CPD Blitz 2019 Recorded


This fast paced day focuses on the key issues impacting accountants in Ireland. Over the course of ten sessions, attendees will receive high impact technical updates and professional and commercial insights, with separate streams for practitioners and members in business where relevant. High profile specialist speakers, who work day-to-day in the specialist field, lead each session focusing on practical matters.

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Start date & time:  
01 January 2018 00:00
End date & time:  
01 January 2022 00:00
Price: €240.00  (€240.00 Member price)
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CPD online course

This course was recorded in late 2019

Who should attend

This course is suitable for accountants at all levels and from all sectors. The CPD Blitz days are held in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Red Cow, Sligo and Waterford.

Course overview

  1. Leading through change (Una McSorley, Marcomm)

    Change is the only thing that stays the same. Today every organisation is on a journey of change and transformation. From major organisational change, to a small change in an office process, success often depends on a well thought out communication plan. Una will share guiding principles on communicating through change, the barriers people experience and tips on how to run successful communications during times of change

  2. Financial Reporting update (Brian Murphy, Deloitte)

    The update will include the following: FRS 101 & FRS 102 updates (effective for accounting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2019); IFRS updates; reminder of the key company law requirements as they impact financial reporting, as well as common pitfalls and omissions identified in financial statements

  3. Practitioner stream

    1. Growing your practice bottom line: Turn 'C' clients into 'A' clients (Neil Hughes, Baker Tilly)

      Insights from Neil Hughes, the Managing Partner of the Irish practice. The firm has grown substantially in recent years from its origins as a merger of smaller firms. Now with six departments, it has transformed work practices and approach regarding its increasing client base

    2. The continuing evolution of AML (Andrew Coles, Rhino Consulting)

      As financial products change and develop, and as organised criminals seek to subvert these systems through the use of companies within the regulated sector, the legal and reputation risks increase. The requirements for firm's to apply proper and fit for purpose AML controls has never been more prevalent. This session seeks to help firm's target harden their businesses to comply with the relevant regulations and protect their clients and staff Anti-Money Laundering

  4. Business stream

    1. How to manage different generations in the workplace (Una McSorley, Marcomm)

      For the first time in history, five generations will soon be working side by side. How should you relate to employees of different age groups? What motivates them? How can you communicate with them? Differences can help build a highly productive environment, but the management of these differences is key to any workplace success. By the end of this session, you’ll have a clearer idea of each generation’s specific traits. This will help you find a balance and a way of communicating that reaches every one of them

    2. IT update: What's coming for 2020 (Damian O'Neill, Professional Training)

      The session will cover an overview of a number of IT areas of relevance to Chartered Accountants working in a broad range of businesses. The delivery focus is non-technical and aimed at accountants requiring a knowledge of the direction of IT as they interact with colleagues in decision making and strategic planning

  5. Tax tune up James Bradley

    Focus on recent tax changes

  6. Brexit: Current status and going forward (Tony Buckley, Former Head of Customs Division and Corporate Affairs Division at the Revenue)

    Update in relation to Brexit as of late 2019

  7. Company Secretarial and Company Law Update (Eric Fitzpatrick, Ark Speaking and Training)

    This session will cover the definition of a story and how they work, as well as how they can help accountants communicate with impact. It considers the component parts of effective stories and storytelling strategies

Key learnng outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Up to date with high level developments impacting accountants
  • Aware of the latest developments in business

Speaker Bio

Una McSorley

Una is a leading authority on business communication skills. She is the co-author of It's a Zoo Around Here, a humorous guide to better communication in the workplace. Teaching clients how to overcome the hurdles of poor communication, and workplace rivalry, she guides companies of all sizes to transform their strategy, communication and leadership for the better. Her high-energy keynote speeches help audiences to stay positive, confront tough communication challenges and work together better.

Brian Murphy

Brian is a Director within Deloitte Ireland's Consumer and Technology Business Audit department. He has over 14 years audit and general business advisory experience, specialising in external statutory audits under IFRS, US and local GAAP, internal audits (including systems reviews and value for money audits), due diligence and forensic accounting investigations (for both private and public sector organisations). Brian lectures and presents extensively on a range of topics.

Neil Hughes

Neil Hughes is Managing Partner of Baker Tilly with offices in Dublin and Enniscorthy, as well as a Baker Tilly member firm office in Belfast. The firm has grown substantially in recent years from its origins as a merger of smaller firms. Now with six departments, it has transformed work practices and approach regarding its increasing client base. Neil also leads the Restructuring Division of Baker Tilly in South East Europe, with offices based on Nicosia in Cyprus.

Andrew Coles

Andy has spent over 30 years in law enforcement in London, Belfast and latterly with the National Crime Agency (NCA). He has extensive experience investigating multi-jurisdictional money laundering, asset tracing and asset denial. He provides AML training for Chartered Accountants Ireland, the Law Society of Northern Ireland and the Irish League of Credit Unions. He has worked for Citibank (AML) and has provided training for law enforcement officers for the NCA and various Police services.

Damian O'Neill

Damian is a Chartered Accountant with broad experience in training, mentoring and coaching in organisations from micro-enterprises to multi-nationals, government bodies, credit unions and all points in between. Damian qualified with Deloitte in 1993, worked in Australia Telecom in 1993/4 and as a professional lecturer for two years. Since 1996 Damian has ran Professional.ie managing a team of IT and business experts offering focused technical, management training and consulting.

James Bradley

James is a qualified accountant and tax consultant. He is the principle of his own tax consultancy practice in Cork and deals with clients from all economy sectors providing professional tax advice under all tax heads. James has been lecturing for Chartered Accountants Ireland and the Institute of Taxation in Tax for more than 10 years. He has set tax exams for both Institutes, as well as leading CPD courses for these two institutes and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants for 10 years.

Tony Buckley

Tony was previously Head of the Customs Division and Corporate Affairs Division at the Revenue, leading on issues of customs policy, legislation and procedures, as well as corporate governance, communications, risk and economic and statistical analysis. He previously managed the South West integrated Revenue Region, responsible for 800 staff dealing with tax compliance, customer relations, customs and excise.

Salvador Nash

Salvador is Head of KPMG's Company Secretarial practice, the largest provider of company secretarial services of any accountancy firm in Ireland. He is the President of The Chartered Governance Institute a member of its Governance and Nomination Committee. He represents the Institute on the Company Law Review Group, the statutory advisory expert body charged with advising the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation on the review and development of company law in Ireland.

Eric Fitzpatrick

Eric is the owner of ARK Speaking and Training, an International Speaker, Corporate Storytelling Expert, Sales Presentations Expert, Executive Speaker Coach, and Corporate Trainer who works with entrepreneurs, SMEs and large organisations to help make how they communicate, clear, concise and compelling. He is the creator of T.R.U.E. Presentations, a tool that helped one organisation win a contract worth €1 million, is the author of Persuade on Purpose and an ex-international soccer player.