Governance Forum Programme 2024

Events 2020

Strategy – Consultation and Development (ONLINE)

24 September 2020


Institute of Public Administration, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4

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Governance is about direction and control, and when we consider ‘direction’, we are speaking of organisational strategy and strategic initiatives; we are pointing to a desired future and designing a plan to get us there. But how well or otherwise this is done can depend on key elements, such as the strategy development process, the extent of consultation, and the level of commitment and buy-in from key stakeholders.

This Forum event will focus on what makes for ‘good’ strategy development, be it in respect of organisational strategy or a strategic initiative, including central guidance in relation to public consultation. It will consider how to mitigate the risk of simply replicating the previous strategy and how to best leverage the development process for the benefit of staff and stakeholders alike. It will also consider strategy development in the current context, given the opportunities and uncertainties created by Covid-19.

Key considerations for the event will be:

The speaker line-up is as follows:


Patricia Cronin

Patricia is  Assistant Secretary at the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment. She is responsible for Corporate Services including HR, Finance, ISD,  and Corporate Support. Patricia also looks after corporate governance and shareholder functions for the state bodies for which the Department is responsible.

Patricia's job  also involves leading on a Departmental transformation project, in line with the Civil Service Renewal Plan, which will strengthen organisational capacity and capability in the delivery of Departmental policies, programmes and projects.

Previously, she was head of HR and ISD and also served in the Communications Division of the Department managing the regulatory aspects of the Communications sector and corporate governance of An Post.

Padraig Hyland

Padraig is founder and CEO of The Core Story and works with international business organisations on Strategy and Leadership Communication. 

The Core Story is driving better engagement around strategy through defining an organisation's strategy story.  He has developed a unique Story Process to enable leaders to engage and excite stakeholders around their strategy or business. Clients include Heineken, Smurfit Kappa, Paddy Power, RDS, Xerox, OMV/Petrom, DHL and Oracle.

Ian Devlin

Ian works in the Reform Division at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER), with responsibility for Ireland’s membership of the Open Government Partnership, an international initiative comprising 78 countries to promote, with the participation of civil society, accountable and responsive government.

DPER’s publication of its “Consultation Principles and Guidance” for government departments and public bodies implemented a commitment under the Open Government Partnership, which aims to help officials in deciding when, who and how to consult.