With four directors and thirteen highly experienced staff members, our team is dedicated to providing outstanding customer service.
We are committed to the on-going development of staff. Through the minimum competency requirements as set out by the Central Bank of Ireland, all staff are now required to adhere to a minimum level of professional standard through examinations and Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
Denis Collins, Managing Director
Denis began his Insurance career with MBC Insurance in 1983, and qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute in 1990. In 1996, Denis was appointed Director of the company and 10 years later became Managing Director. In 2007, Denis oversaw the launch of MBC Financial Ltd.
Des Murphy, Director
Des has worked in the insurance industry for over 24 years. His career started at O’Leary Insurances in 1988 where he gained the skills needed to become an insurance specialist. He joined Pratt Insurances in 1992 and was made responsible for the set-up of the company’s Russian operation in 1994. He joined MBC in 1999. Des was President of the Insurance Institute of Cork in 2002/2003. He was one of the founding members of Broker Federation of Ireland (BFI) and was national Chairman for two years in 2010 to 2012,and he still sits on the board of directors. He is a qualified Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP).
Shane Sullivan, Director
Shane commenced his career in 1990 as a Commercial Underwriter with Hibernian Insurance. In 1997, Shane was promoted to the position of Business Development Manager for the key broker accounts in Cork City. Following 5 successful years in this position, Shane was appointed Director with MBC Insurance in October 2002, where he oversaw the integration of the recently acquired business of Lordan Magnier Insurance brokers.
Today, apart from looking after his own key accounts, Shane also looks after the development of business from a panel of Sub Agents nationwide and overseas the development of our exclusive Craft Brewers Insurance Product and Forklift Hire & Material Handling Insurance Scheme.
Brian McMahon, Director
Brían McMahon began his career in Insurance in 2006 with MBC Insurance, over time he has held various roles within the company including his current position as Director with responsibility for New Business Sales and Product Development.
A native of Listowel, Co. Kerry and a Graduate of the University of Limerick Risk Management & Insurance Course, Brían has particular expertise in the areas of Technology and I.T. Insurance, Construction, Plant Hire & Tool / Equipment Hire Operators and larger commercial risks and has successfully launched our exclusive products Techinsure.ie and MBC Insurance Tool Hire Protector. He is a Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP) and a member of Council for the Insurance Institute of Cork (IIC) & Insurance Institute of Ireland (III) and former President of the Insurance Institute of Cork for the period 2016 – 2017.
Lizanne Kelly, Commercial Account Executive
Lizanne holds an insurance degree from the University of Limerick and has worked in the insurance industry in various roles for the last 12 years. She began her career in the claims sector, has worked as a property loss adjuster and has progressed to personal lines underwriting in recent years. Lizanne joined MBC in October 2016 as part of the Personal Lines Team specialising in Motor & House Insurance. In 2018 she joined the Commercial side of the business and works closely with Director Shane Sullivan. She is a Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP).
Deirdre O’Connor, Commercial Account Executive
Deirdre has worked in the insurance industry for over 10 years. Her career started at Glennon Insurance Brokers in Dublin, in 2003. She then joined AON Insurance Brokers in Limerick in 2006, before joining MBC Insurance in February 2010 as Personal Lines Manager, she then progressed to her current role as Commercial Account Executive in 2012, and now manages her own account of business specialising in Commercial Property, Liability, Tradesman Insurance, Professional Indemnity, Motor Fleet and IT & Technology Insurance. Deirdre is a qualified Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP). As of 2017 she is now based out of our Kerry Office and manages a mixed book of Commercial & Personal Lines Business.
David Collins, Commercial Account Executive
David began his career with MBC Insurance in 2015 where he worked as Personal Lines Executive specialising in Household Insurance and Motor Insurance. David then progressed to his current role as Commercial Account Executive in 2016, and now manages his own account of business specialising in Commercial Property, Liability, Tradesman Insurance, Professional Indemnity, Motor Fleet and IT & Technology Insurance. David holds a MBS in Electronic Business and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Cork. David is a Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP) & is progressing towards completing the Advanced Diploma in Insurance (ACII) qualifications.
John Heaphy, Commercial Account Executive
John commenced his career with MBC Insurance in September 2013 having completed his M.Sc in Risk Management & Insurance. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Quantity Surveying. John works closely with Managing Director Denis Collins looking after key accounts in the Commercial Department. He is a Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP) & is progressing towards completing the Advanced Diploma in Insurance (ACII) qualifications. In 2017 he was centrally involved in the lauch of MBC Insurance’s new Kerry office at 32 The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry
Daria Gulinksa, Accounts Manager
Daria commenced her career with MBC Insurance in 2010 as a part of the Accounts Department. She currently handles all insurer settlements and queries. She is currently working toward her ATI qualification.
Bernard McCarthy, Personal Lines Manager
Bernard is working in the Insurance Business for over 33 years. He commenced employment with Insurance Corporation Of Ireland (ICI) in 1982 in Cork. He was Team Manager with AA Ireland T/A AA Insurance from 1988 to 2010. He subsequently worked with O’Mahony Boylan & Golden (Munster) Ltd as Commercial Accounts Executive until January 2015. Bernard joined MBC Insurance in January 2015 as Personal Lines Manager and specialises in the placing of Motor both private & commercial and all types of house insurance.
Bernard is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII) since 1990 and a Chartered Insurance Practitioner since 1996.
Sinéad Palmer, Commercial Account Executive
Sinéad graduated from Cork Institute of Technology with an Honours Bachelor of Business in 2014. She joined MBC in September 2014 as part of the Personal Lines specialising in Motor & House Insurance. Sinéad progressed to her current role as Commercial Account Executive in 2016 where she works closely with company Director Shane Sullivan looking after key accounts in the Commercial Department. Sinéad is a qualified Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP).
Norma English, Personal Lines Operations Manager
Norma has been working in the Insurance industry since 2014 and is a qualified QFA with an APA in Personal Lines. She joined MBC in 2015 where she held the position as Personal Lines Executive and more recently as Personal Lines Manager, specializing in Household, Motor and Travel Insurance.
Anne Jordan, Commercial Account Executive
Anne has been working in the insurance business in Cork for numerous years in various roles from General Insurance to Health Insurance.
Anne has recently joined MBC Insurance as Commercial Account Executive working alongside company Director Desmond Murphy.
She is APA qualified in Personal Insurance and is working towards Certificate Insurance Practitioner (CIP).
Rachael Hickey, Personal Lines Executive
Rachael joined the MBC team in 2016 and is specialising in personal lines, in particular with household and motor insurance. Rachael graduated from University College Cork in 2015 with a BA, Bachelor of Arts.
Rachael has previously worked in the health insurance sector for a year before joining the MBC team in 2016.
Rachael is currently working towards her APA Insurance qualifications in personal lines.
Caitrin Griffin, Personal Lines Executive
Caitrín joined the MBC Insurance team in 2018, and is specialising in personal lines, particularly home and motor insurance.
Caitrin spent over three years in the motor trade after qualifying from University College Galway in 2014 with a BA, Bachelor of Arts.
Caitrín holds an APA financial qualification and is working towards her APA insurance qualification.
Jamie O’Leary, Finance Manager
Jamie is a BComm. graduate from UCC and began his Accounting career with Ernst & Young in Cork and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991. Jamie has extensive senior industry experience in the financial services, retail, and distribution sectors. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and joined MBC insurance in 2017 as Finance Manager.
Sarah Hogan, Personal Lines Executive
Sarah joined the MBC team in 2017 and is specialising in Personal Lines, in particular Household and Motor Insurance.
She has previously worked in the hospitality sector for 6 years on the front desk before deciding on a career change and joining the MBC team.She is now focusing on her APA insurance qualification.
Sarah McCarthy, Personal Lines Executive
Sarah graduated from the University of Limerick with a BA, Bachelor of Art in 2017.
She previously worked in the Medical and Horse Racing Industry for several years before deciding to change career and join MBC Insurance in March 2019. She works in our Motor & Home Insurance team.