Annual Review of Employment Law 2020

Annual Review of Employment Law 2020

Take advantage of our limited time special offer on this two-day Annual Review of Employment Law 2020 conference NOW.

Over 560 of your HR peers have already registered.

The conference is taking place via our online browser-based platform on Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th November 2020. Register now to take advantage of the special offer price!

The Covid-19 pandemic caused a huge amount of uncertainty, leading to a year of unprecedented change for all employers and HR professionals, as well as employees.

The impact of Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown has super-sized employment issues for employers this year. Amid the lockdown and uncertainty, many organisations were forced to drastically change their formal policies, procedures and established ways of working, with many employees asked to either work differently or work from home. Many employers took advantage of the TWSS/EWSS, but employment was and remains precarious for lots of employees who are fortunate enough to still be employed.  

How we can help you

As we move towards a ‘new normal’ in both life and the workplace, this online conference will give you a comprehensive update with expert insight on the most important employment-related developments you need to understand from 2020, helping you build the resilience, knowledge and confidence to excel in 2021.

Let us save you and your organisation time, money and stress by providing you with detailed updates on the Irish and international employment law developments that you need to know. This is the 22nd year of Legal Island’s Annual Review of Employment Law – the original, biggest and best in Ireland.

After engaging with thousands of local HR professionals through our customer surveys, Irish Employment Law Hub and free webinar series, we have built this year’s Annual Review of Employment Law conference programme for you. All of the key topic areas are based on the questions and suggestions we received from you and your peers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We’ll answer hundreds of your top questions throughout the two-day conference. You still get everything you would expect from Legal Island’s Annual Review of Employment Law, including top speakers, a comprehensive set of digital notes and presentation slides for each session. Sessions include:

  • Review of an Extraordinary Year (Part 1): The Impact of Covid-19 and Other Changes – Key Lessons (Speaker: Jennifer Cashman, Partner, Ronan Daly Jermyn)
  • Employer Liability in a Covid-19 World (Speaker: Deirdre Crowley, Partner, Matheson)
  • Regulating Home and Remote Working – Top Tips from a Leading Employment Lawyer (Speaker: Bláthnaid Evans, Partner, Leman Solicitors)
  • Ireland Case Review 2020 and Key Next Steps (Speaker: Duncan Inverarity, Head of Employment Law Group, A&L Goodbody)
  • Minimising Risks and Costs from Redundancy Selection (Speaker: Ger Connolly, Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran)
  • Remote Workplace Investigations and Disciplinary Hearings: Getting it Right (Speaker: Caroline McEnery, MD, The HR Suite and WRC Adjudication Officer)
  • Review of the Extraordinary Year (Part 2): Looking at What’s to Come in 2021 (Speaker: Jennifer Cashman, Partner, Ronan Daly Jermyn) 
  • And much more

How will you benefit from attending?

  • Minimise your organisation’s risk of litigation.
  • Understand how the relevant new cases from Ireland and Europe impact on your workplace.
  • Prepare for the year ahead.
  • Update your policies with the useful templates and precedent wording for key areas in your organisation – sent to you by email after the event.
  • Refer to all important legislative and case law changes which are relevant to your workplace, with comprehensive digital notes.
  • Access to every single session! Last year’s attendees could choose to attend 7 out of the 13 sessions, this year you can attend up to 11 live sessions, plus catch up on the others through recordings (meaning you can watch all 19 sessions over the two days of the live conference). All sessions will be recorded so if you have to nip offline for a meeting or are unable to attend one of the days you can still watch back all the sessions at a later time that suits you.
  • Receive all of the pre- and post-event extra value activities – webinars, videos, return on investment takeaway suggestions, Q&A documents and follow-up webinars
  • Network online with speakers, delegates and exhibitors

Up to 13 hours of CPD hours are available from this event – this would include all missed recordings being watched afterwards and Q&As.  Please note, this is the maximum available and your hours will depend on your activity during and after the event.

When & Where?

We'll be hosting this event on our new online platform on Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th November 2020.


Standard Rate: €565
Special Offer: €435 (ending soon!)
Save an additional £20 if you pay by debit/credit card when registering. 

Register online using the 'Book your place on this event now' button at the top of the page or by emailing

Have you got a question? We've compiled some of our most frequently asked questions into a guide to help put your mind at ease when registering for this year's event including information on Hopin. You can view it here.

More about our new online, browser-based platform Hopin...

Our new online platform, Hopin, allows for us to provide all the things you expect from a Legal Island event - exceptional and expert speakers, comprehensive notes, template documents, lots of session options, exhibitors and Q&A. Hopin is a virtual venue with multiple interactive areas that are optimised for connecting and engaging attendees. Participants can move in and out of rooms, network and visit exhibitor stalls just like an in-person event and enjoy the content and connections we've created for you. This platform is 100% browser-based, meaning you don’t need to download any unnecessary software. For the best experience, Hopin recommend that you use the Google Chrome browser.

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Please note that this is the short version of the conference programme. To access the full programme with full session descriptions, please follow this link.

Day 1




Get to Know Us

Scott Alexander, Head of Learning & Development, Legal Island


Introduction and Welcome

Seònaid Ó Murchadha, Disability Employment Specialist and Pat Brady, Director, Workplace Solutions, and WRC Adjudication Officer.


Review of an Extraordinary Year (Part 1): The Impact of Covid19 and Other Changes – Key Lessons

Jennifer Cashman, Partner, Ronan Daly Jermyn


Q&A with Jennifer Cashman


Networking and Refreshment Break


Employer Liability in a Covid-19 World

Deirdre Crowley, Partner in the Employment, Technology and Innovation Groups in Matheson

Mind Your Language: Tools to Help Navigate the New Contours of Workplace Conflict During the Pandemic

Michelle Halloran, Principal Consultant, Human Resource Management Services


Q&A with Deirdre Crowley

Q&A with Michelle Halloran


Networking and Comfort Break


Roundtable Discussion

How to Engage & Motivate Home, Hybrid and Remote Workers

Emer Hinphey, Managing Partner, ThinkPeople,

Panel: Louisa Meehan, Woodview HRM and President for Network Ireland and Kathryn Whyte, Head of People & Culture, Office of Government Procurement. 

Employment Law Expert: Dermot Casserly, Partner & Head of Employment (Ireland), DWF

Roundtable Discussion

Rethinking Your Employer Brand: Attracting and Retaining Business-critical Talent in a New Age of Work

Claes Peyron, MD, Universum

Panel Members: Orla Heffernan, Coca Cola HBC

Employment Law Expert: Ciara O'Kennedy, Partner, LK Shields



Lunch and Networking


Welcome Back and Summary

Seònaid Ó Murchadha, Disability Employment Specialist, and Pat Brady, Director, Workplace Solutions and WRC Adjudication Officer.


Regulating Home and Remote Working – Top Tips from a Leading Employment Lawyer

Bláthnaid Evans, Partner, Leman Solicitors

Redundancy and Helping Employees Move On: Exit Questions and Outplacement Options

Trayc Keevans, Global FDI Director, Morgan McKinley


Networking & Comfort Break – Send in Your Questions

Networking & Comfort Break – Send in Your Questions


Remote Workplace Investigations and Disciplinary Hearings: Getting it Right

Caroline McEnery, MD, The HR Suite and WRC Adjudication Officer

Personal Resilience - How to be a Well Being

Niamh Sheills, Head of Leadership & Team Coaching, Advance Coaching


Q&A with Bláthnaid Evans and Caroline McEnery

Q&A with Trayc Keevans


Covert Recording in the 'Workplace' - When Might it be Lawful?

Adrian Twomey, Partner, Jacob and Twomey Solicitors.

EU and International Employment Rights Update

Michelle Ní Longáin, Employment Law Partner, ByrneWallace


Q&A with Adrian Twomey

Q&A with Michelle Ní Longáin


Summary and Close

Seònaid Ó Murchadha, Disability Employment Specialist and Pat Brady, Director, Workplace Solutions and WRC Adjudication Officer.


First Day of Conference Closes

Day 2




Welcome Back

Scott Alexander, Head of Learning & Development, Legal Island


Introduction and Welcome

Marian Jennings, Law Lecturer, Technological University, Dublin, and Clive Byrne, Director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals


The Ireland Case Review 2020 and Key Next Steps

Duncan Inverarity, Head of A&L Goodbody’s Employment Group


Q&A with Duncan Inverarity


Networking and Refreshment Break


Minimising Risks and Costs from Redundancy Selection

Ger Connolly, Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran

Discrimination by Association – The Latest Equality Battleground in the New Normal

Colleen Cleary, Founder CC Solicitors


Q&A with Ger Connolly

Q&A with Colleen Cleary


Networking & Comfort Break


 Roundtable Discussion:

Cultivating ethical cultures

Pedro Angulo, Organisational Effectiveness HR/Business Partner, Head of Performance Mgmt, Head of Leadership Development at AIB, leads discussions. 

Panel includes: Maurice Kelly, Senior HR Director at Kerry Group, Billy Byrne, Leadership Development Specialist & Coach and Mary Connaughton, Director CIPD Ireland. 

Employment Law Expert: Breda O'Malley, Partner, Hayes Solicitors

Roundtable Discussion:

D&I in 2021 & Beyond... 

Barry Phillips BEM, CEO at Legal Island and Chairman of The Diversity and Inclusion Discussion Forum

Panel Members: Mark Fenton, CEO & Founder of MASF Consulting Ltd and Furkan Karayel, CEO,

Employment Law Expert: Ciara Ruane, Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons


Lunch and Networking


Welcome Back and Summary. Introduction to Afternoon Sessions


Data Protection Update for Employers 2020

David Murphy, Assistant Commissioner, Data Protection Commission

Onboarding, Induction and Probation Assessment for New WFH Employees

Karl O'Connor, Director of OCN Coaching Champions Ltd and CIPD (Irl) Associate Trainer and Coach; and Ashling O'Connor, Sales Enablement Program Manager at Zendesk, Dublin.


Q&A with David Murphy



Networking & Comfort Break


Review of the Extraordinary Year (Part 2): Looking at What’s to Come in 2021

Jennifer Cashman, Partner, Ronan Daly Jermyn


Q&A with Jennifer Cashman


Summary and Close: 

Marian Jennings and Clive Byrne


Conference Closes



"Very well organised conference, good range of presentations."
Padraic Mellett, Head of Corporate Affairs, HEA

"The topics and speakers were relevant and on point, fully engaging with delegates from both Public and Private sectors and keeping the theme's pertinent to both areas."
Ann Moran, Higher Executive Officer, Department of Defence

"Excellent day"
Brendan J. McDonald, Western Regional Manager, Courts Service

"Speakers were very interesting and relevant. The venue was perfect and catering was great."
Catherine Bermingham, HR Officer, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

"Very well-run event and all Legal Island organisers are fantastic."
Colette Ryan, HR Generalist, Grafton Merchanting ROI

"Broad and extremely useful topics covered which were extremely relevant
excellent event - very well run."
Declan Mangan, Pre-Investigation Support Manager, HSE

"Practical guidance on investigation management, really enjoyed Caroline McEnery's session and Jennifer Cashman's session as always was excellent."
Joanne Cranley, Head of HR Learning & Development, Bloomfield Health Services

"Variety of content. Nicely broken up. Good breaks. Excellent catering."
Michael Ganly, ER Policy Manager, Irish Civil Service

"It provides fantastic resources; the delegates are so well looked after!"
Marie O'Gorman, Administrative Officer, Tipperary County Council

"Quality of notes and speakers"
Paul Murray, Human Resources Officer, Tipperary County Council

"The day ran smooth, everyone was very professional, all of the speakers I saw were excellent, very knowledgeable."
Rebecca Hunt, HR Advisor, C&C Gleeson

"Succinct, summary information delivered in a really clear way."
Sandra Fagan, Head of HR, Marks and Spencer Ireland

"[I liked] The variety of speakers and excellent notes."
Sinead Larkin, HR Manager, KTL

"I liked the pace and the variety of presentations."
Stephen Hall, Principal Officer, Department of Defence

"The amount of quality information and takeaways from it."
Stephen Hickey, HR Business Partner, Glanbia Ireland

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  • Seònaid Ó Murchadha
    Seònaid Ó Murchadha Disability Employment Specialist

    Founder of Amputee Disability Federation Ireland, Seònaid Ó Murchadha has been promoting the employment of people with disabilities for over 20 years, using her unique perception and engaging methods of communication to highlight the abilities of people with disabilities.  Most recently, Seònaid has been working with Dublin City University’s Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion helping organisations to build cultures of inclusion by providing access to the very latest developments in academic research, insights and tools on diversity and inclusion.

  • Pat Brady
    Pat Brady Director & WRC Adjudication Officer
    Workplace Solutions

    Pat Brady is Director of Workplace Solutions and is an experienced WRC adjudication officer. Pat has extensive experience in HR, employment law theory & practise and dispute resolution. He is an Accredited Mediator (CIArb) and a Certified Mediator (Mediators’ Institute of Ireland) and a qualified Arbitrator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and both experienced as, and one of a very small number of Certified Workplace Investigators (CIArb).

    He was previously Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Irish Branch) for 2011-2012, current Chairman of the HR & Employment Council of Chambers Ireland, a member of the panel of mediators at the Medical Council of Ireland and the Independent Appeals Assessor at Dublin City Council for Casual Trading appeals.

  • Jennifer Cashman
    Jennifer Cashman Partner, Practice Group Leader Employment Group
    Ronan Daly Jermyn

    Jennifer Cashman is Practice Group Leader of Ronan Daly Jermyn’s Employment Team and a member of the firm’s Healthcare and Cyber and Data Protection Teams.  Jennifer has more than 20 years’ specialist experience advising a wide range of employers across a number of sectors. A trusted advisor to employers in both the public and private sector, her clients include scaling and established Irish companies, public authorities, universities, and multinational companies in the technology, pharmaceutical, medical devices and diagnostics sectors. Her focus is on providing strategic business advice and practical, commercial solutions for clients.

  • Deirdre Crowley
    Deirdre Crowley Partner in Employment & Technology Groups

    Deirdre Crowley is a partner in the Employment Law, Technology and Innovation Groups in Matheson. Deirdre’s sessions with us are always highly anticipated and her focus is on delivering an up to date and practical insights into the topic of the day. At the conference, we are going to hear from Deirdre about a very current topic – that of employer liability during these extraordinary and unprecedented times. You will leave here knowing the potential legal avenues open to an employee to pursue in a Covid-19 related employment, privacy and health and safety legal challenge. You will also leave with tips on how to mitigate your organisation’s exposure.

  • Emer Hinphey
    Emer Hinphey Partner
    Think People Consulting

    Emer Hinphey is an experienced HR and talent development professional.   In her role as Partner in Think People Consulting, Emer has worked with a range of local and global companies across industry sectors, developing strategy, managing complex HR projects and delivering successful leadership development. 

    Prior to setting up Think People Consulting, Emer worked as HR Manager for AIB International Financial Services and as Head of HR for a Telecommunications company.

  • Louisa Meehan
    Louisa Meehan President Network Ireland 2020; Owner, Woodview HRM; PT Lecturer, UCD & Smurfit
    Woodview HRM

    As the owner of Woodview HRM, Louisa provides HR & Workplace Mediation Solutions to organisations through consultancy, mentoring and training.  She is an accredited mediator with The Mediators' Institute of Ireland, a recognised public speaker and lectures part-time at UCD and Smurfit on the areas of HR and Organisational Behaviour.  She was a founding member of Network Ireland’s Wicklow Branch and is the National President of Network Ireland for 2020 – an organisation supporting the development of professional women.

  • Kathryn Whyte
    Kathryn Whyte Head of People & Culture
    Office of Government Procurement

    Head of People & Culture in the Office of Government Procurement, Kathryn is a graduate of the MBS HR Strategies in DCU in 2009. As an Executive and Leadership Coach, Kathryn is qualified in a range of psychometrics and personality tools.  After 14 years in a variety of Business and HR Management roles with Chase Manhattan and J.P.Morgan, Kathryn has spent the last 7 years in two Civil Service organisations. Kathryn is a Conflict Coach and serves as a Mediator on the Civil and Public Service Panel of Mediators.

  • Dermot Casserly
    Dermot Casserly Partner & Head of Employment (Ireland)

    Dermot advises on all legal issues arising out of the employment relationship including employment contracts, disciplinary and grievance issues, absenteeism and dismissal issues.

    He is also experienced in the review and preparation of contracts of employment, bonus schemes, staff handbooks, advising on day to day HR queries, disciplinary matters, redundancy consultation, union representation, employment audits, immigration issues, TUPE, compromise agreements and employment issues in mergers and acquisitions.

    Dermot leads the Employment team in Ireland and also provides representation in respect of defending all forms of employee claims including unfair dismissal and equality claims for his clients.

  • Bláthnaid Evans
    Bláthnaid Evans Partner & Head of Employment Practice
    Leman Solicitors

    Bláthnaid has extensive experience in all areas of employment law, having trained in one of the leading trade union / employee firms and subsequently working in a top 5 law firm.

    She advises on all contentious and non-contentious issues, with substantial experience in advising clients before all employment law forums including the WRC, Labour Court and High Court for employment-related injunctions.

  • Caroline McEnery
    Caroline McEnery Managing Director
    The HR Suite

    Caroline McEnery is Managing Director of The HR Suite and HR and an Employment Law Expert. Caroline is a former member on the Low Pay Commission and is also an Adjudication Officer in the Workplace Relations Commission.

  • Adrian Twomey
    Adrian Twomey Partner
    Jacob and Twomey Solicitors LLP

    Adrian Twomey is a Corkman living happily in exile in County Wexford. He graduated from UCC and Trinity College Dublin and has more than 25 years of experience representing clients in the field of employment law. He has acted for many of the world's largest corporations, including airlines, banks and internet giants.

    Outside of the office, Adrian enjoys painting and other artistic endeavours and has an unhealthy fascination with German football.

  • Michelle Halloran
    Michelle Halloran Trainer
    Human Resource Management Services

    Michelle Halloran is an experienced Human Resource Management professional providing training and consultancy services to organisations nationwide, in the Public and Private sector. She has spent a long career originally in executive and general management roles, then specialising in Human Resources management in Ireland, the UK and Europe, across various sectors including investment banking, information technology, manufacturing and services plus some time in the public sector, before starting her own HR consultancy business 12 years ago. Her key areas of expertise are in workplace investigations, disciplinary and performance management and employee relations, and the practical application of employment law in a HR context.

  • Claes Peyron
    Claes Peyron Managing Director - Nordics, UK & Ireland

    Claes has been with Universum since 2010 and in his role he advices organizations on how to leverage their employer brands and secure current and future talent needs. Claes is also a regular speaker on employer branding and talent trends conferences around the world. In addition, he leads Employer Branding Academy, Universum’s training offer. Prior to joining Universum, Claes was the Managing Director of the marketing strategy firm Marketing Clinic and before that he spent several years in executive positions in the IT and Media sector, incl 5 years with MTG.

  • Orla Heffernan
    Orla Heffernan HR BP Support Functions and Organisational Development Manager
    Coca Cola HBC

    Orla is HR Business Partner & Organisational Development Manager at Coca Cola HBC, championing a talent management culture to enhance organisational engagement, effectiveness and employer branding. In addition she ensures best policy and procedural practice is pursued by providing strategic and day to day insights for business functions and employees. Responsibilities include career development, succession planning, targeted learning and development programs, performance management, talent reviews, employee engagement, employer branding, HR IT system innovation & deployment, change management, employee relations, diversity and inclusion.

  • Ciara O'Kennedy
    Ciara O'Kennedy Partner
    LK Shields

    Ciara is a partner in the Employment, Pensions and Employee Benefit team of LK Shields Solicitors, advising on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues with significant experience in  resolving complex and sensitive disputes involving senior executives and employee shareholders, to include the negotiation of senior management exits and advising on all aspects of corporate governance issues associated with such exits. Ciara’s work requires her to regularly represent clients before the High Court and the Work Place Relations Commission.

    Ciara is the current Chair of the Employment Committee of the Dublin Solicitor’s Bar Association and was influential in setting up this Committee in 2017. Ciara is also currently also a council member of the DSBA and is a member of Employment Law Association of Ireland and regularly lectures on topical employment issues.

  • Trayc Keevans
    Trayc Keevans Global FDI Director
    Morgan McKinley

    Following an initial career in banking and finance - working in Bank of Ireland and Statestreet amongst others, Trayc has worked in recruitment for Morgan McKinley since 2006.


  • Michelle Ní Longáin
    Michelle Ní Longáin Partner

    Michelle is a partner in the Employment Department of ByrneWallace and is the firm's Compliance Partner. She has extensive experience in employment, equality and administrative law. Michelle qualified as a solicitor in Northern Ireland, practising there in employment and equality law from 1994 before moving to England and Wales in 1996 and returning to Ireland in 1999 when she joined the firm. Michelle advises public and private sector clients, primarily employers, on complex areas of employment, equality and administrative law. 

  • Marian Jennings
    Marian Jennings Specialist in Employment & Business Law
    TU Dublin

    Marian is an experienced Law Lecturer, with a specialist offering developed over 20 years, in Employment and Business Law. She offers the combined value of a proven track record in academia together with professional private practice/in-house legal roles and significant board, governance and organisational management experience in the community and voluntary sector.  

  • Clive Byrne
    Clive Byrne Director

    Clive has been Director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) since 2008. Prior to that he was Principal of St Mary’s College Rathmines and Presentation Brothers College Glasthule. He was appointed to the Council of the NCCA in 2012 and is an Executive Board Member of the European School Heads’ Association.

  • Duncan Inverarity
    Duncan Inverarity Partner, Head of Employment Law Practice Group
    A&L Goodbody

    Duncan is Head of A&L Goodbody's Employment Law Group and has practiced exclusively in the area of employment law and industrial relations in multiple jurisdictions. Duncan advises public and private sector employers on both contentious and non-contentious matters. He advises Boardrooms across Ireland and abroad on strategic and complex employment and industrial relations matters. Duncan also specialises in crisis management for clients and has advised on some of the most high profile corporate issues in Ireland. Duncan regularly appears for clients in the Workplace Relations Commission, the Circuit Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Duncan also acts for partnerships in mediated settlements and in proceedings in the High Court.

  • Ger Connolly
    Ger Connolly Partner
    Mason Hayes & Curran

    Ger advises employers in the public and private sector on all employment law and industrial relations issues. Ger acts for clients in various employment claims such as unfair dismissal, equality/discrimination, occupational stress, fixed-term and part-time work, restraint of trade, strikes and picketing.

  • Pedro Angulo
    Pedro Angulo Head of Leadership Development

    Pedro Angulo is Head of Leadership Development in AIB where he leads the design and implementation of enterprise-wide leadership development initiatives. He is also a Programme Director of the Diploma in Strategic HRM at the IMI (Irish Management Institute, Board Member of Green Sod Ireland and member of the HRD UK advisory Board.

    Pedro is passionate about creating more human, purpose led and customer-centric workplaces.  A motivational speaker and regular presenter at HR, coaching, change and business conferences and events.


  • Maurice Kelly
    Maurice Kelly People Director
    Tesco Ireland

    Maurice Kelly is a Human Resources leader with more than 20 years’ experience across a range of diverse industries.  Maurice has recently joined the business leadership team of Tesco Ireland as People Director having previously held international HR positions across a diverse range of organisations and industries including Kerry Group (Food & Beverage), Integra Lifesciences (Medical Devices), Eaton Corporation (Automotive), Magna Donnelly (Automotive) and Essilor International (Healthcare). 

    He holds a Master’s Degree in Business and Human Resources from the University of Limerick and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD).  Outside of work, Maurice is passionate about supporting not-for-profit organisations and is currently serving as Chair of the board at Sensational Kids CLG.

  • Billy Byrne
    Billy Byrne Leadership Development Specialist & Coach

    Billy is an executive coach and leadership development specialist at KinchLyons. He is also an associate faculty member at the Irish Management Institute (IMI) in Dublin where he lectures on a range of topics including high-performing teams, organisational development, organisational culture and critical thinking.  He is a guest lecturer at NSPC London where he is module leader on their Masters level coaching programme. He has extensive coaching experience with clients from across a broad range of industries. He has a particular interest in the development of Emotional Intelligence and Authentic Leadership in order to enhance performance within organisations.

  • Mary Connaughton
    Mary Connaughton Director
    CIPD Ireland

    Mary is the Director of CIPD Ireland where she works on the growth, development and contribution of the HR profession in Ireland. With 6,000 members in Ireland, CIPD works on championing better work and working lives in a complex changing world.  Mary represents the HR profession at the European Association of People Management and is on the Boards of the Public Appointments Service and the Retirement Planning Council. 

  • Breda O'Malley
    Breda O'Malley Partner, Employment and Commercial Law Departments
    Hayes Solicitors

    Breda practises in Employment law and leads the Employment Law team at Hayes solicitors. She advises both employers and employees on all aspects of the employment relationship. Breda adopts a commercially pragmatic approach to dispute issues, avoiding litigation for her clients, where appropriate, and using her skills as an accredited commercial mediator.

  • Niamh Shiells
    Niamh Shiells Head of Leadership and Team Coaching
    Advance Coaching

    Niamh is an Accredited Professional Executive and Systemic Team Coach, former Chair of Association for Coaching Ireland and an AC Fellow. She has nearly two decades' experience of coaching with local and global leaders and teams and helping them shape Emotional Intelligence and Resilience development opportunities. Supporting “well beings” is not just a nice human thing to do but also an essential sustainability strategy for engagement, performance and service/business continuity.

  • Barry Phillips
    Barry Phillips Chairman
    Legal Island

    Barry Phillips (CEO) BEM founded Legal Island in 1998. Since then, the company has become the leading workplace compliance training company in the island of Ireland. He was awarded a British Empire Medal in the UK New Year’s Honours List 2020 for services to employment and equality.

  • Mark Fenton
    Mark Fenton CEO & Founder | Executive Coach
    MASF Consulting Ltd.

    Founder of a specialist advisory firm focused on the power & influence of the Inclusion of Diversity. Inclusion empowers organisations to attract and retain the best talent and enables this talent to be at their best everyday. Transformation focus - business, culture and strategy. Start-up and Scale-Up expertise. Advisory Board Member of Irish Tech Society. Senior international executive with over 20 years' experience, the majority of which gained while living and working in London and Paris.

    Mark also works as an Executive Coach (for example via the University College Dublin (UCD) MBA Coaching Panel, and the UCD CEMS Mentoring Panel) and has been accredited as a Senior Practitioner by the European Mentoring & Coaching Council. 

  • Furkan Karayel
    Furkan Karayel CEO & Inclusive Leadership Advisor

    Furkan helps tech managers to recognise and practise inclusive behaviours on their day to day activities. #inclusiveleadership Women-in-tech, diversity and female founders ambassador. Founded after 10 years of software engineering experience. Dublin Chapter Lead for, a global diverse female entrepreneurs organisation. Diversity and Inclusion Track Captain for Startup Week Dublin. Member of Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Advisory board member for, promoting tech career into new generations.

  • Ciara Ruane
    Ciara Ruane Senior Associate
    Pinsent Masons

    Ciara has practiced as a corporate employment lawyer in the Republic of Ireland since 2012. Ciara has experience of advising and representing international and domestic clients in all aspects of employment law in Ireland.  Ciara has particular interest in advising on TUPE queries, drafting and negotiating employment contracts, and assisting clients with corporate immigration and restructuring. In addition, Ciara regularly advises on day-to-day issues such as managing performance and disciplinary matters and has extensive transitional support experience.

  • Colleen Cleary
    Colleen Cleary Partner & Owner
    CC Solicitors

    Colleen Cleary established CC Solicitors in 2009.  The quality of service and advice is driven by Colleen, who has been acknowledged as a top employment lawyer by the Legal 500.  Colleen is a skilled negotiator and is an accredited mediator with CEDR. She is Chair of the Employment Law Association of Ireland and is on the International Committee of the American Bar Association, Employment Lawyers Association in the UK and British and Irish Chamber of Commerce. She is also qualified in England and Wales.

  • David Murphy
    David Murphy Assistant Commissioner
    Data Protection Commission

    David Murphy is an Assistant Commissioner with the Data Protection Commission, with responsibility for Consultation with the Health and Voluntary Sectors.  Having joined the Commission in 2016, David has worked in consultative engagement, providing best practice guidance and advice to organisations across the public and private sectors on compliance with the data protection legislative frameworks. David acts as a member of the European Data Protection Board, and is a frequent conference and event speaker, on behalf of the Commission.

    Prior to joining the Commission, David gained experience in data governance and record management in the Local Authority sector, with Dublin City Council’s Law Department.

  • Karl O'Connor
    Karl O'Connor Senior Executive & Leadership Coach
    OCN Coaching Champions Ltd

    Karl is a Senior Executive & Leadership Coach/Trainer with OCN Coaching Champions Ltd and CoachDevelopTransform- Coaching leaders, Developing teams and Transforming Organisations in both the public and private sector. He is also the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Irl) lead Trainer in human resources, coaching and employee engagement and is part of the Institute of Public Administration Associate faculty for learning and development. Karl is an award- winning coach from Chambers Ireland, CIPD and the Irish Institute of Training & Development. He is an author with a successful track record of enabling individuals and teams to be inspired to deliver extraordinary results for themselves, customers and organisations. He has designed and rolled out numerous successful Leadership and Leading Change interventions within organisations. This includes a 10-module programme for an in-house client of the CIPD who are upskilling managers to lead their teams more effectively while helping lead them through change and to re-build engagement.

  • Ashling O'Connor
    Ashling O'Connor Sales Enablement Program Manager
    Zendesk, Dublin

    Ashling is a Sales Enablement Program Manager at Zendesk. Her role involves training all new go-to-market roles including sales, technical and other supporting roles in EMEA. Beyond onboarding, she also leads career progression programs for sales reps, supports the implementation of external training and hosts global and regional enablement events & workshops.

    Ashling comes from a Sales background having first worked as an Account Executive at Zendesk and previously being an AE at Dropbox. This sales background helps give her an insight into the challenges and opportunities presented to onboarding sales roles in a virtual environment. 

  • David Gillick
    David Gillick Olympian, European Champion, Author and Health Advocate

    One of Ireland’s most successful athletes, a two-time European champion, an Olympian and a world finalist. David Gillick competed at the top of his sport through taking ownership, relocating, staying motivated, keeping a promise and building a plan. He retired in 2013 and found new challenges and opportunities in the MasterChef Kitchen. All seemed well but on the inside David was in turmoil and since has been vocal on his physical and mental struggles and the resulting tips and strategies he used to manage his mental wellbeing.

    David’s talks are engaging, motivating and real. He shares his story in an honest and human way which covers area around mindset, exercise, food and rest. With real life advice and tips the audience will have an insight into David’s tool box which helps him manage his health and wellbeing.

Event details


9.15am - 4.30pm on Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 November


25 November 2020


Hopin (Online Platform)


Standard rate: €565
Special Offer: €475 (ending soon!)
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