Now that the dust is starting to settle from a busy period of implementation from the Companies Act, we took this opportunity to look at a number of new and emerging governance, risk and leadership topics which are reshaping the work of the company secretary.
Investors, regulators and the media have increased the pressure on companies over the past few years to invest and demonstrate good governance within their organisations. Despite this, high profile corporate failings as a consequence of poor leadership, self-serving corporate cultures and unethical business practices continue to hit the headlines in Ireland and across the world.
The conference used real world examples from a variety of sectors to learn how financial and reputational damage could have been averted.
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|08:45||Conference opens - Registration and tea/coffee|
Conor Ryan FCIS, President, ICSA Ireland
|09.35||Opening address: ICSA 125|
|125 years on from when the Institute was first formed, we look at how we can continue to lead the way on governance best practice. With a bright future ahead, the focus shifts to the next generation of governance professionals and how they can influence and shape development and practice.
Simon Osborne, Chief Executive, ICSA
PJ Timmins, Managing Director, The Alternative Board and former CEO, Clerys plc
|Cybercrime is now a major industry posing significant threats to organisations worldwide. Boards, company secretaries and audit committees have been firmly challenged to ensure that cyber risks are being adequately addressed within their organisations. But what do they really need to know? Using real-world examples and non-technical terms, this session will focus on how to shape effective security practices.
Jared Carstensen, Chief Information Security Officer, CRH plc
|11.10||Managing risk and reputation|
|Organisations with strong reputations consistently outperform those that don’t. This session will explore the main drivers that build good reputations, how companies can reduce their reputational risk exposure and how to proactively measure, protect and manage your corporate reputation.
Niamh Boyle, Managing Director, The Reputations Agency
|11.50||Dysfunctional leadership in organisations|
|Hubris and narcissism at board level has been the downfall of many an organisation. As demonstrated by the excessive pay controversy of the Irish Farmers Association, it can destroy people, and bankrupt or discredit the organisation. We look at what causes this behaviour, what can be done to prevent it and how to engender more effective relationships between leaders and followers.
Dennis Tourish, Professor of Leadership and Organisation Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London
|13.30||Professional Development Workshops|
|A Choice of the following:
Career development for company secretaries
Is your job taking you in the right direction? Are you on track reach your long-term career aspirations? In this interactive session, our speaker explores how company secretaries and governance professionals can make more of their current roles and how to overcome the barriers that might prevent them moving their career forward.
Valerie Teller, Independent Career Coach
Financial sector risk and compliance
Workshop led by Mark Burke, Head of Risk and Compliance, Mediolanum Irish Operations
|The integrity of sport now faces significant challenges due to a number of recent high profile scandals. With global events like the Olympics and the World Cup held to even higher standards, we get a personal perspective on the importance of increasing accountability and ensuring good governance in the world of sport.
Jim Boyce, former Vice President, FIFA
|15.20||Directors’ Duties Update|
|In this brief introduction to our panel discussion, we focus on the legal duties of company directors under the Companies Act and examine the impact of the changes so far.
Kevin Prendergast, ODCE
|15.35||Panel discussion: The Companies Act – one year on|
|With the transition period for the Companies Act 2014 due to end in December 2016, we take this opportunity to discuss the progress so far in implementing this highly significant piece of legislation reforming Irish Company Law. How are companies managing compliance with the Act and what are the current challenges in executing the key provisions within it?
Maureen O’Sullivan, Registrar of Companies
Ruairi Cosgrove, PwC
Sal Nash, KPMG
Conor Sweeney, CLS Chartered Secretaries
Kevin Prendergast, ODCE
|16:15||Closing words, followed by networking drinks|
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With 6,000 students and over 60,000 alumni, the Ulster University Business School is one of the largest business schools in Britain and Ireland.
MinutePad allows Board members to improve preparation for regular governance meetings by providing safe, controlled and instant access to Board documents within a secure environment.
KPMG is a leading provider of professional services in Ireland working with clients in all sectors of Irish business, providing a range of Audit, Tax and Advisory services.
To be confirmed
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‘The best conference I’ve attended in a number of years’
Jacqui Conroy, Company Secretary, Eircom
‘Excellent. Very open, collaborative atmosphere. Speakers were inspiring’
Norma O’Sullivan, Solicitor, KPMG
‘Workshops very helpful and practical’
Deborah O’Kane, Manger - Company Secretarial Services, EY