UpcomingCorporate Governance Conference

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  • 15th June 2017
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm


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Single Delegate Price (€295 +23% VAT) €362.85 (EUR)  

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Venue Phone: 01 819 2300

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Croke Park, Jones' Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 3, Ireland


Public Affairs Ireland Conference on Corporate Governance

The new Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies



Thursday, 15 June 2017

Croke Park, Dublin 3

 Registration: 8am;
Conference begins: 9am;
Conference concludes: 1pm, followed by lunch.


The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe, TD, last year published a revised and updated Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies. It came into effect on 1 September 2016. This is the fourth version of the Code, coming 25 years after it was first introduced.


The Code promotes high standards of corporate governance in regulatory, commercial and non-commercial State bodies.

With enhanced public scrutiny, demand for accountability and transparency, the Code aims to ensure that both commercial and non-commercial State bodies meet the highest standards of corporate governance. It provides a framework for the application of best practice and is intended to take account of developments in respect of oversight, reporting requirements and the appointment of Board members. The Code is based on the underlying principles of good governance: accountability, transparency, probity and a focus on the sustainable success of the organisation over the longer term.

A balance has been struck in the updated Code between the need for strong accountability and the requirement to support the appropriate autonomy of the State body under the legal framework and the environment within which it operates.


Key themes

  • Values – Good governance supports a culture of behaviour with integrity and ethical values;
  • Purpose – Each body should be clear about its mandate with clearly defined roles and responsibilities;
  • Performance – Defined priorities and outcomes to achieve efficient use of resources resulting in the delivery of effective public services;
  • Developing Capacity – Appropriate balance of skills and knowledge within the organisation, to be updated as required.
  • Roles and relationships – the roles of Chair, members, CEO, relationships with parent Department, Minister, the Oireachtas


Who should attend

This conference will be invaluable to those working directly in State bodies or those in parent Departments involved in liaising with or managing relations with State bodies. This includes anyone working in or for commercial and non-commercial State bodies and regulatory bodies. It will also be of considerable interest to non-State bodies, such as NGOs and those in the voluntary healthcare sector.



Andy Cullen

Chair: Andy Cullen is a former Assistant Secretary in the Civil Service where his career focused mainly on cor­porate governance and regulation in the transport, energy and telecommunications sectors and strat­egy and investment in the public transport sector. He has extensive experience in dealing with State bodies and with the EU and international bodies, in­cluding serving for a period in Brussels with the Department of Foreign Affairs. Andy runs our course on Public Sector Corporate Governance.





Ian Drennan is the Director of Corporate Enforcement, having been appointed to that position by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation in August 2012. For the previous eight years, he was Chief Executive Officer and a Board member of the Irish Auditing & Accounting Supervisory Authority. He is a Fellow of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland.




Justin Moran is a Director at Mazars Ireland specalising in governance, risk management, internal audit and specialist reviews.




Fiona Tierney is CEO of the Public Appointments Service, the premier shared service provider of recruitment and selection services in the civil and public service in Ireland. Before joining PAS in April 2012, Fiona spent most of her career in eircom, where her final role was as Director of the Wholesale business. On leaving eircom in 2005, she spent a number of years with Hay Group, an international consulting firm specialising in people related issues. She applied that experience subsequently working with Aer Lingus on a transformation programme. Prior to taking up her current role, Fiona worked in executive search and selection. Educated in Trinity College and at UCD, in addition to her executive positions, Fiona is on the Board of the Irish Management Institute and of Trocaire. She is a member of the Institute of Directors and a supporter of the 30% Club.



Imelda Reynolds is a partner in Beauchamps Solicitors commercial property team and Chair of Beauchamps. Imelda’s practice areas straddle commercial property, governance and franchising.  In the commercial property area she specialises in retail, investment and development work.  In governance she advises a range of public bodies and public and private companies on all aspects of governance.  In franchising, she is consistently named, by peers and clients, as an expert in the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers and regularly writes and speaks on the topic. From 2001 to 2008 Imelda served as Beauchamps’ Managing Partner. From June 2012 to December 2014, she was a board member of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority and a member of its planning sub-committee. Imelda was a Council Member of Dublin Chamber of Commerce from 2003 to 2014 and was President of Dublin Chamber of Commerce for 2011.


Sean Fleming TD, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee. Sean was employed as the Financial Director of the Fianna Fáil Party at national level for a number of years. In 1997 Sean was elected as a Fianna Fáil T.D. to Dáil Eireann for Laois/Offaly. He was also elected a member of Laois County Council in 1999 and served there for over 4 years. Currently he is Chair of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, and is also a member of the Oireachtas Finance and Public Expenditure Committee and is the Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform.



Sean Quigley  is Head of Resource Management and a member of the Senior Management Team in the Courts Service. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Holds a Masters degree in Organisational Behaviour from Trinity College. He also holds postgraduate diplomas from the Smurfit Business School (UCD) in corporate governance, business and executive coaching and advanced business and executive coaching. He also holds a certificate in strategic leadership from Henley Management College.  Sean has over 30 years experience of operating at management and senior management levels across a number of large public sector organisations, including: Teagasc, Trinity College and the Courts Service.  He is a Board member of the Corporate Governance Association of Ireland and is a member of the Audit Committees in Tallaght Hospital and the National College of Art and Design.



Patrick Downes is Chair Emeritus of CGAI and Managing Partner of Lionheart Management Consultants. Prior to establishing the practice he was Director of Regulatory Affairs with Bord Na Mona plc. He has over 30 years of wide ranging experience at board level having served as Managing Director of a number of companies. Patrick has held the Chair of various organisations, including the Corporate Governance Association of Ireland. He has served on a number of boards in both the public and private sector. He has sat on The Irish Business Employers Confederation (IBEC) European Affairs and Greater Dublin committee’s and has been an advisor to The National Economic Social Council (NESC). Patrick holds a BA Hons, MBA and various post grad qualifications and is currently undertaking a PhD at National University of Ireland Galway where he has been appointed to their Alumni Board. He is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Royal Society. He holds memberships in the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), The Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI), and the Institute of Directors (IOD). He has Chaired a number of the committees of the Royal Dublin Society where he is a council member and has been appointed a Commissioner for Oaths.



This conference will be delivered in association with Mazars.