ACOI Council


References to Council mean the Council of Directors and references to members of Council replaces previous references to Board of Directors. For clarity, members of Council of ACOI are the directors of the the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland.


Kathy Jacobs

Kathy Jacobs is an experienced compliance and risk professional, working in these fields over 20 years, mainly in retail banking and also worked in payments fintech and insurance broking.  She originally qualified as a chartered accountant in London before returning to Ireland in 2000 to commence a career in regulatory compliance.  She has deep subject matter expertise in Anti-money laundering and terrorist financing and sanctions, data protection, and customer protection.  Kathy established and was Chair of the ACOI’s Data Protection Working Group and also chaired its Financial Crime Compliance Working Group.  She has been a member of Council of ACOI for 9 years and is currently President. 


Diarmuid Whyte

Diarmuid Whyte qualified as a Chartered Accountant working in KPMG in 2010. He has been a member of ACOI since 2013 and joined the Council of ACOI in January 2017. He holds the LCOI Professional Diploma in Compliance. 

He is Director EMEA Client Asset Oversight in Citi Bank. Previously he was Head of Compliance and Client Asset Oversight in Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland Limited. Prior to this Diarmuid was the Chief Risk Officer and Head of Compliance for Willis Towers Watson in Ireland. This position included direct responsibility for a MiFID regulated investment firm, three trustee businesses, three businesses operating as investment and insurance mediation firms for the provision of individual life, pension, investment advisory services and two non-life intermediaries providing a broad range of insurance services.

Diarmuid also worked for the Central Bank of Ireland, where he was a member of MiFID and Client Asset Inspection units from 2010 to 2013.

Séamus Canning

Séamus Canning worked in the Financial Services for the past 35 years in various roles in the area of insurance claims. He has worked for an insurer, several loss adjusting companies in Ireland and the UK and latterly as a consultant acting on behalf of the consumer providing assistance with their insurance claims. He is also currently Chair of the Oversight Committee of St. Joseph’s Aviation Credit Union in Dublin Airport.

Séamus is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters. He is an Accredited Mediator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has an International MBA from DCU and recently obtained a MSc. in Compliance from UCD in association with the Institute of Banking. He is a Fellow of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland and is a Certified Data Protection Officer and Certified Financial Crime Prevention Practitioner. Séamus joined the Council of ACOI in January 2017.

Coleman Hudson

Coleman Hudson is a Licentiate of the Compliance Officers in Ireland and a Certified Data Protection Officer. He is currently Head of Compliance at Aon Risk Solutions. Prior to this he worked various positions in the Central Bank of Ireland. He is the current President for the Insurance Institute of Dublin and also served as the Institute's honorary CPD Officer.

Coleman is a member of the IBA Compliance Committee since 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations. Coleman joined the Council of the ACOI in January 2017.

Mick Stewart

Mick Stewart is Head of Regulatory Risk and Data Protection/DPO in Permanent TSB, having joined in 2017. From 2011 to 2016 he was Deputy Head of Consumer Protection in the Central Bank covering all financial services sectors at various stages during his tenure. He represented the Central Bank both domestically, on Government committees, and internationally on ESA committees.

From 2014 Mick served a three year term as a director of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board and a member of its Audit Committee. Prior to that, he worked in Bank of Ireland for 24 years holding a variety of positions in Finance, Investor Relations, Regulatory Compliance and Operational Risk.

Mick is a Fellow of the Institute of Accounting Technicians in Ireland, Licentiate of the Institute of Bankers, a Licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland and a Certified Data Protection Officer. He was elected to the Council in January 2020.

Claudette Whyte

Claudette Whyte has been an ACOI member since 2015 and is a Fellow of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland, Certified Data Protection Officer and Certified Financial Crime Prevention Practitioner, having completed the MSc in Compliance delivered by the IOB and awarded by UCD. Claudette works in Compliance Assurance at Barclays. Prior to this, she worked in various positions in Compliance, Legal and Forensic Investigation.

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