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Periodic Critical Reviews - Why, What and How?

Thursday the 12th of October 2017, 09:30-12:30

Speaker(s): Lesley Ann Nash, Gary Hynds, Breda Rafter

One of the most notable aspects of the new Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016) is the provision for Periodic Critical Reviews of non-commercial state bodies. Such reviews are to occur “no later than every 5 years… to ensure that the ongoing business case for State bodies, including those newly established, will be subject to periodic scrutiny and assessment”. This assessment is to, inter alia, “scrutinise objectively the case for rationalisation and consolidation of public bodies in light of changing requirements, demands and priorities”. Each review is to be overseen by a Working Group comprised of officials from the parent Department, the State body and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The guiding principles underpinning the reviews are outlined in the Code and mirror those of DPER’s rationalisation programme during the recent economic crisis. Naturally, the critical review provision is of keen interest to all Boards, senior executives and staff of non-commercial state bodies.

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Governance Forum : Communications and Reputation Management

Thursday the 15th of June 2017, 08:00-10:30

Speaker(s): Fran McNulty

Breakfast Event Ensuring that leaders and organisations effectively communicate their message to their stakeholders, customers and wider public and also manage reputational risk that can impact on their image, brand and profile, are key priorities. This special event will focus on the essential features of good communication, the evolving role of public relations, the increasing prominence and impact of technology and key lessons for effective media management and more… The lead presenter is Fran McNulty, a well-known journalist with RTÉ. A presenter with Morning Ireland and Prime Time, he has covered some of the biggest global and domestic stories of the last decade. His work has also included scrutiny of public spending, abuses in various industries and other significant issues in the agricultural and food production. Prior to joining RTE, Fran worked in local and regional newspapers and radio. His is uniquely positioned to share lessons learnt based on his long and varied experiences There will also be an expert panel of PR and communication practitioners who will contribute their own insights and perspectives on the range of relevant topic areas Further details and booking form are attached. Members of the Governance Forum may nominate up to two participants to the event without charge. If you are sending nominations, and have not already notified us, we would be grateful to receive your booking at your earliest convenience.

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Effective State Boards: Leadership And Stakeholder Management – known and unknowns

Thursday the 4th of May 2017, 09:00-11:30

Speaker(s): Robert Watt; Paul Turpin; Margaret Cullen; Donal de Buitleir; Aidan Horan

Effective State Boards: Leadership And Stakeholder Management – known and unknowns. The next Governance Forum briefing will discuss the accountability of State Boards and factors that support board effectiveness. It will also look to identify areas to address in future research. There will be two presentations and a panel discussion involving • Robert Watt, Secretary General of DPER • Paul Turpin, Governance Specialist, IPA • Margaret Cullen, Corporate Governance Specialist • Donal de Buitleir, Director Publicpolicy.ie • Aidan Horan, Director with responsibility for IPA Governance Services, will chair the event,

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The Road to Better Governance

Thursday the 16th of March 2017, 08:45-12:45

Speaker(s): Sarah Keane, Blanaid Clarke, Joe O’Toole, Mark Griffin, Andy Burns, Tom Coughlan

The Governance Forum conference on the morning of 16 March will discuss issues around implementation of good governance in organisations based on the experience and insights gained by expert speakers from different sectors. The event will be held in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy. The event will discuss challenges in the implementation of good governance practices despite general acceptance of their desirability. The panel will include; Sarah Keane, President of OCI, Blanaid Clarke, Trinity College Professor and Member of the Commission of the Central Bank of Ireland, Joe O’Toole, Former member of the Senate, Mark Griffin, Secretary General of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Andy Burns, Vice President of CIPFA and Director of Finance and Resources for Staffordshire County Council and Tom Coughlan, Former CEO of Clare County Council and Chairman of the Advisory Group established to recommend on the development of corporate governance in the local government sector

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Non-profit bodies and the Public Sector

Thursday the 23rd of February 2017, 08:00-10:30

Speaker(s): Stephanie Manahan; Nicolas Marcoux; Senan Turnbull

The briefing will discuss governance challenges around this relationship. The presentations will provide an overview of the challenges for charities and non-profits, examples of what happens with a crisis in governance and ways to build trust. It will consider how the public sector can receive assurance of good governance in a proportionate and effective manner. There will be presentations from three expert speakers: Stephanie Manahan, CEO of the Central Remedial Clinic, Nicolas Marcoux, IPA Specialist who has researched the non-profit sector and Senan Turnbull, Board director and Member of the Charities Regulatory Authority. Full details are in the attached brochure and booking form.

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Key Governance Themes for 2017

Thursday the 26th of January 2017, 08:00-10:30

Speaker(s): Tony Foley, Richard Boyle, Fintan Swanton

This event will look key governance issues and challenges for the coming year. In 2017, State bodies and the public sector will face new economic opportunities and risks, new trends, and new and enhanced compliance obligations. These will test the quality of governance in many organisations. The key contributors who will provide their unique perspectives and insights will include • Tony Foley, Senior Lecturer in Economics in Dublin City University • Richard Boyle, Head of Research, Publishing and Corporate Relations, Institute of Public Administration (IPA) • Fintan Swanton, Data Protection Expert and Associate Specialist, IPA

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Audit committees – meeting rising expectations

Friday the 9th of December 2016, 08:00-10:30

Speaker(s): Noreen Fahy and Michael Flynn; Carol Bolger and Bill Cunningham

There will be two presentations on current issues for audit committees and internal audit and a discussion led by a panel of persons with extensive experience of audit committees, including of particular topics which arise in the public sector. Issues to be addressed will include: • Scope of the audit committee • Incorporating risk oversight • Complying with Codes of Practice and standards • What should be expected from Internal Audit The presentations will be by Noreen Fahy and Michael Flynn. They will be joined in the panel discussion by Carol Bolger and Bill Cunningham. Further details are in the attached brochure

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Risk management – Embedding best practice

Thursday the 10th of November 2016, 08:00-10:30

Speaker(s): Mike Quinn; John Moody; Aidan Horan

For risk management to add real value and to be successfully integrated into an organisation there is a need for strong leadership and a culture which emphasises the key underlying principles. Those charged with the leadership of the organisation must set the tone, provide clarity around the appetite for risk, approve the risk framework and monitor its effectiveness. This briefing will discuss practical implications of discharging these responsibilities.

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The Board Secretary - Core Competencies and Current Challenges

Thursday the 29th of September 2016, 12:45-14:00

Speaker(s): Aidan Horan; John Burns; Others

There are high expectations around the role of Board secretary. There is increased recognition of the importance of the role in the newly published edition of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies. This round table will discuss issues faced by the Board Secretary or equivalent roles in the current context. How broad is the remit of the Board Secretary? What are the features of effective relationships with the Chairperson, the CEO and others?The discussion will be facilitated by a panel of experienced practitioners including Aidan Horan, Director of Governance services at IPA, John Burns, ICSA Council Member and others.

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Strategy in the Public Interest: Preparation, Monitoring and Successful Implementation

Friday the 16th of September 2016, 08:00-10:45

Speaker(s): Maurice Quinn; Mark Mellett; Donal O’Cualáin

State Bodies and Government Departments are required to prepare and to be accountable for the effective implementation of strategies which deliver in the public interest. This requires a clear statement of purpose and mission. It requires, also, an understanding of the requirements of successful implementation and what this means for those responsible for providing leadership to the organisation. This briefing will provide an opportunity to hear of the approaches to strategy at the Defence Organisation and An Garda Síochána. The briefing will be of particular value to those charged with providing leadership and assessing the feasibility of strategic choices in an organisation with a public benefit role.

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Building Trust - Good Governance Guidance: Launch of Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies 2016 by Minister Paschal Donohoe, TD

Wednesday the 17th of August 2016, 11:00-12:00

Speaker(s): Paschal Donohoe; Paul Turpin

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe will formally launch the new Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies at the IPA on Wednesday, 17th of August 2016. The Code contains significant updates and revisions from the last Code published in 2009 to reflect evolving governance developments since then. Copies of the new Code will available for attendees. The event will include an address by the Minster and an open discussion of issues around the governance of state and public bodies and agencies.

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Finance for Board Members of Public Bodies

Tuesday the 5th of July 2016, 09:30-12:30

Speaker(s): Noreen Fahy, Paul Turpin

This half day workshop is designed to assist board members and other senior executives to understand the key concepts and issues which arise in the review of the financial reports and systems in a public interest body. This workshop will combine an overview of key financial concepts and discuss how the person who is not necessarily expert in finance or accounting can play an effective role in the oversight and discussion of financial procedures. The event is designed to be relevant for Board members and others in Governance leadership positions. Governance Forum members may nominate up to three attendees without charge. Further details and a booking form for the event are attached. Communications in a Rapidly Changing Environment – 16 June, Breakfast briefing This briefing (8.00am- 10.30am) will look at what are the key issues that Board members and others charged with the governance of organisations should consider in the assessment of communications polices and processes.

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Communications in a Rapidly Changing Environment

Thursday the 16th of June 2016, 08:00-10:30

Speaker(s): David Gunning; Rosemary Steen; Professor Kevin Rafter

This briefing will look at what are the key issues that Board members and others charged with the governance of organisations should consider in the assessment of communications polices and processes. How should State bodies and other public benefit organisations react to a world where speed and expectations around communications are rising dramatically and digital technologies are disrupting established patterns? There will be presentations from • David Gunning of KingramRed, and former CEO of Coillte • Rosemary Steen, Director of External Affairs, Eirgrid • Professor Kevin Rafter of DCU and chairperson on the Independent panel on civil service reform. <br> Booking details are in the attached brochure and booking form. Members of the Governance Forum may nominate up to three participants to the event without charge. If you are sending nominations, and have not already notified us, we would be grateful to receive your booking at your earliest convenience.

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Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members

Thursday the 2nd of June 2016, 09:30-16:30

This additional event has been added to the programme as a similar event on 28 April is now fully subscribed. This one day Workshop will provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of members of the boards of State, public and not for profit bodies. The issues covered will include • The responsibilities of Board members individually and collectively • Compliance with Corporate Governance guidelines • Governance issues associated with the receipt of public funds • Features of effective boards The workshop will be of value to new board members, to members who would like to receive an up to date briefing and to others who work closely with Boards. The workshop will be led by Aidan Horan and Paul Turpin from the IPA. A more detailed description is attached together with a booking form for the event. Members of the Governance Forum can nominate up to three participants without charge.

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Board Reviews – Enhancing Board Effectiveness

Friday the 20th of May 2016, 08:00-10:30

Speaker(s): Dr. Margaret Cullen; Éilish Finan; Dr. Brian Cawley; Paul Turpin

There are compliance and performance reasons for carrying out Board reviews. The outcome of Board evaluations should include the identification of steps to enhance effectiveness and to provide assurance to stakeholders that the board takes accountability for its own performance. The results can include the identification of improvements in the way the board members interact, providing recommendations on member induction, training and development opportunities and as an aide to the attributes which should be sought from future Board nominees.

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Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members - Fully Booked

Thursday the 28th of April 2016, 09:30-16:30

-Unfortunately, this event is now fully booked, however, a similar workshop is scheduled for the 2nd of June. If interested, please have a look in the Events section- This special one day Workshop will provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of members of the boards of State, public and not for profit bodies. The issues covered will include: The responsibilities of Board members individually and collectively , Compliance with Corporate Governance guidelines, Governance issues associated with the receipt of public funds, Features of effective boards. The workshop will be of value to new board members, to members who would like to receive an up to date briefing and to others who work closely with Boards.

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Corporate Governance in the Health Sector – addressing the Challenges

Tuesday the 8th of March 2016, 08:45-12:45

Speaker(s): Jim Breslin, Department of Health; John Matheson, President of CIPFA; Marian O’Sullivan, IPA; Anthony Staines, DCU, Colette Cowan, UL Hospitals Group

The Forum conference will be held in association with the accountancy body CIPFA. Presentations will address corporate governance challenges in the Health Sector. The speakers will include key note addresses from Jim Breslin, Secretary General of the Department of Health and John Matheson, President of CIPFA and former Head of Finance in the Scottish Health Service. There will be presentations from others who have experience of clinical work, board membership and management at health services organisations. As always, the Forum will encourage an open and constructive discussion among participants.

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Performance and Funder Expectations: Flexibility and Accountability- looking at the balance of the benefits and the burden of compliance

Thursday the 25th of February 2016, 08:00-10:30

Speaker(s): Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel ; Michael Gaffey, Director General of Irish Aid ; Mo Flynn, CEO of Rehab

The next Forum briefing will discuss the relationship between funding organisations and recipients. This briefing will look at the balance of the benefits and burden of compliance in ensuring appropriate levels of organisational governance. It will look at the issues with particular reference to public sector and other funding of non-profit organisations. There will be presentations from three expert speakers: - Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel; - Michael Gaffey, Director General of Irish Aid; - Mo Flynn, CEO of Rehab

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Governance Themes & Expectations 2016

Friday the 29th of January 2016, 08:00

Speaker(s): Derek Moran, Richard Boyle, Bob Semple

The briefing will discuss key trends which will influence the operating environment and governance of public service and state bodies in 2016 and beyond. Will compliance be a box ticking exercise or truly aligned with values in organisations? The briefing will include presentations from Derek Moran, Secretary General, Department of Finance, Richard Boyle, author of ‘Public Sector Trends’ and corporate governance expert Bob Semple. Full details are in the brochure and booking form. Members of the Governance Forum may nominate up to three participants to each event without charge.

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Risk Management - Deciding the Appetite

Thursday the 12th of November 2015

How does risk management play a key role in setting priorities and objectives? How does the Board engage with the process? What are the principal risks and uncertainties within state and public interest bodies?

The Governance of Regulation

Thursday the 15th of October 2015

A discussion of features of effective regulation - What does the regulator need? How is the interaction between the regulator and the regulated improved?

Strategy - Preparation, Monitoring and Implementation

Thursday the 17th of September 2015

Why is there an implementation gap in many strategies? How should a strategy be written? How flexible should a strategy be?

Finance for Board Members (Reporting, Monitoring and Disclosure Obligations)

Thursday the 9th of July 2015

This is a special half day event which will provide an overview of financial reporting developments, public sector reporting standards, accounting policies and compliance issues for Board members who must review and approve financial reports and governance and compliance statements.

Communications - Confidentiality and Openness

Thursday the 18th of June 2015

Digital media has increased communication opportunities. It brings, also, significant reputation risks which must be managed in new ways.

Board Evaluation and Effectiveness Reviews

Thursday the 14th of May 2015

What is the best way to carry out a board review? How can a board address requirements for particular skills and experience? What are the typical areas where improvements are highlighted and what lessons can be applied?

Role and Responsibility of the Board and Individual Members

Thursday the 16th of April 2015

This will be a full day event of particular value to new State board members. It will include a review of State Body governance expectations and personal obligations of board members

Good Governance - Promoting the Right Culture, Providing the Leadership and Performing Effectively

Friday the 27th of March 2015

This half day conference will discuss what is entailed in setting and sustaining the right culture, values and tone at the top and the challenges for those with governance responsibilities to ensure effective decision making and high performance.

Meeting Assurance Requirements and Governance Obligations

Friday the 27th of February 2015

What are the assurance arrangements necessary to meet the governance obligations and requirements and to meet the expectations of stakeholders, funding providers and the public?

Key Governance Themes and Evolving Developments in 2015

Friday the 30th of January 2015

An influential panel will present their perspective on key themes for 2015.