CISI Ireland appoints first female president

By Lora Benson | Sep 11, 2023

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment has appointed Adele Spillane MCSI as the new CISI Ireland president.

Adele (left) is a non-executive director at BlackRock, serving on their UCITS (undertakings for the collective investment in transferable securities) and AIF (alternative investment fund) management company. She has 28 years of international expertise in asset management within sales and distribution, and has served as a Board director since 2013, giving her a deep understanding of financial services and governance.

The Ireland NAC supports, represents and publicises CISI membership locally. Adele takes over from Eugene Kiernan FCSI, who has served as the Ireland National Advisory Council (NAC) president since June 2020.

Regarding her appointment, Adele said: “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed president, and I look forward to working more closely with my council colleagues and building on the great work of my predecessor, Eugene Kiernan.

“I am particularly excited to continue CISI’s mission of raising public trust and confidence, promoting lifelong learning and elevating the financial services profession. I feel strongly about engaging with local members who can actively shape CISI initiatives and services in Ireland.

“I’d like to thank Eugene for his fantastic work championing diversity and broadening the range of voices on the council and his unwavering commitment to delivering first-class continuing professional development (CPD) events.”

Adele is committed to strengthening the CISI’s presence in Ireland by establishing more partnerships and collaborating with other professional bodies, institutions and stakeholders, “fostering relationships to promote knowledge exchange, professional standards and best practices.”

Eugene, who joined the CISI in 1998 and became a Fellow in 2005, said: “Adele has served on our NAC since 2017, and has already been at the fore in our achieved success. She is taking over as president at a very exciting time.”

CISI’s first-ever female CEO, Tracy Vegro, will be visiting Dublin from 20 to 21 September during which time she will meet the CISI Ireland council. Tracy will also attend on 20 September an in-person CISI CPD session in Dublin on The Irish Economy: Prospects and Priorities featuring speaker Jim Power, one of Ireland’s best-known economic analysts.