Address from our Conference Chair and PAI Director Garrett Fennell

Over recent weeks the focus on corporate governance in Irish public and commercial life has been extensive.

 

For State Boards and entities that are in receipt of significant levels of public funding, there are very high expectations that high standards will apply to the governance and management of such organisations.

 

And as we have seen recently there are very public channels and structures to address departures from best practice and non-compliance with recognised codes.

 

On 16 May 2019 PAI will host a special conference which will address recent developments in Corporate Governance in Ireland. The Conference will be a timely opportunity to address a range of issues which have recently emerged in public and political discourse. They are also issues that go to the heart of how State Boards and publicly funded entities are run.

 

A range of expert speakers and panellists will address issues including;

  • Securing a proper skills match on State Boards
  • Setting the boundaries of responsibilities and information flows within State Boards and between the executives and Directors
  • Managing the reporting and funding relationships between Departments, State Companies, and Agencies.
  • Accountability – examining the relationship between Boards, Departments and the Oireachtas – is the balance right?
  • Managing risk – determining and mitigating risk.

 

This event will be of particular interest to Board members, Company Secretaries, CFOs, Directors of Corporate Affairs & Risk and Compliance Managers. It will be a practical, focused and targeted event – all participants will also benefit from 4 CPD hours.

 

Further details of the event are set out below and you can reserve a place by calling 01 8198500 or online here.

 

I look forward to seeing you at the event

 

Regards

Garrett Fennell

About

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 9am-1pm

 

The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8

 

Price: €325

 

The 1 September 2016 marked the publication of the revised and updated Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies. Published by Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, the code was aimed at strengthening the underlying principles of good governance: accountability, transparency, probity and a focus on the long-term sustainable success of the organisation.

 

With two years since the codes official release this event will review the performance of standards that the code sets for good governance within regulatory, commercial and non-commercial State bodies.

 

With the recent exposures at State Board level, highlighting the shortcomings and failure to adhere to statutory responsibilities, it has never been more important to reflect on best practice and consider the measure set by State Bodies in terms of governance, risk, compliance, values and culture. Strengthening the code by maintaining transparency and rebuilding trust where failings have occurred.

 

 

Hours CPD Awarded

Category: Regulatory Matters

Conference Outline and Topics:

 

PAI’s 2019 corporate governance conference will explore the challenges and benefits of ensuring proper compliance at Board level. This conference brings together a host of key industry experts and provides a forum to reflect on the effectiveness of recent corporate governance complexities through our programme of Public Sector relevant themes including;

 

  • Securing a proper skills match on State Boards;
  • Setting the boundaries of responsibilities – lines and levels of responsibility within State Boards;
  • Managing the relationship between Departments and Companies/Agencies – Reports, Policies and Letters of Expectation, and
  • Accountability – Boards, Departments and the Oireachtas – is the balance right?

 

This conference provides attendees with the ideal opportunity and a stimulating forum to discuss critical topics for the future of corporate governance, a comparative and interdisciplinary approach and provides a key networking opportunity for industry peers working within the Public Sector.

Who should attend?

 

The event is ideal for anyone who is responsible for Governance, Risk, implementing compliance programs, deciding on strategy including: CEO’S, Risk & Compliance Managers, Strategy, DPO’s, Board Members. This event will prepare your organisation for current & future governance risk and compliance challenges.

Event Schedule

9.00 – 9.15

Introduction by Conference Chair – Garrett Fennell, Director, Public Affairs Ireland

9.15 – 9.45

Securing expertise, knowledge and competence – Recruiting nominees for boards for the Public Sector and setting the standard for proper board composition – Shirley Comerford, CEO for the Public Appointment Service

9.45 – 10.15

Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act 2018: Practical steps for assessing corruption risk and ensuring an appropriate response – Louise Byrne, Senior Associate, A&L Goodbody.

10.15 – 10.45

Good information driving good decision making; Board engagement and information asymmetry – Professor Blanaid Clarke, McCann FitzGerald Chair in Corporate Law, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

10.45 – 10.55

Q&A

10.55 – 11.25

Networking Coffee Break

11.25 – 11.55

The UN Sustainable Development Goals – The Pillars of Best Practice in Governance by State Boards over the coming Decade – Alan McDonnell, Principal, Good Governance Solutions

11.55 – 12.25

Mandating, Managing and Mitigating Risk – Building a robust framework for Risk Appetite on State Boards and managing Reputational Risk – Patrick Downes, Managing Partner, Lionheart Management Consultants Ltd.

12.25 – 12.55

Governance in Focus – 2019 Panel discussion – led by Chair (Topics include: Culture as a core responsibility of all boards & central to good Governance, Board Diversity)

13.00

Networking Lunch (served in the Radisson’s V’nV restaurant)

Our Speakers

Garrett Fennell
Director, Public Affairs Ireland

Garrett Fennell is a solicitor and a specialist consultant in regulatory and public affairs. Garrett has advised a large number of public bodies on compliance issues and practices. Garrett is a founding Director of Public Affairs Ireland and leads a specialist regulatory and public policy consultancy, Fennell Public Affairs, in 1997. He formerly worked with the ESB and McCann FitzGerald.

Garrett Fennell
Director, Public Affairs Ireland
Shirley Comerford
Chief Executive Officer for the Public Appointment Service

Shirley Comerford is an experienced HR executive with significant senior management experience working effectively in both operational and strategic roles across a range of sectors. She has spent a number of years in Australia working in the Education and Healthcare sectors.

Shirley Comerford
Chief Executive Officer for the Public Appointment Service
Professor Blanaid Clarke
McCann FitzGerald Chair in Corporate Law, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

Blanaid holds the McCann FitzGerald Chair in Corporate Law at Trinity College Dublin. She is the Irish representative on the OECD Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of the European Securities and Markets Authority Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group. She also serves as a Vice President of the Academic Board of the European Banking Institute. Blanaid was a member of the Irish Central Bank Commission (2010-2018) and the European Commission’s Informal Expert Group on Company Law (2014-2018) and Reflection Group on the Future of EU Company Law (2010-2011).

Professor Blanaid Clarke
McCann FitzGerald Chair in Corporate Law, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin
Alan McDonnell
Consultant, Founder & Principal, Good Governance Solutions

Alan is the founder of Good Governance Solutions, an independent consultancy specialising in advising boards on best practice in corporate governance. Having served on boards across all sectors he currently acts as Director and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Alan McDonnell
Consultant, Founder & Principal, Good Governance Solutions
Pat Downes
Managing Partner of Lionheart

Patrick Downes is Managing Partner of Lionheart, a corporate governance & risk advisory consultancy. Prior to establishing the practice he was an executive director in one of the commercial semi-state. He has over thirty years of experience at board level across the public and corporate landscape. Patrick has chaired a number of organisations and is a former chairman of the Corporate Governance Association of Ireland. He has served on a number of boards in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Pat Downes
Managing Partner of Lionheart
Louise Byrne
Senior Associate, A&L Goodbody

Louise Byrne is an associate in A&L Goodbody's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, where her practice focuses on white collar and corporate crime matters. Louise represents and defends clients in government and internal investigations and prosecutions. She also advises on all related matters, including the design and implementation of anti-bribery and corruption policies, whistleblowing complaints and money laundering issues.

Louise Byrne
Senior Associate, A&L Goodbody
Orla O'Brien
CEO Laura Lynn

Laura has over 28 years’ acute hospital experience, 18 years of which were at a management level. Orla qualified as a Registered Children’s and General Nurse in 1989 and subsequently qualified as a paediatric intensive care nurse before taking on management and leadership roles. Orla was also previously Deputy Director of Nursing in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Project Manager in the Department of Health and most recently Chief Operations Officer with the Children’s Hospital Group.

Orla O'Brien
CEO Laura Lynn
David Kinsella
Risk Advisory Partner, Deloitte

David Kinsella is a partner in the our Risk Advisory practice specialising in the provision of internal audit and risk management services to clients in the financial services, corporate and public sectors. David leads a number of the significant IA co-sourcing engagements and has also lead a number of risk advisory and special engagements for a host of national and international clients.

David Kinsella
Risk Advisory Partner, Deloitte
Níall Fitzgerald FCA CTC
Head of Governance and Ethics, Chartered Accountants Ireland

Níall, a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Consultant, has responsibility for leading the development of policy and embedding of matters relating to governance and business ethics across operations of Chartered Accountants Ireland. Níall qualified and worked with PwC as an auditor and has since also worked in consulting, advising in relation to provision of professional services, policy and internal control development, induction and board committee training.

Níall Fitzgerald FCA CTC
Head of Governance and Ethics, Chartered Accountants Ireland

PAI’s 2019 Conference sponsors / exhibitors:

 

In September 2014 the Government announced significant changes to the process for appointing members of State Boards. The changes introduced sought to increase transparency in how appointments are made, widen the pool of potential appointees and ensure members of State Boards have the appropriate skills, experience and expertise required to govern public bodies.

 

The Public Appointments Service (PAS) was given responsibility for key aspects of the process to identify a list of potential appointees for consideration by the relevant Minister.  PAS have been tasked with promoting this new initiative and ensuring that there is widespread awareness of the available opportunities.

 

Through the Stateboards.ie website there is a single dedicated point of contact for people interested in finding out about state board opportunities.  Those interested in being considered for appointment can register on the website and request to receive alerts when new campaigns are advertised online.

 

There is a wide and diverse range of State Boards in the commercial, administrative, advisory and regulatory fields.  PAS encourages expressions of interest from people with relevant experience who are willing to make a contribution to the performance of public bodies.  Details of all current vacancies and experience required are available on www.stateboards.ie.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Public Affairs Irelands Annual Procurement Conference presents a valuable opportunity to increase your brand awareness among industry leaders, government decision makers and peers within the procurement sphere nationwide. PAI’s expert speakers will update attendees on a range of relevant topics that offer both a national and international perspective on how to drive progress within Public Procurement while maintaining transparency.

Gold Sponsorship Package
Accreditation as a sponsor on all marketing material including (conference brochure & programme, web campaigns and at the event)
Speaking opportunity (speakers picture & biography featured in conference brochure)
Acknowledgement as a sponsor during the conference by the event chairperson
Three complimentary delegate passes for the conference and conference lunch
Company name and logo displayed in the reception area
Opportunity to display pop-up stand(s) and marketing materials within reception area (sponsor to supply)
Opportunity to host an exhibition table in the reception space
Opportunity to display pop-up stand(s) in the main conference space
Opportunity to place a marketing document in delegate pack (supplied by sponsor)
Your logo and a link to your company website on our dedicated conference website
Feature a blog piece by a company representative hosted on PAI.ie, shared via Public Affairs Ireland social media channels and through Public Affairs Ireland's marketing mail outs and weekly Parliamentary Business Newsletter
Branding in communication with Public Sector press desks
Feature in a follow up press on the conference blog and press photos
Conference Day Exhibition Stand
Accreditation as a sponsor on all marketing material including (conference brochure & programme, web campaigns and at the event)
Acknowledgement as a sponsor during the conference by the event chairperson
Two complimentary delegate passes for the conference and conference lunch
Opportunity to host an exhibition table in the reception space
Your logo and a link to your company website on our dedicated conference website
Press photos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interested

If you are interested in becoming sponsors at this year’s event please contact Public Affairs Ireland’s Training Manager
Emma McBride on (01) 819 8500 Email: emcbride@pai.ie

PAI’s Conferences are popular events that offer valuable opportunities for networking with colleagues across the public sector. Our past Corporate Governance Conferences attracted delegates from a wide range of organisations including:

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