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Session 1 – 1.00pm to 3.00pm
Session 2 – 3.15pm to 5.15pm


Virtual CPD Update – Career Progression and Transition (ROI/NI)

Date & time: 21 September 2023 09:30 – 17:15

The theme of this conference is: Career Progression and Transition. In the morning session, you will receive insights and practical advice from industry experts on career development, progression, pivoting and transition, which you can effectively apply to your own career and professional aspirations. The afternoon sessions, which are run and delivered by the District Societies, will enable you to choose from topics specific to your own requirements.



Time Title Speakers Company
9:00  Opening Address Sinead Donovan President, Chartered Accountants Ireland
9:05 Key Note: Careers in the New World of Work  Prof Claire Gubbins  Dublin City University
9.25 The Importance of Mentoring in Career Development Caroline Reidy The HR Suite
9.45 Salary Negotiation Tips  Dave Riordan Chartered Accountants Ireland
10.00 Career Pivoting: A Case Study Rory Lankford FMC Agro Ireland Limited
10.20 Coffee Break  
10.40 Supercharge your Career! Sinead Donovan

Sinead Fox-Hamilton

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Chartered Accountants Ireland

11.00 Future Leaders: Leading and Empowering Others Jill O’Reilly O’Reilly People Management
11.20 How to Thrive Through Imposter Syndrome James McSporran McSporran Leadership Development
11.40 Panel Discussion session:

Touching on previous topics and introducing some of those in the Breakouts:

Joe Carroll

Sinead Fox-Hamilton

James McSporran

Jill O’Reilly

12.00 End of morning session

Chairperson for event: Joe Carroll, Head of Professional Development, Chartered Accountants Ireland



Sinead Donovan, President, Chartered Accountants Ireland

Sinead is the Chairperson of Grant Thornton and the President of Chartered Accountants Ireland. Sinead was the first female partner of Grant Thornton and has been on the Council of Chartered Accountants Ireland for 10 years and is a firm believer in the global qualification of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Caroline Reidy, The HR Suite

Caroline Reidy runs The HR Suite. Caroline is a past Commissioner on the Low Pay Commission and is also an adjudicator in the Work Place Commission. Caroline is a Committee Member of CPA Ireland.

Dave Riordan, Chartered Accountants Ireland

Dave is a Career Coach and Recruitment Specialist at Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Rory Lankford, FMC Argo Ireland Limited

Rory is a Head of Site for FMC Cork and has a keen focus on leadership. Previously, Rory worked at McKesson Ireland for 18 years as General Manager and later VP for Technology Finance. Rory has also worked in Access Communications (Mobile Phone retail), Derrynaflan Foods (FMCG sector), UCC (Finance Office), Coolmore Stud Farms and Ernst & Young.

Sinead Fox-Hamilton, Chartered Accountants Ireland

Sinead 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.

Jill O’Reilly, O’Reilly People Management

Jill O’Reilly is an Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant at O’Reilly People Management. An advocate of compassionate leadership, Jill supports leaders in developing an environment where people can bring their true, authentic selves to work.

James McSporran, McSporran Leadership Development

James McSporran is a Leadership Development Consultant and has been coaching & facilitating across all leadership levels for 15 years. He shares the most useful ideas from psychology and executive education that help develop leaders and their teams. Originally from Scotland, he is now based in Belfast and works with clients around the world.