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


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)


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