Finance & Financial Reporting [Online Training]

24 June 2021



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Modern organisations require strong and effective financial management and financial reporting processes, including, inter alia, a sound system of internal control. Despite this, many of those in key positions, be at the Executive level or on the Board or its Committees, do not have a formal financial background. At the same time, these key actors are charged with accounting for proper financial stewardship.

This training workshop is designed to support Board and Committee members and senior Executives to understand key concepts, processes and issues in respect of financial reporting and systems which support the finance function.

The areas to be addressed in the session will include:


Dr Deirdre Bane

Deirdre is a Senior Finance Specialist in the IPA Governance Team, delivering Financial Management, Audit and Internal Control Training and assistance programmes together with consultancy services to various public, state and semi-state bodies, charities and not-for-profit organisations. Previous to her position at the IPA, Deirdre worked in education for over thirteen years as a Lecturer in Finance, teaching Financial and Management Accounting (including Financial Statement Analysis), Corporate Finance and Financial Management (Investment Appraisal), and Economic and Statistics.

Prior to her experience in education, Deirdre spent ten years in the United States, working in the financial services sector (including equity research and asset management). In addition, she worked for an independent consulting practice performing economic impact analysis studies, economic development planning, social research and analysis, and providing strategic planning services to government, non-profit and corporate clients in the United States. 

Aidan Horan

Aidan Horan is a Director at the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) with overall responsibility for governance, assurance and related services. A qualified accountant, he is leader of the governance specialist team and is the founder member of the Governance Forum at the IPA. The spectrum of governance services provided by the Institute incorporates training, consultancy, advisory and supports for client organisations, boards, committees, chief executives and senior leadership teams and managers.

In addition to his work with board and senior leadership teams, Aidan has also been nominated to a number of non-executive roles over the years including as Audit Committee Chairperson, Department of Finance and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. He is also a member of the Public Financial Management Board and the Sustainability Panel at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy [CIPFA] (UK).

Majella Malone

Majella is a Finance Training Specialist at the Institute of Public Administration and is a member of the IPA Governance and Finance Team. Majella delivers a range of services to public and state bodies and not-for-profit entities in the areas of finance, audit and risk. She is an experienced finance and accounting trainer and lecturer.  Prior to joining the IPA, she was a Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at Dublin Business School.