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.

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 Cosgrove

Peter is 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.





Johnny Campbell

Johnny 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 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.