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CPA Ireland: 90 Years Accounting for Business 


This years speakers include:

John Creedon can truly say that he has 'Rocked around the clock' for RTE Radio 1. He began his career with the national broadcaster in 1987 presenting the drivetime show, Music on the Move.

Creedon has also written and presented a range of TV documentaries including "City Life", "The Seven Wonders of Cork" and the music series "Jazz" which ran for four seasons on RTE 1. John's work has brought him to the Middle East, Africa, China, India The Arctic Circle and all over Europe and North America. His great passions include theatre, live music, travel, gardening, angling, natural history and following his beloved Cork City FC in the National League. In fact the Football Association of Ireland presented John with a special award for his contribution to Irish football.


Fayezul Choudhury became Chief Executive Officer of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) in February 2013. Mr. Choudhury was previously with the World Bank, where his last two assignments were as vice president, corporate finance and risk management; and controller and vice president, strategic planning and resource management. In this latter role he was the World Bank's spokesperson on global accounting and auditing issues. Mr. Choudhury started his career in 1974 with PriceWaterhouse in London, initially in public accounting and later management consulting. During his career with PriceWaterhouse, he spent three years in Nigeria, developing the consulting practice in the region.

Mr. Choudhury has an MA (Hons) in Engineering Science and Economics from the University of Oxford. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.


Ronan Lyons is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin. His areas of focus as an academic economist include long-run housing markets and sustainable and behavioural aspects of real estate markets. His doctoral thesis at Oxford was on the economics of Ireland’s property market bubble and crash, and Ronan worked previously as Economist to Ireland’s National Competitiveness Council and as Managing Consultant at IBM’s Global Centre for Economic Development. He is a frequent contributor to national and international media on the Irish economy and is author of the quarterly Daft.ie Reports on the housing market.


Sean Kelly MEP was first elected to the European Parliament in June 2009 for Ireland South, contributing to an historic victory for Fine Gael in the European Elections, polling 92,579 first preferences. He was re-elected to this position for a second term in May 2014.

In the European Parliament, he sits on the Industry, Research and Energy Committee and the International Trade Committee. He is a member of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Iran and the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Sean is a member of the EPP Group, the largest and most influential Group in the European Parliament. He is also Leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament; a role he was appointed to by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in August 2014.

An extremely active parliamentarian, he is consistently ranked amongst the top MEPs in terms of speaking time and questions in Parliament.

Sean Kelly was named Executive Chairman of the Irish Institute of Sport in July 2006. The Institute was founded following a key recommendation from the Athens Review, with the vision of providing World leading service provision to elite Irish athletes.


Michael Carey is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of ‘The Company of Food’

Michael is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of ‘The Company of Food’, a specialist food investment business with shareholdings held in East Coast Bakehouse, Valeo Food Group, Zaragoza Restaurant and a number of other private and public food related companies. He is CEO of East Coast Bakehouse and non-executive chairman of SW Restaurants Ltd.

He is also the current chairman of Bord Bia, as well as chairman of a number of its subsidary boards/commitees.

Michael is a non-executive director of Drury Porter Novelli PR, of Traidlinks (a private sector NGO with activities in East Africa), of the Soul of Haiti Foundation and a judge on the EY Entrepreneur of the Year. He is chairman of the Grow Dublin Tourism Alliance.


Louise Ryan is the Strategy & Insights Director at Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard whose portfolio of Irish Whiskey brands (Jameson, Powers, Paddy, Redbreast, Spot Range & Midleton) command almost 70% of global Irish Whiskey sales.  Louise started her career in 1996 in Mars Ireland, where over a 14 year period she held a number of sales and marketing roles, including the Commercial Director positions across the Food, Petcare, Confectionery & Ice Cream business units. She left Mars following the birth of her third daughter in 2009 and worked on a consultancy basis with a number of clients in the FMCG, Drinks, Retail and Healthcare industries before taking up her current role in 2012.  

Louise holds a Degree in Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters of Business Studies Degree from the University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.


Padraig McEneaney is CEO of Celtic Pure, a water bottling company he set up with his wife Pauline in 2000 in the garage of his family home in Monaghan as a part time venture.  Padraig had left school at the age of 16 to run the family farm but it didn’t last. Instead, he found a job at the local meat factory. Starting out as a general operative, he quickly worked his way up the ladder, eventually becoming the factory's top person for boning meat. In 1998, Padraig decided it was time to consider working for himself. Looking around for possible ideas, he realised that if he could bottle the natural spring water that he and his family had been enjoying for years, he might be able to turn what he knew to be a simple idea into a thriving business. And that's exactly what he did.


Today, Padraig operates from a state-of-the-art bottling facility just outside Carrickmacross where he employs 40 staff. This year, he will produce more than 35 million bottles of spring water and will see his turnover top the €5m mark.