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Risk Management and Internal Audit Conference 2021

Start date & time: 09 December 2021 09:30
End date & time: 09 December 2021 13:30
CPD hours: 4.00

Building on the success of previous Risk Management and Internal Audit Conferences, this fast paced morning focuses on the key issues facing Risk Management and Internal Audit professionals in Ireland. Over the course of the morning, participants will receive high impact technical updates with professional and commercial insights. This conference is run in conjunction with the Institute of Risk Management.



Hybrid Working: Risks and Opportunities (Elizabeth Foote, McKinsey & Company)

Discussing the opportunities and risks of hybrid working, focusing on the implications for day to day working rhythms, operating models and people strategy

Sustainability: The Threat of "Green Washing" (Prof Niamh Brennan, UCD)

Regulators are increasingly scrutinising companies for their sustainability disclosures after a whistleblower accused her former employer of misrepresenting investment funds as ESG funds when they were not, thereby misleading clients. This presentation will examine good examples of ESG corporate disclosures and will highlight ESG disclosures of questionable quality.

Risk is an Opportunity, Right? (John Crawley, Expert Partners)

When I ask people why cars have breaks, they usually answer that it's to stop. I think cars have brakes so that they can go faster knowing they car stop with confidence. I will explore how we change our mindset to thinking of risk as an opportunity as well as a threat".

Combined Assurance (Chris Cowley, PwC)

Boards have to start taking a broader and more holistic approach to risk and how they manage it to protect the business. They also want risk monitoring to become strategic drivers of performance vs reactive and compliance-driven. In this session we will explore how to better leverage the assurance that is provided by your lines of defence and where to focus what can be finite resources.

Risk in Focus 2022: Risk Management and Auditing and Rapid Change (Gavin Hayes, Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors)

This session will give a comprehensive overview of the key findings of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors UK and Ireland's annual flagship thought-leadership report Risk in Focus.



9:30 – 9:35Opening AddressPaul Henry President Chartered Accountants Ireland
9:35 - 10:05Hybrid Working: Risks and OpportunitiesElizabeth Foote
10.05 - 10:15Hybrid Working: Risks and Opportunities: Q and A sessionElizabeth Foote
10.15 – 10.50Sustainability: The Threat of “Greenwashing”Prof Niamh Brennan
10.50 – 11.00Sustainability: The Threat of “Greenwashing”: Q and A sessionProf Niamh Brennan
11.00 – 11.15Coffee Break 
11.15 – 11.50Risk is an Opportunity, Right?John Crawley
11.50 – 12.00Risk is an Opportunity, Right?: Q and A sessionJohn Crawley
12.00 – 12.35Combined AssuranceChris Cowley
12.35 – 12.45Combined Assurance: Q and AChris Cowley
12.45 – 1.05Risk in Focus 2022: Risk Management and Auditing and Rapid ChangeGavin Hayes
1.05 – 1.15Risk in Focus 2022: Risk Management and Auditing and Rapid Change: Q and A sessionGavin Hayes
1.15 – 1.25Panel DiscussionJohn Crawley/Chris Cowley/Gavin Hayes
1.25 – 1.30Summary and Closing RemarksJohn Crawley
1.30End of conference 


Elizabeth Foote, McKinsey & Company

  • Elizabeth is a leader in McKinsey's Organisation Practice, with 10 years' experience supporting clients on strategy, people and organization topics and leads McKinsey's UK Future of Work research.
  • She has authored a number of articles on people strategy and future of work, as well as presented at public forums, including with Confederation of British Industry and Business in the Community.
  • She is an Economist by training, holding a PhD in Economics from London School of Economics, MPhil from Oxford University, and a first class BA (Hons) degree in Social and Political Science from Cambridge University

Prof Niamh Brennan, UCD

  • Niamh Brennan is Michael MacCormac Professor of Management at University College Dublin and Founder/Academic Director of the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance.
  • A first-class honours, first-in-class UCD Science (Microbiology and Biochemistry) graduate, Prof Niamh Brennan qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and is a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors (London).
  • In 2020, Niamh was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2020, Ireland's highest academic honour.

John Crawley, Expert Partners

  • A Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, John draws from his 35 years corporate experience in a range of Board, Executive, and Non-Executive positions.
  • As Lead Partner in Expert Partners, John provides Strategy and Risk advice to a number of high profile Clients and is a Master Trainer for the GCC Board Directors Institute (UAE) and the Institute of Risk Management (UK).

Chris Cowley, PwC

  • Chris is a member of Risk Assurance Solutions division of PwC in Dublin, Ireland. He has worked extensively across the private and public sector and is responsible for advising clients on risk management, regulation and change as well as managing and directing Internal Audit teams.
  • In addition to his role at PwC, Chris is Chair of the Audit (and Risk) Committee for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

Gavin Hayes, Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors

  • Gavin Hayes has been Head of Policy and External Affairs at the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors since July 2018.
  • He played a key role in the development, and successful launch of the Institute's Internal Audit Code of Practice, leading the secretariat that supported the independent committee that helped to develop the Code.
  • Gavin has a background in public policy campaigns and communications.