BiographyJohn worked in the USA for 18 years prior to joining UL in 1998. During his stay in the US he worked in mortgage banking, industrial gas distribution and prior to returning to Ireland, was the CFO of New Jersey's largest commercial printer. In this latter role, his skills in commercial lending and credit control were combined with an interest in process reengineering that facilitated growth by acquisition. Throughout his career to date, John has placed an emphasis on dynamic accounting systems and has led in the installation of a number of UNIX-based accounting systems while in the US.
Upon returning to Ireland, John was the CEO of the Eurexcter Project at the University of Limerick, a three-year EU initiative that pursued socio-economic inclusion and cohesion at the local level. He is a founding member of the Paris-based European Foundation for Territorial Excellence, an entity established to further economic and social sustainability at the regional level in the EU. Reflecting a belief in the role of the university to engage positively with its local and regional community he developed the Business Transformation Programme to enable SMEs to grow and prosper. This has been the genesis for his academic interest in the governance role of financial accounting information in Irish small firms. John worked at Allied Irish Banks in their Systems Department for 6 years prior to moving to the USA.Lectures annually at the Institute of Directors in Ireland on corporate governance.
In 2015 he completed a PhD: The Corporate governance role of financial accounting information in Irish small firms.At UL John lectures in Corporate Governance, Financial Accounting, Auditing and Business Ethics and conducts research in the areas of corporate governance, the small firm environment and spatial awareness in the teaching of accounting.
Author of Financial Accounting - a Corporate Governance Perspective published by Gill and MacMillan in 2006. He also co-authored two textbooks with colleagues, Accounting and Finance (UL 2004) with Dr. Fergal G. O'Brien and Accounting for Project Management (UL 2000) with Dr. Philip O'Regan.
Educational ACCESS: Leads an initiative at UL that encourages Travellers in the Limerick area to participate in the Irish educational system.
Education: BSc Bus Admin and MBA from Seton Hall University, New Jersey USA. Conferred with a PhD at the University of Limerick in January 2016.
Research InterestsI am engaged resercher with a focus on
Corptorate Governance - where are you doin it, key themes engaged and has relevance for SMEs/policy
Generating access to education and learning/training for Diiadvanted areas /groups . This research in partnershipwith local community and governement explores how best to enable and empower - gender and age - through educational process - for instance r
- Corporate Governance role of financial accounting information
- Transparency and governance mechanisms
- Design Science Research
- Compliance and the Auditing process
- Credit lending to SMEs
- Risk management in the Public sector
- Board Working style and board leadership styles
- Business ethics
- Spatial awareness in the teaching of accounting
- 2012 First Seven Weeks,