Keynote Speaker: Emily O'Reilly
Emily O'Reilly was elected as the European Ombudsman in July 2013 and took office on 1 October 2013. She is an author and former journalist and broadcaster who became Ireland's first female Ombudsman and Information Commissioner in 2003 and in 2007 she was also appointed Commissioner for Environmental Information. As former political editor, broadcaster and author, her career attracted significant domestic and international recognition including a Harvard University Fellowship in 1988 and multiple national awards. She has written three critically acclaimed books on Irish politics and media and is a current member of the International Advisory Board of Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism.
Wendy is the founder and Chief Executive of Speak Out/Speak Up, an organisation that provides expert training and consultancy on matters relating to whistleblowing. Wendy has personal experience of blowing the whistle in the case known as South Africa’s Enron. Wendy is a lecturer at the University of Surrey and Warwick Business School, is a contributing member of the UNCAC Coalition, the Corruption Research Group of the Surrey University and sits on the advisory board of the Whistleblowing Research Unit at Middlesex University in the United Kingdom.
Professor Niamh Brennan
Prof Niamh Brennan is Michael MacCormac Professor of Management at University College Dublin and Academic Director of the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance. She qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and is a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors (London). Professor Brennan holds/has held a number of significant non-executive directorships and governance positions of state and private sector organisations. She has published widely on Financial Reporting, Corporate Governance, Forensic Accounting and Clinical Governance.
Philip is Founder and Managing Director of Raiseaconcern and works with employers in the private and public sector in the prevention, detection, investigation and remediation of workplace wrongdoing. Philip was Group General Manager, Regulation & Compliance in AIB Group between 2002 and 2011. He is a former Chairman of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (ACOI) and former President of the Irish Tax Institute. He has written and lectured extensively on compliance, ethics and whistleblowing matters.
John Devitt is Chief Executive and founder of Transparency International’s chapter in Ireland. He has been analysing corruption risks, providing support to whistleblowers, and campaigning for greater openness and accountability in Ireland since 2004. He advised the Irish Government on the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 as well as a number of international organisations, including the United Nations, Council of Europe and European Commission on whistleblower protection. John holds an MA in Ethics from Dublin City University, specialising in whistleblowing and anti-corruption, a BA in European Studies from the University of Limerick and a Diploma in Public Relations.
Niall is Head of Ethics and Governance in Chartered Accountants Ireland, where he has responsibility for leading the development of policy relating to business ethics and governance. Níall has also worked in consulting, where he advised qualified accountants on implications arising from regulatory inspections, investigations and disciplinary complaints processes from various supervisory and regulatory authorities. Niall has also authored procedure manuals relating to Anti-Money Laundering, Audit and Professional Service Firm Quality Control procedures.
Professor Kate Kenny
Professor Kate Kenny is a Professor in Management at Queen’s University Belfast. She researches whistleblowing in organizations. Dr Kenny's work has been published in Organization Studies and Human Relations among other journals. She recently published Understanding Identity and Organizations, and Affect at Work: The Psychosocial and Organization Studies. She held a research fellowship at Cambridge University's Judge Business School 2008-2016, and was an Edmond J. Safra Lab Fellow at Harvard University, 2013-2015.
Lauren Kierans, BL
Lauren is a practising barrister specialising in the area of Whistleblowing Law. She is the founder of the Irish Whistleblowing Law Society and a Board Director of the Transparency Legal Advice Centre. Lauren has published articles, book chapters and national reports on whistleblowing law and was awarded the governmental project for the drafting of the protected disclosures procedures guidance for public bodies on behalf of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.
Lucas Kruettli is a Swiss attorney-at-law and holds a Masters degree in Law from the University of Lucerne. Lucas manages non-compliance cases, conducts internal investigations and provides legal advice for F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. Lucas brings a unique insight into how ethical workplaces are fostered and non-compliance is handled in a multi-national corporation. In previous roles, Lucas helped to introduce a Code of Conduct for Hilti Japan Ltd. and worked for a Swiss law firm in Basle.
Gráinne is the founder and senior consultant in GMJ Associates, which provides guidance to Irish businesses on responsible business practice. Her work includes development of corporate responsibility strategy, non-financial reporting and report assurance, development and implementation of ethical compliance programmes and protected disclosure policies. Gráinne also lectures on Corporate Responsibility to MBA students in Trinity College Dublin and Griffith College Dublin.
Helen is Director of Regulation for the Charities Regulatory Authority. Helen is a solicitor and previously worked in the Office of the Attorney General where she drafted legislation. Before this, she was a senior associate in the Regulatory and Competition law unit of Matheson. Helen has also represented electronic communications companies at national and European level in relation regulatory issues affecting the sector.
Susheela is the Managing Solicitor of the Transparency Legal Advice Centre. A graduate of the University of Glasgow, she worked at leading law firms in the UK and Ireland and was also seconded to central and local government. Susheela has significant experience as a litigator and in providing legal advice and training on a wide range of issues including bribery, corruption, human rights, data protection and regulatory compliance. In addition, she has volunteered extensively and undertaken pro bono work for individuals and organisations.
Bob Matheson is the Senior Policy Officer at Public Concern at Work (PCaW), an independent whistleblowing charity and legal advice centre in the UK. As well as being involved in the policy output of the organisation, Bob is also one of the senior advisers on the organisation’s advice-line; a service which is contacted by over 2500 individuals a year. Prior to working at PCaW, Bob was involved with a number of legal advice centres in London as well as the all-party law reform charity JUSTICE.
Anna Myers is currently the Director of the Whistleblowing International Network (WIN) and is a lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in the field of public interest whistleblowing and anti-corruption. She was Deputy Director at Public Concern at Work (PCaW) in the United Kingdom for nine years and spent a year in Washington DC with the Government Accountability Project (GAP) in the US. Anna has advised hundreds of individual whistleblowers and shares her practical and legal expertise with policy makers, organisations, lawyers, governments and professional bodies in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Michelle Ní Longáin
Michelle Ní Longáin is an employment law partner with ByrneWallace, and has extensive experience in employment, equality and administrative law. Michelle advises significant employers including large international and domestic corporate and other private sector clients and the state’s largest public sector clients on complex areas of employment, equality and administrative law. In recent years, Michelle has gained significant expertise advising in the area of protected disclosures and whistleblowing, and has been at the forefront of legislative developments in this area.
Mary Van Lieshout
Mary is Head of Ethics and Compliance at GOAL Global, and has over twenty years’ experience in the humanitarian sector working in the fields of humanitarian public health, research and advocacy. She joined GOAL as Head of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning in 2013 following fifteen years as a senior manager in Ireland’s public service. Mary is Complaints Response Director at GOAL Global, the humanitarian agency, working in fourteen countries, with a global annual budget of over €125m.
Emmet Whelan is a Partner in the Employment Department of ByrneWallace with over ten years’ employment law experience. Emmet advises on all aspects of employment, equality and administrative law. Emmet has particular expertise on the law related to whistleblowing and the Protected Disclosures Act 2014. Emmet has worked closely with Government Departments and private and public sector employers in relation to the implementation of protected disclosures procedures, dealing with protected disclosures and the provision of training to disclosure recipients.
Peter is an independent consultant with extensive experience in anti-corruption practice and corporate responsibility. He is a senior adviser to Transparency International UK (TI-UK) on private sector anti-corruption and was senior adviser to Transparency International Secretariat, Berlin, for its global private sector programme from 1999 to 2012. In his work for TI Secretariat, he developed the Business Principles for Countering Bribery and a supporting suite of implementation tools used widely by the private sector and anti-corruption initiatives. His work for TI-UK includes authoring guidance publications on organisational anti-bribery practice, providing advice and consultancy to companies and organisations and developing content for a corporate anti-bribery benchmark.