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A dynamic team with industry experience and complementary skill-sets

Executive Team

Colum Lyons

Colum Lyons

Chief Executive Officer

Colum is the CEO and founder of ID-Pal. Prior to this, Colum worked as a stockbroker and has over 20 years experience within the financial markets. He is a qualified charting analyst as well as a qualified financial advisor. Read Colum’s CEO profile here.

James O’Toole

James O’Toole

Chief Business Officer

Previously James was a management consultant for Accenture where he worked on a number of client engagements ranging from strategy development to operational excellence and delivery within the Financial Services industry. Read James’ CBO profile here.

Shelley Mckinney

Chief Marketing Officer

Shelley is a Harvard graduate with 12 years of marketing experience. She has worked in the US, Asia and Europe launching global campaigns for large corporations as well as building new brands for young companies. Read Shelley’s CMO profile here.

Rob O’Farrell

Rob O’Farrell

Chief Technology Officer

Rob is an IT Professional with over 10 years experience working with some of the world’s largest utilities. He specialises in bringing a business-goal-focus to IT with over 13 year of experience in Solution/Enterprise Architecture and structuring effective IT divisions. Read an interview with Robert here.


Simon Montgomery

Chief Operating Officer

Joining ID-Pal from Future Finance Student Loan company, Simon holds an MBA in General Management and brings over 20 years Financial Services experience to ID-Pal. Simon has worked in start-up, scaling and large corporate organisations. His background is primarily in Banking and Fintech.

Sara West

Commercial Director

Sara West leads ID-Pal’s commercial teams in the UK and new markets, focusing on strategic development and client partnerships. As part of the Executive Team, she brings 20 years of technology sector experience, excelling in driving revenue growth and quality commercial engagement.

Global Team

Brian Williams

Head of Customer Experience

Originally a marketer, Brian has worked with a number of Irish Fintech companies as they expanded across Europe. Since completing an MBA his focus has shifted to more commercial roles, with a particular focus on Business Development and the management of culturally and geographically diverse sales teams.
Justin Little


Solutions Architect

Justin has over 12 years experience with Software Technology and team leadership. Working with multiple blue chip companies including Kerry Group and Tesco he has led large scale projects successfully to completion.
Conor Flynn

Conor Flynn

Chief Information Security Officer

Conor is the founder and Managing Director of Information Security Assurance Services Limited (ISAS), an ISO 27001 certified company. Conor has over 25 years experience in ICT Security and advises both a number of public sector bodies as well as private enterprises. Conor currently sits on the Audit Committee in the Department of Agriculture.

Sinead McDonald

Data Protection Officer

Sinead, with 17 years in financial services regulatory compliance, is a qualified solicitor with advanced data protection law expertise. She’s a member of several Irish compliance and data protection associations. Her roles have included Head of Compliance & Regulatory Affairs at ISAS and Director of Data Protection at Waystone Compliance Solutions.
Alexander Blayney

Alexander Blayney

Global Partnerships & Enterprise Sales

Alex, with 17 years in sales and client relations in London’s Capital Markets and Dublin’s Fintech/Regtech, holds a BCOMM, MSc in Management Consultancy, and a Professional Diploma in High Performance Sales from UCD. He’s FCA approved and completed Harvard Law School’s Executive Education Programme in Negotiation.
Fionan Dunne

Fionán Dunne

Chief Financial Officer

Fionán, founder of CFO Services, is a Management Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor with 18+ years in finance. He mentors at NDRC Venture Lab, helping startups develop financial models for investment. A regular speaker, he focuses on business planning, financial management, and funding sources at start-up and business events.

Rob Sheehan

Product Manager

Rob joined the Product function in ID Pal from Hostelworld. He brings valuable Product Management experience alongside a wealth of knowledge gained working in Financial Services across Product, Onboarding, and AML.

Thomas Fogarty

Customer Experience Executive

Tom interned with ID-Pal during a formative period for the company. Tom graduated from Trinity College Dublin, with a First in English Lit and History. Tom brings an interdisciplinary, customer-first approach to the CX team much of this as a result of his experience working in customer facing roles with Carphone Warehouse. Find out why Tom chose ID-Pal as the best option for his career development here.

José Antonio Álvarez Nogueira

Tech Team Manager

Toni is a software engineer with 20 years experience and his most recent role was with Mastercard Ireland. He has extensive knowledge in Agile frameworks and his core focus is driving Continuous Improvement across businesses. Toni specialises in helping companies undergo agile transformation in a controlled manner.
Valeriy Motornyy

Valeriy Motornyy

Senior Full Stack Developer

Val is a software engineer with extensive start-up experience, where the necessity to wear many hats gave him exposure to all aspects of various Web Stacks – as well as insight into a variety of different software languages, setups, frameworks, technologies and tools.

Caroline McCarthy

Senior Marketing Manager

Caroline joins ID-Pal from Currency Fair, and holds a degree in Business and German from Trinity College Dublin as well as an MBA completed in 2020. She specialises in devising and delivering marketing campaigns for the Financial Services Industry in EMEA and APAC. Prior to this she worked in agencies managing PPC campaigns for a portfolio of B2B clients.

Emma Sinnott

Senior QA Engineer

Emma, a seasoned QA Professional with over 14 years of experience, has excelled as a QA Manager and Senior QA Engineer at Pharmapod, Kyckr,, Delaware Life, and Sun Life. Skilled in managing international teams, she is proficient in all aspects of software testing, consistently delivering quality to customers.

Julia O’Flynn O’Brien

Front-end Developer

Julia is a front-end developer with experience in all aspects of web development. Holding a degree in Visual Communication from the University of Delaware, as well as an MSc. in Interactive Digital Media from Trinity College Dublin, she specializes in building and maintaining user-friendly and responsive interfaces.

Tanzeeb Iqbal

Business Intelligence Analyst

Tanzeeb is a Biotechnology Engineer with an MSc. in Business Management from Trinity College Dublin. He specialises in Business Intelligence, Business Analysis and Research and Development. Prior to joining ID-Pal he worked as a Derivatives Trader & Analyst.
Peter Davitt

Peter Davitt

Business Development Manager

Peter, with qualifications in Marketing, PR, and Advertising from the Marketing Institute of Ireland and the Institute of Commercial Management, has 15+ years in sales, specializing in Strategic Business Planning, Key Account Management, and Business Development. Post-2013, after 6 years in New Zealand, he worked with SaaS providers in Ireland, partnering globally across sectors like Banking, Finance, Insurance, Life Science, Aviation, and Retail, covering regions including Asia-Pacific, EMEA, and the US.

Kevin Gildea

Junior Product Manager

Kevin is a TU Dublin, Product Design graduate. He brings a broad range of skills to ID-Pal which he developed in his previous roles in creative direction and product development. He is passionate about problem solving with a particular focus on improving user experience.

Mark O’Hara

Enterprise Sales Manager

Mark brings over 25 years of experience in Sales and Marketing, having developed startups and led global operations for a billion-dollar company. His expertise lies in technology solutions, with a strong focus on SaaS in Identity Verification, Digital Identity, Telecommunications, and Financial Services.

Đuro Mandinić

Back-end Web Developer

Đuro joins ID-Pal as a Senior PHP Developer with 14 years of experience in his field. Đuro began his career by developing online booking systems for accommodations and taxi transfers, before he transitioned to Rest API Servers and third-party API integrations. His focus is on delivering clean and testable code.

Niall Coady

QA Engineer

Niall is an experienced QA Engineer with a H. Dip in Computer Science from WIT. He joins ID-Pal having previously worked as a Senior QA Analyst and QA Lead managing a QA team across different timezones. Niall is highly proficient in all areas of software testing and passionate about providing a high testing standard and quality results.

Joan Robinson

Sales Development Representative

A Sales Development Specialist in the Technology solutions space for more than 20 years, Joan brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Pre-Sales Process Architecture and Implementation and Demand Generation.
Rhiannon Thompson

Rhiannon Thompson

Junior Front-end Developer

Rhiannon, a talented junior front-end web developer, holds first-class degrees in Anthropology from Maynooth University and Interaction Design from DCU. She excels in human-centred design, focusing on understanding users to innovate and create front-end products that precisely meet their needs.
Sarah Corish

Sarah Corish

Customer Experience Executive

Sarah, an Economics and French graduate from University College Cork, is a versatile customer experience executive passionate about people. Her expertise in customer support was honed in tourism management and further developed in the payments and lending sector as a Senior Multi-skilled Agent at Future Finance.
Maja Goja

Maja Goja

Operations Executive

Maja, an Operations Executive with an MA in Psychology from the University of Zagreb, refined her skills in a UK student lender’s operations department. She is passionate about understanding human behavior, identifying improvement areas, and implementing changes to help businesses achieve their objectives.
Luigi Papino

Luigi Papino

Mobile Engineer Lead

Luigi, an Engineering Manager and Mobile Architect with 10 years in startups and enterprises, contributes extensive knowledge to ID-Pal’s tech team. He’s driven by curiosity in team leadership, software development, and understanding human psychology. Focused on honesty and authenticity, Luigi is passionate about platform and product development, Transactional Analysis, and Game Theory. He enjoys cycling and strength training in his free time.

Oisín Ward

Database Administrator

Oisín, a Database Administrator with 5+ years in the Financial Services industry, is skilled in RDBMS and NoSQL databases, with a keen interest in cloud technologies. He joined ID-Pal, drawn by their innovative technology, commitment to continuous improvement, customer-centric development, and a culture fostering learning.
Emma Hayes

Emma Hayes

Marketing Executive

Emma, a seasoned marketing and public relations expert in the B2B technology sector, excels in organizing events, campaign planning, and strategizing. Passionate about creating content through videos, webinars, podcasts, and writing, she has contributed to the Irish Times,, Phoenix Magazine, and Family Friendly HQ.

Mick Mccarthy

Senior QA Automation Engineer

Mick McCarthy, formerly with Rakuten, joins ID-Pal as Senior QA Automation Engineer. Specializing in test automation, he has a BEng in Motorsport Engineering from Brunel University. His diverse experience includes roles in Fintech startups, developing automation frameworks for cryptocurrency exchanges, and regulatory reporting platforms. He focuses on crafting extensible automation frameworks and fostering technical upskilling in QA.
Paul Agnew

Paul Agnew

Enterprise Sales Executive

Paul is a seasoned business development professional with 15+ years of experience across various sectors like Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, and Retail. He has significant expertise in the identity verification space, advising clients on executing business plans in compliance with AML and KYC regulations.

Chayan Singh

Senior DevOps Engineer

Chayan, a Senior DevOps Engineer and MBA graduate in Cloud Computing from Dublin Business School, specializes in IT infrastructure, automation, and cloud operations. Before his MBA, he gained valuable experience as a Senior Systems Engineer with a US-based multinational IT services and consulting company.
Robert Binkowski

Robert Binkowski

Junior PHP Developer

Robert works in ID-Pal as a Backend Developer and graduated from Southeast Technological University as a Software Developer. He has experience designing, developing, and deploying full-stack applications. His skills include UI/UX, SASS, Vue.js, MySQL and Full-Stack Development.

Kwame Jumah

SaaS Sales Executive

Kwame, a seasoned sales executive with over 5 years in the tech and identity verification sectors, employs a consultative, customer-first approach to solve problems. His work aligns with ID Pal’s mission to offer a simple, secure, and convenient identity verification solution.

Raiha Khan

Scrum Master

Raiha, with a Computer Science degree and an MS in Software Project Management, has five years as an Agile Project Manager and Scrum Master in tech. Her expertise lies in transforming teams and coaching organizations to adopt best practices, enhancing productivity and revenue.

Sido Adnani

Senior Product Manager

Sido is an experienced product manager with a unique ability empathise with customers, promote product vision, and build accurate and achievable roadmaps. Serves as the missing customer voice and is an important element of a strong working relationship between developers, designers, and customers. Innovator with a passion for mission-driven environments
Oleksandr Rypyak

Oleksandr Rypyak

iOS Developer

Olek, an experienced iOS Developer with 6 years in mobile app development for tech and banking firms, graduated in Games and Multimedia from Polytechnic of Leiria. He’s skilled in iOS architectures like MVVM, MVC, MVVM-C, and TCA, and passionate about Apple trends, design, UX, and interactivity. Outside work, Olek enjoys table tennis, video games, AI exploration, and both traditional and digital drawing.
Brendan Doherty

Brendan Doherty

Enterprise Sales Manager

Brendan Doherty, an experienced sales professional passionate about growth and innovation in Financial Services, has a BA in Economics and Philosophy from College of the Holy Cross. Before ID-Pal, he spent over 5 years at Salesforce, customizing cloud-based solutions for the specific needs of financial companies.

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