Thurs 10 May 2018

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GolfEnjoy a morning of golf while networking with your fellow Chartered Accountants at Kilkenny Golf Club. Registration includes green fees. Prizes will be presented at the welcome BBQ in Lyrath Estate at 19.00.
First tee off is approximately 08.45
Practitioners Forum (4hrs CPD)Introducing our new Practitioners Forum. Come along to a series of presentations and an interactive workshop from industry experts on the key issues for those in practice through case studies, proven frameworks, and open discussions.
Welcome BBQ Our pre-conference BBQ will be held on the grounds of Lyrath Estate. All are welcome to attend an evening of good food and casual networking with colleagues in a relaxed environment ahead of the conference the next day. Not to be missed!

Fri 11 May 2018

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Main Conference (7hrs CPD) Our annual conference is coming to Kilkenny this year. Once again we will have an inspiring, informative and engaging mix of Irish and international speakers across a number of streams allowing you tailor the conference to your specific needs. If you are interested in finding out what the future holds for you and your profession this is the conference you can’t afford to miss. We understand that everyone’s motivation for attending may be different. It could be the learning opportunities, the CPD hours, the amazing speakers or networking opportunities with fellow members. We can however promise you that our motivation is to send you home in a positive frame of mind with a clearer understanding of the future direction of business, finance and your profession.
Entertainment Package This year we have a premium Entertainment Package for you - this includes a pre- dinner reception, a fabulous four course meal with a few surprises in store on the night that will be sure to close the conference with a bang!


Opening Speaker

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.

Plenary Speakers

Daniel Susskind-min
Dr Daniel Susskind Fellow in Economics, Oxford University The Future of the Accountancy Profession
  • Fellow in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he teaches and researches
  • Worked previously as policy adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, as policy analyst in the Policy Unit in 10 Downing Street, and senior policy adviser in the Cabinet Office
  • He is the co-author of the best-selling book, The Future of the Professions (Financial Times - Book of the Year, Times Literary Supplement - Book of 2016, New Scientist - Best Read of 2015)
Martin Bissett-min
Martin Bissett Founder Upward Spiral Partnership (USP) The Practice Growth Clinic
  • Authored 9 books including Passport to Partnership (content has been adopted into the curriculum of AAT Level 3 courses and taught in selected UK colleges and US CPA Societies),
  • Highlighted as ‘one to watch’ in AccountingToday’s Top 100 Most Influential countdown for 2 years running
  • Written for professional publications e.g. AccountingToday, AccountingWeb, CPA Practice Advisor and Chartered One.
Barry Lowry-min
Barry Lowry CIO, Government Advancing the Irish Government’s Digital Strategy
  • Taking forward the Public Service ICT and eGovernment Strategies
  • Previously the Director for IT Shared Services and Strategy and Head of the IT Profession within the Northern Ireland Civil Service
  • Fellow of the Irish and British Computer Societies. Former winner of the BCS Northern Ireland IT Professional of the Year. He was awarded an O.B.E. for services to the Northern Ireland Government and the Northern Ireland Computer Industry in 2017


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
Anne Brady
Anne Brady Partner in Anne Brady McQuillans DFK Evolution of a small practice to become part of an international network
Brian Fox-min
Brian Fox Creator and Founder of The use of technology in practice - Think like a fraudster
Brian Keegan Speaker
Dr Brian Keegan Director of Public Policy and Taxation Brexit - The known knowns for business
Caroline McEnery Speaker
Caroline McEnery Managing Director of The HR Suite How culture impacts on ethics, diversity, inclusion and talent in the workplace
Chris Flack-min
Chris Flack Founder & CEO, UnPlug UnPlug - Focussed Success in an Always on World
Aidan Healy-min
Aidan Healy Head of Learning and Development, UnPlug UnPlug - Focussed Success in an Always on World
Conal Kennedy-min
Conal Kennedy Head of Practice Consulting, Chartered Accountants Ireland Seven deadly sins in accounting for SMEs
Fiona Buckley-min
Fiona Buckley Corporate Trainer, Work Behaviourist & Executive Coach Top 10 leadership skills now required for success
Gordon Wade-min
Gordon Wade Associate Director of KPMG GDPR: Are you Ready?
Jeremy Twomey-min
Jeremy Twomey Practice Consulting Manager, Chartered Accountants Ireland Seven deadly sins in accounting for SMEs
Kimberley Rowan-min
Kimberly Rowan Tax Manager of Chartered Accountants Ireland The evolution of electronic filing with Revenue – the new ways?
Roseann Heavey
Roseanne Heavey Partner in Noone Casey Networking as a practice development tool
Aidan McCullen
Aidan McCullen Senior Partner of Flow Consulting Group Oval Shaped Innovation – Principles of Innovation, explained through rugby
Niall Fitzgerald-min
Niall Fitzgerald Head of Ethics and Governance, Chartered Accountants Ireland Culture impacts on ethics, diversity, inclusion and talent
Karen Hennessy-min
Karen Hennessy Chief Executive, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland Culture impacts on ethics, diversity, inclusion and talent
Mark Fenton-min
Mark Fenton CEO and Founder of MASF Consulting Limited Culture impacts on ethics, diversity, inclusion and talent
Alison Emily McIntyre-min
Alison Emily McIntyre Assistant Commissioner, Data Protection Commissioner’s office Are you ready for GDPR?

Closing Speaker

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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Lyrath Estate Kilkenny

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


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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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