Our team of lecturers for the Diploma in Forensic Accounting are:
PATRICK D'ARCY -
DIRECTOR, FORENSIC & INVESTIGATION SERVICES - GRANT THORNTON
Patrick D'Arcy has more than twenty years experience involving tax, fraud and money laundering investigations and has undertaken a number of projects and investigations including governmental, regulatory and not for profit organisations. He has substantial experience in formulating and investigating money laundering schemes and in unravelling sophisticated and complex frauds involving multi-jurisdictional having international dimensions.
Patrick has acted as a specialist for engagements involving anti-money laundering reviews, involving the review and robust testing of large financial entities’ AML identification and reporting processes and assessment of appropriate risk levels inherent in client transactions, validation and verification of documentation requirements and adequacy of internal AML policies, together with the provision of tailored AML programmes.
ROSLYN LEE-SYMMONS -
DIRECTOR, FORENSIC & INVESTIGATION SERVICES - GRANT THORNTON
Roslyn Lee-Symmons is an experienced forensic accountant and a Director in Grant Thornton’s Forensic team. She has specialised in the area of forensic accounting, investigations, expert determination and Forensic Data Analytics. Ros has worked on local, national and international forensic accounting assignments in Ireland, UK, the Netherlands and the UAE. She has prepared expert witness reports in large commercial disputes listed in the High Court / Commercial Court and has undertaken forensic investigations for corporates and regulatory bodies.
Ros’s specialist areas include forensic accounting, commercial disputes, forensic data analytics, loss of profits, breach of contract, insurance claims, loss of earnings, expert witness, financial investigations, financial crime, fraud investigations, fraud training, fraud prevention, anti-money laundering, Whistleblowing and protected disclosures. Prior to joining Grant Thornton in 2017, she worked for 17 years in a Big 4 Firm as an auditor and forensic and data analytics senior manager. Ros was instrumental in leading the Data Analytics team and embedding Data Analytics into the performance of audits at a local and global level.
MARTIN ELLIOTT -
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, CYBER SECURITY - GRANT THORNTON
Martin Elliott has over 13 years of experience in information technology. During this time, he has worked in internal information security, software development and product management roles in the technology and financial services industries, as well as having worked in professional services on a wide range of projects.
Martin has extensive experience in investigations, from insider-based IP theft to malware analysis, and has been involved in a number large ediscovery cases both in Ireland and internationally. He has a broad range of knowledge across a number of technology domains and leverages this to troubleshoot and develop innovative solutions to complex problems.
Dr. Michael Harris
MIKE HARRIS -
PARTNER, CYBER SECURITY SEVICES - GRANT THORNTON
is a Partner in Grant Thornton based in Dublin where he provides IT, Cyber security and privacy services to large corporate clients across a broad range of industries. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Mike worked for 11 years in the European financial services and consulting practices of leading global professional services firms (Ernst & Young and Deloitte).
He has advised clients in Ireland and internationally on a range of IT, security and risk issues. During this time, he acted in technology leadership roles for both UK and Ireland based financial institutions. In addition, he has held IT roles in an Irish mobile telecommunications operator and a global management consultancy based in Germany.
ANDREW HARBISON -
DIRECTOR, IT FORENSIC LEAD, FORENSIC & INVESTIGATION - GRANT THORNTON
Andrew Harbison joined Grant Thornton in 2009, having previously established and led the IT forensics units at two Big Four firms.
He is the most experienced computer forensics investigator in private practice in Ireland. He has completed in excess of 350 separate computer investigations for clients ranging from multinational companies and major financial services companies to small and medium sized enterprises and private individuals. He has innovated a number of important IT investigative techniques and seen them put into Irish precedent.
He is the country’s most experienced electronic discovery practitioner and has completed dozens of e-discovery assignments under Irish, UK and US rules of evidence. As a specialist in IT incident management, he has helped a number of major firms develop their IT incident management plans.
Andy is also a highly experienced “white-hat” hacker and has conducted and managed a large number of passive and intrusion tests on clients’ IT networks, both internal and external. He has been lead instructor in hacking techniques both in a big four firms extreme hacking courses and Microsoft’s trusted computing initiative
MEL McGOVERN -
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, FORENSIC TECHNOLOGY SERVICES - GRANT THORNTON
With over 9 years of experience in eDiscovery and forensic technology Mel McGovern has established knowledge and experience in a wide variety of technologies.
Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Mel worked in London for 6 years in the Forensic Technology department of Kroll Ontrack and the Fraud Investigation and Disputes department of EY respectively.
Mel has consulting experience across a wide variety of sectors and industries, including financial/banking, software development, security, medical, telecommunications, oil & gas and government.
SHANE CARRICK -
DIRECTOR, HEAD OF DATA PROTECTION - GRANT THORNTON
Shane Carrick is senior executive with over 17 years of consulting experience in data protection, risk and compliance spanning many sectors including Financial Services (banking, insurance and aviation finance), Communications & High Tech, Transport, and Public Sector.
A strategic thinker successfully driving, shaping, influencing and managing major transformational and regulatory programmes impacting people, process and technology.
Shane set up and leads Grant Thornton’s privacy practice which specialises in pragmatic and flexible data protection related services. The approach is informed by leading European practice, the global GT network and from representing clients proactively and reactively with the Irish Data Protection Commission.
LOUISE WALSHE -
DATA PROTECTION CONSULTANT - GRANT THORNTON
Louise Walshe is passionate about all things data protection and is a highly valued member of Grant Thornton’s Data Protection Team.
Louise has enjoyed delivering data protection solutions for a range of clients including drafting key artefacts, conducting Data Protection Assessments and supporting client’s data protection teams.
Louise holds an Honours Bachelor of Civil Law degree from Dublin City University and a 1st Class Honours Masters in Law (LLM) from Trinity College Dublin. Louise is now undertaking a Masters in Data Protection and Privacy law from Dublin City University. Louise is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
SINEAD O'NEILL -
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, FORENSIC & INVESTIGATION SERVICES - GRANT THORNTON
Sinead O'Neill joined Grant Thornton team 2015 having previously worked in Restructuring and Forensics and Corporate Finance in a Big Four firm.
Sinead’s experience includes investigating whistle-blower claims in a number of publically funded entities. These claims included misappropriation of public funds, employee fraud and misconduct. Sinead also has presented on the topic of corporate governance and fraud to various business groups. Sinead has carried out a number of independent investigations across a range of sectors including a compliance review of costs in relation to specific EU legislations, and an investigation into the selling and distributing of unregistered products in the drinks market.
Sinead has also provided quantification of loss revenue and profits in relation to legal proceedings and has played a key role in producing Expert Witness Reports across a number of jurisdictions such as Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and London.
Sinead has extensive experience in conducting asset-traces on individuals for a number of financial institutions. She has also carried out a many statutory investigations into Director misconduct and filed numerous Director's Disqualification reports.
We will also welcome a number of guest speakers on some of the sessions including:
- Gearóid O'Driscoll - President, CPA Ireland & Partner, ODM Accountants
- Oliver Butler, BL