Governance Ireland 2024

Governance Ireland 2024 – Sustainability at the heart of governance


Time Session


Conference opens, registration and networking


Welcome & opening remarks
Nadine Conlon, President, Irish Region, The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland


Keynote address

Dr. Colin Hunt,
Chief Executive Officer, Allied Irish Bank


Sustainability Panel

Ann Shiels, 
Founder, FinLexSus
John MacNamara, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Bord na Móna

Aedin O'Leary,
Independent Non-Executive Director, Investment & ESG Consultant


A choice of breakout sessions:

1. Succession on Charity Boards

This session will explore some of the factors that charity boards should consider when thinking about succession planning.

  • Succession Planning as good governance practice
  • Prioritising Succession Planning & who should be involved
  • Practical steps in Succession Planning
  • Resources and further help 

    Mairead O'Connor, Skills Development Senior Manager, The Wheel


2.  Register of Beneficial Ownership

  • In November 2022, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down a ruling which resulted in a closedown of public access to the Central Registers of Beneficial Ownership in EU member states. The CJEU ruled that disclosure to the general public of the identity of a company’s beneficial owner was an unjustified interference with the owner’s fundamental rights, under the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. In this session, our speakers will explore the consequences of this ruling for designated persons, such as lawyers, accountants, chartered secretaries and others, who continue to enjoy access to the Registers.

      Elaine Nolan, Assistant Registrar, The Register of Beneficial Ownership
      Paul Egan SC, Of Counsel, Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

3. Sponsored Session - OnBoard
Managing Risk through your Governance Framework: Strategies for Effective Oversight


Networking tea and coffee break


Companies Registration Office

Maureen O’Sullivan,
Registrar, Companies Registration Office
David McFadden,  
Legal Advisor, Companies Registration Office

Jillian O'Sullivan, 
Partner - Corporate Compliance, Grant Thornton


Navigating AI in 2024: Confabulations, Confidentiality and Inference when using LLMs - a Governance perspective

Drew will delve into the fascinating world of Legal Language Models (LLMs). He will explore the intriguing phenomena of LLM hallucinations and confabulations, and discuss real-life cases that have made headlines due to the inappropriate or naive usage of LLMs in a legal context. The talk will shed light on the key risks associated with LLMs, and the techniques that are available to manage these. The second part of the talk will take a deep dive into the concept of ‘inference’, and how a better understanding of it can help some people overcome resistance to using LLMs. This talk is designed to equip professionals with the vocabulary and the knowledge to navigate the evolving landscape of LLMs, supporting safe and effective usage.


         Drew Winlaw, Partner & Global Large Language Model “LLM” Lead, Simmons &                   Simmons LLP


How to Sustain your Governance Career

This session will explore what it takes to sustain a rewarding and enjoyable career in governance with a focus on:

  • Strengths and development areas
  • Creating energy and impact
  • Resilience tips and techniques
  • Thinking about your next steps
  • Q&A

    Laura Higgins
    , Founder & Director, The CoSec Coach


Networking lunch


Afternoon Opening Session


SEAR Panel


Networking tea and coffee break


A choice of breakout sessions

1. Governance  - Gender Reporting


2. Cosec Technical Session 

3. Collective intelligence for governance professionals: building smarter organisations

Collective intelligence is what happens when you get teams thinking together, generating insights, and making smarter decisions than they could have done on their own. It’s a powerful capability that fuels great governance teams, boards, and entire organisations too.
In this session, we’ll explore what governance professionals can do to harness the collective intelligence of their teams and the boards they support. We’ll share the playbook that’s helping organisations of all shapes and sizes to put the theory into practice, and tips and tricks that will help you make lasting change.

We’ll explore:

  • Why smart people do not automatically make smart teams
  • The skills, tools, and practices that will help you harness the collective intelligence of your team and your board
  • How the collective intelligence playbook can help you add more value as a governance professional

Speaker: Jennifer Sundberg, co-CEO, Board Intelligence

Sponsored by: Board Intelligence


Closing Keynote

Niall Breslin, Inspiring mental health advocate & public speaker


Closing remarks

Nadine Conlon, President, Irish Region, The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland


Conference close

Drinks reception and networking until 19:00


Wednesday 22 May 2024


Printworks, Dublin Castle, Dublin


6 hours


Non-members €449.00
Professional subscribers €449.00
Members €399.00
Student €225.00

Terms & Conditions

Sign in and Book now

If you do not already have an account Create account and book now

Search CGI