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Technology Conference 2022




The theme of this year’s Technology Conference is "Embracing the Cloud" and will combine high impact technology and Cloud related updates with professional and commercial insights from industry leading speakers. This conference will also incorporate two streams for the mid-morning session: Practice and Business/Technology related Wellbeing.




Plenary Session 1

Introduction and Keynote

9:30 – 9:35Welcome and introduction

Conference Chair: Maeve Stuart, FCA
Finance Manager, Beyond Accounting
Chair, Chartered Accountants Ireland Technology Committee

9:35 – 9:45Opening address

Barry Dempsey
Chief Executive, Chartered Accountants Ireland

9:45 – 10:10

Cloud and the impact for the CFO

Aoife Donnelly, FCA,
MD, CFO & Enterprise Value Practice Lead, Accenture

Donal Óg McCarthy,
Managing Director, Cloud First Lead, Accenture

10:10 – 10:20Q&AQ&A from attendees in the format of a panel discussion.
10:20 - 10:25Sponsor elevator pitches

Nicola Peoples, Commercial Director, Circit

Barry Murphy, Managing Director, Sage Ireland

10:25 – 10: 30   Five minute break for attendees to log into one of two streams:
SessionStreamStream A: Business and WellbeingStream B: Practice (click here to view)

Breakout session:


10:30 – 10:32

Chair: Maeve Stuart, FCA

Chair: Jeremy Twomey, FCA,
Practice Consulting Manager, Chartered Accountants Ireland

10:32 – 10:55

BI & Data Analysis for Accountants
Exploring the latest developments in BI and Automation

CAI Technology Committee

Joe Kirwan, FCA, Owner,

Mark McManus, ACA, Business Intelligence Consultant, Databricks

Conor Flanagan, ACA, Financial Reporting Consultant, Storm Technology

Technology in your Practice - Member Case Study

Ger Foley, FCA,
Partner, Comerford Foley

10:55 – 11:15

Preventing Digital Burnout and the Institute Thrive Wellbeing Initiative

Dee France,
Wellbeing and Support Lead, Chartered Accountants Ireland, 
Chair of Chartered Accountants Worldwide Global Mental Fitness Taskforce

Our New Employment World – Technology, Training and Talent Retention

Sara McKinty,
McKinty Associates, Belfast

11:15 – 11:30Panel discussion with Chair & speakers above, taking Q&A from attendeesPanel discussion with the Chair and speakers above, taking Q&A from attendees
11:30Closing remarks by Chairs of streams

11:30 to 11.45 Coffee break.


Plenary session 2


11:45Introduction to CybersecurityChair: Maeve Stuart, FCA
11:45 – 12:10

Cyber Trending Threats

Seosamh Gowran,
Director, Cyber Defence and Response, KPMG

12:10 – 12:35

Cybersecurity and your Business – How to stay safe

Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Lordan
National Economic Crime Bureau
Interviewed by Jeremy Twomey, Chartered Accountants Ireland

12:35 – 12:50Live panel discussion/Q&APanel discussion with Seosamh Gowran and D.C.S. Pat Lordan, chaired by Jeremy Twomey, taking Q&A from attendees
12:50Closing remarks

Chair: Maeve Stuart



Lead Partner: ACCENTURE

Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 674,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities.



Aoife Donnelly,
Managing Director, CFO & Enterprise Value Practice Lead, Accenture in Ireland

Aoife has been with Accenture for 15 years, where she leads the CFO and Enterprise Value practice in Ireland. Her role is focused on helping CFOs transform their finance functions and positively influence value creation in their broader organisations. A chartered accountant by trade, Aoife believes that our digital experiences in our workplace should be as effective as those in our personal lives – and is passionate about helping organisations deliver that experience.

Donal Óg McCarthy,
Managing Director, Cloud First Lead, Accenture in Ireland

Donal Óg has over 20 years’ experience leading large scale, business critical enterprise delivery programs globally in industries such as public sector, healthcare, insurance and telecommunications. Donal Óg leads a multi-disciplinary team of cloud transformation specialists helping organisations to shape, move, build and operate their businesses in the cloud.

Dee France,
Chartered Accountants Ireland

Dee France is Wellbeing Lead at Chartered Accountants Ireland, managing Thrive Wellbeing Hub, and CA Support, the Institute’s registered charity set up to provide financial assistance supports to members and students. Dee is a fully qualified Wellness Coach, certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner and Stress Management consultant with an MA in Gender Politics from Goldsmiths University, London.

Sara McKinty,
McKinty Associates

Sara is a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals. One area of particular interest to her is career coaching; she enjoys using her commercial and personal experiences to challenge and enhance candidates while also assisting them in planning and achieving their professional and personal career goals.

Seosamh Gowran,

Seosamh is a Director Cyber Defense and Response in KPMG.

Ger Foley,
Comerford Foley Chartered Accountants

A Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, Ger spent the first 12 years of his career gaining valuable experience as an Audit Senior Manager in EY, whom he qualified with after studying at Waterford Institute of Technology.
In 2011, Ger formed Comerford Foley Chartered Accountants in Tramore, Co. Waterford with Colin Comerford. He has gained considerable experience in business planning and advisory, including business start-ups and restructuring. He has worked with major international clients, as well as local SME's, sole traders and partnerships.

Patrick Lordan,
National Economic Crime Bureau

A member of An Garda Siochana for over 30 years, Patrick currently serves as a Detective Chief Superintendent and is the Head of both the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau and the Irish Financial Intelligence Unit. Between 2015 and 2020 Patrick was also the Detective Chief Superintendent in charge of the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau.

Jeremy Twomey,
Chartered Accountants Ireland

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.

Maeve Stuart,
Chartered Accountants Ireland

Maeve Stuart is a Finance Manager at Beyond Accounting, having previously worked in Finance in the tech multinational sector with Oracle and Motorola. She is Chair of the CAI Technology Committee and organises the annual Technology Conference. Maeve holds a B.A. in Accounting and Finance from DCU.