CIPD Ireland Annual Conference 2014

Our Recovery – Our People. WINNING Through Talent, Innovation and Enterprise

Monday 9 June 2014, Dublin Castle

Conference Speakers

Eoin Fahy - Chief Economist - Kleinwort Benson Investors

Conf 2014 - Eoin FahyEoin Fahy is Chief Economist and Multi-Asset Strategist at Kleinwort Benson Investors, and has been with the company since 1988.

He advises the firm’s clients and its investment management team on economic trends at home and abroad, and their implications for investment markets, and is also responsible for multi-asset investment strategy.

He served on the Commission on Taxation which reported in 2009.

Kevin Empey – Director Consulting Services - Towers Watson

Conf 2014 - Kevin EmpeyKevin Empey heads up the HR and Reward consulting practice for Towers Watson in Ireland. His work is mostly focused on developing HR, employee engagement and reward strategies and solutions for a wide range of organisations.

He was appointed to the Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) in 2011 which is the body responsible for the selection of candidates for the most senior positions throughout the Irish Civil Service.

Kevin is also founder of Worklink, a professional employment support network, the aim of which is to support the transition of unemployed jobseekers to full time employment. He was appointed to the Labour Market Council set up in 2013 to advise Government on the implementation of the Pathways to Work Strategy designed to tackle unemployment in Ireland.

Jody Jordan

Conf 2014 - Jody JordanJody Jordan is Head of Reward & People Operations at Paddy Power. Paddy Power is an international multichannel betting and gaming group, operating across a range of businesses and territories.

Jody joined Paddy Power in 2012 to establish the Reward function and has experience in leading Reward teams having previously held roles in Vodafone Ireland, Bord Gais Energy and Xerox Europe Ltd.

Jody holds a B.A in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies from Dublin City University.

Ciaran McNamara

Conf 2014 - Ciaran McNamaraThe Coillte Group is Ireland’s leading natural resource company whose core purpose is to enrich lives locally, nationally and globally through the innovative and sustainable management of natural resources.

Ciaran is Compensation & Benefits Manager for the Group. His role is to ensure that major changes to the reward policy, and how reward and recognition are practiced at Coillte, will deliver enhanced performance in the organisation.

Over the past number of years, Coillte have been engaged in a major business change programme with the objective of transforming Coillte into a high performance organisation. During 2012 a major milestone was achieved on that transformation journey following the acceptance by members of the Impact Union of the proposals on ‘Transformation and Reward’. The agreement provided for the introduction of a Total Reward model that delivers a fresh and flexible reward system that is economically sustainable, market competitive and which supports both individual and business performance.

Ciaran McNamara has a degree in history and economics from University College Dublin and was awarded an M.A. in Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management from Keele University in 2004.

David Nugent

Conf 2014 - David NugentDavid Nugent is Director of Performance and Reward at ICON Plc. where he leads a global team in transforming reward strategy to support the delivery of ICON’s business growth and shape a sustainable high performance culture. David has a successful track record as a decision maker, influencer and trusted advisor with proven successes in creating and contributing to global reward strategy and leading complex HR change programs. Prior to joining ICON David worked in a variety of HR and Finance roles at country, regional and global level in organisations such as Diageo, EMI Music, Ulster Bank Capital Markets and Smith & Nephew.

Founded in 1990, ICON (ICLR, NASDAQ) is a full-service, global Contract Research Organisation that provides outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. From a small team of 5 people in 1990, ICON has grown organically and through acquisition to a position where it ranks in the top 5 global Contract Research Organisations and employs over 10,000 people in 48 countries.

Stephen Boyle – Lecturer - UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School

Conf 2014 - Stephen BoyleStephen Boyle is a lecturer at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, where he delivers Executive Development programmes in negotiation and teaches on the school’s MBA programmes. In addition to his roles as a negotiation trainer and lecturer he works as a consultant to clients engaged in challenging negotiations.

Stephen has delivered negotiation skills development programmes in Europe, Asia and the United States for clients in sectors as diverse as automotive, construction, financial services, government, healthcare, law enforcement, pharmaceuticals and technology. He has also worked as a consultant on management development programmes for the International Trade Centre in Geneva, an office of the United Nations and World Trade Organisation.

Prior to embarking on an independent training and consulting career over ten years ago, Stephen held roles in a management consulting firm and in communication and change management at a Fortune 500 company.

Peter Cheese – CEO – CIPD

Conf 2014 - Peter CheesePeter Cheese joined the CIPD as Chief Executive in July 2012 after 30 years at Accenture, culminating in a 7 year spell as Global Managing Director of the firm’s Talent and Organisation Performance Consulting Practice. He also held various executive sponsorship positions for Accenture’s firm-wide skills and capability development programs, and the firm’s global Human Capital and Talent Strategy.

After leaving Accenture in 2009, Peter held a portfolio of consulting and non-executive roles. During this time he was also appointed Chairman of the Institute of Leadership and Management, a post he stepped down from on his appointment to the CIPD, whilst remaining as a Board member.

Peter sits on the Council of City & Guilds, and he is a European Board Director with Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Europe, an organisation focused on the development of entrepreneurial, financial and employability skills in young people through business engagement in schools and universities. He is also an Executive Fellow at the London Business School, associated with the faculties of Strategic Management and Organisational Behaviour.

Dr Maureen Gaffney - Clinical Psychologist - Author and Columnist

Conf 2014 - Dr GaffneyA well-known broadcaster, writer and columnist Maureen has served as Chair of the NESF, Chair of the Council of the Insurance Ombudsman of Ireland; as a board member of the HSE; Council member of the ESRI; and as a Law Reform Commissioner.

Maureen is an expert on change management, emotional intelligence, ‘gender at work’ and on work/life balance. A clinical psychologist she has worked with companies in Ireland, UK, Israel, and the US in the areas of leadership, change and transition, emotional intelligence and managing diversity. With these she has developed programmes of leadership and emotional intelligence; managing diversity, change and transitions and delivering Emotional Intelligence programmes.

She has served as Chair of the National Economic and Social Forum, advising government on issues of equality and social exclusion; as a member of the Health Service Executive; as a Commissioner for the Irish Law Reform Commission. She also served as Chair of the Council of the Insurance Ombudsman of Ireland; Chair of the National Monitoring Committee of the Programme for Revitalizing Areas by Planning, Investment and Development; Council member of the Economic and Social Research Institute; Chair of the International Advisory Group of Futures Ireland, a foresight planning process set up by the Department of the Taoiseach; and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Public Administration foresight exercise on the major economic, social, demographic, technological and environmental trends and drivers of change over the next decade.

Maureen has a B.A. in Psychology at University College Cork, a M.A. in Behavioural Sciences at the University of Chicago and a PhD at Trinity College Dublin and is an alumnus of the Women and Power Programme at the Harvard Kennedy School.

CEOs Panel

Chair - Robert MacGiolla Phadraig, Director - Sigmar Recruitment, Founder - National Employment Week

Conf 2014 - Robert MacGiolla PhadraigRobert, Director of Sigmar Recruitment & Social Entrepreneur is widely recognized as an industry thought leader and key driver of the national employment agenda. Robert co-led the MBO of Sigmar Recruitment and its subsequent growth to become recognized as Large Agency of the Year 2014 & 2013.

Robert is Founder and chair of numerous non commercial initiatives including National Employment Week, the Presidential Employment Forum, The Job Creation Initiative and the Employment Leadership Group in association with CIPD.

He is also co-founder of Ireland, Gateway to Europe, private sector led investment initiative & trade mission focused on attracting FDI into Ireland. He regularly leads job activation & FDI focus groups with state agencies and private sector stakeholders. Robert recently appeared as Employment Expert on RTE’s Local Heroes and as Career Expert on RTE’s FourLive and is a regular contributor on employment in the national press.

Regina Moran - Chief Executive - Fujitsu Ireland

Conf 2014 - Regina MoranRegina is currently CEO of Fujitsu in Ireland where she leads a 350 strong team focused on delivering ICT services that add business value to the Irish marketplace.

Regina is a member of the Dublin City University governing authority, Vice President of Engineers of Ireland (FIEI), a member of the board of IBEC Ltd. and a non-executive Director of EirGrid.

Regina holds a first class honours MBA from Dublin City University and has been awarded the ‘Sir Charles Harvey Award’ for outstanding contribution in her post-graduate studies. She is married with three children and is an enthusiastic Munster Rugby supporter.

Tony Keohane – Chairman – Tesco Ireland

Conf 2014 - Tony KeohaneTony’s entire career has been in retail, specifically Store Operations, having held various positions in that area of the Quinnsworth business before being appointed to the Board in 1995.

When Quinnsworth was taken over by Tesco in 1997, Tony became Operations Support Office Director on the newly formed Tesco Ireland Board. In 1999 he moved to the UK as Stores Director for the Midlands region.

Two years later he returned to Ireland to the role of Property, Supply Chain and Distribution Director. In 2006 he was promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Tesco Ireland. In July 2013, he became Chairman of Tesco Ireland.

John O'Dwyer - Chief Executive - Vhi Healthcare

Conf 2014 - John O DwyerJohn O'Dwyer joined Vhi Healthcare from the international Dutch insurance group Achmea where he was the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director with responsibility for the Life, General and Health businesses in “Interamerican”, the second biggest insurer in Greece.

John has an extensive track record in financial services and in particular the health insurance sector. Prior to his current role positions held included Managing Director of Friends First Life Assurance, Director of Operations at BUPA Ireland and Assistant Chief Executive with responsibility for Claims in Vhi Healthcare. He was also non-executive Chairman of the Board of the National Treatment Purchase Fund.

David Smith - Country Director - Diageo

Conf 2014 - David SmithDavid Smith was appointed Country Director for Diageo Ireland in August 2011. He is responsible for leading the Ireland spirits and beer business by driving the commercial agenda and encouraging a customer-centric focus country-wide. David also leads Diageo Ireland’s external agenda with key government, media, trade and consumer stakeholders.

David has a rich history with Diageo. He began his career in marketing in Guinness on a graduate scheme. He later spent a few years with Cadbury in Senior Marketing roles. He returned to Diageo after this and held positions as Marketing Director for Guinness in GB and Diageo GB Field Sales Director. Before being appointed Country Director of Diageo Ireland, he held the position of Sales Director of Diageo GB for five years during which time he created a winning category strategy and growth drivers which have enabled the business to drive share growth across all trade channels.

Workshop Sessions (kindly supported by Boston Scientific)

Jeff Turner - Head of Learning & Development EMEA - Facebook

Conf 2014 - Jeff TurnerJeff has been working in the Learning and Development arena for the past 20 years.

During this time he has worked with Lloyds Bank, Bank of Ireland, AOL, O2 and has been running the EMEA Learning and Development function in Facebook for the past 3 1/2 years.

Jeff has a Master’s Degree in Performance Management from Leicester University and is a qualified coach with the ICF.

Jeff who is originally from the UK and now living in Ireland, is married to Helen with a son in university and 2 daughters. In his spare time Jeff enjoys playing golf.

Terri Moloney - HR Director - Boston Scientific

Conf 2014 - Terri MoloneyTerri Moloney is the HR Director at Boston Scientific, Clonmel. Boston Scientific’s mission is “to transform lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world”.

The facility in Clonmel specialises in the development, manufacture and distribution of implantable Pacemakers and Defibrillators for Boston’s Rhythm Management business. The site also supports product for the Neuromodulation Division.

At Boston Scientific, Terri is responsible for the HR Strategy for Clonmel Operations. As a member of the Global HR Team, she is also involved in global HR and change management projects. In her first year with BSC her team were awarded the Global Winning Spirit Award for their contribution to the business.

Terri’s previous experience covers several sectors, including FMCG, Construction, Sales and Marketing and Private Health Care where she has gained experience, not only in HR, but also in Sales Leadership and Operations Management. She has worked in Ireland, the UK and USA. Her special interest areas include Strategy, Culture & Values and Engagement.

She has been responsible in establishing Boston Scientific as a the first Medical Devices Corporate Partner with Unitech International, an innovative and pioneering European Engineering Network which comprises Corporate Partners, Academic Partners, Students and Alumni across 9 European countries. Previously, Terri established the Award winning Irish Construction Learning Network involving 100+ member companies. She has been actively involved with both the CIPD and IITD for many years.

Terri holds an MSc from Leicester University and is completing an MBA with Henley Management College. She is a member of the IMD Alumni Association.

Eamonn Eaton - Head of Group Learning & Engagement - Bank of Ireland

Conf 2014 - Eamonn EatonEamonn is a senior member of the Bank of Ireland Group Human Resources Team with responsibility for building the capability the organisation needs to meet its strategic objectives. He led the design and implementation of the Banks Learningzone service that is delivered in partnership with Accenture Learning.

He is a career banker with management experience in Retail Banking, Marketing, Learning and Human Resources. Previous HR leadership roles include Employee Engagement, Diversity, Executive Education, Leadership Development and Head of Training.

Eamonn is a Director of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland and a member of its Executive Committee, Council and also Chair of the Education Committee. He holds an MBA from University College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Banking in Ireland.

He has extensive experience as a conference speaker at national and internal level specialising in adult learning, training, capability development and learning innovation.

He is from Dublin and married with two teenage children. His interests include swimming, keeping fit, cycling and music. He performs regularly with the RTE Philharmonic Choir at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and on live broadcasts on RTE Lyric FM.

He is Chair of the Board of Chamber Choir Ireland.

Neville Bourke - HR Director Retail ROI - Bank of Ireland

Conf 2014 - Neville BourkeRetail Banking comprises Retail Distribution Channels, Business Banking, Consumer Banking and Wealth Management (including New Ireland Assurance Company).

Neville has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources strategy & management. Prior to joining Bank of Ireland, he was Human Resources Director for Boston Scientific Ireland in Galway. Having joined Bank of Ireland in 2006, he was appointed to his current role in 2009.

He has a degree in Business Studies (Human Resources) from the University of Limerick and was awarded a M.Sc. (Mgmt) in Organisational Behaviour from IMI/Trinity College in 2003.

Ronan Myler - Head of HR, Distribution Channels - Bank of Ireland

Conf 2014 - Ronan MylerDistribution Channels is the primary Retail advice and service channel in Bank of Ireland which employs over 3,500 staff. It encompasses the Bank’s 265 Branches in the Republic of Ireland as well as their growing phone, internet, mobile and Business Banking channels.

With over 20 years’ experience in employee relations and HR Management, Ronan spent 14 years working in the hotel industry before joining Irish Life Assurance’s HR department in 1999. Having joined Bank of Ireland in November 2008, he was appointed to his current role in early 2011.

Ronan has a degree in industrial relations and HR management and was awarded a M.Sc. (Mgmt) in Organisational Behaviour from IMI/Trinity College in 2007.