Steve O’Donoghue is our Director of Finance and Human Resources (HR), a member of our Management Committee and Senior Leadership Team and an adviser to the Board. He has extensive experience in corporate governance, risk management and strategic HR, along with his finance background.
Steve is also lead Director for our Good Practice Exchange, internal counter-fraud arrangements and the National Fraud Initiative in Wales. Having come out as a gay man in his early 40s, Steve is our senior lead for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) matters and is a member of our equality groups and our LGBT+ staff network, Spectrum.
Steve was previously Head of Resources at the National Assembly for Wales Commission. He led the establishment of the Commission’s Finance function following the Government of Wales Act 2006 and, as a member of the Management Board, positioned the Commission as an award-winning place to work. Prior to joining the Assembly, he spent 15 years working in local government - in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, the Vale of Glamorgan Council and South Glamorgan County Council.
Steve qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant in 2000 and has been an active volunteer in CIPFA circles since then, including being the inaugural Wales Branch President and serving on CIPFA Council. A Cardiffian, he went to Glan Ely High School and then attended day-release at Coleg Glan Hafren and the University of Glamorgan under his employer’s development programme.
Outside of work, he enjoys life socialising with his partner Jon, his daughters, and his wider family and friends.