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Technology Conference 2023

Post Pandemic – Threats and Opportunities

Date & time: 25 January 2023 09:30 – 13:00

The theme of this year’s Technology Conference is “Post Pandemic – Threats and Opportunities” and will focus on future trends and developments in how we work and collaborate using technology.



Time Topic: Speakers:
09.30am Opening Address Anne Brady, Crowleys DFK
09.35am What next for the Future of Work? Kevin Empey, WorkMatters
10.10am Is there an opportunity for SMEs in the post pandemic talent market? Mary Purcell, Storm Technology
10.40am Coffee Break
10:55am A Practical Guide for Leveraging Intelligent Automation Chris Howard, Inpute
11.25am Collaborative Online Working Tools Safwan Youseph, Bayzat
11.50am Cybersecurity Pat Larkin, Ward Solutions
12.10pm Cyber Insurance Catherine Aleppo & Sarah Neild
12.35pm Summary Panel Discussion
12.55pm Closing remarks and wrap up Jeremy Twomey, Chartered Accountants Ireland
13.00pm End of conference


Anne Brady,
Crowleys DFK

Anne is a Chartered Accountant and Business Advisor. Prior to starting her own practice, Anne both trained and worked in KPMG. She is currently Director of Business Advisory at Crowleys DFK. Anne has extensive experience working with Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland. She specialises in advising charities and not for profit organisations. She has acted as Project Director on a number of construction projects for charity clients. Anne sits on a number of Boards of Directors, Audit Committees and Finance and Governance Committees. Anne Chairs the Chartered Accountants Ireland Technology Committee.

Kevin Empey,

Kevin Empey is Founder and Managing Director of WorkMatters, a Future of Work consulting and training firm set up in 2017 to help business leaders, HR practitioners to navigate the changing world of work. A former Partner of Willis Towers Watson, Kevin is also the Director of the Senior Leadership Programme in the Irish Management Institute. He was named on the HR Most Influential Thinkers list in 2022 and has also received several national and international awards for his contributions to Future of Work research, social entrepreneurship and employment & labour policy.

Mary Purcell,
Storm Technology

Mary has over 20 years HR and Business leadership experience at a senior level, globally and in Ireland. She has worked as Head of HR with Storm Technology since 2020. Storm Technology is an Irish owned and operated business technology consultancy company. Mary holds a BSc in Marketing & Business from TU Dublin, an MSc in Business (Organisational Behaviour) from Trinity College Dublin and a Diploma in Business, Executive & Personal Coaching from the Coach Institute of Ireland.

Safwan Youseph,

VP of Product (HR and Payroll)

Pat Larkin,
Ward Solutions

Chief Executive and co- founder at Ward Solutions

Jeremy Twomey,
Practice Consulting

Jeremy in his role as Practice Consulting Manager works to support our member practitioners across our service areas, with a particular focus on compliance support, training and our associated advisory services. Jeremy is a Fellow of the Institute, having trained with Ernst & Young; he has held senior management positions across both financial and professional services, as well as the public sector. His areas of experience include Corporate Governance, Data Protection, External Audit, Financial Reporting, Internal Audit, Project Management, Risk Management and Taxation. Prior to joining the Institute in August 2017, Jeremy ran his own consulting business providing Corporate Governance, Internal Audit and Risk related services.

Catherine Aleppo,
Head of UK SME Cyber, Howden Insurance Brokers Limited

Sarah Neild,
Head of Cyber Retail, Howden Broking (Insurance)




Inpute is a leading specialist provider of integrated intelligent automation solutions. We help to transform business processes and outcomes for our customers who range from medium and large enterprises to public sector bodies. We apply strategic intelligent automation to deliver capability, speed and economy in crucial business functions such as finance, compliance, HR and sales.




Circit is built for accountants and auditors to automate bank confirmation requests and verify the trusted source in every business transaction. Over 1,500 evidence providers such as AIB and Bank of Ireland, Danske, hundreds of solicitors, funds, debtors and creditors use the Circit platform to respond to requests.  All with the objective of verifying assets and liabilities faster and more seamlessly than ever before.