External Members

International Members

Professor Darinka Asenova is Professor of Risk and Governance at Glasgow Caledonian University. She has published extensively in the areas of public service provision, social risks mitigation, partnership working, governance and service innovation. Over recent years her research focused on local authority decision making within the context of spending cuts and its impact on vulnerable groups. Her most recent project completed in 2015 was entitled ‘Redistribution of Social and Societal Risk: The Impact on Individuals, Their Networks and Communities in Scotland’ (funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

Professor Rym Ayadi is Professor of financial systems at HEC Montreal and Director of the International Institute on Cooperatives, leading the International Research Initiative on Cooperative Finance. Her fields of expertise include international financial systems, financial markets and institutions, global financial regulation and governance and socio-economic development in economies in transition. Currently, her research focuses on the redesign of a global stable, sustainable and inclusive financial system that better serves economic and societal long-term objectives with particular emphasis on the diversity of corporate models, private-public partnerships and the role of financial markets to achieve developmental objectives. She is an expert member of several high-level groups in the European Commission, external advisor to the European Parliament, Mediterranean Assembly of the Mediterranean and the Union for the Mediterranean.

Henk ter Bogt

Henk ter Bogt is a Professor of Public Management at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.  After graduating, he worked in practice for over ten years before returning to the university. His main research interests include outsourcing and privatisation, performance measurement, the use of accounting information, performance auditing, and accounting changes in the public sector. He is also an associate editor of Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management and a member of the editorial boards of Financial Accountability & Management and Public Money & Management. He has published in practitioner journals and journals such as Financial Accountability & Management, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, European Accounting Review, European Journal of Law & Economics and Management Accounting Research.

Ms Noreen Byrne is a lecturer at the Department of Food Business & Development and a researcher at the Centre for Co-operative Studies at University College Cork. Her research interests to date have primarily concentrated on credit unions with a specific focus on financial inclusion and  more recently on member value and member driven innovation. More broadly she is interested in user-driven innovation and co-production in both the co-operative and public sector. She has a particular interest in how joint co-production between the provider and the user contributes to innovation, effective service delivery and efficiency.  

Professor Carolyn Cordery

Professor Carolyn Cordery (Aston Business School) Carolyn is Professor of Accounting at Aston Business School. Her research focuses on not for profit organisations' accounting and accountability, including charities and sports clubs. She is particularly interested in how these organisations are resourced (by donors/philanthropists, grants, contracts, volunteers, etc.) and the resource constraints that cause many of these organisations to be financially vulnerable. Carolyn is Joint Editor of Third Sector Review (the Journal of on Australia and New Zealand Third Sector Research), Associate Editor of Accounting History and on the editorial board of Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal.  She is a Fellow of both Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia and was a member of the New Zealand Accounting Standards Board from 2011-2016.

Professor Kevin Davis is Professor of Finance at the University of Melbourne, Research Director of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies and a Professor of Finance at Monash University. His primary research interests are financial regulation, financial institutions and markets, financial innovation and corporate finance. He is the Deputy Chair of SIRCA, a member of the Australian Competition Tribunal, and has undertaken an extensive range of consulting assignments for financial institutions, business and government. Professor Davis is a Senior Fellow of Finsia, a Fellow of FTA and holds Bachelor of Economics (Hons I) from Flinders University of South Australia and a Master of Economics from the Australian National University. He was appointed by the Federal Treasurer in December 2013 as a panel member of the Financial System Inquiry chaired by Mr David Murray.

Professor John Goddard has been Professor of Financial Economics at the University of Wales Bangor since 2005. Previously he was Professor in Economics at University of Wales, Swansea. He also has several years practitioner experience in the UK life insurance sector. His research interests are in industrial organisation, the economics of financial institutions, and the economics of professional sports. He has recent publications in Journal of Money Credit and Banking, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Forecasting, European Journal of Operational Research and International Journal of Industrial Organization. He is co-author of the monograph The Economics of Football (Cambridge University Press, 2001), and co-author of the textbook Industrial Organization: Competition, Strategy, Policy (FT Prentice Hall, 2009).

Professor Irvine Lapsley (University of Edinburgh, Scotland) has been Professor of Accounting (and latterly Professor Emeritus) atthe University of Edinburgh Business School since 1991. His research interests have focused on public sector reforms, and aspects of this research have explored this in the context of charities, government (local and central) and the NHS. He is Director of the Institute of Public Sector Accounting Research (IPSAR), at the University of Edinburgh and editor of the major journal  Financial Accountability & Management.  He holds visiting professor positions at Queen`s University, Politecnico di Milano, the University of Lund and Mannheim University. Irvine has undertaken research sponsored by, among others, the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust and the Nuffield Foundation. He has published numerous books and over 100 articles in major refereed journals. 

Stephan Leixnering is Senior Scientist at the Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. His research focuses on the governance and organization of the public sector. He also works on the emergence of organizational forms and ethical aspects of organization and management. His current research covers collaborative city governance, issues of public corporate governance, the effectiveness of public auditing, and the institutionalization of the corporation as a legal form.

Dr Olive McCarthy is a senior lecturer with the Department of Food Business and Development and a researcher with the Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork (UCC). Her research interests include co-operative organisation and management issues, stakeholder participation in co-operatives, performance measurement and financial inclusion. Her research has been conducted mainly into credit unions, community co-operatives and agricultural co-operatives, on which she has published widely. She coordinates the MSc in Co-operative and Social Enterprise by online learning and the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Co-operative Organisation, Food Marketing and Rural Development in UCC. She is also closely associated with the UCC Credit Union Pathways Programme.

Professor Renate Meyer is Professor and head of the Institute for Organisation Studies at WU Vienna University of Business Administration. She is also permanent visiting professor at Copenhagen Business School. Her research focuses on new organisational forms, governance structures and changes in accounting systems in the public sector. Renate has been a member of the executive board of the European Group for Organisational Studies (EGOS) since 2008, serving as chairperson between 2011 and 2014. She is a member several editorial boards, including Organization Studies and Research in the Sociology of Organizations, and has published in such journals as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Annals, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Organization, Public Administration, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, or Journal of Management Inquiry

Professor Riccardo Mussari

Professor Riccardo Mussari is Professor of Public Financial Management at the Department of Business and Law, of the University of Siena, Italy. He has been visiting scholar at several European, USA, Australian and Japanese Universities. He has published extensively on public sector accounting and management issues, with refereed articles in international journals, books, chapters. He is member of the Scientific Boards of National and International academic journals. He consults, also internationally, on public sector accounting, management control, and financial management in public sector organisations. He has an extensive experience in public management and executive training. He was consultant for the Parliamentary Commission for Fiscal Federalism in Italy (XVI Legislature). He is Scientific consultant of IFEL (Institute for Local Government Finance) and ANCI (National Association of Italian Municipalities) on fiscal federalism; member of the Public Accounting Standard Committee established at Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance. He is Editor of the Italian Academic Journal “Azienda Pubblica”.

Professor Susan Newberry is Professor of Accounting at the University of Sydney Business School. Her research area is financial accounting and standard-setting, focusing in particular on public sector accounting. Sue’s interest in understanding the nature and implications of public sector reforms, has included exploring the effect on social policy areas (including health services, childcare and natural disaster), and the operation of charities. She is a member of several editorial boards, including Abacus, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Financial Accountability & Management, Public Money and Management, the International Review of Administrative Sciences, Accounting, Finance & Governance Review, and Australian Accounting Review.

Dr Elisabeta Pana is Associate Professor of Accounting and Financial Services at Illinois Wesleyan University. Her research focuses on banking, credit unions, and insurance groups. Elisabeta’s current research projects relate to the role of internal capital markets in the distribution of capital to bank subsidiaries and insurer group members. Her recent publications include papers in Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions, The Quarterly Journal of Finance, and Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting.

Dr Tobias Polzer

Dr. Tobias Polzer is Senior Lecturer in Accounting at the University of Sussex Business School, UK. He received a PhD in Public Management from WU Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria) and is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His research interests include reforms in the public sector in the areas of public sector accounting, public governance and public procurement, taking an interpretative perspective. He has published in Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Public Management Review and Research in the Sociology of Organizations. A current co-edited volume ('Joined-up' local governments? Restructuring and Reorganising Internal Management) provides an empirical account of how initiatives for joining up manifest in local governments in several European countries.

Dr Kanshukan Rajaratnam is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Department of Finance and Tax, University of Cape Town. His doctoral study was completed at the Department of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Virginia.  His research interests include decision making in consumer lending, credit union models, systemic risk in the banking sector and regulatory impact on financial institutions. His work has been published in the Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of the Operational Research Society and Annals of Operations Research. He is currently a member of the African Collaboration for Quantitative Finance and Risk Research.

Dr Geraldine Robbins is lecturer in accounting and finance and joint leader of the Performance Management Research Cluster at the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change at the National University of Ireland Galway. Geraldine was awarded her PhD by the University of Edinburgh in 2005 and her primary research interests continue to relate to the performance management and accountability of public sector organizations, in particular hospitals and local government. She has published in a number of leading journals in the field including, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Financial Accountability and Management, British Accounting Review and Local Government Studies.  She is a member of the Management Committee of the EU funded COST Action: Local Public Sector Reforms: An International Comparison (LocRef IS1207).  She is a member of the Board of Directors of Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, 2014-2017 where she also chairs the Finance Committee. 

‌‌Professor Mariafrancesca Sicilia

Professor Mariafrancesca Sicilia is Associate Professor at Bergamo University in Italy and Visiting Fellow in the Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise (PuLSE) at The Open University in UK. Her research covers public sector budgeting and accounting, performance management and models of public services delivery, such as coproduction of public services. She has carried out research for Italian central government departments, local governments and other public bodies. She is a member of the executive committee of the Accounting and Accountability Special Interest Group within IRSPM (International Research Society for Public Management). She has published in journals such as Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Public Administration, Public Administration Review, Public Management Review, Public Money and Management.

Dr David Smith is Associate Professor of Economics and interim Dean at the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. David earned both his M.S. and PhD. degrees from Michigan State University. An economist by training, David’s expertise includes the areas of labor pay and productivity, data loss, and analysis of specific labor markets. He has published in numerous academic and practitioner outlets. His research on credit unions has been used in arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as in state legislative hearings. David has been a commentator on economic issues for various news media, such as CNN, the London Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, USA Today, the New York Times, and the Investor’s Business Daily.

Professor Ileana Steccolini is Associate Professor of Public Budgeting and Performance Measurement at Bocconi University, Milan and a Visiting Professor at Nottingham Business School and Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano. She has published on public sector accounting and accountability reforms and change in such journals as Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Financial Accountability & Management, Management Accounting Research, Public Administration and Public Administration Review. She is the founder of the Accounting and Accountability Special Interest Group within IRSPM and a member of the editorial board of Financial Accountability & Management, the Journal of Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management, the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management and Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal.

Dr Luisa Unda is a Lecturer in the Department of Accounting at Monash University, Australia. Her main research interests are corporate governance of not-for-profit financial organisations; board effectiveness in member-owned institutions; CEO compensation and risk management; and financial reporting quality. A current major focus of her research is to understand how the unique features of credit unions together with board of directors’ characteristics influence the performance of credit unions. Luisa’s current goal is to contribute to the scarce analysis of the role of the board of directors in financial cooperatives, such as credit unions.

Professor Anne-Marie Ward is professor of Accounting at Ulster University Business School. Her main research interests have centred on regulation, governance, management models, financial performance, management conflict and volunteering in credit unions. She has published in a number of leading journals, including Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, British Accounting Review and Financial Accountability & Management. Anne Marie has strong links with the accounting professional bodies; she is a member of the Credit Union forum (Chartered Accountants Ireland) and regularly publishes professional articles to disseminate her research to the wider professional practice audience.  

Professor James A. Wilcox2

Professor James A. Wilcox (University of California, Berkeley) Jim has been Professor of Finance and of Economic Analysis and Policy in the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley since 1978. His research interests include house prices and real estate activity, consumer attitudes and spending, and credit unions and banks. Jim has served as Chief Economist at the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, senior economist for monetary policy and macroeconomics at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and economist at the Federal Reserve. He is a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and a Fellow of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center. Jim is a founding Fellow of the Filene Research Institute and was President of the International Banking, Economics, and Finance Association in 2012.



Professor John Wilson is a Professor of Banking & Finance and Director for the Centre for Responsible Banking & Finance at the University of St Andrews. His research focuses on banking and credit unions. He is the author of a range of academic publications and in 2015 co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Banking. John serves as Associate Editor to the British Accounting Review, European Journal of Finance, Finance Research Letters and the Journal of Money Credit and Banking. He also serves on the editorial board of a number of journals including the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting and the Journal of Financial Economic Policy. During 2011 and 2012, John served as a member of a Commission on Credit Unions established by the Irish Government. 

Industry Expert Members

Dr Brian Branch is President and CEO of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). He was awarded his PhD in Economics by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Brian has designed programs to transfer financial management practices, policies, procedures, tools, products, technologies and management skills to credit unions in Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. He has provided service and product development assistance for savings, tailored credit products and transaction service networks. He has also designed and led individual survey impact time series studies, market research, institutional assessments and financial field analysis for credit union systems. He co-authored Striking the Balance in Microfinance: A Practical Guide to Mobilizing Savings (2002) with Janette Klaehn and co-edited Safe Money (2000) with Glenn Westley.

Kieran Donnelly was appointed to the post of Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) for Northern Ireland in September 2009 and has been on the Audit Office Senior Management Team since 1997. Previous posts include Head of Value for Money Audit and Head of Financial Audit. Kieran is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. Since his appointment as C&AG he has been responsible for the production of over sixty public reports on a wide range of value for money, governance and financial management issues.  

Andrew Hind CB is Editor of Charity Finance. Andrew is former Chief Executive of the Charity Commission England and Wales from 20114 to 2010. At present he is Visiting Professor of charity governance and finance at Cass Business School, London, and is editor of Charity Finance.  Andrew co-founded the Charity Finance Group in 1987 (chair from 1992-1994); he authored The Governance and Management of Charities (1995); and chaired the Charity SORP Committee (2005-2010). He has been involved in the charity sector since 1986, having worked for ActionAid (1986-91) and for Barnardo’s (1992-95).  From 1995-2004 Andrew was chief operating officer at BBC World Service. He is a trustee of the Baring Foundation and chairs the judging panel for the Charity Awards.

Kevin Johnson is Chief Executive Officer at the Credit Union Development Association [CUDA]. Kevin is also a board member of the Credit Union Restructuring Board, and was an active participant with the Commission on Credit Unions in Ireland. He has over thirty years experience in the financial services industry in Ireland, where he has headed the core service and product business areas of retail banking, established a customer contact centre and a business innovation centre. He also has an extensive background in evolving business models, credit union representation services at both regulatory and legislative levels, has designed many training/education credit union programmes and assists credit unions, individually and collectively, with the development of their strategies.

Frances McCandless is Chief Executive of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (appointed in April 2010 as its first Chief Executive). Prior to taking up this post, Frances was employed as Director of Policy at NICVA, an umbrella body which provides advice, information and policy analysis to the 5,000 voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland. Frances’s career in the voluntary and community sector goes back over 20 years and she has worked with young people, women returning to work, in housing, with older and disabled people and as an international volunteer with the YMCA.  She has also been a board member of organisations working in the areas of environment, ethnic minorities, reconciliation, community arts, audience development, mediation and physical activity.

Brian McCrory was elected as President of the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) in 2015. He is currently on the board of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and is also Deputy Chairperson of the Prudential Regulatory Authority Practitioner Panel of the Bank of England. Brian has also served in a variety of advisory committees to the First and Deputy First Ministers Office in Northern Ireland’s Legislative Assembly. In addition to having been a community activist in the local politics of Northern Ireland, he has also been a director of the Northern Ireland Social Economy Forum.

Ben Rogers is Research Director for the Filene Research Institute which is a nonprofit, independent, think and do tank for the consumer finance industry. Ben wrestles economic, consumer behaviour, management, and policy questions through Filene Research Institute's research pipeline. As research director, he speaks widely on credit union topics and has authored nearly twenty Filene reports, on topics as divergent as young adult financial behaviour, service channel delivery, noninterest income, and co-operative management. Before coming to the Filene Research Institute, he was a Congressional reporter in Washington D.C., Editor of The CEO Report and Chairman of the National Directors’ Convention. Ben has been cited broadly, including in CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, Credit Union Journal, Credit Union Times, and American Banker. 

Paul Walsh is Chief Executive Officer at Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Mutual Europe, a dedicated life and credit insurance underwriting partner to Credit Unions in Europe, North and Central America. Paul is also a board member of the City of Dublin Skin Cancer Hospital Charity. His management background spans almost 30 years and includes roles in Ireland, the UK and in the Middle East. He was part of the start-up team at The National Lottery in Ireland in the 1980s and went on to lead the consumer redevelopment of Gulf Bank in the Middle East and the Insurance Group and Barclays.   His areas of expertise include strategic development, organisational change, consumer research, credit risk, retail finance and Credit Union business modelling. 

International PhD members

Dian Kartika Rahajeng is a PhD student at the University of Essex. Her research investigates the implementation of corporate governance in Indonesian Islamic Co-operatives. These institutions are currently producing asset growth of 35 percent per annum yet they are under-researched in comparison to traditional microfinance institutions. Research on an appropriate corporate governance system is important as the sector is subject to poor regulation and has access to limited technical support. Dian’s doctoral research is fully-funded by the Indonesia Endowment Fund.

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