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John Crowley

Managing Director

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Tommy Doherty

Director

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Sally Wilson

Finance Director

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Marrita Kavanagh

Director

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John Walsh

Senior Manager

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Emer McDonagh

Client Manager

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Paula Kearns

Senior Manager

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Paula Kearns

Senior Manager

Paula’s career has seen her work on major financial services programmes in Ireland, the UK and the USA for over 20 years.

She has worked across a range of key accounts with clients in the financial services industry. Paula has successfully managed change initiatives from technology implementations to mergers, consolidations and regulatory driven change. She has worked in the cards and payments industry and in retail banking.

Her core skills are project management, the management of key business customer relationships and communications, risk management, and third party vendor management.

Paula is PMP certified and familiar with Software Development Lifecycle, AGILE and PMBOK methodologies.

Emer McDonagh

Client Manager

Emer has worked for the past six years in programme management roles within Irish banking, primarily in Permanent TSB. Emer’s most recent programmes include vendor selections and outsourcing of services, implementation of various Regulatory and Compliance Solutions and mobilisation of a Central Data Office. Prior to joining Pinnacle in 2013, Emer led many diverse projects and managed various banking and process operations functions at GE Money, PA Consulting Group and Unilever.

Emer holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from UCD. Her interests include scuba-diving and skiing.

John Walsh

Senior Manager

John is a Senior Manager with significant experience in the Programme and Project Management of large-scale, complex business transformation, IT systems implementations, operational efficiency initiatives and regulatory compliance projects, in Ireland and the UK. John has a demonstrated ability to manage and deliver appropriate business and technical solutions on time and within budget in payments, retail banking and insurance. In recent years, John has successfully led projects at Tesco Bank, the Dublin Airport Authority, Permanent TSB and Bank of Ireland.

Prior to joining Pinnacle, John was a Senior Manager in Financial Services with Accenture. He has recently attained a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Henley Business School, University of Reading in the UK. John also has a first class honours degree in Computer Applications from Dublin City University, has attained a Certified Diploma in Accounting & Finance (ACCA) and is a certified PMP (Project Management Professional) and ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner).

Marrita Kavanagh

Director

Marrita joined Pinnacle on 2003 and has worked with clients in Ireland, the UK and the USA. She has a very strong reputation as a programme director and manager.

Marrita’s management style is inclusive, open and honest. She believes that clear communication, sound planning and well-defined roles and responsibilities are essential ingredients for effective programme delivery.

Marrita’s leadership style is very collaborative, demonstrated by creating a ‘one team’ culture on her programmes, regardless of the mix of client staff, offshore resources and 3rd party vendors involved.

She has deep domain knowledge in card issuing and acquiring. In recent years Marrita has been engaged in numerous regulatory programmes, IT infrastructure modernisation, a ServiceNow implementation and large data migration programmes.

Marrita holds an IT qualification (ACP) from Trinity College, is certified by the PMI and is a Director and Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors. Prior to joining Pinnacle Marrita worked with the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland and Vision Consulting.

Sally Wilson

Finance Director

Sally is the Director responsible for Finance and Operations at Pinnacle. Sally has worked for over 30 years in consulting, as Financial Controller and as a Business Consultant in New York and Dublin.

Sally holds a B.A. in Law and European Studies from University of Limerick and a Diploma in Accounting and Finance from The Institute of Certified Accountants.

Tommy Doherty

Director

Tommy Doherty is a Director and co-founder of Pinnacle. He has a strong track record in delivery of major change programmes built up over 30 years.

He has been retained by leading financial institutions to deliver major change programmes across a diverse range of portfolios. His clients have included Bank of Ireland, permanent tsb, Tesco Bank, Lloyds Bank, Prudential Insurance and Capita.

His specialty is the structuring, planning and mobilisation of change delivery. He brings strong leadership to teams of client staff, contract staff and third party suppliers to get the projects delivered.

His recent work includes a retail banking expansion into new markets, outsourcing of services and compliance delivery.

John Crowley

Managing Director

John Crowley is the Managing Director of Pinnacle Project Partners. His main expertise is in banking platform modernisation and digitalisation. He has worked for the past 10 years in programme management and advisory roles at Tesco Bank, Sainsbury’s Bank, Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB.

Prior to joining Pinnacle in 2005 John worked at Elavon, Vision Consulting, Price Waterhouse and the Irish Defence Forces. Based in Dublin today, John has worked in Ireland, the UK and the USA.

John studied Mechanical Engineering at University College Galway and has an MBA from the Smurfit Business School at UCD. His interests include cycling and photography.