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Public Sector Conference (ROI) 2022

Date & time: 20 October 2022 09:30 – 13:30

Building on the significant success of previous Public Sector Events, this morning conference will focus on key issues impacting finance (and non-finance) professions working in public service and related organisations. This includes civil and public servants, as well as those working in public bodies and not-for-profit organisations.



Time: Topic: Speakers: Company:
9:30 – 9:35 Opening Address Pat O’Neill President, Chartered Accountants Ireland
9:35 – 9:45 Key Note: Public Sector Management in the 21st Century Ian Carruthers CIPFA and Chair IPSASB
9:45 – 10:15 Code of Best Practice for State Bodies Aidan Horan Institute of Public Administration (IPA)
10:15 – 10:40 Well Being in a Blended Work Place Linda Breathnach
10:40 – 11:05 Taxation implications of employee benefits/bonuses and retirements. Emma Halligan Grant Thornton
11:05 – 11:10 Value of membership/profile of profession in Public Sector Stephen Molloy/
Brendan O’Hora
Chartered Accountants Ireland
11:10 – 11:25 Coffee Break
11:25 – 12:10 Innovation & Technology – Including…the HSE’s use of technology in Covid testing
Setting Context for Digital Health in the Community Aislinn Gannon General Manager, Digital Health, Community 1, HSE
Change and Innovation and Covid Lorraine Smyth Scheduled Care Transformation within Office of the National Director – Change and Innovation, HSE
Pandemic Partners – Public Health People and Robotic Resources Niamh Sneyd ICT and Digital Health Manager, HSE
12:10 – 12:45 Trust in Public Finances? The audit of public funds. – C&AG approach to ESG, Sustainability and Assurance Reporting Andy Harkness Office of the Controller and Auditor General
12:45 – 13:05 Climate Action Framework for the Commercial Semi-state Sector John K Dillon Head of NewEra at the National Treasury Management Agency
13:05 – 13:25 General Panel Discussion TBA
13:25 Closing remarks and Comments Joan Curry Finance Officer in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland
13.30                                             End of morning session


Joan Curry

Joan is the Chair of the Public Sector Committee and a member of the Council of Chartered Accountants Ireland. She is also a Board Member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). She is currently Finance Officer for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, having previously held positions in the Public Service Pay Commission, the National Shared Services Office and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Aidan Horan

Aidan Horan is a director at the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) with overall responsibility for governance and assurance services. A qualified accountant, he is leader of the governance specialist team at the Institute and is the founder member of the Governance Forum at the IPA. Aidan has also been nominated to a number of non-executive roles over recent years including as Audit Committee Chairperson, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. He is also a member of the Standards and Financial Reporting Board of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy [CIPFA] (UK).

Andrew Harkness

Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General – Andrew is a qualified accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland. He joined the Office from the Courts Service and has over 30 years post qualification experience in financial and performance audit. He is a former Accounting Officer for the Office. He also served as a member of the Board of Audit of the European Stability Mechanism. As Director of Audit he is responsible for financial audits in the semi-state, health, education and financial sectors. He is also responsible for the audit contracting programme and the Office’s standards unit and audit insights programme. He is currently an observer on INTOSAI?s financial audit and accounting sub-committee.

John K Dillon

Head of NewEra at the National Treasury Management Agency – John is Head of NewERA which is a unit in the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) with responsibility for providing corporate finance advice to relevant Government Ministers and Government Departments in relation to the activities of a number of commercial State owned companies. He is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland (FCA) and holds first class honours BComm from UCC and M.ACC from UCD.

Aislinn Gannon

General Manager, Digital Health, Community 1, HSE

Lorraine Smyth

Scheduled Care Transformation within Office of the National Director Change and Innovation, HSE

Linda Breathnach:

Linda is the founder of, and is a qualified and IACP accredited Counsellor Psychotherapist with 20+ years experience of working with couples, individuals and groups in corporate and therapeutic spaces. She is also a College Lecturer at Certificate, BSc and MSc levels and a Professional Supervisor of Therapists. On a personal level, Linda is a married mum of 4 children and she knows only too well the challenges that the Covid 19 Pandemic and subsequent adjustment back out into the world have presented to all of us emotionally and psychologically.

Ian Carruthers

CIPFA and Chair IPSASB – Ian became Chair of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) in 2016, having been a Board Member since 2010. As a Board Member he led IPSASB?s work on Long Term Financial Sustainability and alignment between IPSASs and Government Finance Statistics. IPSAS issued during Ian?s chairmanship so far include those on Social Benefits and Financial Instruments. Having completed his second term (2019 ? 2021), Ian has been reappointed as IPSASB Chair for a third term through to the end of 2024. After joining HM Treasury from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1999, Ian played a key role in the UK Government?s transition from cash to accrual budgeting and reporting, in particular leading its Whole of Government Accounts program. He joined CIPFA in 2006. As part-time Chair, CIPFA Standards, Ian has been involved in all aspects of the Institute?s guidance development activities, including leading its work on the Role of the Public Services CFO, and the development of the International Framework for Good Governance in the Public Sector in partnership with IFAC.

Emma Halligan

Grant Thornton – Emma provides detailed and complex employment tax advice to clients in a number of different industries. Emma has gained experience in providing a range of taxation and social security services including PAYE reviews, PAYE due diligence, PAYE corrections and reporting on the Irish tax implications for the employer and the individual for global assignments to and from Ireland. Emma holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies from the University of Limerick. She is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland (ACA) and an associate of the Irish Taxation Institute (AITI).

Stephen Molloy

Brendan O’Hora