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Rebooting the economy

This fast-paced conference focuses on the key issue of rebooting the economy after the impact of COVID-19. In the morning plenary session, attendees will receive impactful technical, and commercial insights from high profile speakers. The afternoon sessions, which are powered by the District Societies, will enable participants to choose from topics specific to their own requirements.
All afternoon session will be recorded and made available to participants proceeding the live session to watch at your own leisure.
This conference is suitable for accountants, and other business professionals, at all levels and from all sectors, given the scope and fast-moving pace of the sessions.


This conference will be delivered via Zoom Wed 7 October 2020 9:30am - 12:30pm & 2:00pm - 4:00pm Link will be emailed to participants the day before the course
€110 Up to 13 CPD Hours


Morning Plenary Session

  • Opening Address (Sinead Donovan, Vice President of Chartered Accountants Ireland)
  • The Irish Economy – Next Steps in an Uncertain World (Michael McGrath TD, Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform)

    Michael McGrath will share his insights about The Irish Economy – next steps in an uncertain world.

  • COVID-19 – Legal Healthcheck (Dillon Eustace)

    Dillon Eustace event sponsor will host a panel discussion on the legal considerations for companies and their advisors as we continue to work through Covid-19. The panel will discuss  areas such as company law updates, employment obligations, property issues, restructuring options and considerations including terms and conditions around financial obligations. The panel speakers are Mark Thorne partner and Head of Banking and Capital Markets, Kelly O’Hara partner and Head of Property, Jamie Ensor partner Insolvency and Corporate Recovery and John Doyle partner Employment and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

  • Where To Now? Options and Prospects (Cormac Lucey, Sunday Times Columnist)

    After flattening the curve (and large parts of the economy), where do we go now?

  • Profiting from Brexit (Tony Buckley, Former Head of Customs in Revenue Ireland)

    Many of Ireland’s longstanding practices in wholesale, retail, manufacturing and services are predicated on behaving as part of the UK internal market.  When this stops on 31 December next, the change will hurt, but it will also create a new landscape in which opportunities will arise for those ready and willing to take them

  • The Next Financial Year (Brian Keegan, Director of Chartered Accountants Ireland)

    Brian Keegan will outline some of the changes to the role and work of the profession forced by Coronavirus and Brexit, many of which will be permanent

Afternoon Sessions – Participants can choose from the following sessions:

  • Members in Industry - What now? - Cork Society

    Join us as we look to the pressing topics for members in industry right now. What can we do to get extra funding? How can we work better as teams remotely and is that end of year audit or statutory reporting having to happen virtually? We will help answer these questions for you and guide you and your peers to work better in the current situation.

    • The New Ways of Working: Practical Considerations for Statutory Audits in a COVID World – with Lorna Ryan, Audit Senior Manager Deloitte
    • Conor McCarthy Director with KPMG will discuss High Performing Teams; some constants in a very changed environment
    • Gary Bogue, Process and Improvement Manager in Heineken will highlight a Case Study on Agile Performance
    • Ray Egan from PwC who will discuss Funding in Ireland and the UK
  • Directors Responsibilities, Pensions & Investments and GDPR post COVID-19- North West Society

    Topics discussed will include Directors responsibilities particularly for businesses experiencing liquidity difficulties. This talk will also look at the lifestyle of financial planning and cashflow modelling / evaluating and managing risk. It will close with a discussion on GDPR – post COVID-19, and managing your remote working from a GDPR point of view

    • Directors Responsibilities (David Hegarty, Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement)
    • Lifestyle Financial Planning and Cashflow Modelling (Greg McGreal, Gilroy Gannon)
    • GDPR – Post COVID (Michelle McLaughlin, Michelle McLaughlin & Co)
  • Business Sustainability – Mid-West Society

    Are you fast, lean & future ready? Topics discussed will include systems and connectivity, cyber security and business supports and restructuring options

    • The Brave New World – Staying Secure and Productive in the Hybrid Workplace (Finian Nally, ActionPoint)
    • Covid-19 Business Supports and restructuring Options (Aengus Burns and Dara Kelly, Grant Thornton)
  • Sleep & Recovery – Leinster Society

    The amount of sleep required to feel rested varies from individual to individual. However, it is important to understand how this rhythm can adapt unintentionally in response to external cues, such as the presence of light exposure and eating times. Understanding how this rhythm works and how to maximise your sleep for recovery purposes for a greater level of functioning is important: Avril Ivory in this session will include the importance of sleep and recovery and how it can affect your day to day living as well as looking at how much sleep is enough, how sleep repairs the body, the impact of stress on sleep and moving towards good sleep hygiene. Tim France will subsequently focus on Diet and Nutrition by myth-busting the healthy diet, explaining the gut-brain relationship, providing five strategies for optimising your wellbeing through healthy food habits and finishing with Q&A.

    • Sleep and Recovery (Avril Ivory, Psychologist)
    • Optimising your wellbeing through healthy food habits (Tim France, Transformative)
  • Topical Practice Updates - Western Society
    • Practice News webinar - Practice Consulting’s Jeremy Twomey & Conal Kennedy
    • PRSI Update - Brendan Casey PRSI Consultant, Department of Social Protection
    • Top Tax Tips & Issues - Mary McDonnell Principal McDonnell Tax Consultancy
Thursday 9 May 2019

See Practice Forum agenda 2019

19:00 - Late
5 star BBQ at the Lyrath
The Seven Deadly Sins, according to Revenue
Influence – the leadership conference for our profession Welcomes from President Feargal McCormack & MC/Interviewer - Caitriona Perry (RTÉ)
Transforming the way we work – AI and Robotics are already here – now what? Presentations and interviews with keynote speakers Ravin Jesuthasan, John Murphy and Amy Ball
Mid–morning break with a selection of refreshments
NED Talk – How to become a successful non-executive director Presentation by David Duffy and panel discussion with Loretta Dignam and Dermot Hanley
How to survive and thrive in a changed world through networking Presented by Kingsley Aikins, Founder and CEO of the Networking Institute
Lunch at The Lyrath - 3 course buffet lunch
The Intelligence Revolution – How workers need to evolve Presentation by Valarie Daunt and panel discussion with Ravin Jesuthasan
Change Takes Courage - How to find your 10 seconds of courage Life Lessons from a Fighter, Nadine Champion

Meet some of our speakers

Francesca McDonagh-min
Francesca McDonagh Group Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Ireland Group Opening Speaker - The evolution of banking – today and beyond
  • Francesca was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer in October 2017. Bank of Ireland is a diversified financial services group established in 1783 and is one of the largest financial services groups in Ireland.
  • Francesca joined Bank of Ireland from the HSBC Group, where she held a number of key senior management roles over a twenty year period including Regional Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, UK and Europe; Regional Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Middle East and North Africa; and Head of Personal Financial Services, Hong Kong.
  • Francesca is a member of the PRA Practitioner Panel. She has previously served on the Board of the British Bankers’ Association (BBA), where she was Deputy Chair and on the Board of the National Centre for Universities and Business in the UK. Francesca has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.
Sinead Donovan 
Sinead Donovan Vice President of Chartered Accountants Ireland Opening address speaker
  • Chair of CA SUPPORT and a former President of ATI
  • Partner in Grant Thornton’s Financial Accounting and Advisory Services team with specific expertise in coordinating international teams.
Michael McGrath-min 
Michael McGrath TD Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Speaker Speaker
  • Currently a TD for Cork South Central and is the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and a Chartered Accountants Ireland member
  • Responsible for delivering well-managed and well-targeted public spending, through modernised, effective and accountable public services
Anthony Buckley-min 
Tony Buckley CEO, Anthony Buckley Consulting Ltd. Speaker
  • Consultant in customs and tax
  • Was head of Customs in Revenue Ireland up to 2018
  • Delivered training for the Institute in customs and Brexit matters, and is leading the delivery of the Institute’s Certificate in Customs and Trade
Brian Keegan Director of Advocacy and Voice, Chartered Accountants Ireland Speaker
  • Director of Advocacy and Voice with Chartered Accountants Ireland and drives the advocacy agenda of the Institute.
  • Regular contributor to media discussions on tax, public policy and Brexit matters through his standing columns in leading Irish newspapers
Avril Ivory-min 
Avril Ivory Psychologist Speaker
  • Psychologist and Psychotherapist with over 20 years’ experience
  • Specialises in the areas of mental health, stress management resilience, work/life balance, lifestyle change and sleep
Cormac Lucey-min 
Cormac Lucey Finance Lecturer & Economics columnist Speaker
  • Qualified Chartered Accountant
  • Finance Lecturer (for various institutes)
  • Economics columnist for The Sunday Times
David Hegarty-min 
David Hegarty BL Enforcement Portfolio Manager, Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement Speaker
  • LSRA Roll of Practising Barristers in the Full-time Service of the State
  • Former Advisory Counsel in the Office of the Parliamentary Legal Adviser advising the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission
Andy Ivory-Corr-min 
Andy Ivory-Corr Head of Investment Sales, New Ireland Assurance Speaker
  • Andy holds an MSc (Honours) degree in Financial Services from UCD and the Institute of Bankers
  • He is a Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA) and CFP
  • 22 years of experience in Investments Andy is a frequent speaker at industry events, and a regular contributor to investment trade publications on investment issues
Michelle McLoughlin-min 
Michelle McLoughlin Train with Us Speaker
  • A qualified solicitor, tax consultant and trademark agent
  • Provides business training in the specialist areas of business compliance, law and taxation
Dara Kelly-min 
Dara Kelly Partner, Advisory, Grant Thornton Speaker
  • Extensive experience in advisory services
  • Main area of expertise is in corporate finance, transaction advisory services and corporate restructuring
  • Leads the Irish firm's China/Hong Kong Business Group
Aengus Burns-min 
Aengus Burns Partner, Financial Services Advisory, Grant Thornton Speaker
  • Extensive Restructuring, Insolvency and Corporate Finance experience
  • Heads up Corporate Simplification team and Pensioneer Trustee Services team
  • Responsible for Members’ Voluntary Liquidations of Special Purpose Vehicles and Funds
Conal Kennedy-min 
Conal Kennedy Head of Practice Consulting, Chartered Accountants Ireland Speaker
  • Provide advice and support to practices throughout Ireland, and publish a range of practice toolkits covering Anti Money Laundering, Audit, Accounting and Compliance
  • Has coached & advised many practices through major change events such as mergers, acquisitions, retirements, practice development and marketing
Jeremy Twomey-min 
Jeremy Twomey Practice Consulting Manager, Chartered Accountants Ireland Speaker
  • Supports member practitioners with a focus on compliance, training and advisory services
  • Held senior management positions across financial and professional services
  • Experience in anti money laundering, corporate governance, data protection, external audit, financial reporting, internal audit, project management, risk management and taxation
Brendan Casey PRSI Consultant Speaker
  • Brendan Casey worked in Department of Social Protection for 37 years
  • Experienced Lecturer (CPD courses) for CAI, ACCA and OmniPro for the last 10 years
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Mary McDonnell Principal McDonnell Tax Consultancy Speaker
  • A Chartered Tax advisor in Irish tax Institute, over 20years experience across taxation and business issues, including corporate restructuring, start-up structures, tax planning for high net worth individuals, passing on the family business and estate planning
  • Lectures in accountancy both under and post graduate in NUI Galway
Lorna Ryan-min 
Lorna Ryan Audit Senior Manager, Deloitte Speaker
  • Specials in Investment Management audits and works with consumer business clients
  • Nine years' experience in assurance and advisory services in the Financial Services sector
  • Key member of the Audit Transformation Team in Ireland and is involved in facilitating Deloitte Global Content Training Programme
Ray Egan-min 
Ray Egan Director, PwC Speaker
  • Director in the PwC Corporate Finance team
  • Specialising in debt advisory with significant experience advising clients on numerous deals across a broad range of sectors including technology, education, manufacturing, retail, construction and pharma
Tim France-min 
Tim France CEO, Transformative Speaker
  • Founder and CEO of Transformative, one of Ireland’s leading workplace wellness companies
  • Qualified in mental health and wellness with over 30 years’ experience in the corporate world
Finian Nally Head of Microsoft Cloud Solutions, ActionPoint Speaker
  • Has worked in the technology sector for over 15 years
  • Leads the Microsoft practice at ActionPoint where he is currently helping clients with Remote and Hybrid Working solutions
Catriona Perry-min
Caitriona Perry Journalist, Broadcaster, Author MC and Interviewer
  • Multi-award winning journalist and former RTE Washington Correspondent
  • Anchor and Co-Presenter on the Six One News on RTÉ One
  • Authored ‘In America: Tales from Trump Country’ which documented her first-hand account of witnessing the rise of Donald Trump in America
Caroline McEnery Speaker
Caroline McEnery Managing Director of The HR Suite How culture impacts on ethics, diversity, inclusion and talent in the workplace
Cathal Smyth
Cathal Smyth Managing Director and CAO of State Street Global Services Ireland Global organisations in regional locations - How State Street grew its operations
Cathal Smyth
Cathal Smyth Managing Director and CAO of State Street Global Services Ireland Global organisations in regional locations - How State Street grew its operations
Cathal Smyth
Cathal Smyth Managing Director and CAO of State Street Global Services Ireland Global organisations in regional locations - How State Street grew its operations
Cathal Smyth
Cathal Smyth Managing Director and CAO of State Street Global Services Ireland Global organisations in regional locations - How State Street grew its operations
Caroline Casey-min
Caroline Casey Award winning serial social entrepreneur Closing speaker
  • Award winning serial social entrepreneur Caroline Casey is both an adventurer and business woman.
  • Caroline was the subject of the National Geographic Documentary Elephant Vision, is an Ashoka Fellow, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and TED speaker.
  • Since taking a life changing decision at 28 to travel across India on an elephant, Caroline has been committed to building an equal society for the 1 billion people in the world with a disability.
  • Her passion and ambition for leading a life without limits and labels is truly contagious and is sure to leave a lasting impression on you.



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Annual Conference 2017 Highlights

We are passionate about delivering a conference that meets the needs of all our members, a conference that’s forward focused and geared towards educating our members on the future of business, finance and the profession. Last year’s conference was focused on disruption and you can watch the highlights to get a feel for the quality, breadth and scope of our speakers and topics. We look forward to welcoming you to another impressive line-up of experts this year in Kilkenny.

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Booking: We have reserved rooms for conference attendees at the conference venue, the Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny. For your convenience you can book your conference package including accommodation using the ‘Register’ section above availing of a discounted rate. Phone: +353 56 776 0088 Email: Address: Lyrath Estate, Paulstown Road, Kilkenny, R95 F685, Ireland Website: Lyrath Estate Kilkenny Go by train: Irish Rail Go by bus: City Link