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Technology Conference 2024
Date & time: 26 January 2024 09:30 – 13:15
The theme of this year’s Technology Conference is “Embracing technology and AI to maximise your potential” and will focus on future trends and developments in how we work and collaborate using technology.
Conor Flanagan, Storm
Welcome from Chartered Accountants Ireland President
Sinead Donovan, Chartered Accountants Ireland
Digital Transformation and AI
Daragh Hennelly, Microsoft
Leveraging the Power of Business Intelligence, Low Code & Automation in the Accountancy Sector
Eamon Moore, Hikari
10:50 am - Coffee Break - 10 minutes
Glanbia’s journey to SAP S/4 HANA & unleashing the power of its next generational technology
Eoin Butler, Glanbia
Digital Transformation in CCS
Brian Flannery,Cullen Cleaning Services
Conor Flanagan, Storm
Eoin Butler, Glanbia
Brian Flannery, CCS
Advisory Technology – Opportunities and Pitfalls
Helen Cockle, Futrli by Sage
Dan Daly, Futrli by Sage
Generative AI in tax – practical steps to use it in your business
Russell Gammon, Tax Systems
Revolutionizing Accounting: Exploring the Impact of AI on the Future of Finance
Shelsea Adrian, Yooz
Cyber Security is a business risk
Kevin R. Powers, Boston College
Conor Flanagan, Storm
Daragh Hennelly, FCA
Senior Director Strategic Ventures and Global Revenue Recognition, Microsoft
Daragh leads Revenue Recognition for Microsoft together with finance enablement for Strategic Ventures. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience in finance, strategy, outsourcing, business operations, and sales operations, working with diverse and cross-functional teams delivering value for Microsoft and its partners. A key focus area for Daragh is enabling innovation, growth, and transformation in Revenue Operations leveraging AI. Daragh trained as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and has a Degree and Masters in Accounting from DCU.
A technology entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in industry, Eamon has led a number of technology companies throughout this career. As the founder and CEO of business productivity and technology firm EMIT, he oversaw its growth into one of Ireland’s foremost providers of Managed Services and Cloud Solutions, earning recognition as leaders in this space in the form of Global Partner of the Year awards from Dell and Microsoft. His latest venture is Hikari, a Microsoft strategic partner delivering Business Intelligence, Process Innovation & Automation and Low Code Business Apps to businesses & Microsoft partners across Europe and North America. Eamon holds a degree in Computers Applications from Dublin City University and a Diploma in Cloud Strategy from the Irish Management Institute & University College Cork.
Head of Finance Systems, Glanbia
Currently Head of the Digital Finance CoE at Glanbia. Over 15 years experience in SAP solution design, team development and project delivery, with particular experience in the SAP ECC / HANA Finance & Controlling modules, Blackline, Concur & SAP ADD-ons (Meridian, Serrala, BEST). Member of Glanbia Steering Committee for recent successful brownfield SAP S/4 HANA migration.
Brian Flannery, FCA
CFO, Cullen Cleaning Services
Brian is an experienced CFO currently with international commercial contract cleaning services provider, Cullen Cleaning Services. This business services well-known international Retail, Hospitality and Office sector brands across Europe. Brian has held a number of CFO positions with international businesses including Kingspan where he spent 9 years including a posting to Poland with its Environmental Division. Prior to becoming a CFO, Brian spent 10 years working in Corporate Finance initially in practice advising clients on corporate acquisitions and latterly managing acquisitions on behalf of Kingspan. He has recently led the implementation of an Enterprise Resource Planning system in his company and will share his learnings on this Digital Transformation journey.
Senior Director, Futrli by Sage
Helen Cockle was instrumental in the transition of Futrli from start up to now acquired business. She has led the go to market approach leaning on 20 years of experience in the accounting sector to ensure market fit and client value is achieved. Having held a global role for over 5 years, she comprehends the shared and opposing needs of all markets, particularly the UK and Ireland.
Head of Advice, Futrli by Sage
Having started out in accountancy, back in 2004, Dan became a qualified accountant whilst working for Spofforths LLP, a regional practice in Sussex which later merged with Kreston Reeves and subsequently became a top 30 UK accountancy firm. Having worked in accountancy practice himself for over 16 years, he is familiar with the challenges faced in scaling advisory and is using those experiences to support our partners moving forwards.
Chief Solution Officer, Tax Systems
Russell has worked in the field of Tax Technology for 15 years, having started his graduate career at Deloitte in 2008. Since then, he has gained 10 years of “Big 4” experience, spent some time at a start-up and has been with Tax Systems since May 2020 in the roles of Chief Innovation Officer and most recently Chief Solutions Officer. Russell is passionate about building products that improve users’ experiences, whilst ensuring that they meet the high-quality Tax Systems is known for. More recently, Russell has been leading the charge in the exploration of using generative AI in the tax industry.
Product Evangelist, Yooz
Shelsea has over 10 years experience in International Sales and Customer Services, including several years helping global clients to improve their internal processes and gain efficiency in both B2B and B2C sectors.
Shelsea is seen as a trusted advisor who helps companies of all sizes implement adapted strategies and reach their full potential.
Professor Kevin R. Powers, J.D.
Founder & Director Cybersecurity Graduate Programs, Boston College
Kevin Powers is the Founder and Director of the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance Programs at Boston College, and an Assistant Professor of the Practice at Boston College Law School and in Boston College’s Carroll School of Management’s Business Law and Society Department. Along with his teaching at Boston College, Kevin is a Cybersecurity Research Affiliate at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Lecturer for MIT Sloan’s Executive Education Program – “Cybersecurity Governance for the Board of Directors.” He has also taught courses at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was the Deputy General Counsel to the Superintendent.
With more than 25 years of combined cybersecurity, data privacy, business, law enforcement, military, national security, higher education, and teaching experience, Kevin has worked as an analyst and an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Defense, and law firms in Boston and Washington, D.C., as well as the general counsel for an international software company based in Seattle, Washington. Kevin also is an expert witness and consultant with the Analysis Group and serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Boston College High School, a Director for the Board of Reading Cooperative Bank, and a Cybersecurity Advisor for HYCU, Inc. (Backed by Bain Capital Ventures) and CyberSaint Security.