Fons Trompenaars

Fons TrompenaarsFons’ message to you:

“Despite the global recession, or even because of it, leaders in every industry and in every part of the world need to move away from retrenchment towards a vision of sustained growth, with innovation as the primary route to that growth. Innovation needs to regain its central place in corporate life.”

Much has been written about creativity and innovation, and there are plenty of books about corporate culture and innovation in organisations. Trompenaars latest book ‘Innovating in a Global Crisis’ brings all these ideas together. He brilliantly reconnects people, teams and organisations to create constant renewal of talent and motivation. Read More

David Collings

David Collings - Professor of HRM at Dublin City University Business SchoolDavid Collings is Professor of HRM at Dublin City University Business School in Ireland where he is co-director of the Leadership and Talent Institute. Prior to joining DCU, David Collings held faculty positions at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the University of Sheffield. In 2017 he was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School and he has also held visiting positions at King’s College London and Nanyang Business School in Singapore.

He is a leading international expert on talent management and global mobility. His work focuses on how organisations can develop more strategic approaches to managing talent and delivering sustainable performance. His current research explores issues such as the shifting nature of employment and managing performance in organisations. He is a regular speaker at corporate events and his recent speaking and consulting engagements include organisations such as the Bank of Ireland, the Danish Confederation of Industry, EADS Airbus, Enterprise Ireland, GE, Intel, KPMG, Medtronic, Novartis and Stryker. He has been named as one of the most influential thinkers in the field of HR for four consecutive years by HR Magazine (2014-2017). He has published numerous papers in leading international outlets and seven books and his work is regularly cited in media and other outlets. His most recent project, The Oxford Handbook of Talent Management with Wayne Cascio and Kamel Mellahi published 2017.

Collings is Deputy Editor, HRM and talent management, at the Journal of World Business and former joint editor of the Human Resource Management Journal. He is also permanent chair of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management’s workshop on talent management.

Twitter @collingsdg.

Helen Tynan

Helen TynanHelen Tynan is Director of People Operations for Google in Ireland.  Google employs over 7,000 people in Ireland between direct employees and contractor staff.  Helen heads up People Operations (aka HR) – a team with ~200 employees.  She also acts as a HR Business Partner for the Global Advisory Functions with 1500+ employees across EMEA.

Helen joined Google in 2010, with 20+ years prior experience in senior HR positions with multinational companies such as Dell, Oracle, General Electric, Creative Labs and Amdahl-Fujitsu.  Helen has a varied educational background – having studied Education & French, before moving into Computer Science, and then finally finding her true calling when studying Human Resources.  Originally from Cork (the true capital of Ireland!), in her spare time Helen and her husband, Tom, run around after 4 children, two dogs and a cat.

Mary B. Lucas

Author, Speaker, People Connector

“I share life lessons that help people create meaningful connections and inspire themselves.”

Mary Lucas has more than 30 years of experience working in the “People Business” which is how she describes the staffing industry.  Along the way, she has coached individuals at all organizational levels to successfully reach goals, enhance working relationships, improve employee retention and elevate team performance.

She is an author, speaker and people connector. As Chief Talent Officer for Supplemental Health Care Mary and her team focus on creating solutions that enhance the talent experience and deliver efficiencies to the organization in the areas of both talent acquisition and retention. 

In 2006, she published the highly successful book, Lunchmeat & Life Lessons, a motivational memoir and tribute to her father on how to bring out the best in yourself and others. As a result of her book’s literary success and loyal readers, she is now a frequently requested speaker for a variety of groups around the world.

Mary makes her home in the United States in the Kansas City area with her husband, Scott, and their two sons. She is certified as both an Executive Coach and Situational Leadership (SLII) Facilitator and in 2016 earned the prestigious CSP, Certified Staffing Professional designation from the American Staffing Association.

Peter Lovatt

Peter LovattPeter Lovatt is a Dance Psychologist. He holds the academic post of Reader and Principal Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire where he runs the Dance Psychology Lab. Before moving to the University of Hertfordshire Peter was a senior lecturer at Kingston University (2001-2004), a Principal Research Scientist at Vox Generation (2000-2001), Senior Research Fellow at Cambridge University (1998-2000) and a Lecturer in Psychology at Greenwich University (1996-1998). Peter has a PhD from the University of Essex (awarded 1998), an MSc in Neural Computation from University of Stirling (awarded 1994) and a BSc (hons) in Psychology and English from the University of Surrey (Roehampton Institute) (awarded 1993).

Before studying the psychology of dance Peter was a professional dancer. He trained in dance and musical theatre at the Guildford School of Acting and worked as a dancer in musical theatre. Peter combined the study of dance and psychology in 2008 and since then his work has been reported on TV, radio and in the national and international press, where he become known as Doctor Dance. He has been invited to give many keynote talks around the world, he has given five TEDx talks. As a TV Dance Psychologist he’s appeared on many popular shows, including Strictly Come Dancing: It takes two, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and the Graham Norton Show.

Wendy Murphy

Wendy MurphyWendy Murphy is HR Director for LinkedIn Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). With over 450 million members worldwide, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network.

Appointed in April 2012, Wendy is focused on enabling and inspiring talent at Linkedin to transform themselves, the organisation and the world. Prior to her current role, Wendy led LinkedIn’s HR Business Partnering team which enabled her to develop a strategic HR platform required to support the hyper growth and future scaling of the LinkedIn business in the region.

Before joining LinkedIn, Wendy was Group HR Director for Digicel’s Caribbean and Central America markets based in Jamaica. In her capacity as HR Director she managed the HR function across 26 countries, and was part of the Senior Management team that helped transform the company from its startup roots to the largest mobile telecommunications operator in the Caribbean.

Wendy’s focus and dedication has always been in the Talent space, and has worked across many diverse industries from Telecoms to Airlines, as well as more established businesses such as Dell.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in European Business & Languages from National College of Ireland, a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources and a variety of certificates including Project Management and Employment Law in Ireland.

David McWilliams

David McWilliamsAuthor, Journalist, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Documentary Maker

An uncompromising thinker, with a relaxed, confident and entertaining style, David was voted the most influential economist in the UK and Ireland in 2015.

He is a regular conference and keynote speaker at international financial conferences where he speaks about trends in the global economy and how we might profit from them. He speaks to businesses and industrial groups on how the trends in growth, currencies and financial markets will uniquely affect them.

Consistently accurate in his forecasts, David McWilliams was the only economist in Ireland who accurately forecast a strong UK Brexit vote. He was also the first economist to identify the Irish boom as nothing more than a credit bubble, warning of its collapse and the consequences for the country. His objective is to make economics as widely available and easily understandable on as many platforms as possible.

Keith Barry

Keith BarryWorld’s leading TV Hypnotist, Mentalist and Brain Hacker.

Most entertainers strive to be an expert in one given discipline.  Keith has dedicated his life to be an expert in all of the mystery arts and is the only talent Worldwide to be a complete expert in magic, mentalism, hypnosis, escapology, brain hacking and deception. And, no one can figure out how he does what he does.

Keith has starred in over 40 international tv shows and has appeared many times on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, “The Jimmy Kimmel” show and The Conan O’Brien Show.  Keith’s brand new international TV series “HYPNOPRANKS” has already secured production partners in Australia, the UK, Ireland and the US.  Over 14 years Keith has performed his live shows to over 1 Million people in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, France, Croatia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Russia, UAE and the UK.

Peter Cosgrove

Peter CosgrovePeter is a regular speaker on how the future workplace will look. He was formerly a Director with Cpl the largest Recruitment and outsourcing consultancy in Ireland and Founder of the Future of Work Institute. He is a regular contributor to the national media on areas of talent, diversity and the future of work. Peter is on the steering committee of the 30% club which promotes gender diversity and on the Board of the mental health charity Aware. He is an honorary fellow of the National Recruitment Federation



Johnny Campbell

Johnny CampbellJohnny Campbell is co-founder and CEO of SocialTalent – a SaaS learning technology company changing how people work and driving the future of learning across the world.

A leading recruitment expert, Johnny understood the industry’s need for disruption and saw how new emerging technology could change and sustain productive behaviour. By combining this with expert content and the ability to measure behaviours, the SocialTalent platform changes ineffective processes and rewards positive actions – making it the ultimate tool for success and the stickiest gamified learning solution on the market.

The company’s platform is currently used in over 90 countries by more than 1,000 companies and their blog reaches nearly 100,000 recruiters a week.

Alison Comyn – Conference Chair

Alison ComynAlison Comyn is a television and print journalist and broadcaster, best known as news anchor of UTV Ireland’s IFTA-winning news and current affairs programmes Ireland Live.

Alison has presented numerous current affairs and entertainment programmes in the UK and Ireland with RTÉ, BBC, Sky News and Channel 4, as well as covering for Joe Duffy on numerous occasions on Liveline on RTE radio 1.

She is an experienced voice-over artist, MC and moderator, and has hosted corporate and charity events for Bord Gais, University of Limerick, Threshold and Concern, to mention but a few. With over 25 years in the media business, she also runs Alison Comyn Communications, training professionals in presentation skills.

Barry Asin

Barry AsinA leading authority on workforce solutions worldwide, Barry Asin is renowned for his expertise on staffing and contingent labour. President of Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) since 2010, Asin holds overall responsibility for the company’s strategy, operations and growth on a global basis. He has been with the company since 2003, where he previously held the position of Chief Analyst, leading the team responsible for SIA’s award-winning research and content.

Asin is the co-author of Breaking Through: Leadership Disciplines from Top Performing Staffing Firms and is a frequent speaker at industry events, sharing essential insights on leadership and the challenges, opportunities and rapid transformations around work today. He is quoted in major business and industry publications, including the New York Times, BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, The Atlantic, Bloomberg Business, CNBC, Marketplace, USA Today and MarketWatch among others.

Prior to joining SIA, Asin spent nearly 12 years as a senior executive at global staffing leader Adecco SA. Before Adecco, he held operations management positions with PepsiCo, and he began his professional career with Andersen Consulting, the predecessor of Accenture. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a B.S. in engineering from Princeton University.

Orlaith Carmody, Managing Director, Gavin Duffy & Associates

Orlaith CarmodyOrlaith Carmody is the author of the best selling book, Perform As A Leader, and the Managing Director of Gavin Duffy & Associates, which specialises in communications training and leadership development.

As a well-known communications expert in Ireland and overseas, Orlaith’s day job involves working with leaders in the world’s top companies delivering executive training programmes, and preparing leadership teams for frontline communications.

Orlaith is a regular MC on the Irish conference scene. As a keynote speaker Orlaith has addressed some of the world’s most influential business people, networks and political groups in Ireland and at conferences in the USA, UAE, Canada and throughout Europe.

An active media commentator, she contributes regularly to a variety of programmes and publications on subjects such as doing business today, women’s participation at board level and in public life, entrepreneurship, education and parenting.

Following a career as a broadcast journalist with RTÉ, Orlaith became a serial entrepreneur, and is a director of a number of SMEs in media, recruitment, production and education. She served on the board of RTÉ from 2010 to 2015.

She is a founder member of the Irish Chapter of EO, the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation, and was President 2014/15.

She lives on the Louth–Meath border with her husband and business partner, Gavin Duffy, and their four children, now young adults.

James Osborne

James OsborneChairman of The Recruitment Network

James is an award winning business consultant, advisor and entrepreneur, with an international board level background in the staffing and recruitment sector.

For the past 14 years, James has worked with recruitment business leaders, helping them to achieve significant growth, performance improvement and competitive advantages acting as a Non-Executive Director, consultant, trainer and strategist for numerous fast growth recruitment businesses.

James is a passionate speaker on behalf of the staffing and recruitment sector, and is the Chairman of The Recruitment Network, the fastest-growing global support and advisory club for recruitment business leaders.

Twitter @osborne_tweets / @TheRecNetwork1

Mark Keese

Mark KeeseMark Keese is the Head of the Skills and Employability Division in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the OECD. He is responsible for the OECD’s work on employment and skill development policies to promote a more inclusive and resilient labour market. He is in charge of the OECD’s Future of Work Initiative and also contributes to G20 work on employment issues. Mr. Keese has been at the OECD since 1985, covering both macro-economic and labour market issues. He was a member of the taskforce that developed the first OECD Jobs Strategy in 1994 and was closely involved in the development of the OECD’s international survey of adult skills (PIAAC).

His published works include articles on labour markets in transition countries, earnings inequality, minimum wages, and ageing and employment policies.