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Industry Matters Conference 2018



Jim Power

Jim Power
BA, M.Econ.Sc 

Maureen Kelly
CPA Ireland

Jim Power is a graduate of University College, Dublin with a BA in Economics & Politics, and a Master of Economic Science Degree.  During a career within the financial services industry, he has worked as Treasury Economist at AIB Group and Chief Economist at Bank of Ireland Group Treasury and Friends First Group.

He has taught Financial Management to under-graduates in Dublin City University; Economics on the Local Government MBA at Dublin City University and Business Economics on the Executive MBA and the Full Time MBA at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin. In September 2014, he will teach Business Economics on the Full Time MSc Management at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin.

He writes regular columns in both The Examiner and The Sunday Business Post online edition and contributes to numerous other newspapers and magazines on an occasional basis. He is also a frequent contributor to radio and TV on a variety of different shows.

He is a board member of Agri-Aware, the food awareness body and is Chairperson of Love Irish Food.

He is editor of Friends First regular ‘Economic Outlook’, which has become established as one of Ireland’s leading commentaries on the Irish economy.  

Maureen Kelly CPA, is Knowledge Manager of CPA Ireland.  Maureen provides technical support to CPA members directly and through Institute publications.  She also manages the design and development of courses such as Certified Tax Adviser (CTax), Diploma in US GAAP, Companies Act 2014, FRS102 Certificate and the first PIP Training for Accountants in Ireland.  She is Technical Adviser to the Accountancy Plus journal, editor of the monthly eBulletin and was the Technical Reviewer of the CPA A new Era for Irish & UK GAAP A quick reference guide to FRS102”. Since 2012 Maureen has lectured on financial reporting standards, company and charity law and audit in Ireland and abroad. Maureen is a qualified CPA and holds Certificates in Safety & Health at Work from UCD and Training and Continuing Education from NUI Maynooth. Previously Maureen held the position of the Head of Finance & Operations of the National Women’s Council of Ireland. Prior to this Maureen worked for 10 years as Financial Controller in the Charity Sector.

Robert Whelan
Rockwell Financial Services

Derek McKay Adare HRM

Derek McKay
Adare HRM

Robert Whelan is Managing Director by title but a Wealth Manager by profession who works with Business Owners, Senior Executives and Professionals to help them achieve their financial goals. Robert has built his career on a core principal that what is good for his clients is good for his business. He started Rockwell as a one-person practice in May 2013 and today they have 11 employees. Their sister company Rockwell Mortgages won Best Mortgage Broker at the 2016 MoneyMate awards. He holds a BComm from UCD and has attained QFA, RPA (Retirement) and SIA (Investment) post graduate qualifications.

Derek is an accomplished Senior Employment Law and Human Resource Management Practitioner, with a wide range of experience in Employee and Industrial Relations.

Derek’s role of Managing Director of Adare Human Resource Management involves overseeing the HR and Employment Law support services provided to a portfolio of clients across a wide range of sectors by the team of consultants within Adare Human Resource Management. Derek regularly speaks at seminars for companies and associations throughout the country on HR and Employment related topics and contributes to numerous publications in this area also.

Derek has brought a wealth of experience to Adare Human Resource Management clients in all aspects of HR and Employment Law, capitalising on his earlier HR career within the private sector working within large organisations. His specialties include Employment Law, HR Management, and Performance Management.

Jerry Meredith, 
Irish Freight Transport Accoc.

Kathryn Byrne
Your Image Matters

Bio coming soon

Kathryn has over 20 years experience working with clients within the private and corporate sector helping them to enhance their image.

Kathryn’s expertise, knowledge and understanding for the fashion business are her legacy handed down from her family before her, who were tailors. Therefore, her natural progression was to embark on a career in this business, which is inherent in her. She began her career as a fashion designer specialising in exclusive wedding and formal wear.

Through working with clients and listening to their individual needs she soon realised a wider spectrum of people needed guidance with their personal image, giving them the self-knowledge, which in turn improved their self esteem and confidence. In short, ‘the feel good factor’, that we all deserve.

Moving into the area of ‘Image Management’, she became one of the first image consultants in Ireland, receiving her initial training with Colour me Beautiful (Top image consultants in Europe) and further studying in London, Paris and Milan. With her passion and enthusiasm for this industry she invests time and energy constantly updating her knowledge, keeping her at the forefront of what’s out there.

Kathryn’s approach goes beyond the visual aspect of a person’s appearance. She invests time and energy helping each client to discover and then define their own authentic appropriate image.

Justin O'Gorman
JDM Financial Services

Tom Murray
Friel Stafford

Justin O’Gorman has worked in the Financial Services Industry since 1988 and is a Qualified Financial Adviser (QFA) and a Retirement Planning Adviser (RPA). He also holds the APA in both Personal and Commercial Insurance. 

Justin has worked in a number of financial institutions over the years and is presently the Director of Financial Services for JDM Financial Services, a position he has held since 2012. 

Justin believes in calling a spade a spade and this is borne out in his presentations where he looks at the financial world from a different angle than others in his field”.

Tom Murray has over 20 years experience in accounting and business roles. Before moving into Corporate Recovery and Insolvency with Friel Stafford in 2003, Tom developed wide ranging experience in finance roles with a number of leading financial institutions in a number of diverse areas including Corporate Treasury, Corporate Finance and Corporate Accounting.

He is one of Ireland’s most experienced corporate recovery and turnaround practitioners and was one of the first Personal Insolvency Practitioners licensed in Ireland.

He also is an experienced Corporate Financier with particular interest and expertise in the area of equity and debt fund raising, and the buying and selling of businesses.

He has extensive experience of all areas of Litigation Support and Expert witness. He has worked with private clients, SMEs, national companies, multi-nationals, county councils and various Government and Regulatory agencies in defending and bringing proceedings.

He is also a member of CPA Ireland, has a diploma in Forensic Accounting and is a Certified Mediator. He is authorised to act as a Personal Insolvency Practitioner by the Insolvency Service of Ireland.