NGECF Programme

Conference 2012

THE INAUGURAL NATIONAL GOVERNANCE, ETHICS AND COMPLIANCE FORUM will be held on May 30th 2012 at Croke Park stadium, Dublin, with iQuest, ACOI, Business in the Community and Transparency International.

The Inaugural National Governance, Ethics & Compliance Forum

Unlocking the Secrets of Good Governance

May 30th 2012 Croke Park Dublin

You can book from here:  with a special offer including EBEN Ireland Membership.


8.00                        Registration and Light Breakfast

8.45                        Welcome from the Chair

                        Ms. Josephine Tierney, Finance Director, CPL Resources


8.50                        Morning Keynote Address

The Key Behavioral Aspects of Good Governance

  • The main influences that steer human judgment
  • Can perceived status and reputation affect a decision?
  • How governance mechanisms may be undermined by common human traits
  • The problem of the separation of ownership and control

Mr. Paul Moxey, Head of Risk Management & Corporate Governance, ACCA Global, UK


9.20            Going beyond regulatory compliance – The Business Case for Corporate Governance

  • Opportunities for improvement in regulatory compliance – avoiding excessive compliance overhead
  • Moving the focus away from compliance – using governance to deliver benefits to shareholders
  • Regaining competitiveness for the economy – how governance can play a role
  • A practical focus – immediate and longer term actions to take

Mr. Cian Blackwell, Partner Business Risk Services, Grant Thornton

9.50                        Board Effectiveness – What makes great boards great?

  • The key characteristics of effective boards
  • Code of Governance requirements for board evaluation
  • Processes for evaluating board performance
  • Questions that should be addressed in evaluations

Prof. Niamh Brennan, Michael MacCormac Professor of Management, UCD School of Business

10.20                        Coffee Break


10.50        Panel Discussion

Does Integrity Matter?

  • Integrity and leadership – a prerequisite?
  • Does the market really value integrity?
  • Is observance of the law sufficient for integrity?
  • How should society deal with integrity failures?

Mr. Julian Clarke, Chairman, European Business Ethics Network Ireland 

Mr. Bob Lee,  Communications Director EMEA, Great Place to Work Institute

Mr. John Crawley, Financial Advisor to the Dublin Docklands Authority

Ms. Elaine Stephen, Senior Corporate Responsibility Consultant, Business in the Community Ireland


11.35                        Case Study

Business Ethics in Practice – Lessons you can learn from one of the world’s most ethical companies

  • Ricoh’s ethical credentials
  • The importance of an ethical framework
  • What’s in it for me?

Mr. James Deacon, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Ricoh UK & Ireland



12.05                        The Business Case for Compliance

  • The need for compliance and due diligence
  • The case for an independent compliance officer and function
  • What a best in class compliance function looks like as part of an overall risk management function

Mr. Philip Brennan, Vice Chairman, Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland

12.35                        Lunch

1.50                        Welcome back from the Chair

                        Ms. Josephine Tierney, Finance Director, CPL Resources


1.55                        Case Study

The Siemens Compliance System

  • Driving Compliance – It has to come from the top
  • Fighting corruption throughout the supply chain
  • Questions to guide employees toward compliant behaviour
  • Making compliance an everyday standard

Mr. Brian Flannery, CFO, Siemens



2.25                        Case Study

How Vodafone are building and maintaining sound relationships with their stakeholders

  • Making a real difference with local communities
  • Building your reputation with customers
  • The potential business gains from CSR
  • What you can learn from the Vodafone model

Ms. Tracy Godfrey, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Vodafone Ireland



2.55            Implementing Enterprise Risk Management – The questions you need to ask yourself

  • What is Enterprise Risk Management?
  • How do you implement a risk management process?
  • What are the challenges and pitfalls?

Mr. Bevan Lloyd, Head of Risk Management, Sisk Group


3.25                        Coffee Break

3.50            Afternoon Keynote Address

Managing Risks for Ethical Integrity – The Ethical Misconduct Disaster

  • Disaster Recovery and Risk Management
  • Costs of Ethical Misconduct Disasters and how to prevent and survive them
  • The value of your image, brand and reputation

Prof. Bob Chandler, Professor of Communication and Director of the Nicholson School of Communication, University of Central Florida


4.20            Making whistleblowing an effective initiative to prevent and fight against fraud and corruption

  • Encouraging a culture of confidential reporting
  • Introducing legislation to protect whistleblowers
  • The value of whistleblowing
  • Putting a whistleblowing policy in place

Mr. John Devitt, Chief Executive, Transparency International Ireland


4.50                        Cybercrime – The biggest worry for business leaders today

  • Where are the greatest threats coming from
  • The commercial consequences of cybercrime
  • What companies can do to protect themselves
  • Ensuring your organization is proactive rather than reactive

Mr. Eoin Keary, Director BCC Risk Advisory Ltd. Global Vice President, Open Web Application Security Project

5.20                         Conference Close

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