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Annual Conference 2018 - May 25th - Castleknock Hotel



Audrey Carville - Chairperson


Audrey Carville
Radio & TV Broadcaster 

Edmond Scanlon Kerry Group

Edmond Scanlon
CEO, Kerry Group

Audrey Carville is an award winning broadcaster and is currently presenting Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio One.

Audrey has spent most of her 20 year career at the BBC- presenting news programmes for BBC World Service, Radio 4, 5Live & BBC Northern Ireland.

Since joining RTÉ Radio One in 2012, she has presented Drivetime, Late Debate, the Today programme and, now, Morning Ireland.

She is regarded as an expert on European politics and the Northern Ireland peace process.

She has won several awards, including the Celtic Film and Television Award and the Institute of Public Relations Award.

When not on air, Audrey says she loves eating and running -- in that order!

Edmond Scanlon was appointed Executive Director and Group CEO on 1 October 2017. Edmond joined Kerry’s graduate development programme in Ireland in 1996. He worked in Finance until his appointment as Vice President Finance, Supply Chain and Operations of Kerry’s Global Flavours Division in 2004.

In 2007, he was appointed Vice President Mergers & Acquisitions, Kerry Americas Region, before being appointed Global President Kerry Functional Ingredients & Actives in late 2008. In 2012, he was appointed President of Kerry China, prior to his appointment as President & CEO Kerry Asia-Pacific region in November 2013.

Kerry Group today is a world leader in Taste and Nutrition serving the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries and a leading consumer foods processing and marketing organisation in selected EU markets

Aidan Donnelly DAVY

Aidan Donnelly

Rachel Grimes IFAC

Rachel Grimes

Aidan has 23 years’ investment management experience. He joined Davy in 2005 and has worked as an analyst/fund manager for a range of global equity funds and is now responsible for the direct equity offering at Davy. 

Prior to joining Davy, he worked for AIB Investment Managers where he was a fund manager, specialising in large institutional portfolios of UK and US equities. 

Aidan holds an honours M.Sc. in Investment & Treasury from Dublin City University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) holder and registered stockbroker.

Rachel Grimes was appointed President in November 2016 after serving as Deputy President since 2014 and IFAC Board member since 2011. She was nominated by CPA Australia and Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA), now the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She is also a member of the Nominating Committee.

Ms. Grimes is currently Chief Financial Officer, Group Technology Finance at Westpac Group, a multinational financial services firm. Previous to this, Ms. Grimes was Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at Westpac. She has more than 25 years of experience across the financial services sector, working with Westpac and BT Financial Group as well as for PwC.

Ms. Grimes joined the ICAA in Australia in 1994 and advanced to Fellowship in 2002, before being appointed as a Director in 2006. Ms. Grimes was appointed President of ICAA in 2011. She also held the offices of ICAA State Chair of the New South Wales Regional Council in 2004. Ms. Grimes was Chair of the ICAA Executive Remuneration Committee, the ICAA Nominating Committee, and the Information and Communication Technology Sub-Committee. 

Verona Murphy, President, Irish Road Hauliers Association

Verona Murphy
President, Irish Road Hauliers Association

Patrick Flood DCU

Dr. Patrick Flood

Verona Murphy has been an International Haulage contractor for 25 years now, in the interim she had completed a 4 year law degree and achieved BA honours degree in 2010. 

This led her to join the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) to offer her support to their members with her new found knowledge. She spent her time on council of the IRHA organising a campaign to change the road tax regime on commercial vehicles and 5 years after joining the IRHA she was elected President ,giving her the opportunity to present  a budget proposal to Minister Michael Noonan which implemented in full the changes proposed by Ms Murphy & the IRHA .

In March 2017 was elected unopposed for another 2 year term at the helm and intends to be the ‘voice of Brexit’ on behalf of the haulier members of the IRHA .

Patrick Flood is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Co-Director of the Leadership and Talent Institute at Dublin City University. He holds the DCU Presidents award for both Teaching and Research.

Professor Flood is an expert on leadership development and change management. Author of many articles in top academic journals he also writes for practicing managers. Together with Yseult Freeney he is co-editor of the Wiley Encyclopaedia of Organisational Behaviour. At DCU he teaches on the leadership for growth programmes for Enterprise Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland, the MBA, MSc in HR Strategy and the MSc in Aviation Leadership. Other clients have included ESBI, ESB, Teagasc, Pernod Ricard, Intel, Adidas, Pirelli Tyres.

He received his PhD from the London School of Economics and holds a master’s degree from UCD. His education has benefited from the Fulbright Scholars programme, British Council FCO Programme, Irish Cement Limited, Louth County Council and the EU Human Capital and Mobility Programme

Brian Mac Namee UCD

Dr. Brian Mac Namee
University College Dublin 

John Carey U First Coaching

John Carey
U First Coaching

Dr. Brian Mac Namee received a BA (mod) and PhD in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin in 2000 and 2004 respectively. After a period working in industry as an R & D software engineer for Agilent Technologies, Brian joined the School of Computing at Dublin Institute of Technology as a lecturer in 2005. At DIT Brian co-founded the Applied Intelligence Researcher Centre and developed DIT's successful MSc in Computing (Data Analytics) programme. 

In 2015 Brian joined the UCD School of Computer Science as a lecturer where he is a Principal Investigator at the CeADAR centre and a Funded Investigator at the Insight centre. Brian's research focuses on machine learning, predictive analytics, data visualisation, and augmented reality. 

Brian has published extensively in machine learning, predictive analytics, and information visualisation - a recent highlight is the textbook "Fundamentals of Machine Learning for Predictive Data Analytics: Algorithms, Worked Examples and Case Studies" published with MIT Press in 2015. 

After a number of years in Senior Management both nationally and internationally, John established U-First Coaching and Development in 2002. Specialising in Performance Coaching, Mentoring and Professional Development for Individuals, Companies and Teams from multiple industries and sectors.

 Developing the skills and environments needed to maximise results in areas from Strategy to Sales Performance to Leadership Growth and Development. John recently helped a medical device Company go from start-up to being bought by a $23bn multinational within 26 months. His clients include Mercedes-Benz, Dell/EMC, Limerick Institute of Technology VW/Audi Ireland, Mincon, Keogh Ryan Tierney Accountants as well as other organisations of various sizes.

He also has vast experience in the sports arena where he has provided Performance Coaching expertise to many elite teams in a number of sports, winning Four world titles, Six All- Ireland Titles and 72 All-Star awards.

He is a graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland, Accredited Corporate Coach with the European Coaching Institute & a Master Mind Factor Coach

John also completed the Timoney / IESE Advanced Leadership Programme in 2017