Governance Conference 2021

Focusing on Boards and Sustainability, this conference will bring business leaders, professional advisors and investors together to discuss how boards can embed sustainability within their organisations. This all-island conference will be joined by prominent political leaders from the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Oireachtas to discuss the important role boards and their organisations can play in nurturing sustainable economies.

 

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Micheál Martin TD has served as Taoiseach since June 2020 and as Leader of Fianna Fáil since January 2011

Diane Dodds, MLA is Minister for the Economy in Northern Ireland.

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Paul Henry (FCA), 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.


Níall Fitzgerald (FCA), Head of Ethics and Governance, Chartered Accountants Ireland – Níall leads the enhancement and implementation of plans to deliver strategic objectives on business ethics and governance across operations, including policy, member support and resources and engagement with regulators, standard setters, and other stakeholders. Níall is a member of the Institute’s Sustainability Expert Working Party and is passionate about internal implementation of sustainability initiatives and applying sustainability reporting frameworks.


John Moloney, Non-Executive Chair, DCC plc – John is also the Chair of Governance and Sustainability Committee of DCC plc and a Member of their Remuneration Committee, a Non-Executive Director of Smurfit Kappa plc and Chair of ABP Food Group. John has extensive top management and board level experience, having held the position of Group Managing Director of Glanbia plc until November 2013.. John was previously a Non-Executive Director of Greencore Group plc. John holds an MBA from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG).


Barry Dempsey, Chief Executive, Chartered Accountants Ireland – Barry is also a Member of the Irish Takeover Panel, Board Member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide and Board Member of the Global Accounting Alliance. Previously, Barry was CEO of the Irish Heart Foundation, Peter Mark and the Irish Cancer Society. Barry, who holds an MBA from Trinity College, is enthusiastic for the benefits sustainability initiatives offer businesses, the accountancy profession, communities, and the economy.


Mardi McBrien, Managing Director, Climate Disclosures Standards Board (CDSB) – Mardi is also a Member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Stakeholder Council, Trustee of the International Tree Foundation and a founding board member of Women Organising for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN). Mardi leads the CDSB, an internationally renowned organisation that works to provide decision-useful environmental information to markets via mainstream corporate reports.


Karina Litvack, Co-Founder of Chapter Zero – Karina is also the Co-Founder of World Economic Forum’s Climate Governance Initiative, Non-Executive Director of ENI spa (an Italian Oil and Gas company), Non-Executive Director of Viridor Waste Management Limited and Governor of Chartered Financial Analyst Institute. Karina’s passion for leading climate change initiatives follows a 25-year career in finance, latterly running the Governance and Sustainable Investment activities of UK asset manager F&C Investments.


Kevin O’Sullivan is Environment & Science Editor and lead journalist reporting on climate change with The Irish Times. He served as Editor of the paper from 2011 to 2017.  He joined The Irish Times in 1997 as Environmental and Food Science Correspondent. In his current role, he has taken a particular interest in sustainability, renewable energy and biodiversity.


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Marie Joyce (FCA ) Chief Financial Officer, NTR plc – : NTR is a sustainable infrastructure investor and asset manager that acquires, constructs and manages renewable energy projects. Marie is also a Non-Executive Director of daa plc. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Galway, a Masters in Accounting from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, and is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.


Kieran McLoughlin (FCCA), Managing Partner, VentureWave Capital – Kieran is CEO of VentureWave Capital and leads the firm’s Impact Investment initiatives, which aim to deliver a strong commercial return for our clients and benefit society, especially in Ireland. Kieran led The Ireland Funds as CEO for ten years and was responsible for the Fund’s network of donors and events across the US and its relationship with its sister organizations in 11 other countries. Kieran sits on North American Advisory Board of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.


Suzanne Keane CFA – Suzanne is a senior equity portfolio manager at Amundi Asset Management, where she is the lead portfolio manager for European Equity ESG Improvers, within its flagship ESG Improvers range, which incorporates a forward looking, dynamic approach to ESG investing. Suzanne was previously Head of Credit Research (for developed markets) within Amundi (formerly Pioneer Investments) from 2016 to 2018, where she was instrumental in integrating ESG into the credit research process.


John Sadlier (FCCA), Chief Sustainability Officer, Ardagh Group S.A. – John Sadlier is the Chief Sustainability Officer in the Ardagh Group. John, who also served as the Chief Procurement Officer of the company, is responsible for managing all aspects of Ardagh’s sustainability agenda. Prior to joining the Ardagh Group in 2007, John previously worked for Ricoh, Munekata Ireland, Dell and Microsoft Ireland Operations. He received an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree from University College Dublin.


Keith Morrow, Chair Ethics and Governance Committee, Chartered Accountants Ireland – Keith is a project leader in the technology sector, currently working in NortonLifeLock, the cybersafety company. Previously he has worked with Veritas Technologies, Symantec, JP Morgan Chase and GE Capital having trained with Coopers and Lybrand. He is a member of the Council of Chartered Accountants Ireland and is the chair of its Ethics and Governance Committee. He has held several board positions in the charity and non-profit sector and is currently a board member of Hockey Ireland.


Alistair Brew (FCA), Head of Investment Operations, BGF – Alistair joined BGF in July 2011 initially to lead on new investments. He then ran the London investment team before moving into his current role which is focused on running the Investment Committee process and leading on BGF’s ESG programme. Alistair remains involved in new deal origination and sits on the board of Evodental. Alistair has 18 years’ experience in small company investing and has led investments into over 30 businesses. Alistair is a qualified Chartered Accountant.


Chris Martin, Head of Climate Risk and Strategy, Danske Bank – Chris has over 25 years’ experience in financial services with a background in both retail, corporate banking and strategy roles. He is responsible for developing Danske’s strategic response to climate change with a focus on both the risks and opportunities arising, along with developing solutions to help Danske customers make the transition to a net zero carbon future.

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