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Professor Niamh Brennan


Niamh Brennan

Full Professor, Director Of Academic Centre - Ucd Centre For Corporate Governance
School of Business
01 716 4707
University College Dublin, School of Business, Quinn School of Business Belfield Dublin 4


Niamh Brennan is Michael MacCormac Professor of Management at University College Dublin and Founder/Academic Director of the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance. A first-class honours, first-in-class UCD Science (Microbiology and Biochemistry) graduate, Prof Niamh Brennan qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and is a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors (London). With 100+ publications, she has a h-index of 28 reflecting 5,000+ Google Scholar citations. In recognition of her research, Niamh received the 2018 British Accounting & Finance Association Distinguished Academic Award and was inducted into the Interdisciplinary Accounting Research Hall of Fame in 2019. Prof Brennan’s papers received a British Accounting Review best-paper award, Mary Parker Follett Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal best-paper and ‘highly commended’ awards, and an Accountancy Ireland best-article award. She has received four best-reviewer awards. Prof Brennan is Associate Editor of the British Accounting Review, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal and Accounting Forum. In a survey of alumni, Niamh was voted one of UCD's top three lecturers for the 2000s onwards. Former chair of the National College of Art & Design and of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, she holds/has held non-executive directorships with the Children's Hospital Ireland, the Health Service Executive, Ulster Bank, Co-operation Ireland, Coillte (State forestry company), Lifetime Assurance (Bank of Ireland’s life assurance subsidiary) and several private companies, and is/was a member of numerous audit committees. She chaired the Irish Government's Commission on Financial Management and Control Systems in the Health Services and was Vice-Chair of the Irish Government's Review Group on Auditing. Niamh is an Inaugural Honorary Fellow of The Institute of Directors in Ireland and an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland.


  • Michael MacCormac Professor of Management
    University College Dublin1 Oct 1999
  • Academic Director
    UCD Centre for Corporate Governance, Ireland1 Feb 2002
  • Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Commerce
    University College Dublin1 Sep 2004 - 31 Aug 2005
  • Head of Department, Department of Accountancy
    University College Dublin1 Jan 2002 - 1 Feb 2005
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Oct 1980 - 30 Sep 1999
  • Visiting Professor
    University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia3 Jun 2019 - 15 Jul 2019
  • Visiting Professor
    Queensland University of Technology, Australai9 Jul 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
  • Visiting Professor
    Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand3 Jul 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
  • Visiting Professor
    RMIT University, Australia21 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
  • Visiting Professor
    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia5 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
  • Visiting Professor
    RMIT University, Australia29 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
  • Visiting Professor
    Queensland University of Technology, Australia18 Jul 2016 - 29 Jul 2016
  • Visiting Professor
    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia13 Jun 2016 - 15 Jul 2016
  • Visiting Professor
    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia8 Jun 2015 - 3 Jul 2015
  • Visiting Professor
    Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto8 Feb 2014 - 10 Jul 2014
  • Visiting Professor
    Queensland University of Technology21 Jun 2013 - 20 Jul 2013
  • William Evans Fellow
    University of Otago, New Zealand4 Jul 2012 - 3 Aug 2012
  • Erskine Fellow
    University of Canterbury at Christchurch, New Zealand7 Nov 2011 - 8 Dec 2011
  • Visiting Professor
    University of South Australia, Australia1 Jul 2010 - 31 Jul 2010
  • Visiting Scholar
    University of Sydney1 Jul 2005 - 31 Aug 2005


  • Audit Trainee / Audit Senior
    Stokes Kennedy Crowley (now KPMG)1 Oct 1976 - 30 Sep 1980


  • BSc
    University College Dublin
  • FCA
    Inst of Chartered Accountants IRL
  • PhD
    University of Warwick
  • CDir
    Institute of Directors London