Audit Conference 2021

This fast paced morning will include regulatory insights from Kevin Prendergast, the CEO of the Irish Auditing and Supervisory Authority (IAASA), Mark Babington, Executive Director Regulatory Standards, Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and Patrick Parent the Chair of the Committee of European Auditing Oversight Bodies (CEAOB). The conference will combine high impact technical updates and consider talent recruitment.


9.30amOpening AddressPaul Henry,
Chartered Accountants Ireland
9.35amWelcome AddressLisa Cathcart,
Chartered Accountants Ireland
9.40amRegulatory Matters – Panel SessionPanel Chair – Conall O’Halloran (KPMG)

Kevin Prendergast (IAASA)
Mark Babington (FRC)
Patrick Parent (CEAOB)
10.25am Audit Registration: Post BrexitKaren Flannery (Chartered Accountants Ireland)
Ronan O'Loughlin (Chartered Accountants Ireland)
10.40amQuestions & Answers Session
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11.00amPractical Guide to the Key Audit Technical Updates 2021Brian Murphy (Deloitte)
Yvonne McCafferty (Deloitte)
11.25amAudit Talent Attraction and Retention in an Employee Driven MarketElaine Brady (Barden)
11.40amQ&A Session
11.45amAudit Talent – Panel SessionPanel Chair - Paul O’Connor (PwC)

Emma Murray (PwC)
Kate Mullaghy (Ormsby Rhodes)
Martina Keane (EY)
Michael Nolan (Grant Thornton)
12.05pmSuccessfully Navigating Busy PeriodsJohn Slattery (Inspo)
12.20pmQ&A Session
12.25pmClosing AddressLisa Cathcart,
Chartered Accountants Ireland

Paul Henry (Chartered Accountants Ireland)
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.

Lisa Cathcart (Chartered Accountants Ireland)
Lisa Cathcart (FCA) is the Professional Development Accountant for Chartered Accountants Ireland and is responsible for developing the Continuous Professional Development Programme for the Republic of Ireland. She also contributes to the development of the Institute’s diplomas and certificates.

Panel Chair – Conall O’Halloran (KPMG)
Conall is an audit partner in KPMG. He previously led the firm’s Audit practice from 2013 – 2019, and sat on KPMG’s EMA Audit Leadership. He has served two terms on Council of CAI, and was President in 2019/2020. Ha has represented the profession on the FRC’s Audit and Assurance Council and on the Company Law Review Group.

Kevin Prendergast (IAASA)
(FCA), Chief Executive, Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority (IAASA) Kevin joined IAASA in November 2016 from his role as Head of Enforcement with the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement, having been employed there since 2005. Prior to that he worked in the Large Cases Division of the Revenue Commissioners and also has several years’ experience in the private sector, including a number of years working in an audit firm.

Mark Babington (FRC)
Executive Director, Financial Reporting Council (FRC), Mark is the Executive Director of Regulatory Standards at the FRC. He leads lead policy work covering audit and competition, UK GAAP and narrative reporting, corporate governance and stewardship, actuarial work, the innovative Financial Reporting Lab and communications and stakeholder engagement. Mark was previously a director at the UK National Audit Office.

Patrick Parent (CEAOB)
Chair, Committee of European Auditing Oversight Bodies (CEAOB) Patrick term as Chair of the CEAOB started on 12 July 2020. He is also senior advisor to the Chairperson of H3C for international matters. He has extensive experience in audit practice and regulation after having served six years on the Board of the H3C, the French Audit Oversight Body, and in financial regulation as Chief Accountant of the French Securities and Markets Regulator.

Karen Flannery (Chartered Accountants Ireland)
Head of Professional Standards Projects, Chartered Accountants Ireland. Karen works with Professional Standards colleagues to respond to changes in the regulatory environment arising from legislation, oversight body recommendations and government policy. Karen has experience of a range of regulatory and technical matters pertinent to the audit and accounting profession.

Ronan O’Loughlin (Chartered Accountants Ireland)
Since joining the Institute Ronan was responsible for the development and enhancement of syllabi, examinations, education programme and training arrangements including alignment with the national education framework, an elective education model and increased international recognition of the Irish chartered accounting qualification.

Brian Murphy (Deloitte)
Partner, Deloitte. Brian is a partner in Deloitte’s Audit and Assurance department, within the Consumer and Technology Business team. He has over 14 years of experience, providing audit and advisory services to a wide range of business sectors. His portfolio consists primarily of large privately owned businesses, both family and private equity backed. Brian lectures extensively on behalf of the Institute, he is a past Chair of the Leinster Society and is the current Chair of CA Support.

Yvonne McCafferty (Deloitte)
Yvonne is a Director in Deloitte’s Audit Technical department. Yvonne is one of the firms key technical leads in responding to changes in the auditing, legislative and regulatory frameworks. Yvonne has extensive experience on a range of technical matters pertinent to the audit profession. On a daily basis, she supports and advises audit practitioners on audit technical matters and complex auditing issues. Yvonne also lectures on behalf of the Institute.

Elaine Brady (Barden)
Managing Partner, Barden. Elaine is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Barden, a partner led expert recruitment firm. It was born out of a desire to change what the market expects from the recruitment industry, by being people passionate about changing people’s lives. With over 15 years accounting recruitment experience, Elaine is the go-to-recruiter of choice for the accounting profession

Panel Chair – Paul O’Connor (PwC)
Paul O’Connor is an assurance partner with PwC in Dublin and a past president of Chartered Accountants Ireland (2010-11). As an assurance partner, Paul has been leading the provision of financial audit and other assurance services to a range of enterprises and sectors, with a focus on larger entities and companies operating in the technology and communications sectors. Paul trained with PwC and spent two years on an international partner exchange with PwC in the Middle East from 1998 to 2000. Paul spent a year with the Department of Finance on economic planning initiatives following the economic crisis. Paul is a current member of the Professional Standards Board of Chartered Accountants Ireland and the current President of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce. Paul is also a member of the Irish Taxation Institute.

Emma Murray (PwC)
Emma Murray is a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and leads the audit practice in Belfast. She is involved in the audit of a number of businesses across a range of sectors including charities in the United Kingdom and Ireland. She trained as a chartered accountant with PwC in Northern Ireland from 2000, became a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland in 2005 and a Fellow in 2015. Emma has worked as part of the Assurance practice of PwC for almost 19 years and in addition spent two years within Business Recovery Services dealing with businesses in financial distress. Emma’s primary role is as a ‘Responsible Individual’ who provides assurance to companies in the areas of external audit with a focus on compliance with regulatory standards, governance and internal control. Emma is currently vice chair of Chartered Accountants Ireland – Ulster Society and a board member and audit committee member of Trocaire. Outside of work Emma is married to Stephen and mum to Katie, enjoys travelling and is an avid supporter of Tyrone GAA.

Kate Mullaghy (Ormsby Rhodes)
Kate Mullahy joined Ormsby & Rhodes in 2004 as a graduate from Trinity College and was appointed an audit partner in 2013. Kate’s prime business interests are in the areas of audit of medium and large companies to ensure that the end product is one of value added as well as statutory compliance. She oversees a portfolio of clients covering many sectors including technology, manufacturing, distribution and the not for profit sector. She has also gained particular expertise in the audit of international groups and has assisted many foreign owned companies looking to set up a subsidiary in Ireland.

Martina Keane (EY)
Martina leads EY Financial Services Assurance, specialising in banking and insurance. She works extensively across the global insurance and banking landscape and has significant experience leading large teams in an environment where there is on-going change. In her role, Martina is responsible for the development and leadership of financial services professionals and is passionate about driving innovation and developing high performing teams. In 2019 she was awarded Accountancy Leader of the year at the 2019 Women in Finance Awards.

Michael Nolan (Grant Thornton)
Michael serves a wide variety of clients in the manufacturing, retail, property and tourism sectors encompassing mainly large indigenous Irish entities. He is a former member of the Auditing Standards Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Michael has advised clients on all aspects of both acquiring and selling companies ranging from €1 million – €40 million sales and acquisitions ranging with considerations of up to €25 million.

John Slattery (Inspo)
Inspo. Former auditor and now one of the emerging motivators in Ireland, John has been motivating local and international audiences for five years with his business Inspo.

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