Fiona Barry FCG

Fiona is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland with over 30 years’ experience in professional services.

She has a wealth of experience in managing the provision of company secretarial services to a range of companies across all sectors. She has a diverse portfolio of clients and works with private SMEs as well as not for profit, banking, multi-national clients and domestic public limited companies. Fiona provides a wide range of services from annual compliance to due diligence and corporate healthchecks as well as advising clients on updates to Company Law and routine day to day activities.

Fiona has a particular interest and expertise in the provision of special company secretarial services related to group reorganisations and restructuring, group simplification and share capital restructuring. This work includes transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, Summary Approvals Procedures and re-registrations. She regularly liaises with her tax and audit colleagues to ensure the most appropriate solutions for clients when considering such transactions. Fiona also works with Company Secretaries and Legal Counsel from various business sectors on such matters and has insight into the challenges faced by them.

Fiona has also lectured and presented for the Law Society and The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland on these and other topics.

Keith Barry, Brain Hackers

As the world’s leading TV hypnotist, mentalist and brain hacker Keith Barry has been blazing a trail across the globe for many years. His mind-blowing skills have been showcased in over forty international television shows, including his most recent series, You’re Back in the Room. The first hypnotism format on TV in the UK for several years, this show garnered huge audiences and proved to be a big prime-time hit for ITV. Due to the unsurmountable success of the show Keith then went on to feature in the Australian and US versions. Both the Australian version (Channel 9) and the US version rebranded Hypnotize Me (CW network) were also very well received. Keith’s new homegrown Irish RTE TV series The Keith Barry Experience aired in the last quarter of 2019. Again due to popular demand a second season has now been commissioned to air later this year.

As well as his own hugely successful US TV series, Deception with Keith Barry, Keith has appeared many times on some of the most prestigious US shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Jimmy Kimmel Show and The Conan O’Brien Show. He has also brain-hacked many celebrities including Woody Harrelson, Bono, Nicole Scherzinger, Morgan Freeman and many more.

One of Keith’s recent projects saw him working as chief mentalist and hypnotist consultant for the blockbuster movie, Now You See Me. Shot in New Orleans and Paris, it starred Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Caine and grossed over $360M at the box office. His huge success in working extensively with Woody Harrelson, who plays a mentalist, ensured he was hired as chief magic and mentalist consultant for the sequel, Now You See Me – The Second Act. He worked on this for almost a year, through its filming in London and Macau.

Keith has written, produced and performed many of his own stage shows over the last fifteen years and has sold out venues in the US, Australia, Canada, Spain, South Africa, the UK and of course his native Ireland. He has also recently presented his keynote speech ‘Mind Magic’ at places such as The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, The Pendulum Summit and The Dublin Tech Summit. Keith’s TED Talk has been in the top twenty-five TED Talks since 2008 and it currently boasts over twenty-five million views.

A true master of his craft, Keith has gained many awards over the years, including ‘Best Magician in Las Vegas 2009’, as voted for by The Las Vegas Review Journal. He also received the very prestigious ‘Merlin Award’ for Mentalist of the Year in 2009, joining the ranks of past recipients including Penn and Teller, Paul Daniels and David Copperfield.

Keith’s corporate entertainment show is designed to astound and amaze the assembled audience and also have them laughing until their faces hurt. During the show he will implant thoughts, extract thoughts, and influence the behaviour of the unsuspecting audience. No-one is safe!

In his keynote presentation ‘Mind Magic’ Keith reveals to the audience how to tap into their subconscious minds to break through barriers, disrupt unhealthy thought patterns and exceed expectations, both in their business and personal lives. As a leading expert in influence and persuasion, he will also share information on how to communicate ideas more effectively using NLP strategies such as modelling, pacing, leading and yes-setting. Amazing and informative, this keynote has something for everyone.

As a mind coach Keith has also worked with many world class athletes, business people, influencers and actors to assist them in focusing and improving their techniques and strategies. Amongst Keith’s clients are two of Irelands premier rugby stars, Keith Earls and Rory Best.

Gavin Coleman, Director, Financial Administration Services and Compliance Matheson

Gavin Coleman is director of the financial administration services and compliance team at Matheson. With six offices globally, Matheson services the legal needs of internationally focused companies and financial institutions doing business in and from Ireland. Gavin has gained extensive experience advising on all aspects of a company secretarial nature to a wide range of the leading Irish and international financial institutions, investment banks and asset management companies carrying on business in Ireland or through Irish vehicles. Gavin has provided company secretarial advice in a variety of domestic and cross-border corporate, commercial and financial services transactions and matters. Gavin's work consists of direct involvement in all matters of a company secretarial nature on such transactions and other company law compliance matters.

Ruairí Cosgrove FCG, Director, PwC

Ruairí heads up the Entity Governance and Compliance Department in PwC and is the former President of The Chartered Governance Institute, Irish Region. Ruairí is a member of Irish Council, member of the UKRIAT Committee and Chairs the Qualifications Committee.

Ruairí was a member of the editorial panel of The Companies Act 2014, An Annotation and is a lecturer on the Irish Law Society’s course, Certificate in Company Secretarial Law and Practice.

Ruairí advises clients on corporate governance requirements, conducts governance reviews and provides induction and training courses for directors. In addition, Ruairí advises clients on the practical implementation of company law and provides guidance on the company secretarial issues arising out of legislative changes, re-organisations and entity simplifications.

Ronan Deasy, Company Secretary, Kerry Group plc

Ronan qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte & Touche and joined Kerry Group in 1991. In a career with the organisation that has spanned over 28 years, he has worked in numerous senior financial roles in Kerry businesses across the globe, including America, Australia, Asia and Europe. He has also served as Head of Investor Relations for the organisation and, prior to his present role, was Group Financial Controller.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a graduate of University College Cork, Dublin City University and the Corporate Governance Institute.

He lives in Tralee with his wife Jane and daughter Rachel and has a keen interest in all sports, including rugby and golf.

Claire Dunwoody, Business Director, Robert Walters

Claire holds a First Class Honours Degree from the University of Ulster and a Master’s Degree from University College Dublin. After graduation, she began her recruitment career with a leading, executive search firm in Dublin. In March 2004, Claire joined Robert Walters, a global professional services recruitment firm. Since then, she has worked across Financial Services and Industry & Commerce, most notably in the placement of both Legal and Corporate Governance professionals.

Sulaiman Durrani, Regional Sales Director, Diligent

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Niall Fitzgerald, Head of Ethics and Governance Culture on Organisational Culture, Chartered Accountants Ireland

From SMEs to PLCs, Níall Fitzgerald has spent most of his career as a Chartered Accountant working and advising on many aspects of governance including compliance, risk and strategy. He is Head of Ethics and Governance in Chartered Accountants Ireland (@CharteredAccIrl) leading their advocacy and voice activities in relation to governance and business/professional ethics. He also leads the development of thought leadership resources in this area and in 2019 developed the "Concise Guide for Directors: A Five-Step Approach to Considering Organisational Culture”. Níall is also a judge for the good governance awards, a member of the governance and risk committee for Age Action and advises board members in the public, private and third sector on various aspects of governance.

Patrick Gallen, Partner, Grant Thornton

Patrick is the Partner leading Grant Thornton’s People and Change Consulting practice in Ireland. He has over 30 years of experience in People and Change, working right across Ireland, the UK and on a global basis.He specialises in delivering behavioural change through capability building, which can range from working on complex transformation projects right through to coaching senior Board members on a one-to-one basis. Patrick has deep cross-sectoral experience and his clients include large global banking and financial institutions, utility companies and well-known global brands in the food and drinks sector. His clients in the public and semi-state sector include Government Departments in the UK and Ireland, including Treasury and Finance Departments, Transport, Health and Utilities.

Brid Horan, Co-Chair, Balance for Better Business

Brid Horan has over twenty years’ board level experience, executive and non-executive. She is currently Co-Chair of the Government supported initiative to drive gender balance in business leadership, Balance for Better Business (@BalanceInBizIE). Other current roles include Chair Nephin Energy Ltd and Bank of Ireland Staff Pension Fund Trustees, DCU Governing Authority and Non Executive Director PM Group. Previous non executive roles included FBD Holdings plc, National Pensions Reserve Fund and IDA Ireland. Prior to her retirement in late 2014 she was Deputy Chief Executive ESB. She was a co-founder of the 30% Club Ireland and is a member of their Advisory Board.

Dr David McFadden, Legal Advisor, Companies Registration Office

David is a solicitor with 25 years of professional practice. He trained and worked in private practice before joining the Chief State Solicitor’s Office in 1997, working in the Criminal Division of that office. A short stint in the Revenue Solicitor’s Office specialising in prosecutorial work was followed by over 14 years as the solicitor and legal advisor to the Competition Authority. Whilst working at the Competition Authority, David personally lead the investigation into the Heating Oil Cartel. As lead investigator, David was responsible for planning the investigation, conducting searches of business premises, interviewing witnesses and suspects and gave evidence before two jury trials. This case resulted in the conviction on indictment of 18 companies and individuals for their part in a price fixing conspiracy. These were the first such convictions by jury trial in either Ireland or Europe. David has a Ph.D. in law from Trinity College and has published widely on legal subjects, including two books on Competition Law. David joined the Companies Registration Office in early 2015 in the run up to the commencement of the Companies Act 2014.

Jenny McGowran, Head of Corporate Services, Simmons & Simmons

Jenny is the Head of the Simmons & Simmons Corporate Services team in Dublin. Specialising in providing company secretarial services and best practice corporate governance advices, she has in-depth knowledge across a number of different sectors encompassing investment funds, management companies and corporate vehicles.

Specialising in dealing with asset management entities including UCITS management companies and AIFMs, and those that have been established as “Super ManCo” vehicles, Jenny has specific expertise with and their corresponding committees including audit, risk, investment and remuneration. Jenny also has in-depth experience dealing directly with the Central Bank – she has attended and minuted a number of Director PRISM interviews, and prepared Board minutes on the basis of these being submitted to the Central Bank for specific discussion points.

Jenny has completed the Certified Investment Fund Director programme and is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators – The Chartered Governance Institute. Jenny holds a Masters in International Business and a Degree in Management and Marketing from the Technological University of Dublin. Jenny is also a member of the CRO Stakeholder Forum and a Chartered Governance Institute committee member.

David McRedmond, CEO, An Post

David McRedmond was appointed Chief Executive Officer of An Post in October 2016. He has led the Company’s Transformation programme and return to financial stability, revenue growth and profit by taking big steps to fix the Company’s economics and by restructuring the Mails & Parcels and Retail business in line with a rapidly changing, digital marketplace. Recently, An Post was announced as the 2020 Irish Times Company of the Year and also the 2020 Business & Finance Company of the Year.

David is personally driving An Post’s Sustainability Charter, having positioned Climate Action, Decent Work, Sustainable Cities & Communities and Innovation & Partnerships – four of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals most pertinent to the global postal industry – at the centre of An Post’s business transformation strategy. An Post published its first Gender Pay Gap Report and Action Plan in October 2019, just one of its Decent Work initiatives.

David was previously CEO of TV3 which he transformed into a major Irish broadcaster, concluding with its sale to Liberty Global in December 2015. He was previously Commercial Director of Eircom and Managing Director of Eircom Enterprises. During his early career as a retail industry executive in the UK and USA, he held roles such as Operations Director of Waterstones and CEO of WH Smith Inc.

David was appointed chairman of Eir in 2018; he is a director of Premier Lotteries Ireland (the National Lottery) and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A native of Dublin, he holds a Masters Degree in Modern Irish History from University College Dublin.

James Meagher, Head of Compliance, Permanent, TSB

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Emer Mullen, CEO and Company Secretary, Sabeo

Emer Mullen is a founding member and COO/Company Secretary of the Sabeo Group.

Sabeo was initially established in 2000 as an Enterprise IT Reseller, Sabeo successfully developed an IT recruitment business and Sabeo is now a leading supplier of IT contract and Permanent resourcing solutions to clients in Ireland and the UK.

Emer lead the successful sale of Sabeo Technologies to Evros in July 2019.

Emer has over 30 years’ experience in the ICT industry, and in particular with the ICT services sector.

Emer spent four years with Guinness Ireland as an Accountant and after that, held a number of Management Accounting roles with IBM Ireland. For the next fourteen years, Emer worked for Cap Gemini Ireland as Financial Director and Company Secretary, managing the finance and business support teams.

Emer is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

Salvador Nash, President, The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland - Irish Region

Salvador Nash is a Director in KPMG Ireland and Head of its Company Secretarial practice, the largest provider of company secretarial services of any professional firm in Ireland. A Fellow of The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland, he is President of the Institute in Ireland and a member of its Governance & Nomination Committee. Salvador also represents the Institute on the Company Law Review Group, the statutory advisory expert body charged with advising the Irish Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation on the review and development of company law in Ireland. He is also Chair of its Corporate Governance Committee.

Efe Okome, Director, PwC Accounting Advisory Services

Efe is a Signing Director in the PwC Capital Markets Accounting Advisory Services team based in Dublin.

He has extensive practical experience in advising on complex financial reporting and accounting issues including transitioning companies to IFRS, Irish GAAP, group reorganisations and distributable profits.

Efe has spent over 20 years providing accounting and structuring advice and solutions to clients in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, financial services and energy sectors in Ireland, the UK and Nigeria.

Efe has also advised on the re-domiciliation of several companies with US SEC listings to Ireland. He brings practical, relevant and recent experience to assist companies identify and address the key issues arising including the impact on distributable profits, financial reporting requirements and the intricacies in the financial reporting processes for companies reporting under multiple accounting frameworks.

Shane O’Reilly, Director, KPMG Sustainable Futures

Shane is a Director within KPMG Sustainable Futures and leads the ESG & Sustainability service line. He has joined KPMG in 2020 from CRH plc where he was their Group Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Manager and has 20+ years experience of the global construction materials market. KPMG Sustainable Futures is a dedicated cross-functional team of experts who help corporates and public sector clients plan and execute programmes addressing ESG topics, decarbonisation and long-term value creation. Shane holds an MBA, MSC in Environmental Management and an BSc in Industrial and Environmental Chemistry.

Maureen O'Sullivan, Registrar, Companies Registration Office

Maureen O’Sullivan was appointed to the roles of Registrar of Companies and Registrar of Friendly Societies in March 2015.

Ms O’Sullivan joined the Department of Industry & Commerce in 1991 has served in the Department of the Taoiseach, the Competition Authority and the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation. She served in the Companies Registration Office and the company law area earlier in her career and subsequently in a number of senior roles in the Department in the Industrial Relations, Labour Market Policy, Human Resources and Workplace Relations areas. Until her appointment as Registrar Ms O’Sullivan was responsible for the implementation of the Workplace Relations Reform Programme which amalgamated five industrial relations and employment rights bodies into two.

Since her appointment as Registrar of Companies and Registrar of Friendly Societies, Maureen has overseen the implementation of the Companies Act 2014, the introduction of mandatory electronic filing for annual returns and the migration of the Registry of Friendly Societies to a new, modern IT platform with the option of electronic filing for the first time. The migration of the Companies and Business Names database to the new platform was completed in December 2020.

Maureen was appointed as the new Register of Beneficial Ownership of Companies and Co-Operatives in July 2019 and oversaw the opening of Register for filing on 29th July 2019.

Ms O’Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree, Certificates in Public Management and Public Sector Human Resources and a Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance.

Frank Satterwhite, Cyber Security Principal, 1600 Cyber

Founder and CEO of 1600 Cyber. Frank is a global cybersecurity expert and social influencer. Frank has and still leads the handling of cyber attacks and incidents that can cause geopolitical instability. For the majority of his career, he has held high-level security clearances for NATO and the Department of Defense, working in classified, Joint warfighting, and private sector environments in Europe.

Frank's formal training includes a Bachelors from UC Berkeley and his Master's in Cyber Security from George Mason's Engineering Program. He is an authorised ISACA Trainer, CISSP, CISM, CSX-P Boot Camp, and Cyber Resilience Instructor. His technical skills, experience, education, and training give him an advanced understanding of effective leadership in security programs and how to translate and communicate complex cybersecurity technical information to Senior Management.

Frank proudly founded 1600 Avenue a 501c3 non-profit based in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. This organisation, along with 1600 Music Group, partners with entertainment icons to inspire the next generation of cyber leaders and protect communities online.

Melissa Scully, Director and Corporate Governance Leader, Deloitte Ireland

Melissa is a Director within Deloitte’s Risk Advisory department, specialising in governance and sustainability. She has over 12 years’ experience advising Boards, c-suites and company secretaries on a range of topics to include: board effectiveness, governance, risk management, culture, crisis management and sustainability. Melissa’s clients include regulated financial services institutions, listed companies and public sector bodies. She has significant experience working in the financial services industry, supporting organisations with enhancing their governance arrangements and preparing for the Senior Executive Accountability Regime. In addition, Melissa am a regular speaker and contributor to thought leadership on the topics of governance and sustainability.

Paul Wallace, Senior Manager, PwC Tax Solutions Centre

Paul is a Director in the Tax Solutions Centre (TSC) within the PwC tax practice. The TSC is a centre of excellence in relation to all tax technical and structuring matters arising within the firm, as well as the central repository for knowledge arising from the firm's experience on a wide range of matters including tax authority interactions. The TSC works closely with the PwC tax practice to deliver services and solutions to clients which are robust from a technical perspective and which meet the commercial and practical requirements of PwC's clients.

Dr. Tom Ward, Senior Governance Specialist, IPA

Tom Ward is a Senior Governance Specialist with the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) with responsibility for developing and delivering governance services to a wide range of public bodies and non-profit entities, and promoting good governance. He co-manages the Governance Forum at the IPA. He re-joined the Institute in May 2017, having previously been a member of staff delivering governance, training and education services between 2006-2011. Prior to May 2017, Tom was a Senior Manager and Consultant at Crowe, managing and delivering a range of assignments in the areas of governance, strategy and organisational design. Prior to that, he held senior governance and strategy positions at the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA). Tom began his career as a Parliamentary Assistant in Seanad Éireann, where he was involved in legislative work, policy formulation, and speech writing.

Tom is an experienced trainer and lecturer, and is also Vice-Chairperson on the Board of Badminton Ireland, and an independent external member on the Audit & Risk Committee of the Commission for Regulation of Utilities.


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