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Former Vice President of FIFA to address governance issues at conference

05 May 2016

ICSA: The Governance Institute has announced that Jim Boyce, former Vice President of FIFA, will provide a personal perspective on the importance of increasing accountability and ensuring good governance in the world of sport when he speaks at ICSA’s annual conference in Dublin on 24 May 2016.

Conor Ryan, President of ICSA’s Irish Region says: “With sport increasingly under the microscope for doping, bribery and corruption we are delighted to have Jim Boyce providing a useful insight into what can go wrong when governance issues are ignored. Good governance is vital if sporting bodies are to achieve their objectives and be viable and effective, whether at grass roots level or more professionally. As FIFA knows only too well, governance failures can result in severe reputational damage, loss of sponsorship and intervention from external regulators.”

Other speakers due to appear at the conference, which is being held at the Ballsbridge Hotel, include:

  • PJ Timmins, Managing Director of The Alternative Board and former CEO of Clerys plc who will provide the keynote address
  • Simon Osborne, chief executive of ICSA: The Governance Institute, who will consider how the next generation of governance professionals can influence and shape development and practice
  • Jared Carstensen, Chief Information Security Officer, CRH plc, who will speak about the importance of proactive board oversight with regard to cyber security 
  • Niamh Boyle, Managing Director at The Reputations Agency, who will explore how companies can proactively measure, protect and manage corporate reputation
  • Dennis Tourish, Professor of Leadership and Organisation Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London who will consider how hubris and narcissism at board level can be prevented and how more effective relations between leaders and followers can be brought about.

There will also be workshops covering ‘Financial sector risk and compliance’ and ‘Career development for company secretaries’, as well as a panel discussion about how companies are managing to comply with the Act and the current challenges they face in executing the key provisions within it.

Places can be booked online here.


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Notes to Editors:


1      ICSA: The Governance Institute is the professional body for governance. We have members in all sectors and are required by our Royal Charter to lead ‘effective governance and efficient administration of commerce, industry and public affairs’. With 125 years’ experience, we work with regulators and policy makers to champion high standards of governance and provide qualifications, training and guidance.
Website: www.icsa.org.uk

2      ICSA Ireland is the representative body of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) in the Republic of Ireland. The Irish region is governed by its own Council and sub-committees representing all areas of business in which the members work. ICSA Ireland has approximately 600 members and 200 students with many of its members working in the corporate and professional services sectors.
Through its Council and sub-committees it provides a range of services to members and students, including the organisation of educational and social events. Council also makes representations and submissions to Government Departments and Governance Forums on behalf of the ICSA members.
Website: www.icsacharteredsecretaries.ie