Bob Semple
Governance, Risk and more
BSc, FCA, CDir, FCP, FICS, ProfDipCorpGov, ATM



How I can help

  • Helping get benefits from effective risk management and governance
  • Improving board effectiveness
  • Solving problems
  • Supporting family businesses
  • Building teams
  • Facilitating more effective meetings
Career summary
  • Career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Chartered Accountants, spanning 36 years in Ireland and Canada, 26 as partner
  • Consulting and audit experience in a wide variety of public and private sector organisations, across all sectors
  • Specialist in risk management and corporate governance along with deep experience in audit and IT
  • Board appointments including:
    • CGIAR Audit and Risk Committee (Montpellier) (2016-2020)
    • CIMMYT (Mexico City)  (2013-2019)
    • Suas, Dublin (2013 to date)
    • Corporate Governance Association of Ireland (2009 to 2013)
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers Governance Board (2008-2012)
    • Global Standards 1 (Ireland) (2008 – 2019)
    • Audit Committee, Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (1995 – 2000)
Key achievements
  • Development of Global Risk Management Services practice in Ireland
  • Management of wide variety of audit and consulting engagements across all sectors
  • Recognised speaker on Governance, IT, Risk and related topics
  • Trusted adviser to Boards on director’s duties and conflicts of interest
  • Expert adviser on Crisis Management and Business Continuity Planning
  • Regular speaker to a wide variety of academic courses and professional audiences including Chartered Accountants Ireland and the Incorporated Law Society

Other relevant achievements 

  • Able Toastmaster and Amateur Radio operator (EI1CK)
  • Member of the Institute of Directors
  • Various Committee roles, including Chair
  • Commitment to lifelong learning (Foundation in Positive Psychology, Gamefication, Facilitation Skills, How to argue and reason and other courses)
  • Endurance sports (running marathons/cycling maracycles), and adventure travel (Kilimanjaro, Inca Trail, Himalayas, Zambezi white water rafting)


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