As the economy reopens opens, we in the people profession need to start thinking about how jobs and roles will look post COVID-19 and what steps need to be taken now to develop the skills to ensure we are ready for the future.  

And as the economy starts to reopen, we in the people profession need to start thinking and addressing:

  • how jobs and roles are changing
  • the skills required for the future
  • what steps need to be taken to further develop the labour force, so it is ready for the future, and
  • how can we influence the value proposition of Ireland to attract talent.

Leading on from our annual conference, we will be providing a must-attend morning seminar on Reimagining Ireland’s talent on 23 June 2021. 

The seminar will give you the opportunity to learn and to join the conversation discussing how we can build momentum to develop the capabilities to fill the demands of the jobs and organisations of the future.

In these interesting and changeable times, we need to look to see how we in the people profession can ensuring the development of future-ready skills and capabilities, while also supporting access to work and reducing inequalities post COVID-19. 

Join us for the morning of 23 June 2021 to discuss: 

  • How good is Ireland at attracting the talent we need? How can the people profession influence the value proposition of Ireland to attract talent? 
  • What are the labour market challenges post-COVID-19? 
  • How are jobs changing and evolving? 
  • How do we ensure that we are building the skills required for the future?
  • How can inclusion enable the delivery of your talent strategy and culture? 
  • How can the people profession deliver on these issues at a national and organisational level? 
  • Where do we, as a profession and a nation, go from here? 
Download our full agenda below


Audrey O’Mahony, Managing Director, Talent & Organisation Consulting Lead, Accenture Ireland

Audrey leads the Talent and Organisation practice within Accenture’s Strategy and Management Consulting business in Ireland. She has spent most of her career working on large scale business transformation programmes, particularly in the Financial Services sector, both in Ireland and the UK. In recent years, she has led a range of workforce transformation programmes, spanning Digital & IT and Operating Model change. She also supports clients on their talent management agendas, ranging from rapid re-skilling, talent strategy, future workforce planning and leadership cultural change. She has supported and co-authored a number of Accenture’s Point of View on Organisational Change and Re-Skilling and the Future of Work. 

Andrew Noonan, Head of Global Insurance, International Financial Services Division, IDA Ireland

Andrew has worked for IDA for 8 years and is currently Head of Global Insurance within IDA’s IFS Division, where he leads a team that manages relationships with c. 90 companies employing over 10,000 people.

Prior to working for IDA, Andrew worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs, serving overseas as Head of Consular Division in Ireland’s Embassy in Paris and Deputy Head of Mission in Ireland’s Embassy in Buenos Aires. He has also worked as a Management Consultant for Deloitte in London.

Tracey Donnery, Executive Director, Policy and Communications, Skillnet Ireland

Tracey Donnery is an Executive Director with Skillnet Ireland, the agency responsible for the promotion and facilitation of workforce development. She is an experienced executive in learning and development, organisation development and labour market policy. Believing that a highly skilled workforce is essential for Ireland’s competitiveness and productivity, Tracey works to ensure Skillnet Ireland business support and upskilling activities are innovative and align with national workforce development policy.

Tracey is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD, Member of the Institute of Directors, Fellow of Irish Institute of Training & Development, and the National Council of Business for Digital Tech Women. Tracey holds a Masters in Human Resource Strategies from Dublin City University, Diploma in Executive Coaching, and a Diploma in Leadership from the Irish Management Institute.

Ivan Privalko, ESRI, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Ivan Privalko joined the ESRI’s Social Research division in December 2018. He holds an MSc in European Employment Studies from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Sociology from Maynooth University. His PhD thesis explored the effects of job mobility on working conditions and earnings growth using two longitudinal panels; it’s titled 'Dynamic Outcomes - Effects of Job Mobility in Germany and the UK'.

Previously, he was a Researcher with the Dublin Housing Observatory and a Research Assistant with New Deals; an ERC-funded study of working conditions in Europe, based in Maynooth University. His research interests are in longitudinal analysis, social stratification, and labour market inequality.

Mary Connaughton, Director, CIPD Ireland

Mary Connaughton is passionate about developing people and workplaces to be at their best. As Director of CIPD Ireland she is leading the development and contribution of the HR profession in Ireland. Mary has a wealth of HR experience having most recently headed up HR Development at Ibec, engaging with leading companies on strategic HR and organisational development initiatives along with legislative and policy developments. Mary has also held a Director position at Graphite HRM, as well as organisation development roles with the Bank of Ireland Life and Emerge Consulting.

Steve Ward, Universum

Steve is the UK & Ireland Director for Universum, the worlds leading talent insights driven Employer Branding agency. With over 25 years of experience within Talent Acquisition & Recruiting, and with an acute focus on the mechanics of talent attraction and digital engagement with brands over the past 13 years, Steve brings years of insights and expertise into the best practice in employer branding. With the insights generated by Universum’s annual Career Test, that is completed by over 10,000 students in Ireland, and 11,000+ professionals; he comes packed with trends and behaviours analysis of the next generation of talent and more.

Christine Cross, Head of Department, Work & Employment Studies at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick

Professor Christine Cross is Head of Department, Work & Employment Studies at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. Prior to joining UL she worked for a number of multinational organizations in both management and human resource management roles, in the IT, Banking and Retail sectors. Her research, consultancy and publication interests include the broad area of diversity, including women's labour force participation, the gender pay gap and the workforce experiences of immigrants. Her work is published in leading international journals and has both policy and practice impact. She is also a regular contributor to the media on the topic of women in the workplace.

Sarah Claxton, Organisation Development Manager at ESB

Sarah Claxton is ESB’s Organisation Development Manager. With her team, she is focussed on designing a People Experience at ESB fit for a modern digitally enabled world. ESB has redefined its business strategy in the context of the societal need to address climate change and the central role electricity will play in realising a clean energy future. Through her role, Sarah has worked on the development of this strategy, which was carried out through the lens of purpose, and in the subsequent organisation redesign to enable ESB deliver on this ambitious strategy.  The need for a values-led and inclusive culture enabling performance and ultimately successful delivery of the business strategy is key to this.

Sarah holds a primary degree in Mechanical Engineering from DIT Bolton Street and a Master of Science in Work and Organisational Behaviour from DCU Business School. She Joined ESB in 1998 as a graduate engineer. Initially working in technical roles, she gravitated to line management, which led to her keen interest in understanding culture, belonging and the role of purpose in the workplace.

Na Fu, Associate Professor, Human Resource Management,Trinity Business School

Associate Professor in Human Resource Management at Trinity Business School, Na completed her PhD and other degrees in Northeastern University/China and Dublin City University and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Aligned with international and national strategic priorities, Na’s research addresses a critical question of how organisations can respond to the management imperative of attracting and retaining talent based on the data and insight-driven approach. Her research excellence in strategic human resource management is not only evidenced by the top-tier international journal publications, but also reflected by the impact it has made towards industries and in classrooms..

Joyce Rigby Jones, Co-Managing Director, Voltedge and Honorary Chair of the National Committee of CIPD Ireland

Currently the Managing Director of Voltedge Management, a leading Irish HR and Management Consultancy, Joyce has extensive experience in Human Resources management, strategy and organisational development. She is currently the Honorary Chair of the National Committee of CIPD Ireland as well as being a Non-Executive Director of CIPD Ireland Ltd. Joyce set up Voltedge following many years in senior HR positions in multinational corporates and European start-ups and is passionate about the alignment of HR with business strategy, addressing complex business issues, and providing HR advice to leaders.

Jane McDonald, HR Projects and Engagement, CIPD Ireland

With a breadth of experience in people focused business change, leading inclusion and diversity across all sectors, Jane is passionate about putting people at the heart and centre of the workplace. Joining the CIPD Ireland team in 2020 she leads engagement working with colleagues, members and leading companies to support and maximise the employee experience and organisational development in Ireland.