Our advocates

Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy

I became a Chartered Accountant member in 2006. I currently work as a director and engagement lead within Deloitte Ireland’s Consumer & Technology Business (CTB) Audit department. I work predominantly with the firm’s largest family and privately owned clients (audit and non-audit) but also have experience with public interest entities including PCAOB clients.

I lecture and present extensively on behalf of Chartered Accountants Ireland on a range of topics including audit, financial accounting/reporting, finance, ethics, corporate governance, and strategy. I have also been involved in the delivery of the Institute’s Diploma in IFRS and Certificate in Irish/UK GAAP.

In 2019/2020 I was Chair of Chartered Accountants Leinster Society. During my term I introduced a series of Wellness events to the society’s events calendar including seminars from David Gillick, Neil Kelders, Kevin McManamon, and Pat Divilly. This was the first time wellness events had been run and it proved very popular.

When did you hear about CA support?

Whilst I was always aware of CA Support, its relaunch at the end of 2019 really showcased to me the great support the CA Support team provide to members and students of Chartered Accountants Ireland. I joined the Board of CA Support in early 2020.

What about CA Support resonates with you and why?

Being an extremely busy Chartered Accountant for the last number of years myself I can resonate with how members can become overwhelmed, stressed, possibly burnt out. As a Chartered Accountants Lecturer, I can also see the continuous pressure students face to be successful in their personal and work lives as well as passing their exams. The services and resources of CA Support can offer much needed independent, confidential guidance when members and students really need it.

Why are you an advocate for CA Support?

I am a proud Chartered Accountant and am passionate about the welfare of our members and students. I became involved in CA Support to lend whatever assistance I can to increase awareness of the services and resources of this initiative.

Patricia Barker

Pat Barker

I am a Chartered Accountant since 1973 and lectured part-time in Business Ethics in DCU. My other experience includes:

  • Non-executive director of Dublin Bus, Chairman of the Audit Committee
  • Non-executive director of The Marine Institute, Chairman of the Audit Committee
  • Non-executive member of the Board of Tallaght Hospital, member of the Audit Committee and Governance Committee
  • Non-executive member of the Audit Committee of Rehab
  • Member of the Council of Chartered Accountants Ireland, Chairman of the Education Board
  • Volunteer - Rape Crisis Centre, trainer of volunteer counsellors

When did you hear about CA support?

I bounced into this profession of ours some fifty years ago, full of the bravado and enthusiasm of youth.   When I paid my first annual subscription as a self-assured, confident Chartered Accountant facing a world full of possibilities and opportunities, I was aghast at the idea that I was being asked to subscribe to the Benevolent Society. It was inconceivable to me then that Chartered Accountants could find themselves in need of financial support. I ignored the appeal and dismissed it as just another rip-off.

Since then, life happened to me. Now I know that no matter how smart, honest, and hardworking we are, we can be hit by ill-health, stress, family tragedies, trauma, collapse of business, dishonest partners, marriage breakup and a myriad of other punches to our solar plexus. Often, we are resilient enough to cope. Sometimes we are not. When we are not, we need the kindness of friends. 

What about CA Support resonates with you and why?

The Benevolent Society has changed, and it is now CA Support and has expanded its services. It gives the kindness of friends to members and students who are overwhelmed by any of the range of blows that can hit them. They provide emotional or other practical help, including counselling, legal advice, career development, wellness coaching and financial support.   

Why I am an advocate for CA Support?

I have lived a life as a Chartered Accountant in practice, in academe, as a Council member, a member of the Accounting Standards Board and as a company director. I am also a mother, a granny and counsellor for the Rape Crisis Centre. In all of those roles, I have learned that one of the most significant things we can achieve in our lives is to be kind to people we meet who are in distress in the dark moments of their life. CA Support does that for my fellow Chartered Accountants and I wholeheartedly support them and commend their work.

 

Tony Og Regan

Tony Og Regan

In 2005 I began my apprenticship with DHKN in Galway and qualified in 2009. I worked in industry for 6 years as a finance manager in the charity and financial services sectors. In 2016 I left my accountancy role to pursue a new career in performance psychology. I have worked with many of Irelands leading high performance teams in sport and business including All Ireland champions Tipperary 2016 and Limerick hurlers in 2019. In addition to being a Chartered Accountants I also have:

  • MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Accredited Diploma in Life and Executive Coaching
  • Higher diploma in Economic Science
  • Certificate in physical conditioning for sport
  • Certificate in mindfulness

I am a Performance and Wellbeing Coach and currently run my own performance coaching business that inspires, supports, and enables people, teams, and organisations to achieve peak wellbeing and performance.

When did you hear about CA support?

Through the weekly newsletters I saw the link regarding services and supports available.

What resonates with you about CA Support and why?

From personal experiences, having support networks throughout our personal and professional lives is critical during challenging times or during changes in our lives. Using coaches/mentors to explore career opportunities or areas of development in our current roles or personal life. Discussing career transition possibilities and ways to achieve ambitions with a career coach is invaluable throughout our career. Speaking with mental health experts if we are suffering from mental health issues is very beneficial for living a healthy and prosperous life.

Why are you an advocate of support for CA?

During my time as a trainee I really struggled with exams and the disappointment of not passing them was a huge setback. Being out of contract and being unqualified after 4 years of really hard work was a tough experience. I think professional supports like coaches, mentors, and counsellors during this time would have been beneficial to help me cope better and ease through these hard times that will come to most during a professional career.

Website: www.tonyogregan.ie

Email: support@tonyogregan.ie

Nuala McAdams

Nuala McAdams

I began my journey as a Chartered Accountant after a few years out of University and away from exams. Taking the step into accountancy was a step into a new world full of travelling, new skills, new people and a challenging work-life balance. I am now a member, but at times I struggled with the pressures of work and study; and being away from family and friends

When did you hear about CA Support?

I became aware of CA Support in the final year of my studies through my involvement in the Student Societies. I regret not hearing about these services until I was at the end of my studies as there so much support is available.

What about CA support resonates with you and why?

I was fortunate to act as Chair of the Chartered Accountants Students Society in Ireland in 2019/20, having previously acted as the Education Officer. I organised a Mental Health awareness event in Belfast and it focused on stress and anxiety and how to work through these feelings and CA Support information was available. As we all adapt and take a little more responsibility in caring for the mental well-being the event was welcomed by both students and firms. In the wake of the current pandemic, mental health is a very real concern for everyone. Working from home brings with it some very real feelings of isolation and anxiety. We must continue to support those who can provide help and advice to those struggling in this difficult time, CA Support is our mechanism for this.

Why I am an advocate for CA Support?

Throughout my time in the Student Society I was contacted by many students who faced difficulties around examination anxiety, job security and health concerns. My awareness of CA Support allowed me to signpost accordingly. My key takeaway from my year as Chair was that the profile of CA Support needed to be raised if we were to truly support our members and students.

Increasing awareness of CA Support is something I am passionate about as it is vital that our students and members know how to find help for themselves or colleagues in need. This is the reason I am proud to act as an advocate for CA Support, to promote this service and the exceptional work done by their staff.

CA Support is available to both students and members throughout their career. We may not need this help right now, but there are many uncertainties in the future, be it job security, advice on financial matters, career advice or health concerns. It gives me great comfort to know that if I do need help, CA Support will be there for me.

If you can help just one person by sharing information on this service, think what could happen if we all spread the word.

Karl Flood

Karl Flood

I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991 and went on to complete a Diploma in Management Practice in early 2000’s and a Masters in Executive Leadership in 2012 with Ulster University.

I also hold a Diploma in Industrial Relations from National College of Ireland. Over the years, I have attended and enjoyed Leinster Society Toastmasters evenings and completed my Competent Communicator course through them.

I have worked in CIE Group both in Bus Eireann and CIE Holding company since 1998 in both Financial Accounting and Internal auditing roles.

I have been a volunteer in Dublin Branch of the Samaritans since 2003. I am also a Director and Honorary Secretary of our national organisation Samaritans Ireland since 2017.

When did you hear about CA support?

As both a member of CAI and through my volunteer work, I have always been conscious of the supports that CAI have in place for its members, students, and wider community.

What about CA Support resonates with you and why?

I am very aware of the complexities, challenges, and pressures of modern life for so many people across a wide range of issues from job pressures/exam pressures to financial, health, emotional and family pressures. Furthermore, I am also very mindful of the increased pace of modern life and the uncertainties that can sometimes bring compared to when I, was a student/teenager during the early 1980s.

Why are you an advocate for CA Support?

As a CA, I believe that CA Support is unique and can provide  a targeted  support to members, students and their families and is well placed to understand ,empathise as well as being able  to provide the time and space to those in need of our support often in challenging circumstances.

We never know in life what is around the corner and am happy to support the great work of CA Support.