When John Moran decided to resign as head of the Department of Finance in May 2014 such was the impact that the department’s website collapsed. An unlikely public servant, just three years earlier he’d been headhunted to successfully steer the country out of an unholy economic and banking mess.

He came to the department having worked with many of the world’s top companies as well as running two juice bars in the south of France during a career break. Now based in his native Limerick, (he hails from a farm in Mungret and is a cousin of Tom Moran of the Red Cow Hotel) John has his hands full with a variety of projects for clients and as chair of the Land Development Agency, SME Recovery Ireland, the Hunt Museum and Liveable Limerick.