Governance

The governance structure of PwC Ireland is made up of four main elements; the Senior Partner, the Territory Leadership Team, the Committee of the Board and the Public Interest Board.

The Senior Partner

The Senior Partner is elected by the partners for a four-year term after which he or she may be
re-elected for a further term of four years. Our current Senior Partner is Rónán Murphy, who has served in this role since 2007. He is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the Firm and its role in PwC’s global network.

The Territory Leadership Team

The Territory Leadership Team is responsible for developing and implementing the policies and strategy of the Firm, and for its direction and management. The Territory Leadership Team also takes overall responsibility for the systems of internal control (which include controls relating to quality) and for reviewing and evaluating their effectiveness.

The members of the Territory Leadership Team are appointed by the Firm’s Senior Partner. Terms of reference for the Territory Leadership Team can be found here.

The Committee of the Board

The Committee of the Board, which is independent of the TLT, is elected by the partners for a four-year term. The Committee of the Board meets at least four times each year and meetings are attended by the Senior Partner, as an ex officio member. The Committee of the Board provides the Senior Partner with guidance on matters of actual or potential concern to the partners, including national, legal, regulatory and fiscal issues and requirements impacting or potentially impacting the Irish Firm and its business. It is also responsible for overseeing the process for nominating and electing the Senior Partner.

The members of the Committee of the Board:

  • John McDonnell (Chairman)
  • Alan Bigley
  • Ken Johnson
  • Ciarán Kelly
  • Ronan MacNioclais
  • Vincent MacMahon
  • Paul O'Connor
  • Pat Wall

The Public Interest Board

The Public Interest Board was established in 2013 in accordance with the principles set out in the Irish Audit Firm Governance Code, issued by CARB in June 2012. The PIB’s purpose is to enhance stakeholder confidence in the public interest aspects of the Firm’s activities through the involvement of Independent Non-Executives.

The PIB at present comprises three Independent Non-Executives, the Senior Partner and the Chairman of the Committee of the Board.

The current Independent Non-Executives are:

  • Kieran McGowan (Chairman)
  • Dr Martin McAleese
  • Dr Hugh Brady

Terms of reference for the Public Interest Board can be found here.

Audit Quality and Transparency Report

The PwC Audit Quality and Transparency Report 2013 can be found here