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Summer Mini-Blitz (ROI/NI) 2023

Date & time: 20 June 2023 09:30 – 13:30

Suitable for both ROI and NI audiences, this event will contain relevant plenary content applicable to both jurisdictions, followed by supplementary regional specific technical sessions.

Led by high profile speakers who work day-to-day in their specialist fields, this conference focuses on delivering technical updates, as well as professional and commercial insights to accountants and business professionals in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.



Time Topic Speakers Company
09.30 Opening Welcome Joe Carroll Head of Professional Development, Chartered Accountants Ireland
09.35 Advance your career by upskilling and building a personal brand Caroline Reidy The HR Suite
10.15 Impact of AI on the future of Accountancy Teresa Gallagher and Paul Tully EY
10.55 How to improve your business report writing and email skills Moira Dunne
11:25 Coffee Break
11.40 Financial Reporting Update Session (ROI and NI) Robert Kirk University of Ulster

ROI Stream

Moderator: Joe Carroll
Time Topic Speakers Company
12.20 Taxation Update: 2023 Gearoid O’Sullivan Chartered Accountants Ireland
12.55 Company Law Update: 2023 John Darby Solicitor

NI Stream

Moderator: Sinead Fox-Hamilton
Time: Topic Speakers Company
12.20 Insolvency Update 2023 Brian Hegarty HCA Business Recovery Limited
12.55 UK Company Law Update 2023 Nicholas Compton The Bar Library
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32.25 Event close Joe Carroll Head of Professional Development, Chartered Accountants Ireland


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.

Sinead Fox-Hamilton 
Relationship and Professional Development Manager, Chartered Accountants Ireland

Sinead Fox-Hamilton is a Law graduate and Fellow Chartered Accountant who has enjoyed a diverse career spanning varied Finance, Recruitment and Consulting positions. In her current role with Chartered Accountants Ireland, she showcases the Chartered Accountancy profession, supports career and professional development journeys along with working with employers to implement relevant training and learning solutions to support talent management. Sinead was noted in Northern Ireland’s ‘Top 40 under 40’ and ‘Top 20 Inspiring Women’ listings and was also recognised for her ‘Services to Accounting and Finance’ in the Northern Ireland Women’s Awards. She is a past winner of Chartered Accountants Ireland ‘Chartered Star’ competition.

Caroline Reidy – Managing Director
The HR Suite

Caroline runs The HR Suite who offer specialist tailored and effective human resources, employment law and business solutions to over 500 clients throughout Ireland. Caroline is a past Commissioner on the Low Pay Commission and is also an adjudicator in the Work Place Commission. Caroline has completed a Masters in Human Resources in the University of Limerick and is a trained mediator. She is also the author of ‘The Art of Asking the Right Questions” that provides top tips to people managers throughout the employment journey.

Teresa Gallagher
EY Senior Manager, Digital Audit Strategist – Data Analytics

Teresa is a senior manager working in EY’s Data analytics team with a focus on service to client’s internal audit and finance functions.

Paul Tully
EY Director, Data & Analytics

Paul is a finance & analytics director with over 20 years hands on experience across practice and industry, now leading EY’s data analytics team to enable clients to leverage analytics and AI in their finance function.

Moira Dunne is a Productivity and Wellness Consultant and co-founder of She has extensive Change Management and Project Management experience gained during a 30-year career in the Pharmaceutical, IT, Regulatory and Financial Services sectors. She delivers training and coaching on a range of topics including Productivity, Team Connection, Leadership Development, Planning, Wellbeing and Project Management. She currently runs while working on business training projects with Olas Training.

Robert Kirk 
University of Ulster

Robert Kirk is an Emeritus Professor of Financial Reporting at Ulster University. He has lectured extensively within Ireland and Great Britain on accounting standards to diverse organisations such as British Gas Plc, British Aerospace Plc, NATO, Bank of Ireland, John Laing Plc, Deloitte and Reed International Plc. He has lectured on IFRS standards to major companies in Cyprus, United States, Bahrain, South Africa, Zambia and Ghana. He has published 15 books on the subject in Ireland and GB

Gearóid O’Sullivan
Chartered Accountants Ireland

Gearóid O’Sullivan is the Tax Manager at Chartered Accountants Ireland. Gearóid’s areas of expertise are corporate and capital taxes. He previously worked in practice with PwC, having trained with KPMG in their Dublin offices and having worked for a time with Moore in Cork City also.

John Darby

John Darby has been practising as a solicitor in Ireland since 1997 and is a member of the Law Society of Ireland. He qualified and practised for ten (10) years in leading Irish law firm, McCann FitzGerald and is currently a consultant at Flynn O’Driscoll LLP (since 2014). John’s main areas of practise are corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.

Brian Hegarty 
HCA Chartered Accountants

Brian Hegarty is a Chartered Accountant and Licensed Insolvency Practitioner experienced in corporate recovery, insolvency, advisory accounting, business planning, and financial and business modelling. He has over 15 years’ experience of in providing advice to growing businesses and those facing financial challenges. Brian works with businesses from sole traders through to multinationals, as well as public sector and voluntary organisations.

Nicholas Compton
The Bar Library

Nicholas Compton was admitted to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2015 and is currently open to instructions across all practice areas. His legal practice is primarily concentrated on civil litigation in the County Court and High Court. Nicolas possesses particular expertise in commercial disputes, land and property disagreements, matters involving individual and corporate insolvency, and disputes related to companies and partnerships.