Governance Conference 2021 (ROI/NI)


Focusing on Boards and Sustainability, this conference will bring business leaders, professional advisors and investors together to discuss how boards can embed sustainability within their organisations. This all-island conference will be joined by prominent political leaders from the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Oireachtas to discuss the important role boards and their organisations can play in nurturing sustainable economies.

Venue details:  
Webinar, , Online
Start date & time:  
22 April 2021 09:30
End date & time:  
22 April 2021 12:30
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Training ticket cost:  
3.00 Training Tickets accepted
CPD hours:  
Speaker details
First nameLast name
Multi Speaker


Product type:  
CPD course


This conference is for directors, investors, professional advisors and senior management responsible for embedding, measuring, and reporting sustainability in their organisations, including listed entities, SMEs, audit and advisory firms, legal firms, Public Sector and Charity/non-profit organisations.

Course overview

  • Opening and welcome (Paul Henry, President of Chartered Accountants Ireland and Níall Fitzgerald, Head of Ethics and Governance).
  • Address from prominent political leaders (details TBA) - Government priorities to drive sustainability and climate action as a positive contributor to the economy in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
  • Barry Dempsey, Chief Executive of Chartered Accountants Ireland, interviews John Moloney, Chair of DCC plc and NED on the board of Smurfit Kappa. How the board embeds and monitors sustainability in the strategy.
  • Panel discussion - Executive perspective: Implementing sustainability objectives, measuring, and reporting progress.
  • Mardi McBrien, CEO, Climate Disclosures Standards Board in the UK – How organisations can measure and report on their sustainability initiatives effectively.
  • Panel Discussion - Investor perspective: how investors assess an organisation and its board and what they expect from them in relation to sustainability.
  • Interview with Karina Litvack, Executive Board Director of Chapter Zero, Co-Founder of the World Economic Forum’s Climate Governance Initiative, and NED. How NEDs can engage effectively in a strategic debate about the climate challenge for their businesses.
  • Closing address

Key learning outcomes

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

  • Have an elevated understanding of key issues impacting boards and organisations in respect of embedding, measuring and reporting on sustainability initiatives.

Key Note Speakers:

Micheál Martin TD has served as Taoiseach since June 2020 and as Leader of Fianna Fáil since January 2011

Diane Dodds, MLA is Minister for the Economy in Northern Ireland.


Paul Henry (FCA), President of Chartered Accountants Ireland - Paul is the President of Chartered Accountants Ireland and the Chair of the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies. Paul is a Director in Osbourne King where he leads the advisory and consultancy service.

Níall Fitzgerald (FCA), Head of Ethics and Governance, Chartered Accountants Ireland - Níall leads the enhancement and implementation of plans to deliver strategic objectives on business ethics and governance across operations, including policy, member support and resources and engagement with regulators, standard setters, and other stakeholders. Níall is a member of the Institute’s Sustainability Expert Working Party and is passionate about internal implementation of sustainability initiatives and applying sustainability reporting frameworks.

John Moloney, Non-Executive Chair, DCC plc - John is also the Chair of Governance and Sustainability Committee of DCC plc and a Member of their Remuneration Committee, a Non-Executive Director of Smurfit Kappa plc and Chair of ABP Food Group. John has extensive top management and board level experience, having held the position of Group Managing Director of Glanbia plc until November 2013.. John was previously a Non-Executive Director of Greencore Group plc. John holds an MBA from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG).

Barry Dempsey , Chief Executive, Chartered Accountants Ireland - Barry is also a Member of the Irish Takeover Panel, Board Member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide and Board Member of the Global Accounting Alliance. Previously, Barry was CEO of the Irish Heart Foundation, Peter Mark and the Irish Cancer Society. Barry, who holds an MBA from Trinity College, is enthusiastic for the benefits sustainability initiatives offer businesses, the accountancy profession, communities, and the economy.

Mardi McBrien, Managing Director, Climate Disclosures Standards Board (CDSB) - Mardi is also a Member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Stakeholder Council, Trustee of the International Tree Foundation and a founding board member of Women Organising for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN). Mardi leads the CDSB, an internationally renowned organisation that works to provide decision-useful environmental information to markets via mainstream corporate reports.

Karina Litvack, Co-Founder of Chapter Zero - Karina is also the Co-Founder of World Economic Forum’s Climate Governance Initiative, Non-Executive Director of ENI spa (an Italian Oil and Gas company), Non-Executive Director of Viridor Waste Management Limited and Governor of Chartered Financial Analyst Institute. Karina’s passion for leading climate change initiatives follows a 25-year career in finance, latterly running the Governance and Sustainable Investment activities of UK asset manager F&C Investments.


Marie Joyce (FCA ) Chief Financial Officer, NTR plc - : NTR is a sustainable infrastructure investor and asset manager that acquires, constructs and manages renewable energy projects. Marie is also a Non-Executive Director of daa plc. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Galway, a Masters in Accounting from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, and is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Kieran McLoughlin (FCCA), Managing Partner, VentureWave Capital - Kieran is CEO of VentureWave Capital and leads the firm’s Impact Investment initiatives, which aim to deliver a strong commercial return for our clients and benefit society, especially in Ireland. Kieran led The Ireland Funds as CEO for ten years and was responsible for the Fund’s network of donors and events across the US and its relationship with its sister organizations in 11 other countries. Kieran sits on North American Advisory Board of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Suzanne Keane CFA – Suzanne is a senior equity portfolio manager at Amundi Asset Management, where she is the lead portfolio manager for European Equity ESG Improvers, within its flagship ESG Improvers range, which incorporates a forward looking, dynamic approach to ESG investing. Suzanne was previously Head of Credit Research (for developed markets) within Amundi (formerly Pioneer Investments) from 2016 to 2018, where she was instrumental in integrating ESG into the credit research process.

John Sadlier (FCCA), Chief Sustainability Officer, Ardagh Group S.A. - John Sadlier is the Chief Sustainability Officer in the Ardagh Group. John, who also served as the Chief Procurement Officer of the company, is responsible for managing all aspects of Ardagh’s sustainability agenda. Prior to joining the Ardagh Group in 2007, John previously worked for Ricoh, Munekata Ireland, Dell and Microsoft Ireland Operations. He received an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree from University College Dublin.

Keith Morrow , Chair Ethics and Governance Committee, Chartered Accountants Ireland - Keith is a project leader in the technology sector, currently working in NortonLifeLock, the cybersafety company. Previously he has worked with Veritas Technologies, Symantec, JP Morgan Chase and GE Capital having trained with Coopers and Lybrand. He is a member of the Council of Chartered Accountants Ireland and is the chair of its Ethics and Governance Committee. He has held several board positions in the charity and non-profit sector and is currently a board member of Hockey Ireland.

Alistair Brew (FCA), Head of Investment Operations, BGF - Alistair joined BGF in July 2011 initially to lead on new investments. He then ran the London investment team before moving into his current role which is focused on running the Investment Committee process and leading on BGF’s ESG programme. Alistair remains involved in new deal origination and sits on the board of Evodental. Alistair has 18 years’ experience in small company investing and has led investments into over 30 businesses. Alistair is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Chris Martin, Head of Climate Risk and Strategy, Danske Bank - Chris has over 25 years’ experience in financial services with a background in both retail, corporate banking and strategy roles. He is responsible for developing Danske’s strategic response to climate change with a focus on both the risks and opportunities arising, along with developing solutions to help Danske customers make the transition to a net zero carbon future.