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 whilstlebowing. 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 is Chief Executive of Transparency International Ireland. He holds a Masters degree in Ethics from Dublin City University, is a graduate of European Studies at the University of Limerick, and of Public Relations at the Public Relations Institute of Ireland. Before joining the TI movement he served as Trade Representative at the Irish Consulate in New Zealand and as a press officer at the British Embassy in Dublin. John is a former Board Member of Transparency International and is a member of the international Integrity Award Committee.
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.
Dr Kate Kenny
Dr 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.
Cathy James, OBE
Cathy James is the Chief Executive of Public Concern at Work (PCaW), an independent whistleblowing charity and legal advice centre in the UK. As Chief Executive, Cathy leads the charity’s public policy and campaign work, working with regulators, employers and opinion leaders to safeguard the public interest by improving protection for whistleblowers and raising awareness. Cathy has provided expert consultancy in numerous international projects involving whislteblowing, including the UNODC guide on reporting persons, the OECD anti-corruption best practices guide and recently a UK FCO anti-corruption project in Panama and in Mexico. Cathy was awarded an OBE in June 2015, for services to employment rights.
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.
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.
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.