Registrar of Credit Unions appointment

17 November 2022 Press Release

Elaine Byrne
The Central Bank of Ireland has appointed Elaine Byrne as Registrar of Credit Unions. She will take up the position on 21 November.  In this role she will be responsible for the regulation and supervision of the credit union sector in Ireland. 

Commenting on the appointment, Governor Makhlouf said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Elaine Byrne as Registrar of Credit Unions. Elaine brings a strong track record of leadership, broad supervisory experience, and deep understanding of the credit union sector, both domestic and international. I look forward to working with her as we continue to enhance the resilience of credit unions from a supervisory and regulatory perspective in order that the sector can meet the needs of its members into the future.”

Elaine joined the Central Bank in 1987 and has occupied leadership positions in the Banking Supervision Division, Legal and Finance Division and in the Registry of Credit Unions, including as Deputy Registrar of Credit Unions since 2006. She is the current Chair of the International Credit Union Regulators Network (ICURN), the global network for the supervision of financial cooperatives.

Prior to joining the Central Bank Elaine qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.   Elaine holds a BComm from University College Dublin, a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors and in 2022 was admitted to the Institute of Directors in London as a Chartered Director. 

She succeeds Patrick Casey, who was appointed as Head of Consumer Protection Policy in June 2022.