Cathy Bryce Appointed First Female President of BPFI

11th September 2023

Posted In: So In Demand

Cathy Bryce, Managing Director of Capital Markets AIB, has been appointed as the first female President of Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI). BPFI represents the banking, payments and fintech sector in Ireland. Together with its affiliates, the Federation of International Banks in Ireland, and the Fintech & Payments Association of Ireland, BPFI has over 125 member institutions and associates.

Cathy Bryce said: “I am honoured to be appointed as the first female president of Banking & Payments Federation Ireland. It is a time of great change across the sector and we have a growing diversity of membership that encompasses domestic and international banking as well as the growing fintech and payments industries. Following the recent successful migration of more than one million customer bank accounts from Ulster Bank and KBC, our focus remains on prioritising supports for our customers and communities.”

“As the voice of the banking and payments sector in Ireland, BPFI is also well placed to represent the industry at an international level through our active membership of the European Banking Federation and our well-established EU and international networks. We are focused on supporting the development of legislation at both domestic and EU levels to ensure Ireland remains a competitive and attractive location for the financial sector that brings huge employment to the country.”

Cathy added

“I also look forward to working together as an industry on the many challenges and opportunities ahead as we lead the transformation necessary to meet our climate and sustainability obligations.’’

Cathy started her career in Investment Banking with Morgan Stanley and subsequently ABN AMRO. She joined AIB in 1996, holding a range of leadership positions in lending roles across both International and Irish portfolios. In 2018 she joined the National Treasury Management Agency as Director of the National Development Finance Agency and NewERA. In 2019 she returned to AIB joining the Executive Management team of the Bank as Managing Director of Capital Markets, her current position.  In this role, she leads the corporate and business areas of the Bank with teams that account for about one third of AIB’s assets and banking activities, including Goodbody Stockbrokers. She is a business graduate of Trinity College Dublin, holds an MBA from INSEAD Business School and completed the General Management Program in Harvard Business School. Cathy is a member of the Finance Committee of Trinity College and the Advisory Board of Trinity Business School.  She is also a member of the Diversity Committee for Leinster Rugby.