The merger between PIBA and IBA
You were Chairman of PIBA in 2006 when the first “real” merger talks started. What are your thoughts on that and the eventual merger in 2017?
Alan Flynn, the IBA President at the time, approached PIBA and I remember thinking we could do business with him. It took a long road to achieve the eventual merger in 2017 but when we look back I think it was worth the setbacks and anguish along the way.
We have created a modern, well equipped and unified organisation that serves all Brokers in Ireland. I have no doubt the profession will thrive for decades to come and Brokers Ireland will be at the forefront of ensuring members can adapt and flourish in that journey. Above all else, it is a major source of pride that I contributed to this in my various roles over the last 20 years.
I would like to give thanks and credit to my wife Antoinette. Her support and encouragement made a huge difference to my business career and together we always prioritised family. I would also like to thank the huge number of people who have helped and supported me in my career and in my roles within PIBA and Brokers Ireland.
Liam’s thought for each day (extract from the Franciscan Prayer)
“And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done, to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.”
Reflections of colleagues
Ciaran Blackall (Immediate Past President 2020-22 Brokers Ireland): “I first met Liam when we served together on the PIBA board, in 2012 Liam was Chairman at the time, and he proved a very effective and disciplined Board Chairman.
Liam is honest, straightforward and never afraid to speak his mind (in fact he’s never afraid of anything!).
I have come to respect Liam over our years of working closely together, so much so that I asked him to be Vice President during my Presidency.
Liam has proven himself to be a very valuable member of Brokers Ireland over his long tenure, and I for one will be sad to see the back of his many talents and valuable experience.
He is truly unreplaceable.”
Richie Cotter (Nominated next President of Brokers Ireland AGM September 2023): “I only got to know Liam since the creation of Brokers Ireland, but over our time together on the Board I have really enjoyed his sense of humour (especially in relation to my often-casual attire!).
He is a man of great integrity with a real interest in people and giving back to our community. Liam will be missed.” Rachel McGovern (PIBA since 2000 and Director of Financial Services Brokers Ireland): “When Liam joined the board of PIBA, he expressed a real desire to give back and to better the Brokering profession.
From day one, you could see Liam was a true professional, always putting his client’s needs first and driving the length and breadth of the country to give them a dedicated and personal service. I’ve always admired Liam’s compassionate nature and banter with everyone that he meets.
It has been a privilege to work with someone who’s so passionate about our industry and who has made a tremendous difference to our association.
Liam, best of luck for the future and thank you for your continued support!
CEO note. “Liam, on behalf of PIBA and Brokers Ireland members, fellow directors and staff I wanted to thank you sincerely for your long and dedicated contribution to the organization and passion for SME Brokers throughout Ireland.
Your deep understanding and appreciation for the practical issues facing Brokers always helped keep us on point and I always found your judgement sound.
Liam intends to continue service on a subcommittee. We wish him health and happiness in his non retirement.”