Board of Directors

The DIMA board of directors’ are heavily involved with the association and the board represent all sectors of the membership which includes the captive sector, life reinsurance, non-life reinsurance and non-life insurance. The current board of directors is listed below :

David StaffordChairman – David Stafford

David is Chief Executive Officer of ALD Re Ltd, a reinsurance subsidiary of ALD International and a member of the Societe Generale group. He has been a DIMA director since 2007 and currently is Chairman of DIMA’s conference sub-committee. Prior to joining ALD Re in February 2012, David spent 20 years with AIG in a variety of senior roles primarily in the insurance management area. David is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a BSc in Management Science from Trinity College Dublin.

Debbie Ohare

Vice Chairman – Debbie O’Hare

Debbie O’Hare joined Hannover Re in 2004 and is currently CEO of Hannover Re (Ireland) Plc. Debbie has 18 years’ experience in the (re)insurance sector having held senior management positions at London Reinsurance Group and Swinton Insurance Brokers. Debbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA) and has a BSc in Mathematics from Warwick University.

Debbie is the current Vice Chairman of the DIMA Board of Directors and has been a member of the board since 2011.

Treasurer & Director – Karl Cheese

Karl Cheese is Head of Finance at RGA International Reinsurance Company Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reinsurance Group of America Incorporated, supporting clients located in Ireland, the U.K., Continental Europe (including Eastern Europe and Scandinavia), the Commonwealth of Independent States, India and Singapore.


Director – Michael Brady

Michael Brady is currently part-time CEO of Golden Arches Insurance Limited and General Manager of Tokio Marine Global Re Limited. He serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of several IFSC insurance and investment management companies and chairs several of their audit and risk committees. Previously he was Country Manager of XL Europe Limited (2004/8) and Managing Director of AMB Ireland Group (1995/2003).

Michael is a founding member of DIMA and has been a director on the board since its inception in 1990. He was a former Chairman and Secretary of DIMA and a former member of the Taoiseach’s IFSC Insurance Committee. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts.

Director – Gerard Connell

Gerard Connell is Vice President of Marsh Management Services (Dublin) Ltd.  He joined the DIMA board in June 2014. Gerard has 15 years’ experience working in the captive management business. He is a member of the senior management team at Marsh Management Services and along with client responsibilities he is involved with Marsh’s Solvency II implementation programmable. He also sits on the board of a number of client companies. Prior to joining Marsh in 1999, he held an underwriting position at Ace in Dublin.


Director – Gerard Davis

Gerard Davis is Managing Director of Canada Life International Re and a member of the DIMA Reinsurance sub-committee.

Gerard is responsible for Great West Life’s European reinsurance operations including Canada Life International Re, London Life and General Reinsurance and the reinsurance operations of Canada Life Group Services (which provides reinsurance services to other Group reinsurance entities and European cedants). Gerard has previously been a board member of the Irish Insurance Federation/Insurance Ireland.

Stephen Devine

Director – Stephen Devine

Stephen Devine is Chief Reserving Actuary at SCOR Global Life Reinsurance Ltd. He has been a director of DIMA since 2005 and has served as both Chair and Vice-Chair of DIMA.

Stephen has 27 years’ experience in the (re)insurance industry. He advocates strong regulatory policy guided by a broader public policy agenda set by government. He is also an advocate of accountability of regulators for their performance and actions.

Tim Hennessy

Director – Tim Hennessy

Tim Hennessy has been with AXIS Capital since 2002. He is the EVP for AXIS Capital, with responsibility for International Regulation & Compliance and he is CEO for AXIS Re SE having previously been the European Finance Director. He is a board director for all of the company’s non-US/Bermuda subsidiaries, a member of the group risk management committee and was previously a member of the executive management committee.

Prior to joining AXIS Capital Tim worked in senior management roles in Marsh Management Services and Ernst & Young. Tim has been a member of the DIMA board since 2004 and was chairman of DIMA from 2008 to 2011. Tim is a member of the Department of the Taoiseach ‘Clearing House Group’ (CHG) and chairman of the IFSC Insurance Working Group (a sub group of CHG).

Tim is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland, a member of the Institute of Taxation Ireland and a member of the UK Institute of Risk Management.

Director – Brian Lehane

Brian is Chief Financial Officer for Aon Insurance Managers (Dublin) Limited. Prior to working in Aon Brian worked in Willis. He is a chartered accountant and holds a degree in Economics from University College Cork.

Director – Marco Nuvoloni

Marco has worked across various sectors within financial services including banking, investment management and insurance. He has gained his experience in industry, professional services and for regulators in Ireland and the UK. In 2009 he was appointed as Head of Compliance Legal and Risk for Prudential International Assurance, the cross border life company and has also been involved in Prudential reinsurance operations in Ireland.

Prior to Prudential Marco worked for the Central Bank of Ireland and the Financial Services Authority in Enforcement Law and Policy. Marco joined the DIMA board of Directors’ in 2012 and is the current chairman.

Director – Trevor Madden

Trevor Madden is the Managing Director of Willis Management (Dublin) Limited. In this capacity he has overall responsibility for the management of a portfolio of insurance and re/insurance companies managed by Willis. He joined Willis in 2003 as an underwriter and was appointed Managing Director in 2013. Trevor has 25 years’ experience in the insurance and re/insurance industry.

Viviana Pascoletti

Director – Viviana Pascoletti

Viviana Pascoletti is CEO at Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance (Ireland) and is Chair of DIMA’s life reinsurance sub-committee. She is currently a member of the Life Reinsurance Sub-Committee of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland, and was a member of the SoAI’s ERM Committee from 2011 to April 2013. Viviana participated in Society of Actuaries in Ireland working groups that published papers on Risk Appetite Statement (2011) and Life ORSA (2012). She co-presented the Life ORSA paper at a Society of Actuaries’ meeting in April 2012. Viviana has extensive experience in Solvency II and ERM, and a solid understanding of the regulatory requirements for life reinsurers in Ireland.


Director – Martin Scullion

Martin Scullion is the General Manager of Probus Insurance Company Europe Ltd. He is a DIMA director since 2008 and chairs the Non-Life Insurance sub-committee.