Women in Finance Dublin, 12 - 13 September 2019, CCD Dublin
Journalist and Broadcaster
Co-Founder and Chairwoman @ Lean-In-Ireland
Minister Michael D’Arcy TD
Minister of State @ Department of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform
CEO @ DEPFA Bank
Director, EMEA Finance @ Google
Chief People Officer & Group Head of Corporate Resources @ Irish Life
Head of ACCA Ireland @ ACCA Global
Director, Head of Global Transaction Banking Operations & Technology Strategic Initiatives @ Deutsche Bank
Associate Director, Compliance, Funds & Operations @ Robert Walters
Vice President, Internal Audit, EMEA & LatAm @ MetLife
Director of Relationship Management @ Carne Group
Partner, Audit Financial Services @ KPMG
Partner @ EY
Managing Director, Head of Global Corporate Clients @ Rabobank Ireland
Founder @ Odd Socks
Partner @ Mason Hayes & Curran
Joint Managing Partner & Brexit Lead @ The Panel
Head of Banking and Credit @ Barclays Private Bank
Global Inclusion and Diversity Lead EMEA @ State Street International Ireland
Director @ SustainabilityWorks
Founder @ Pragmatica Coaching
Head of Inclusion and Diversity @ Amey
Founder @ ConfidentSpeak
Founder @ ElevateEdge
Alison Comyn is an IFTA-winning journalist and broadcaster, recently known as news anchor of Ireland Live and the face of UTV Ireland. A Drogheda native, she has presented numerous current affairs and entertainment programmes in the UK and Ireland with RTEĚ, BBC, Sky News Ireland and Channel 4, as well as covering for Joe Duffy on numerous occasions on Liveline on RTE Radio 1.
A graduate of Broadcast Journalism, following a stint with pioneering television presenter Janet Street Porter in London, in 1996, Alison became main news anchor for BBC Northern Ireland. Shortly after, she landed everyone's idea of a dream job in 1997, as she packed her suitcase and joined Jill Dando, Carol Smillie, Craig Doyle and a host of other experienced journalists on the flagship BBC1 travel show 'Holiday'.
Over the course of three years, Alison worked as a regular contributor to 'Holiday', 'Summer Holiday', 'Holiday on a Shoestring' and main presenter of 'Holidays in Style'.She also hosted popular programmes like ‘Songs of Praise’ and ‘King & the Kingdom’ for BBC1 and was a regular guest in ‘Dictionary Corner’ on Channel 4’s iconic Countdown .
She then went on to join the Travel Channel, and report for ‘Travel On...’ and present 'The Travel Bug' programmes. She also presented two seasons of cookery entertainment show ‘Pot Luck’ on RTE 1 and weekly topical quiz ‘Saints and Scholars’ on BBC NI. From 2006 to 2014,, she was a reporter and columnist with Drogheda Independent and a radio presenter and newsreader with LMFM and 4FM.
Alison has also been a reporter with Sky News Ireland, a regular contributor to ‘Four Live’ and ‘Today’ on RTE 1, and was shortlisted for Regional Journalist of the Year at the NNI Awards.She has worked on several advertising campaigns, most notably, the face of Bord Gais for three years, appearing in all television, radio, print and POS advertising.
With over 25 years in the media business, she also runs Alison Comyn Communications, training professionals in communications, media and presentation skills, and personal impact & branding. She regularly appears as a guest speaker, with topics including Making an Impact, Communicating with Confidence & Personal Branding.
Breda McCague is Co-Founder and Chairwoman of the Lean-In-Ireland organisation. Lean-In is an international organisation (founded by Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook.Inc) that empowers Women to achieve their ambitions. The Lean-In model is one of peer mentorship for members that form small circles/groups.
Breda mentors women, and men, coaching women in particular, in the areas of networking, realising their value and accelerating their career paths. She is extremely passionate about the nature of her work and is determined to ensure an even playing field exists for the female gender and their career paths.
Also a Transformational Change specialist, having worked in Financial Services for almost 20 years, Breda has driven, embedded and overseen extensive change programmes across a number of large financial institutions in Ireland and the UK. She specialises in Technical, Innovative and Cultural change.
Breda’s professional speaking style is often found to be focused but fun. She concentrates on the career gender divide and suggests ways of improving the current imbalance.
She shares many tips and tools for working Mums & Dads to manage a quality work life balance. She is a seasoned musician playing with two different bands, has spent 20 years in the Reserve Defence Forces having been the first female to be commissioned as an Officer in her unit. She is a full time worker, a Mum to three young boys, and enjoys networking & researching using social media platforms.
Michael D’Arcy is Fine Gael TD for Wexford and in June 2017 was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance.
Michael D’Arcy was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 2007. He served as a Senator from 2011 to 2016 where he was appointed the Government Spokesperson on Finance in the Seanad and served on the Oireachtas Banking Enquiry.
He is a graduate of University of London.
Fiona Flannery is CEO of DEPFA Bank, where she is responsible for deleveraging the bank’s balance sheets and implementing a change management programme for the DEPFA Group. Fiona is a senior banker and leader with over 25 years’ experience in the finance industry across a broad range of risk and strategic functions. She has held several senior positions within DEPFA and previously worked at PFIZER International Bank Europe and IIB Bank.
Fiona holds a degree in Mathematics and English from National University of Ireland, Galway, and a Master’s in Business from UCD Smurfit Business School. She also holds a Certified Diploma in Accounting & Finance from ACCA and is a Chartered Director.
Fiona is a passionate supporter of the charity CRMF and works with the foundation to raise funds for paediatric research.
Liz Cunningham is EMEA Finance Director at Google. In this role she is responsible for developing the strategic direction and future growth of the company as it relates to finance, investment and tax planning for over 100 entities across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Liz sits on the Google Ireland Ltd board as well as the boards of Alphabet entities in Ireland. She also leads the EMEA Finance Leadership Team with responsibility for risk, compliance and culture. Liz is an active member of the Google Ireland leadership team where she contributes to numerous site wide initiatives such as holding the position of Executive Lead for the local Women@ chapter and Executive Sponsor of Dublin Business Development.
Liz joined Google in 2009. Starting out as a tax trainee with Arthur Andersen (and later KPMG), she was admitted as a Chartered Accountant Ireland member in 1997 and subsequently as a member of the Irish Taxation Institute in 1998. Liz is a graduate of DCU holding a First Class Honours degree in Accounting and Finance and a Masters Degree in Accounting.
Liz is married to Brian and has three children (twins Hugh and Petra, and big sister Claudia).
Simone is a global HR leader with extensive experience challenging the status quo of women in leadership in financial services. She has brought this global perspective to Ireland and passionately drives the gender equality movement here. At Irish Life Group she has taken a root to branch approach to addressing all forms of bias and leading on necessary change. She has introduced companywide unconscious bias training, mentoring programmes for all employees but with a particular focus on developing female talent. Simone has also championed real and meaningful change by leading the introduction of ‘6 Reasons to Smile’ – enhancements to Irish Life Group’s best in market leave policies. Simone strives to support every employee at every point of their lives, no matter how life shapes them.
Caitriona Allis is Head of ACCA Ireland and is responsible for the strategic development of the professional body in Ireland and in supporting ACCA’s 11,000 students and 12,000 members. She works closely with her stakeholders in Ireland - students, members, employers, learning providers, schools, universities and the local government to develop the accounting profession and grow the talent pipeline to support Ireland’s economy. Caitriona is an Accountant and a graduate of University College Dublin. She previously worked with Mazars and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Mary is an Operations professional with 16 years of experience across the retail and banking industries. In both sectors, she has demonstrated the ability to set-up greenfield operations and transform organisations.
Mary has spent the past 13 years in banking working in Dublin, Frankfurt, and New York. In her current role as head of Strategic Initiatives, Mary is responsible for driving the execution of large-scale change programs within Deutsche Bank’s Transaction Banking Operations & Technology units globally.
Mary graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and holds post graduate degrees from University College Dublin’s Smurfit School of Business and Columbia University, New York. Mary is married and a proud mum to two girls, Ailis and Doireann. In her spare time, she enjoys singing with Dublin’s The Line-Up choir.
Claire holds a Master’s Degree from University College Dublin. After graduation, she began her recruitment career with a leading, global executive search firm in Dublin. In 2004, Claire moved to Robert Walters PLC, a global, specialist professional recruitment consultancy. Over the last 33 years, Robert Walters has grown and now operates across 30 countries and employs over 4,100 people. As Associate Director, Claire oversees the Compliance, Legal and Funds Operations Divisions of the Dublin office. The Robert Walters Group has a dedicated program aimed at diversity and inclusion within the workplace, which includes research papers, events, advice and guidance on a range of topics for employers and employees on how to empower women in the workplace. Our female-led team in Ireland aims to connect female professionals and provide information and advice to help them achieve career success.
Jen McCarthy, is the Head of Internal Audit for MetLife Inc.’s EMEA and LatAm regions. In this role, Jen oversees all regional audit activities and serves as the primary point of audit contact to regional executive business management. Jen is a member of the global Internal Audit Senior Leadership Team (SLT), and the EMEA SLT.
At MetLife, Jen is the executive sponsor for the Dublin WBN and currently sits on the Dublin GLAM (LGBT) and Diverse Abilities committees.
Jen holds an MBA from Trinity College Dublin and is a Chartered Accountant.
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Darina is a partner with KPMG since 1999 having joined KPMG over 30 years ago.
She is a graduate of University College Galway and also University College Dublin and is qualified chartered accountant.
Over the years she has lead many teams in KPMG including their Asset Management sector for over 10 years and the Financial Services practice in Ireland for the following 6 years.
Darina chairs KPMG’s Diversity and Inclusion group. In the wider KPMG network she is a member of KPMG European Leadership for Financial Services.
In addition to KPMG teams Darina has held various positions in Irish and European Funds Industry including ESMA.
She is also a Steering Committee member of the 30percent club in Ireland.
Darina is married to James and they have 4 children. She and her family support many charities and in particular UNICEF.
Lisa is EY’s Leader of Regulated Funds for Ireland and is our EMEIA ETF Leader. Her client base consists of investment managers, administrators, regulated and alternative funds, to which she provides assurance services, regulatory advice and SOC1 reporting.
Lisa holds a first class honours degree in Pure Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, from which she holds a practicing certificate. She has over 20 years’ experience in audit and advisory services to the financial services industry.
Lisa is a member of the Irish Funds Council. She also leads the Irish Funds (IF’s) ETF working group and is an active member of IF’s UCITS committee and events working groups. She frequently writes articles and speaks at industry events about a wide range of topics.
Fiona Egan is currently Managing Director - Head of Global Corporate Clients, Rabobank Ireland as well as Deputy Head - Global Corporate Clients, Europe. She is an experienced Senior Banker and Leader working in Rabobank for 14 yrs. Prior to joining Rabobank, Fiona worked in Goodbody Corporate Finance for 7 years after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. Ms. Egan also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin.
Fiona has completed several Leadership Development Programmes in business schools in Europe and the US including Harvard Business School, Chicago Booth, Ashridge Business School, London and IESE Business School in Barcelona.
Eibhlin Johnston has thirty years’ financial services experience. She left JP Morgan in 2018 to establish her consultancy business and now provides a range of services from strategic projects to business development and Leadership coaching. Eibhlin has been exploring Leadership styles with a number of international trainers and coaches. She believes that true leadership happens in the split second before thought and thinking takes over. She launched Odd Socks in May 2019. Odd Socks is a range of initiatives designed to prolong the split second - Odd socks Mentoring (Reverse Mentoring), Odd Socks Leadership and Odd Socks Works - challenging the way we work and the Busy concept; disrupting the normal. Her first book, Gut Throat Leadership is due to be published in Autumn 2019.
Sinéad is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation Department of Mason Hayes & Curran.
She works primarily with financial services clients to prevent, work through and resolve disputes and regulatory issues.
She advises financial institutions and private equity funds on issues arising in the enforcement of security, corporate restructuring and regulation. Sinéad advises domestic institutions in the context of their deleveraging programmes and real estate funds in their acquisition and subsequent work out of distressed debt. She also has broad expertise in resolving corporate and contractual disputes, helping clients identify and minimise risk.
Anne Keys (Managing Partner) joined The Panel in 1997.
Anne leads The Panel’s executive search in FS and is uniquely placed to assist in hiring executives and board members.
Anne works with several new Brexit lead firms coming into Ireland. She provides advice on talent landscape and sourcing high calibre candidates for PCF approved roles. Anne has spoken in London to Asset Managers moving to Ireland and is seen as a key recruitment advisor.
Anne was instrumental in the set up and launch of 100 Women in Finance in Ireland and is a member of the steering committee in Dublin.
Christina started her career as a graduate with Barclays in London in 2007. After several years as a foreign exchange sales-trader she took on the role as Head of FX Execution for Barclays Private Bank UK & Channel Islands.
After 12 years in the UK Christina has now returned to Dublin to take on the position as Head of Banking and Credit for Barclays Private Bank European HQ in Ireland.
Christina graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Commerce from UCD and holds a First Class Honours Masters in Finance from the Michael Smurfit School of Business, UCD.
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Laura is passionate about highlighting the key role that the financial sector must play in mobilising finance to tackle climate change and other global sustainability challenges. She has in-depth knowledge of the global and Irish sustainable finance policy and market landscape. She speaks, writes and advises on a broad range of sustainable finance topics, including responsible investment, energy efficiency finance and renewable energy finance. She also devises and develops ideas around using finance as a tool to drive citizen engagement on climate action in Ireland. A Chartered Tax Adviser and a Chartered Accountant, she has over 20 years experience across practice and industry.
Rosemarie Wilson is a Global Mindset & Leadership Coach, Speaker, Mentor and the founder of Pragmatica Coaching, a Coaching & Training Company.
Rosemarie’s background stems from Oil & Gas, with over 20 years experience in FinTech & Change Management. A certified Coach, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and professional member of the Association for Coaching, Rosemarie works one to one with women to build self-confidence from a place of values and authenticity, which enables them to nurture their talent and better enjoy their success. She is a workshop facilitator and speaks on moving past ‘Imposter Syndrome’ and developing Emotional Intelligence.
Coral has worked in equality, diversity and inclusion for over 15 years. She works for Amey, a national infrastructure company employing 19,000 people, where she leads Inclusion, working to make inclusion business. Amey have won multiple awards for their inclusion work. Coral is the Inclusive Companies Head of Diversity and Inclusion of the year.
Olivia is founder of ConfidentSpeak, a specialist Voice, Communications and Executive Coaching organisation working internationally. She is a professional voice and executive presence coach and professional speaker.
She is uniquely qualified to understand the challenges faced by women in business and finance in relation to engaging and influencing listeners. Her career began in the technology and banking world, before she found herself “treading the boards” of London’s prestigious Central School of Speech & Drama (an unusual side step!). She returned to the corporate world where ConfidentSpeak with born.
Her passion has always been coaching executives to build authentic presence, confidence and credibility to achieve the results they want. She does this by using time-honoured performance techniques, used by the world’s most respected performers honed for the business executive, with carefully developed communications and executive coaching tools.
Today ConfidentSpeak works globally with many household names (incl. Salesforce.com, KPMG, Temenos Group, Google, Blizzard Entertainment, Stryker Medical Inc., Symantec). Her sessions are practical, engaging (a few laughs along the way!) but grounded in relevance for an audience she knows well.
Anne Caulfield is an Accredited Executive Coach, with a background of 20 years’ international business experience in corporate, working for blue chip companies in the IT, Healthcare and Telco industries, within Strategic Sourcing and Procurement.
Anne is the founder of ElevateEdge Coaching & Consulting Ltd, coaching senior executives and business leaders in blue chip companies, financial services, SME’s and Third Level Educational bodies.
Anne supports professionals to develop their influence and authority in their business and careers through Leadership Development, Executive Coaching and Career Coaching. This is delivered though one-to-one coaching, workshops and masterclasses.
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