Catherine Vaughan is a Partner with EY. Based in Dublin, her roles as Global Financial Crime and Global Compliance Leader sits as part of EY’s Global Executive layer. Prior to working in a Global role, Catherine was Risk Management Director for EY’s EMEIA Region, a position which followed the same role in Ireland. Catherine’s experience stems from her qualification as a Chartered Accountant in 1999. Her current role covers a wide geography and involves monitoring developments in financial crime laws and regulations, understanding the impact on EY’s business and designing compliance programmes in response to those developments. She is supported by a diverse team spread across the EY network and by a core team based in GDS India and Poland. Catherine is a Fellow of the International Compliance Association and is EY’s representative at the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI).
Catherine has long been involved in sponsoring and chairing EY’s LGBT+ network, Unity. Having started the Ireland chapter in 2012, she became one of the leading voices on LGBT+ inclusion in EY and in 2018/19 she was one of the formative members of EY’s Global LGBT+ Partner forum. In 2021 she was appointed LGBT+ Partner sponsor and joined the EMEIA DE&I Steering Committee. She continues to represent EMEIA at the Global Partner forum. Catherine works with the Irish and EMEIA leadership teams on developing and implementing EY’s DE&I strategy. She is a regular public speaker on the importance of a culture of workplace equality and has collaborated with many other companies to progress LGBT+ inclusion in Ireland and beyond. In 2015 Catherine was named Inclusion Champion of the year in GLEN’s inaugural Workplace Equality Index and in 2016 she was named Senior Leader for LGBT Equality. In 2022 Catherine was included on the OUTStanding 100 Global Executives list for the fourth consecutive year.