Orla has an in-depth understanding of scaling companies, how they operate and issues they face through 25+ years’ experience of working with them from the perspectives of an executive leader, corporate finance advisor, capital markets operator and non-executive director.
Orla is passionate about the role of finance as the fuel for accelerating growth in scaling companies and the importance of the right financing strategy to deliver to this. As former Head of Listing for Ireland and UK at Euronext, she founded Euronext’s IPOready programme, to give companies the required skillsets for raising strategic finance. She is actively involved in a number of initiatives including the Alliance for an Innovation Driven Recovery in Ireland and was a member of the European Commission’s Technical Expert Group on SMEs.
Orla is a Non-Executive Director of Cairn Homes plc, Elite SpA and HealthBeacon plc; and is on the Advisory Board of Elkstone Ventures. She is a member of the Chartered Accountants Ireland Sustainability Expert Working Group and Chapter Zero Ireland.
Orla has a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Accounting from University College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.