Ireland Management Advisory Committee

Representation and Advocacy

Our international management committees play a crucial role in overseeing and advancing AIA’s standing in the accounting profession in their jurisdictions.

The committee acts as a voice for our members in their region. It advocates for their interests, ensuring their concerns, needs, and perspectives are considered in policymaking, regulatory changes, and industry developments.

They work to establish and maintain relationships with governmental bodies and local professional organisations to further recognition of the AIA Professional Qualification and the reputation of the Association.

The committee provides expertise and guidance to AIA on local technical consultations and regulatory developments, staying updated on technical changes and developments in the accounting landscape. They also establish and maintain connections with national professional bodies, building relationships and creating opportunities for knowledge sharing and best practice.

The international management committees are also key in providing additional services and support to AIA members in their countries.

Read interview with Committee Chairman, Vincent Harney

Education and Networking

The international management committees are also key in providing additional services and support to AIA members in their countries.

The committee contributes to the Association’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes, ensuring our members have access to high-quality educational resources and opportunities for skill and knowledge enhancement throughout their careers.

They also forge relationships with local educational institutions, creating opportunities for members to enhance their professional qualifications and facilitating pathways for aspiring professionals to enter the field.

The committee also perform the vital function of enabling connections among members, creating a peer network that allows professionals to exchange ideas, share best practices, and collaborate.

Organising social events fosters camaraderie among members, promotes networking in a more informal setting, and strengthens our professional community by creating spaces for social interaction and relationship building.

Office Bearers

Vincent Harney, Chairman

Vincent Harney



Vince is a professional with a wealth of experience spanning over 25 years in the construction and property sectors. He operates his own consultancy practice, specializing in Accounting in Real Estate Services.

He holds qualifications including Chartered Valuation Surveyor (MRICS and MSCSI), Chartered Accountant (FCA), International Accountant (FAIA), and Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA). His expertise lies in property development and real estate finance.

In addition to his consultancy work, Vince represents the Society of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland on the CEPI (EU Real Estate Association) as a PTP Member and serves as Chair of the Energy Task Force. Furthermore, he holds the position of Vice Chair at the North and East Housing Association.

Vince's professional background spans Ireland, UK and internationally, enabling him to offer comprehensive solutions to his clients worldwide.


Elaine Benavenuto, Honorary Secretary

Elaine Benavenuto

Honorary Secretary


Elaine Benavenuto is an accomplished finance professional dedicated to driving excellence in the accounting and finance industry. With a solid foundation in accounting principles and extensive experience in financial management, she has proven herself as a valuable asset in various roles throughout her career.

Her expertise is underscored by a comprehensive understanding of accounting principles, with a focus on financial reporting and analysis. Elaine's knowledge spans both local and international accounting standards, including Brazilian GAAP, IFRS, and Irish & UK GAAP.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs in Brazil, Elaine brings a global perspective to her work in finance. Additionally, her Master's degree in Accounting and Finance from Ireland further enhances her expertise in the field.

A Certified Public Accountant and a member of esteemed professional bodies, including the International Federation of Accountants Regional Council of Accounting of State of São Paulo/Brazil (IFAC/CRCSP), The Association of International Accountants (AIA), and Finalist on ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), Elaine has demonstrated her commitment to upholding the highest standards of the accounting profession. Her qualifications and experience as a Qualified Auditor in Brazil further attest to her expertise in financial auditing and risk management.

Elaine epitomizes a multifaceted finance professional, seamlessly integrating expertise, experience, and a dedication to advancing the realms of accounting, finance, and corporate governance.

Committee Member

Fernando Angelo da Silva Junior, Committee Member

Fernando Angelo da Silva Junior

Committee Member


Fernando is a seasoned assurance services professional with over ten years of experience in financial statement auditing, operational risk management, internal control reviews, compliance and regulation, anti-money laundering, and financial crime prevention. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and is a proud member of the CRC in Brazil.


Throughout his career, Fernando has made significant contributions to renowned firms such as Deloitte and PwC. He is highly skilled in Financial Statement Auditing, proficient in various accounting standards including IFRS, USGAAP, BRGAAP, and UK/Irish GAAP. His expertise extends to corporate legislation in Ireland, the UK, and Brazil, where he has developed competencies in operational management, financial analysis, budgeting, strategic planning, and financial crime prevention.


Fernando's diverse industry exposure spans civil construction, real estate, telecommunications, public concessions, manufacturing, automotive, energy, gas and oil, retail, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, and nonprofit sectors. His ability to navigate complex environments and deliver high-quality assurance services has established him as a trusted expert in his field.

Catherine Brennan, Committee Member

Catherine Brennan

Committee Member


Catherine has over 20 years of experience in both industry and practice. Graduating with a First-Class Honours in Accountancy from Carlow IT, she went on to completed her Master's in Finance from Waterford IT.   She also holds a Diploma in International Financial Reporting in Accounting Standards.

Catherine has worked with a diverse range of industries, increasing her expertise in financial management, reporting, and taxation. 

Catherine is a member of the AIA and currently pursuing a certification as a Tax Advisor.

Her commitment to excellence and continuous professional development has made her a trusted advisor in the world of accounting and finance.

John Fitzsimons, Committee Member

John Fitzsimons

Committee Member


John is an Accounting in Practice with excess of 30 years experience in Accountancy, Bookkeeping, Taxation, Management and Business Advisory Services. He is a Fellow member of the Association of International Accountants, a full certified member of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors and holds a Higher Diploma in Studies specialising in Accounting and Finance.  John is also a fully Licensed Property Advisor with the PSRA Ireland.

Throughout his career, John has focused on working with small and medium-sized companies, where he has honed his expertise and contributed significantly to their financial success.

As a multifaceted professional, John seamlessly integrates his extensive expertise, years of experience, and profound passion for advancing the realms of accounting.

Driven by a commitment to excellence, John had a proactive approach to problem-solving helping him achieve optimal outcomes.

Felicia Frent, Committee Member

Felicia Frent

Committee Member


Dedicated Accountant with nine years of extensive experience in financial management, reporting, and compliance. Specialised in Irish taxation and VAT regulations, ensuring adherence to compliance requirements and maximizing tax efficiencies. Known for delivering accurate and timely financial information, with meticulous attention to detail and a proactive approach to problem-solving.

Felicia is proficient in working with accounting standards and SOPs, as well as leveraging strong IT skills to handle multifaceted accounting roles efficiently.

A results-driven professional, adept at building strong relationships with clients and stakeholders to contribute to organizational success.

Felicia is a member of the AIA and ACCA and holds an Advanced VAT for Accountants and Chartered Tax Adviser certification.

Noreen Morris, Committee Member

Noreen Morris

Committee Member


Noreen is a dedicated professional who recently joined the Association of International Accountants (AIA) as a Fellow member in practice. With a client base spanning small, medium, and large-sized businesses, she offers a comprehensive range of services tailored to their diverse needs.

Noreen's expertise covers various areas, including accounting, payroll management, and specialised knowledge in Irish tax regulations. She prides herself on working closely with her clients, forging strong partnerships to achieve optimal success for both their businesses and personal financial goals.

With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to excellence, Noreen is driven to deliver exceptional results and provide invaluable support to her clients as they navigate the complexities of financial management and taxation.