At the core of Watch Portfolio Management is a highly skilled team that work collectively to deliver impressive results.

These fresh-thinking, dynamic people are tuned into your goals and they understand the issues you face. They harness the latest technology to make systems work for you, so you get the outcomes you need, when you need them.

Our directors


Director of Client Technologies & Analytics

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Darragh is the Director of Client Technologies and Analytics and has been a major driving force at Watch Portfolio Management since 2008. Having worked previously as a consultant for Deloitte and as a Business Intelligence Analyst with Allied Irish Bank, he brings valuable knowledge and insight to our team.

His remit is to build and enhance our core products in response to the changing debt solutions market. He excels in driving insolvency portfolio performance for our clients.


Financial Operations Director

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James joined Watch Portfolio Management in January 2008, having previously worked in Grant Thornton where he managed a portfolio of new IVA clients.

Before that, James held several roles with Moore Stephens Chartered Accountants including the role of personal insolvency specialist.

James uses his knowledge of the personal insolvency sector to help bridge the gap between insolvency practitioners and our client base to ensure optimal financial outcomes for our clients.


Managing Director

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Michael has responsibility for the management and development of business strategy. Michael created the IVA Watch concept in late 2006. He has been employed continuously in the personal insolvency sector for 27 years and has a wealth of experience in advising and representing creditors’ needs.

Michael’s experience and knowledge of the personal insolvency sector have shaped him as a thought leader who is highly sought-after.

He is currently an agent representative on the governmental IVA and Protected Trust Deed Standing Committees where he represents the interests of all Watch Portfolio Management clients. Furthermore, Michael is a member of the Irish Steering Group, responsible for developing protocols in the new Personal Insolvency Regime, Ireland.


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Director (Operations & Compliance)

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David McKendry is Director of Operations and Compliance at Watch Portfolio Management with responsibility for managing the operational teams and overseeing regulatory compliance, risk management and client audits.  Employed in the financial services industry since 1989, David has 20 years’ experience as a senior operations manager.  He joined Watch Portfolio Management in 2015 and coordinated the firm’s journey to obtaining full Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) permissions.

David is the architect of our Compliance First programme which drives the business activities that are aligned to our risk management framework. Our latest consumer journey technologies and client analytics are the result of David’s focus on compliance and the individual.


Director (IT & Infrastructure)

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Chris Wilson is Director of IT and Infrastructure at Watch Portfolio Management with responsibility for managing all aspects of IT and specialising in Data Security.

With more than 10 years’ international experience in analytics and IT roles within global leading companies in the technology and financial industries. Chris brings a wealth of knowledge in IT security, management and data analysis to the team. Chris drives performance efficiencies to existing and new systems and derives valuable insights for our clients while ensuring the security and integrity of all client data.


Associate Director (Analytics)

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Phil Giblin is Associate Director of Analytics at Watch Portfolio Management with responsibility for Business Intelligence & Automated Cash Management.

He has over a decade working in the field of Financial Analysis, having worked at some of the Largest Banking & Insurance Companies in the UK. He is a specialist in the field of Process Automation with a background in Database Administration & Data Integration.

He joined Watch Portfolio Management in 2016, focusing on automating Data Quality methodologies and data exchanges with our business partners while further developing the skills of our team talented Data Engineers.



Collections & Recoveries Manager

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Having joined Watch Portfolio Management in April 2019, Keith brings experience from 35 years working in the Financial Services sector with expertise in the Insolvency and Debt Recovery function locally for AIB Group. He also has experience in the Debt Advice Sector in NI as Service Delivery & Quality Manager and has represented organisations on research projects to develop collaboration between creditors and debt advice agencies in association with the Money Advice Service.

His work with Watch is to develop strategies that will ensure timely release of dividend payments for our clients by utilising his knowledge and understanding of the IVA market from both the Creditor and individual’s perspective. His focus will also be on enhancing the flow of information to support Creditor claims during the early stages of the IVA process.


Treasury Team Manager

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Larissa Thomas joined GT/Watch in 2010 having studied Insolvency law along with her law degree.  With previous experience working in our Review, PoD management and Event management teams, her knowledge of the whole IVA/PTD lifecycle and dependencies is valuable in managing the dividend/treasury area.  Larissa’s key focus includes co-ordinating the investigation of unmatched payment and ensuring they are allocated to the correct accounts using a range of information and liaising with IPs and Creditors.


Bankruptcy Liaison Manager

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With over 20 years experience of insolvency, Sandra brings a wealth of experience and insight to the business.  Sandra manages our core operational teams and also runs the team training programme.

Sandra worked at Grant Thornton in Belfast and Moore Stephens prior to joining IVA Watch Ltd, working closely with Michael Peacock on successfully launching the service.


IP Relationship Manager

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Since joining Watch Portfolio Management in 2010, Gemma has been a key member of our team. She has many years’ experience in the insolvency sector, which includes key roles at major IP firms.

Gemma’s knowledge and experience on both sides of the insolvency fence are particularly valuable to her role in practitioner engagement. By ‘getting under the bonnet’ of the insolvency practitioners Gemma provides increased transparency, insight and control to our clients.

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