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Session 1 – 1.00pm to 3.00pm
Session 2 – 3.15pm to 5.15pm


Virtual CPD Update – The Future of Accounting (ROI/NI)

Date & time: 15 September 2022 09:30 – 17:15

The theme of this year’s ambitious online conference is: The Future of Accounting.

In the morning plenary session, attendees will receive updates on the current and emerging trends likely to directly impact accountants and the accounting profession for the next five years.

The afternoon sessions, which are run and delivered by the District Societies, will enable participants to choose from topics specific to their own requirements.



Time: Title: Speakers: Company:
9:00 – 9:05 Opening Address Pat O’Neill Chartered Accountants Ireland
9:05 – 9:30 Key note speaker and interview : Dr Steven Aiken interviewed by Ray Hayden (Angelwise) Dr Steve Aiken OBE MLA Ulster Unionist Party member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for South Antrim.
9.30 – 9:45 Accounting Regulatory Developments and Trends in 2023 and beyond Kevin Prendergast IAASA
9:45 – 10:15 Case Studies:
1.     Practice Larissa Feeney Accountant Online
2.      Industry: Embracing technology issues Conor Flanagan Storm Technology Limited
10:15 – 10:30 Economic Outlook for 2023 and Beyond Dermot O’Leary Goodbody
10:30 – 10:33 Acuvest  – Sponsorship
10:33 – 10:35 Sage – Sponsorship
10:35 – 10:50 Coffee Break
10:50 – 11:10 The Change Tsunami Aidan McCullen Change Consultant
11:10 – 11:30 Key Note Speaker: The Future of Accounting Helen Partridge Director, International Federation of Accountants
11:30 – 11:55 Panel Discussion session: Larissa Feeney Accountant Online
Conor Flanagan Accountant Online
Kevin Prendergast IAASA
11:55 – 12:00 Closing remarks and Comments Karin Lanigan Chartered Accountants Ireland
12:00  End of morning session
Chairperson for Pre-Coffee Break session: Joe Carroll Head of Professional Development, Chartered Accountants Ireland
Chairperson for Post Coffee Break session: Karin Lanigan Head of Member Experience, Chartered Accountants Ireland


Pat O’Neill, President, Chartered Accountants Ireland

Pat is the President of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and has served as a Council member since 2014. A previous Chairman of the Institute’s Audit, Risk and Finance Board, Pat holds a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree (Hons) from the University of Limerick and is a former Chairman of the Leinster Society of Chartered Accountants. Co-chair of EY’s Non Executive Director Forum which brings NEDs together to network and listen to speakers covering topics of concern to their roles on Boards and Audit Committees.

Dr Steve Aiken OBE MLA, Former submarine commander; former head of British-Irish Chamber of Commerce and former UUP, party leader

Dr Steve Aiken OBE MLA is the Ulster Unionist Party member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for South Antrim. Steve is the Parties Finance and BREXIT spokesperson, was until recently the Chair of the NI Assembly Finance Committee, and previously was Chair of the Economy Committee and Leader of the UUP. He is a member of the British-Irish, and Commonwealth Parliamentary Assemblies. Previously he was a Chief Executive at Dublin City University and was the founding Chief Executive of the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce and during a three decade long career in the Royal Navy, was a Nuclear Submarine Commanding Officer. He holds a PhD and MPhil from the University of Cambridge and is a regular contributor on national and local media.

Ray Hayden, Angelwise

Ray Hayden has over twenty years experience in both print and broadcast journalism. An award-winning journalist, he has worked for newspapers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. His broadcasting experience is extensive. He worked as a Current Affairs/News/Parliamentary reporter and Producer for the BBC before moving to UTV where, for 10 years, he was the Industrial/Business Correspondent. He has also reported for ITN and Sky News.
Before moving to broadcasting, he was Deputy Editor of the ‘East Antrim Times’, Larne; General News Reporter with the ‘Connacht Tribune’, Galway and Trainee/Junior Reporter with the ‘Midland Tribune’ in his home town of Birr, Co. Offaly.
In 1995, he set up Anglewise which focuses on Public Affairs, Media Skills Training, Presentation Skills Training, PR Crisis Training and DVD production.
From 2000 to 2002, he served as a Special Adviser to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) in the devolved administration in Northern Ireland.

Kevin Prendergast, Chief Executive, IAASA

Kevin is the Chief Executive at Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority.  He is a Board Member of International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators, and Member Consultative Group at Committee of European Audit Oversight Bodies.

Larissa Feeney FCA, Founder and CEO of Accountant Online

Larissa Feeney is the Founder and CEO of Accountant Online, Ireland’s largest online accountancy firm, providing compliance, payroll, bookkeeping, and company secretarial services to Irish and UK SMEs. The company has employees in its offices in Dublin and Donegal, and remotely throughout Ireland, Northern Ireland, and overseas. Accountant Online has been widely recognised, seeing them selected as winners in the Irish Accountancy Awards 2017, 2018 and 2019, 2020, and shortlisted for 2022 (winners to be announced). Larissa has also been shortlisted for the Image ‘Businesswoman of the Year Award’ 2017 and 2018 and awarded ‘Accountant of the Year’ in 2018.

Conor Flanagan, Storm Technology Limited

Conor is a financial reporting consultant at Storm Technology Limited.

Dermot O’Leary, Chief Economist, Investment Banking, Goodbody

Dermot has extensive experience in Capital Markets, macroeconomics, Econometrics, Asset Management with an extensive international media presence, including on CNBC, Financial Times, BBC, RTE and Irish Times. His economic research focuses on forecasting of the Irish and UK economies with a particular focus on property and banks. He is a member of the organising committee of the Annual Irish Economic Policy Conference.

Aidan McCullen, Change Consultant, Board Director and Executive Coach

Aidan is the host and founder of the Innovation Show, broadcast globally and on national radio stations in Ireland and Finland. He is author of the bestselling book “Undisruptable: A Mindset of Permanent Reinvention for Individuals, Organisations and Life” which includes a Foreword by Visa founder Dee Hock.
Aidan is a Change Consultant, Board Director and Executive Coach.
Aidan played over 100 times for Europe’s most successful teams: Leinster and Toulouse and represented Ireland.

Helen Partridge (Director of Accountancy Education at International Federation of Accountants (IFAC))

Helen Partridge leads the accountancy education work at IFAC. In this role, she has oversight and leadership of IFAC’s global approach to advancing accountancy education working together with the International Panel on Accountancy Education. Advancing accountancy education is integral to IFAC’s vision of a dynamic, future-focused global profession that is essential to strong, sustainable organizations, financial markets, and economies. Competent and credible professional accountants, committed to lifelong learning, underpin this vision.

Karin Lanigan, Head of Member Experience, Chartered Accountants Ireland

Karin is Head of Member Experience and has been with the Institute over 15 years. During this time she has also managed the Careers and Recruitment Service and has played a key role in supporting the career and professional development of members at all career stages. She is an experienced Executive Coach and mentor who adopts a holistic approach with a focus on wellbeing and achieving fulfilment both professionally and personally. She has extensive public speaking experience including at international accounting conferences and events.

Joe Carroll, Head of Professional Development, Chartered Accountants Ireland

Joe has worked for Chartered Accountants Ireland over 15 years is currently Head of Professional Development.

He graduated from UCD with a BA Hons in Medieval and Modern History Diploma and subsequently continued his education completing a Diploma in Executive Coaching from Irish Management Institute, a MSc Education Leadership from Dublin City University, a Certificate in Adult Guidance and Counselling, Maynooth University and a HDip Education Studies, University College Dublin and a Certificate in Technology Risk and Data Incident Management.