By @SimonCocking  great interview with Eddie Buckley, Head of Dublin South and Deirdre Moore (Head of Business Banking) Dublin South We’re delighted to have AIB on board as a main sponsor for the Fintech 20 Ireland awards and event on October 26th. For more information about entering your company see here and to attend the event itself October 26th, at Moores Auditorium, UCD book tickets here. 

What is your background briefly?

Eddie Buckley  – Experienced, versatile and commercially focussed Financial Services Executive. 30 + years working in financial services industry with wide range of experience across Retail and Business Banking. I have a strong record in business performance, transformational realignment and delivering projects organisation wide.

Deirdre Moore – Graduate of Social Science and Financial Services in UCD. An experienced and customer focused senior financial and banking services executive, with over 30 years’ experience in the Irish Market. I have a proven track record in delivering commercially focused, customer centric results across a wide range of businesses and sectors in the Corporate and Business Banking arena.

What are your current responsibilities in AIB

Eddie Buckley- Devise and lead the business strategy for AIB in Ireland’s capital Dublin, specifically in the dynamically growing area of Dublin South. My role is to transform customer experience and drive the business performance across our branches and business team, whilst ensuring that we have a team of people that deliver the best banking experience for business and personal customers.

Deirdre Moore – I am responsible for leading our business banking team across 12 branch locations in Dublin South.  I ensure that we constantly put our business customers’ needs first and continuously find ways to help them to achieve their goals and ambitions. I support my team to focus on delivery of the best banking experience and service possible whilst achieving the highest level of operational excellence standards.  Our ambition is to be the Number 1 Business Bank for small to medium sized businesses in Ireland.

So why did you get involved with this conference?

We have a strong relationship with UCD and as a The No 1 Business Bank in Ireland.  We are always keen to support events that platform and support innovative businesses that will contribute strongly to the growth of the Irish economy. We felt that the Fintech20 conference aligned with our views in this respect. The conference presents a unique event for FinTech providers to share and collaborate in a colligative way.

For those unfamiliar with the work of AIB, what initiatives are you developing / supporting / promoting within the IT sector?

AIB wants to build its relationship with this sector in a very constructive way.  We can support the sector in multiple ways through providing day to day banking, equity and loan finance at the right stage of the business cycle and providing treasury solutions, particularly at a time when exchange rate are volatile. We also strongly believe that the owners of these businesses are the prime asset of the business and there is an important requirement for the business to protect this asset through key man cover as part of equity funding rounds.  In the medium to long-term, as the promoters build the value of their equity stake and personal net worth, we provide many ways of protecting and future proofing this wealth through our very experienced Private Banking and Wealth Management arms. We are also very proud of our association with a number of Accelerator and Incubator locations around the country. This association allows us to be close to and supportive of new developments and opportunities in the sector.

What is your understanding of what FinTech players are looking for in a banking partner ?

We fully understand that early stage and high potential companies are fast moving and have a wide range of needs – often very complex. We believe that having a banking partner that can help in navigating the financial terrain and provide end to end solutions is hugely valuable.  At AIB we do our very best to understand the stage of development of the business and we have dedicated resources to assist you as you develop and grow. We believe if we get the early stage relationship right this will lead to long term mutually beneficial opportunities.

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