the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, a Master of Science in Financial Services and Graduate Diploma from UCD. He also has professional qualifications, which include the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation, Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA), Registered Stockbroker (RS) and MSTA from the Society of Technical Analysts.

Alan Duffy
Alan Duffy
Quantitative Portfolio Manager

As a member of the Quantitative Strategies Group, Alan is responsible for development projects involving the teams systematic investment strategies with focus on High Yield Equity.

Alan has over 10 years of investment experience at tier 1 institutions. Prior to joining ILIM, he worked in the proprietary trading group of Credit Suisse AG, where he was Portfolio Manager responsible for arbitrage strategies. Alan started his career at UBS AG where he completed the graduate training program and worked on the trading floor as an Equity Trader managing a client and proprietary trading book.  

Alan has an MSc in Finance from Warwick Business School, and a BSc in Economics & Finance from University College Dublin. Alan holds the Chartered Financial Analyst( CFA) designation.  

Jack Delany
Jack Delany
Quantitative Portfolio Manager

Jack joined ILIM in 2018 and is a quantitative portfolio manager within the Quantitative Strategies Group.

Prior to joining ILIM, Jack worked for RPMI Railpen in London where he was responsible for strategic asset allocation and investment modelling across a range of multi-asset funds.

Jack holds a BA Economics from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc Finance from Warwick Business School. He is a CFA charterholder.

Duncan Lyster
Duncan Lyster
Head of Residential

Duncan joined Irish Life in 2020 and is responsible for the development and management of the Irish Residential Property Fund.  IRPF was Ireland’s first open ended residential property fund offering investors access to an institutionally operated vehicle that buys and manages income producing residential property in Ireland.

He is a general practice Chartered Surveyor with over 28 years’ experience in residential and commercial property in Dublin and London.  Prior to joining Irish Life, Duncan was the Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets of Lisney, Ireland’s largest independent property agency firm with 140 people across nine offices.  Prior to that he worked with CBRE in its City of London office in the UK.

Duncan holds a BSc (Estate Management) from the University of Greenwich, London and a Diploma in Auctioneering, Valuation & Estate Agency from the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a member of Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  He completed the Leading Professional Services Firms executive education course at the Harvard Business School in 2016.

Leonie MacCann
Leonie MacCann
Senior Multi Asset Portfolio Manager

Leonie joined ILIM in 2020 and is a Senior Multi Asset Portfolio Manager in the Portfolio Solutions team.

Prior to joining ILIM, Leonie worked for IBM in their in-house asset management team covering the non-US pension plans. This covered strategic asset allocation, manager selection and portfolio management of a number of pension plans and in-house funds. Before this Leonie worked with Davy in their Private Clients business and spent a number of years as an investment consultant with Willis Towers Watson.

Leonie earned a B.A. Honours degree from Trinity College Dublin in Economics and Philosophy, a Masters in Finance from Cass Business School London and is a CFA charterholder.

Neil Corcoran
Neil Corcoran
Chief Financial Officer

Neil joined ILIM as Chief Financial Officer in 2020.

Neil has over 25 years’ experience across financial services and has held a variety of senior finance roles covering asset management, banking and asset servicing. He joined ILIM from Bank of Ireland Group where he was Director of Group Finance. Previous roles within Bank of Ireland included CFO for the Irish Retail Division and Head of Finance for Bank of Ireland Asset Management.

Neil is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and holds a BSc in Management.

Rory Bracken
Rory Bracken
Indexed Fund Manager

Rory joined ILIM's Indexed Fund Management team in 2020 and is responsible for managing a range of indexed equity funds.

Rory was previously an investment manager with Legal & General Investment Management, an equity portfolio manager with KBC Asset Management, and an investment manager with Davy.

Rory graduated from University College Dublin in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance. He has been a CFA Charterholder since 2017 and completed the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing in 2021.

Maurice Howell
Maurice Howell
Indexed Fund Manager

Maurice is part of ILIM's Indexed Fund Management team, responsible for managing a range of indexed equity funds.

Maurice was previously a senior investment manager at Legal & General Investment Management and an equity portfolio manager at Amundi, formerly Pioneer Investments. He also holds an adjunct lecturer position at TCD Business School.

Maurice graduated from UCC in 2006 with a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and also has an MSc in Financial Economics.

Thais Camolesi Guimaraes
Thais Camolesi Guimaraes
ESG Specialist

Thais joined ILIM in 2020 as part of the Responsible Investment team. Her main activities involve engagement with investee companies, development of thematic research, and support to strategy development. Specifically, Thais is responsible for engagement on the natural capital and climate adaptation themes. Her other activities involve the support to voting and portfolio screening activities, ESG integration across different asset classes, and investment communications.

Prior to joining ILIM, Thais worked for almost four years at the Center for Sustainability Studies at Getulio Vargas Foundation, a Think Tank in Brazil, as part of the teams of the Sustainable Finance Program, the Trends in Ecosystem Services Business Initiative, and the Business for Climate Platform. During that time, Thais supported companies to develop their nature and climate strategies, assisting pilot projects, delivering training courses and workshops, and producing a number of thought leadership reports. She has also worked as a sustainability consultant for clients such as the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) on projects focused on the business sector, including water risk management and climate change adaptation.

Thais holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Environmental Management from the University of Sao Paulo and a Master of Science degree in Climate Change from Maynooth University.

Juan Pablo Martinez
Juan Pablo Martinez
ESG Specialist

Juan Pablo joined ILIM's Responsible Investing Team in 2020 and currently works as a Senior Associate ESG Specialist, supporting ILIM's investment stewardship activities, ESG product integration and overseeing proxy voting with a focus on Net Zero strategies.

Prior to joining ILIM, Juan Pablo worked for Anheuser-Busch InBev in the Procurement Sustainability and People departments. He has also done research on Energy Economics and worked as a part-time Macroeconomics lecturer for NUI Galway.

Juan Pablo holds a BSc in International Business from Universidad Anahuac Mexico and graduated with a first-class honours MSc in Global Environmental Economics at NUI Galway

Dara O'Brien
Dara O'Brien
Head of Brokerage Relationship

Dara has spent the past 16 years working in the Financial Services Industry. Following 12 years in retail banking, where he advised on financial planning and wealth management from personal investment plans to group pension schemes and everything in between, he then moved to KBC Asset Management where he spent the next 4 years supporting their distribution network in Ireland.

Dara holds degrees in Law and Arts from NUI Galway and is also a Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA). A keen believer in demystifying the world of investments, he has contributed to a number of print articles and podcasts including a series with the Business Post, where he spoke on subjects ranging from Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), to Behavioural Finance. Dara joined the ILIM team as an Investment Manager in 2021 where he supports the distribution of investment products across the Financial Planning and Brokerage channels.

Tim Howes
Tim Howes
Quantitative Investment Analyst

Tim joined ILIM’s Quantitative Strategies Group as a Quantitative Investment Analyst in 2021. He is responsible for supporting fund performance and new strategy development through undertaking quantitative studies and analysis.

 Tim has an MSc in Computational Mathematical Finance from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Financial Mathematics from University College Dublin.

Jaime Sanchez
Jaime Sanchez
ESG Specialist

Jaime joined ILIM in 2021 as an ESG Specialist within the Responsible Investment Team, focusing on the analysis and development of the ESG exclusion and integration strategies. Prior to joining ILIM, Jaime had experience carrying out graduate-level research in the fields of ecology and paleoclimatology.

Jaime holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, an M.Sc. in Ecology, Restoration, and Environmental Management from the University of Barcelona, and an M.Sc. in Energy and Environmental Finance from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Dublin.

Andrew Young
Andrew Young
Senior Portfolio Manager

Andrew joined ILIM’s DC team in December 2021 as a Senior Portfolio Manager, with responsibility for delivering investment strategies and solutions for institutional DC clients.

Andrew most recently worked for over four years at Davy as an equity research analyst covering the healthcare sector. Prior to this he worked for five years in London, as an equity strategist for Willis Towers Watson and subsequently as an equity research analyst for Sanford Bernstein covering European Utilities.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin (UCD), an MSc in Management Consultancy from the UCD Michael Smurfit Business School, and an MSc in Finance from Trinity College, Dublin. Andrew is also a CFA charterholder.

Paul Baragwanath
Paul Baragwanath
Senior Fund Manager

Paul joined ILIM in 2019 as a Senior Fund Manager and is responsible for the ILIM European Real Estate Fund. This strategy enables investors an opportunity to diversify into Continental Europe, through an institutionally operated vehicle that buys and manages income producing assets across office, logistics, retail, residential and alternative sectors.

He has over 15 years’ experience covering investment management, asset management, fund structuring, real estate private equity, banking and capital markets. Prior to joining ILIM, Paul gained experience in a number of senior roles with Blackstone, as part of the European Real Estate Private Equity team based in London and PwC within the Banking and Capital Markets team in Dublin.

Paul is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin.

Anastasia Manousaridou
Anastasia Manousaridou
Senior ESG Specialist

Anastasia Joined ILIM in 2022 as part of the Responsible Investment team. Prior to joining ILIM, Anastasia worked at Glass Lewis for seven years providing analysis on Corporate Governance and ESG issues. Anastasia specialised in providing analysis on corporate governance standards and market trends as well as providing consultation on proxy voting policies. Anastasia also worked at Deloitte, in Risk Advisory, where she was involved in projects on board effectiveness reviews and governance policy frameworks.

Anastasia holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Democritus University of Thrace and an M.Sc. in Accounting and Finance from University of Durham.

Mihai Diaconescu
Mihai Diaconescu
ESG Specialist

Mihai is with ILIM since April 2023. During his career he worked in different areas: in Sales, Data Analytics as well as ESG with good experience in leadership roles.

Prior of joining our RI team Mihai was a Senior ESG Analyst for LSEG working on the FTSE Russell Indexes for 4 years. Before that he worked as Master Data Analyst at Accenture for a couple of years.

During his time at London Stock Exchange Group Mihai was an ESG Research Analyst across sectors, specializing in Spain and South America Markets. Mihai also took responsibility of Quality Control of the ESG data gathered working on data stewardship on all the three ESG pillars. He was also involved in interactive guidance updates for the FTSE ESG model as well as handling customer queries.

During his time at Accenture, Mihai’s responsibilities were ensuring data integrity in key systems as well as maintaining the process to support the data quality. Mihai was also involved in providing assistance in resolving data quality problems through the appropriate choice of error detection and correction, process control and improvement, or process design strategies.

Mihai holds a degree in International Business and a Master’s degree in Management and Marketing of the Organization from Romanian-American University in Bucharest.

Denise Armstrong
Denise Armstrong
Head of Specific Partnership

Denise joined ILIM in February 2023 and is responsible for managing and developing a strategic partnership within the business. Prior to joining ILIM, Denise was Head of Business Development at Cirera Capital, an emerging markets macro fund based in London and was responsible for asset raising, business development and relationship management. Denise also held previous roles as Institutional Sales at Harmonic Capital, a quant macro fund in London and Investor Relations at Lyxor Asset Management in New York. Denise commenced her career at Societe Generale Securities Services and has over 10 years’ experience in the investment management industry.

Denise graduated from Dublin City University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies (Finance Specialism). Denise holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and FINRA Series 3 Securities license.

Dee Hogan
Dee Hogan
Strategic HR Business Partner

Dee joined ILIM in April 2023 as Strategic HR Business Partner. She has 17 years’ experience as a HR professional, of which 13 years is across Financial Services.

Prior to joining ILIM, Dee was based in London and held the role of Head of HR for J O Hambro Capital Management Limited, an active investment management company. Prior to that, Dee spent 6 years with Chubb Insurance as HR Consultant.

Dee holds a degree in History from UCD, and a PGDip in Business Studies from the UCD Smurfit Business School and a PGDip in Human Resources Management from the London Metropolitan University.

 

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