Andrew Samuels, Co-Founder, Addveritas
Andrew is a Co-Founder of Addveritas who specialise in helping organisations build and run speak up programmes. An expert in Compliance programmes including Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crime, Andrew has latterly been the Programme Lead coordinating and implementing a ground-breaking capability for whistleblowing and investigations with a major trans-Atlantic Financial Institution. As an expert to the British Standards Institute for Whistleblowing and the Governance of Organisations, and a UK Delegate to the International Standards Organisation, he has provided guidance to organisations ranging from the UN and EU to sporting bodies and SME’s. He is a Charity Trustee responsible for risk and whistleblowing for a large UK Charity..
Bob Semple, Independent Corporate Governance Consultant
Bob is an independent consultant, specialising in reviews of governance, especially board effectiveness, and risk management. He completed a 36-year career with Pricewaterhouse Coopers (in Dublin and Toronto), 26 of which were as a partner, with responsibilities including Corporate Governance, Risk Management, IT Security and Effectiveness, and Internal Audit. Bob holds board/committee positions in Ireland, France and Mexico and chairs Irish educational charity, Suas. He also lectures widely on governance and risk topics at universities and professional bodies.
Caroline Kelley, Senior Conduct Risk manager, Bank of Ireland Group
Caroline is part of the Bank of Ireland’s Conduct Risk team where she manages the Speak Up framework including development, communication and embedding of Policy. As a qualified Financial Services professional, Caroline’s background has been primarily in Capital Markets where, as a member of the Finance Leadership Team, she managed the Regulatory Reporting function. During her career she has been involved in a series of regulatory change programmes including Basel II and the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation. In 2014, she joined the Risk function as Head of Operational Risk in Market Related Environments with a specific focus on management of unauthorised trading risk.
Colleen Cleary, Managing Partner, CC Solicitors
Colleen was the Chair of the Employment Law Association of Ireland from 2015-2018. She is a member of the International Labor and Employment Law Committee of the American Bar Association as well as a member of the Employment Lawyers Association in the UK. She is an accredited mediator with CEDR, the largest conflict management and resolution consultancy in the world. She is also an experienced litigator and holds a certificate in Advanced Advocacy with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy with the Law Society of Northern Ireland. Colleen is a regular conference speaker on issues as diverse as sexual harassment, and the impact of immigration on the global workforce.
Gráinne Madden, Founder GMJ Associates
Gráinne is the founder and senior consultant of 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.
Jane Ellis, Director, GoodCorporation
Jane is an executive team member of GoodCorporation, one of the world’s leading organisations in the field of corporate responsibility and business ethics. She is a senior manager, director, corporate governance consultant and legal adviser. She has worked across the world with clients, stakeholders and international organisations in areas of corporate governance, whistleblower protection, anti-corruption, risk management, competition law and business ethics. Jane presents and publishes widely on anti-corruption, whistleblower protection and business and human rights and diversity in the workplace. She is a regular contributor to whistle blowing forums including the European Commission’s Fundamental Rights Colloquia in Brussels in 2016.
Katherine Bradshaw, Head of Communications, Institute of Business Ethics
As well as heading up the IBE’s PR and communications, Katherine is the author of five IBE Good Practice Guides, the most recent of these being Encouraging a Speak Up Culture. Katherine writes for numerous professional bodies on why doing business ethically makes for better business. She has a particular interest in how stories create an ethical culture and writes scenarios for ethics training, including film scripts and e-learning content. She developed the IBE's e-learning tool Understanding Business Ethics, a 30-minute course to sensitise employees to recognise and deal with ethical dilemmas.
Liz Pope, CEO, Property Registration Authority
The PRA is the state body responsible for property registration in Ireland. The registration system allows the property market to function with certainty, facilitating Ireland’s economic and social development. Security of title allows those transacting with registered land to rely on PRA data and trust that registered property rights and data are protected through its governance framework. Integrity is central to the business of the PRA, both in terms of protecting the legal rights that flow from registration and protecting title data. The PRA is a member of Transparency International and has signed up to the Integrity at Work Pledge.
Lorraine Turnell, National Engagement Manager, National Guardian’s Office, UK
Lorraine is the National Engagement Manager for the National Guardian’s Office in the UK. The National Guardian program is leading a cultural change towards whistleblowing in the NHS via leadership, training and advice for Freedom to Speak Up 'Guardians' or representatives based in all NHS trusts. Prior to joining the NGO, she was head of legal services at Public Concern at Work. Lorraine is a qualified Solicitor, having been a partner in private practice, as well working and managing projects in the not-for-profit sector.
Mary Inman, Partner, Constantine Cannon, London
Mary Inman is a partner in Constantine Cannon’s London Office. After 20+ years representing whistleblowers in the U.S., she moved to London in July 2017 to launch the firm’s international whistleblower practice. She specialises in representing whistleblowers from the U.K., Europe and worldwide under the various American whistleblower reward programs. A recognised expert and frequent author, Mary has particular expertise in financial and accounting frauds and bribery of foreign government officials under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as well as representing international whistleblowers under the North American whistleblower programs.
Michael Kinsley, Barrister and Accredited Mediator
Michael Kinsley has been in practice as a barrister since 2009, specialising in Employment and Labour Law. Michael regularly appears before decision making bodies such as the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court on behalf of employers and employees as well as before the ordinary courts in general civil and employment law matters. Michael has acted in several cases where the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 has been an aspect of the claim. Michael has written for the Irish Law Times on the then ‘Protected Disclosures Bill’ in 2013 and has provided training to professional groups from the public and private sector on the operation of the 2014 Act.
Peter van Veen, Global Ethics & Compliance Director, Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN)
Peter is the Global Ethics & Compliance Director at Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN), a leading provider of media, digital and creative communications services with a presence in over 145 countries. Prior to joining DAN, Peter was the Director of the Business Integrity Programme at Transparency International UK. He has also worked as an economist, corporate strategist and governance expert for several leading blue-chip companies and international organisations. Peter has a BA in Economics, an MA in Latin American Studies, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics. He is a trustee of Transparency International Netherlands.
Stephen Holst, Partner, McCann Fitzgerald.
Stephen advises clients on critical workforce issues, transactional and contentious issues in the workplace; in particular, on senior executive appointments and terminations; investigations; employee engagement; and the drafting and negotiation of key employment documentation. Stephen has significant experience before the various employment law tribunals and the High Court (including the Commercial Court), as well as through mediation. Stephen also assists clients in conducting complex employee investigations and his work has a particular focus on whistleblowing (including the Protected Disclosures Act 2014). Stephen regularly advises employers establishing in Ireland and has particular expertise in Irish employment permit and immigration matters.
William Kingston, Adjunct professor, TCD Business School
William Kingston is an adjunct professor at TCD Business School and the author of Interrogating Irish Policies. William joined Trinity Business School in 1967 to introduce the teaching of Innovation, on which he published three books and many articles before retiring in 1995. Since then, he has continued his research in the School, resulting in three more books, the most recent being ‘How Capitalism Destroyed Itself’. William most recently wrote on the topic of whistleblowing in relation to the CervicalCheck scandal and how a bureaucratic organisation’s hierarchical structure can become a barrier to reporting wrong-doing.