IoD Ireland Members' Update

April 2022


Dear Anne,

It was a pleasure to welcome members and their guests at our Spring Lunch last week. The address by Minister Michael McGrath, Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform, covered a range of important issues of the day, not least the many challenges faced by business and Government through the first quarter of the year, in particular. Minister McGrath also offered his insights on the key document that is the National Development Plan. Our thanks to Minister McGrath for taking the time and consideration to address IoD members at our first Spring Lunch since the pandemic arrived on our shores, and to our Spring Lunch sponsor, Presidio.

There seems to be no end of topical issues at the present moment. War in Ukraine and its many consequences (not least, humanitarian), inflation, supply chain issues, a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, and more. A turbulent and uncertain first quarter of the year. It is in such a multi-faceted context that we are seeking our members views on these issues and how they are impacting you, your primary organisations, the economy and wider society. We value your views and would be grateful if you could find the time to complete our Director Sentiment Monitor survey for Q1 2022 (see panel and link below). Much appreciated.

Given such challenging times, our upcoming webinar on 7th April titled, 'Dealing with Resourcing and Talent Challenges in Your Organisation', is more pertinent with each passing day (see details below).

Director training is a key element of continuing professional development and below you will find details of two fundamentally important workshops in the coming weeks.

Congratulations are in order to our latest qualified Chartered Directors. The IoD is the only body in Ireland that provides the full designation and recognition as a professional Chartered Director (CDir). We are now enrolling for September 2022 cohorts, but please be mindful that places are limited.

For more information on upcoming workshops, the latest content, such as webcasts, blogs, and more, please see below.

Thank you.

Maura Quinn

Chief Executive

Institute of Directors (IoD) in Ireland

Featured Webinar

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Dealing with Resourcing and Talent Challenges in Your Organisation

Thursday, 7th April 2022 | 9:30 -10:30 am

Book your place in our Briefings webinar with Mary Connaughton, Director, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Sponsored by Accenture.

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Latest Updates

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IoD Survey: Director Sentiment Monitor Survey Q1 2022

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has seen enormous humanitarian, geo-political and economic consequences. 

IoD Ireland values your views on a turbulent first quarter of the year. Please share your views at the link below. The average completion time is just four minutes. Thank you.

Complete the Survey
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Michael McGrath Gives Keynote Address at IoD Ireland Spring Lunch 2022

The IoD Ireland Spring Lunch 2022 took place at the InterContinental Dublin Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, on Friday, 1st April, 2022. Special Guest, Michael McGrath TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, addressed IoD members and their guests on a range of important topics, including the economy, inflation, the consequences of the war in Ukraine, the cost of COVID-19, and the National Development Plan. 

The event attracted national media coverage on both RTE.ie and the two main RTE television news bulletins, Six-One News and the Nine O'Clock News.

The IoD Spring Lunch was sponsored by Presidio.

Pictured (above left) at the IoD Spring Lunch: Maura Quinn, Chief Executive, IoD Ireland; Imelda Reynolds, President, IoD Council; Michael McGrath TD, Minster for Public Expenditure and Reform; Brid Graham, Managing Director, Presidio.

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Director Training


The Changing Role of the Company Secretary

28th April | 9.30am-12.30pm

Trainer: John Smyth, Chartered Director

Format: Online Workshop

IoD members - €225 ex VAT; Non-members - €275 ex VAT

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Joining an Audit and Risk Committee

10th May | 9.30am-12.30pm

Trainer: Martina Maher, Independent Non-Executive Director

Format: In-Class Workshop at the Irish Management Institute

IoD members - €225 ex VAT; Non-members - €275 ex VAT  

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Enrolling Now for September 2022: Become a Chartered Director

The IoD programme is the gold standard of director training, and the only body in Ireland that provides the full designation and recognition as a professional Chartered Director (CDir). 

Enrolment is now open for September 2022 places. Register your interest today to take the next step in your professional career.

Express Your Interest Here
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Latest Qualified Chartered Directors Announced

We are delighted to publish the latest list of recently qualified Chartered Directors. As part of this qualification, newly qualified Directors may also use the designation CDir after their name.

Read the Full List

Exclusive Member Content


Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive: What Irish Companies Need to Know

Our latest Director Factsheet, from McCann FitzGerald LLP, looks at the new proposal for a Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence. It proposes to introduce new obligations for in-scope companies to identify and, where necessary, prevent, end or mitigate adverse impacts of their activities on human rights and on the environment, and, in the case of certain larger companies, to have a plan to ensure that their business strategy is compatible with limiting global warming to 1.5 °C in line with the Paris Agreement.

Please note: To read this members’ only content, you must be logged into the members' area of our website. For more Director Factsheets, please visit our website.

Read the Factsheet
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How Well Positioned is Ireland to Capitalise on the Private Equity Boom?

Read our latest blog by Conor Joyce, Head of Transfer Agency, Irish Funds, IQ-EQ. Conor

examines how well Ireland’s funds industry is positioned to benefit from this growth in the private equity market.

This blog has been written exclusively for IoD Ireland.

Read the Blog
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Lunch Bites @ the IoD with Naomi Long MLA, Leader of the Alliance Party 

Watch this webcast, recorded on Thursday, 24th March, with Naomi Long MLA, Leader of the Alliance Party, Northern Ireland Assembly, on her session titled, 'Elections and Brexit: What Next for Northern Ireland?'

The Lunch Bites @ the IoD Series is sponsored by IQ-EQ.

Please note: To view this members' only content, you must be logged into the members' area of our website. 

Watch the Webcast

Featured Members

Meet a Member

John Dunne is Principal and Founder, Ignite Media Consulting, an independent advisory firm. He has been a member of IoD Ireland for ten years.

Read his insightful member Q&A, and hear his thoughts on what makes a great leader, and why he decided to join IoD Ireland.

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Welcome to Our Newest Members

A warm welcome to some of our newest members:

  • Niall Tedford, Director, Livingston Properties / Myra Glass
  • David McMahon, Managing Director, Kingspan Insulated Panels Central Europe
  • Ronan McMahon, Non-Executive Director, IPB Insurance 
  • Denis Herlihy, Owner/Manager, DenisHerlihy
  • Padraig Stokes, Managing Director, Eurosales International
  • John Dunne, CEO, Ignite Media Consulting
  • Mary Plunkett Glynn, CRO, Link Group (Ireland)
  • Martina Whyte, CEO, Claritas Europe
  • Russell Burke, Senior Regulatory and Strategic Payments Consultant/Principal, Juristic Ltd.
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Members in the News

Lorna Conn CDir, an IoD Ireland member and Chartered Director, was appointed CEO of Cpl in January 2022 and has been named in Business & Finance magazine's annual CEO 100 Index 2022.

Miriam Hughes CDir, an IoD Ireland member and Chartered Director, has been appointed Chairperson-Designate of Bus Eireann by Minister for Transport, Mr Eamon Ryan TD. 

The Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency, Laura Burke CDir, who is an IoD Ireland member and Chartered Director, is the focus of a professional profile feature titled, ‘Why I became an engineer,’ on the Engineers Ireland website.

Dublin Chamber has announced that its new president is Vincent Harrison, Managing Director of Dublin Airport, who is an IoD Ireland member.

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Featured Member Benefit

Exclusive Access to the IoD Ireland Tax Panel

Avail of a free tax consultation from the IoD expert Tax Panel. The Institute of Directors’ Tax Panel comprises a group of professionals offering advice on corporate and personal tax matters. IoD members can avail of an initial consultation, free of charge, either by telephone, or in person, with any member of the Tax Panel seeking advice on corporate and personal tax matters.

To avail of this benefit and find out more about other exclusive IoD member benefits click on the button below.

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Advocacy and Leadership

Latest Government and Stakeholder News

Companies Registration Office (CRO) - New 'How To' Videos Launched

The CRO has launched new 'how to' videos explaining how to file some of its latest online forms.

2022 Edelman Trust Barometer Published

The 2022 Edelman Trust Barometer Ireland report has been published. Amongst other key findings, it reveals that, 'The demand of business to contribute solutions to societal challenges has never been higher and 72% want government and business to partner closely for the betterment of society.'

EU Trade Sanctions in Response to Situation in Ukraine

The EU has adopted additional sanctions in response to Russia’s illegal and unprovoked military aggression against Ukraine. These sanctions build on, and expand, the earlier sanctions.

Action Plan for Insurance Reform - Implementation Report March 2022

The second implementation report of the Action Plan for Insurance Reform, showing approximately 80% of actions in the Plan are now being delivered with the remaining initiated. 

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New Research by Accenture | Digital Index 2022

The 2022 Accenture Digital Index, ‘Towards a Digital Society’, examines the state of the digital divide in Ireland – the gap between the digitally engaged and disengaged - and reveals the long-standing issues in our emerging digital society have become more nuanced. While the report notes that barriers to digital engagement are coming down, skills gaps that persist could mean a cohort of people risk being isolated from the digital economy. Read the Report 

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Board Services

Board Evaluation Service

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The IoD Ireland Board Evaluation Service allows your organisation to learn how effectively your board is executing its roles and responsibilities. The service is efficient, robust, and completely confidential.

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Boardroom Centre

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IoD Ireland's Boardroom Centre is the leading independent source of non-executive directors and chairpersons in Ireland, and supports IoD members on their non-executive journey.

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Bespoke Training

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IoD Ireland's Bespoke Board Training in corporate governance delivers, in a confidential setting, effective solutions for the development needs of your board.

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Humanitarian Appeals


Ireland’s Humanitarian Response to Ukraine Crisis - How Businesses Can Help

An online platform for businesses to pledge offers of supplies and services to help Ireland’s humanitarian response to the Ukraine crisis has been set up by the Government.

Other Ukraine appeals include those by UNHCR, Concern Worldwide, UNICEF, the Red Cross, and GOAL.

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