Chair: Sile O'Donnell
Chair: Sile O'Donnell

HR & Training Consultant and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Trinity College Dublin.

    Sile O’Donnell is a HR consultant, Training Associate with PAI and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Trinity College Dublin. She has over 26 years experience of designing and delivering best practice HR programmes and policies across the public sector. She is currently working with a number of large public sector organisations in designing and implementing talent management strategies with a particular focus on workforce planning, recruitment, wellbeing, equality and diversity. She was Director of HR in the Eastern Regional Health Authority for five years and an Assistant National Director of HR in the HSE for five years.

     

    Keynote Speaker: Shirley Comerford
    Keynote Speaker: Shirley Comerford

    Chief Executive Officer, Public Appointment Service

      Shirley Comerford is an experienced HR executive with significant senior management experience working effectively in both operational and strategic roles across a range of sectors. She has spent a number of years in Australia working in the Education and Healthcare sectors.

      In her previous role as Head of Strategic Human Resources in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER), she is credited with professionalising the Department’s HR function and devising and implementing the HR Strategy, People @ PER, which is seen as an exemplar in terms of engaging staff in the reform agenda across the Civil & Public Service.

      Shirley is a champion of diversity and inclusion and has strongly believed in investing in staff development over the course of her career, she has successfully delivered major change initiatives, organizational structural design programmers and has implemented HR Strategies which have increased the capability and capacity of large complex organizations. She has a track record of successfully delivering transformational change through collaboration and negotiation with various key stakeholders.

      She holds a degree in Human Resource Management, Professional Diploma’s in both Corporate Governance and Strategy, Innovation & Change from the UCD Smurfit School and is a qualified Organisation and Workplace Mediator.

      Ms Comerford is currently, since August 2018, the Chief Executive Officer , of the Public Appointments Service .This independent office provides a recruitment and selection service to the civil and public service of Ireland.

       

      Alison Macintyre
      Alison Macintyre

      Senior Consultant with Deloitte’s Human Capital Management Team

        Alison is a Senior Consultant with Deloitte’s Human Capital Management team, specifically aligned to the Organisational Transformation & Talent service area. Alison has over 4 years’ experience with the firm and began her career as a business technology analyst supporting Federal Health clients in Washington, D.C. Alison moved to Dublin last May and is currently leading a change program for a global finance transformation program.

         

        Siobhan Gaffey
        Siobhan Gaffey

        Head of One Learning, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

          Siobhan is a highly accomplished professional, with Senior HR management experience in HR Shared Services and Learning and Development both internationally and nationally and in the public and private sector. Siobhan is a graduate of Dublin City University and NUI Maynooth with qualifications in International Relations, HR Management, Information Technology, English & Geography.

          Prior to working in the Irish Civil Service, Siobhan held various positions in Intel including, Head of Intel University and Head of HR Shared Services, both for the Greater European region. She also worked in Hertz European Service Centre as European HR Shared Services Manager.

          Passionate about HR transformation, Siobhan was appointed the first Head of the Irish Civil Service HR and Pensions Shared Services Centre.

          She is currently Head of OneLearning, the new Irish Civil Service Learning and Development Centre. OneLearning are responsible for all core training across the Civil Service.

           

          Cathy Barron
          Cathy Barron

          Principal Officer, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform


            Cathy is a career civil servant with significant experience in HR policy and operational management roles. She is a graduate of Dublin City University with a Master’s Degree in HR Strategies.

            Based in the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform, she is a member of the Civil Service HR Division Management Team with responsibility for Leadership, Performance and Talent Development for the Irish civil service. She is also responsible for the roll-out and ongoing development of the Senior Public Service Leadership Development Strategy, which includes the provision of tailored learning and development and networking events, executive coaching and mentoring supports for Senior Public Service members

            Prior to taking on her current role, Cathy worked in the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection as HR Manager, Training Manager, and in a number of operational manager roles.

             

            Patricia Murray
            Patricia Murray

            Organisational Psychologist at the Health and Safety Authority


              Patricia is the professional Work and Organisational Psychologist (W/O psyche) at the Health and Safety Authority with responsibility for the workplace mental health and wellbeing aspects of the Programme of Work there. She joined the Authority 19 years ago and was the first incumbent into the newly developed role so she set up various schemes and systems and now leads HSA initiatives for the improvement of workplace systems for increased employee well-being, stress reduction, bullying resolution, mental health promotion and increased safety behavior, using evidence-based insights from data and trends.

              She provides expertise on behalf of the HSA, to various national and EU bodies. She received a post graduate qualification in Data Analytics (NCI) in 2015 and this helps in her research report oversight work for the Authority, one of which will be the focus of today’s presentation. Previously a feature writer for the Irish Press Group, (1987-1995) she communicates regularly on psychology-based themes in the national media, both print and broadcasting.

               

              Dave A. Barry
              Dave A. Barry

              Chartered FCIPD

                A graduate of UCC in HR and French & Economics, after initial customer service and finance roles in the travel and retail sectors, Dave joined Eli Lilly in February 1999 for thirteen years across HR, Lean Six Sigma/Organization Development and Finance at three Cork locations with close US and European links.

                Keen to lead in other sectors, Dave left Lilly in October 2011 and after an interim HR Self-Service project role with Telefonica in Dublin, he joined global cybersecurity organization Trend Micro in Cork in March 2013 as Head of HR – Ireland and interim Southern Europe.

                Passionate about culture, strategy and people and part-time lecturing in UCC on related topics since June 2015, Dave moved on from Trend in October 2016 to actively-pursue management consulting opportunities specifically-focused on these areas, initially as Director Talent & Transformation at Fastnet – The Talent Group prior to establishing Conexion.ie in October 2018.