Allstate Northern Ireland Executive Bios
Dr. Bro McFerran CBE DSc — Managing Director
Bro took up his current position in January 1999 when the company set up in Northern Ireland. He was one of the founding board members of the Software Industry Federation in Northern Ireland (now Momentum), and it's second Chairman. He was previously a non-Executive Director of the Northern Bank, is a non-Executive Director of the Strategic Investment Board for Northern Ireland (an OFMDFM appointment) and a Board Member of Springvale Training. He is a Past President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and a Board Member of the Northern Ireland Science Park Trust. He is currently a board member of Business in the Community in Northern Ireland.
Bro received a special recognition as The HRH's Ambassador for Corporate Responsibility in Northern Ireland 2011. Bro is patron of Special Olympics Ireland and is on the Business Development Board of AgeNI.
Mr. McFerran was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List of June 2005 for services to the IT Industry of Northern Ireland. He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Ulster for services to economic development in June 2010. He was presented with the Institute of Directors/Lunns Award of Excellence in January 2007. He received an Annual Award of Distinction from Belfast Institute of Higher and Further Education in November 2004 in recognition of his achievements in employment and economic development. Mr. McFerran was awarded the "IT Professional of the Year" award by the Northern Ireland Branch of BCS in 2001.
Rose Kelly — Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Rose is a senior member of the Allstate leadership team and a key contributor to high-level business strategy and policy. She commenced employment with Allstate NI in January 1999, as Director of Human Resources leading the company start-up with MD, Bro McFerran. Prior to joining Allstate NI, Rose held a position of Senior Legal Advisor with the Fair Employment Commission for Northern Ireland for ten years. Rose is currently responsible for a broad range of business areas including Legal, HR, Training & Development, Workforce Solutions, CSR, Governance, Risk & Compliance and Marketing. Over the last 14 years Rose has been responsible for a comprehensive range of innovative people management strategies and initiatives across the three office locations which have resulted in Allstate being awarded over 100 highly prestigious business awards at local and national level.
Opal Perry — Chief Operating Officer of the International Technology and Strategic Ventures
Opal joined the Allstate Northern Ireland executive leadership team in September 2014 in the role of Chief Operating Officer of the International Technology and Strategic Ventures organization at Allstate Insurance. She is the senior operations leader in Northern Ireland and also leads the integration of the Allstate parent company's global technology workforce across the United States, Northern Ireland and India.
Opal has over 20 years of expertise in building and growing global technology organizations across a variety of software engineering disciplines in both software development and technology infrastructure. Opal joined Allstate in 2011 and was previously based out of Allstate Insurance headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois. Prior to assuming her current role, she served as the Vice President, Allstate Enterprise Testing and Release Management and was responsible for global software quality assurance at Allstate.
Opal earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering with a double major in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and MBA degrees from the U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business and Columbia Business School.
Christina Bates — Chief Financial Officer
Christina Bates joined Allstate NI in 2000 as Financial Controller, becoming Chief Financial Officer in 2007. Christina has overall responsibility for the Finance and Accounting function of Allstate NI and the AIM London office.
Jim Bannon — Area Leader, Product Operations & Emerging Business
Prior to Allstate NI, Jim was employed by NevadeTele.com, IMRGlobal, Logicom and a Healthcare Trust, gaining experience in project management, web development, web hosting, eSecurity & communications solutions, bespoke development, document management, imaging and workflow products, along with various client-server technologies. Jim has been with Allstate NI for 12 years and has worked in various areas within Allstate NI, including Access Allstate and Cyberlife in Allstate Financial Technology and for ISG in WebFocus, Crystal and Business Objects. In 2007, he spent 6 months in the role as a Business Improvement Agent, developing Allstate NI's Innovation Strategy before taking on his current role.
Joy Chambers — Area Leader, Workforce Solutions & Talent Management
In her early career, Joy was employed by the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service as part of their management services team. She joined Allstate NI in 1999 as employee number 12, in the Human Resources department, initially taking on the role of Training Manager. Subsequent promotions within the Human Resources department include her appointment to the role of Resource Manager and most recently Area Leader - Workforce Solutions. In her current role, Joy is responsible for a wide range of resource related activities, including strategic resourcing and talent management.
Tony Mulvenna — Area Leader, Infrastructure Services
Tony started working in the IT industry in 1978 as a Computer Operator and over the next 8 years fulfilled various roles from Programmer to Project Manager, until relocating to the US in early 1997. During a stay of five years in the US, Tony was employed in a range of senior IT positions before returning to Northern Ireland in 2001. He commenced employment at Allstate NI in March 2002 as a Senior Team Leader. Shortly after, he was promoted into the position of Project Manager (June 2002). In November 2004, he became the North West Area Manager and, in 2006, the Head of Operations in Belfast. In 2007 he took up his current role as Area Leader for Infrastructure Services.
Georgina O'Leary — Area Leader, DMEA & PPIRM
Gina started her career in software development in London and subsequently travelled to Europe for several years before relocating to the North West. She specialized in telephony software development utilizing OO technologies from C++ to Java and concentrated on her technical career for 10 years, progressing to an architecture position. Gina joined Allstate NI as a Senior Software Developer in November 2003, before being promoted to Lead Technical Consultant, then Project Manager and progressed to North West Head of Operations and most recently Area Leader of DMEA & PPIRM. Gina has worked on numerous projects, including Alliance and AMC (Allstate Motor Club) and has managed in areas including Infrastructure Services and Marketing Technology.
David Wright — Shared Services Leader within Enterprise Test and Release Management
David started his career as a programmer with Parity Solutions, working in a variety of application development roles through the entire development lifecycle. He joined Allstate NI in 1999 as a Senior Programmer Analyst and has held a number of positions over the last 10 years resulting in promotion to the position of Area Leader in January 2010. He has worked in Allstate NI in the following Allstate areas: Claims, Business Engagement, Call Centre Manager, Product Technology, AFT, Investments, Enterprise Test and Release Management.