Bernard Daly
Chair, Plan International Ireland

Bernard joined the Plan International Ireland Board in February 2015, and was appointed Chair in January 2018.


Position: Chair since January 2018. Board member since February 2015

Sub-committee memberships: HR & Remuneration

Bernard Daly graduated with a degree in Economics (BA Mod Econ) from TCD in 1978 and completed a Masters in Development studies from UCD in 1997. After completing his university studies, Bernard worked for the Irish State Development Bank, Industrial Credit Corporation (ICC) for nearly 18 years.

During this time, Bernard also worked for the World Bank on a number of assignments in South America and Asia. He has lectured on a part-time basis in the Centre for Development Studies in UCD teaching courses Economic and Financial Analysis of Development Projects as well as the Political Economy of Transition. Bernard previously served as a member of the Trócaire Project Sub-Committee.

Bernard, who made an individual submission to Irish Aid’s Green Paper in 2009 on Development Policy,  joined the Board of Plan International Ireland in 2015 and serves on the Programme sub-committee.

Bernard is a former Treasurer of Comhlamh, the Irish Association of Development Workers. Currently, he now works as Director of the ICC Employee Share Ownership Plan (ESOP) and is company secretary of ICC ESOP Trustee Ltd.

A committed trade-unionist, Bernard is currently a member of the Irish executive of the Unite trade union and is a Unite Branch Secretary within the Finance sector. He also serves as a Trustee of the Bank of Scotland (Ireland) pension scheme.