IoD Ireland Members' Update

December 2022

Dear Anne,

I hope this finds you well.

I would like to thank all of you who participated in our ESG research titled, 'The State of ESG in Irish Boardrooms', conducted in partnership with the Diligent Institute (see link below). I am pleased to note that we have been invited to discuss the findings of this new report at the Joint Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Innovation.

As Christmas approaches, it is important to be mindful of those that find themselves in a difficult place. IoD Ireland is delighted to support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) this year as part of our Christmas Appeal. Unfortunately, the effects of the cost-of-living crisis have impacted many families and individuals around the country. We are encouraging all our members and stakeholders to give as generously as they can to help the work of SVP this Christmas. All donations will be processed directly via the SVP website.

As 2023 approaches, I am delighted to announce that Accenture will continue to be the sponsor of the IoD Ireland Briefings Series in 2023, and IQ-EQ will continue to sponsor the Lunch Bites @ the IoD Series in 2023.

This ezine’s issue also includes the latest events, director training, exclusive content and benefits available to members, all available below. I hope you find it helpful.

I look forward to meeting many more of you in person in 2023, the year the IoD celebrates its 30th Anniversary but, for now, may I wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas.

Caroline Spillane CDir

Chief Executive Officer

Institute of Directors (IoD) in Ireland

IoD Research

Have Your Say | IoD Cyber Security Survey

IoD Ireland values your views. Our latest research, the Director Sentiment Monitor for Q4 2022, is seeking your views on a range of issues, including the important area of cyber security.

IoD Ireland has developed this questionnaire to understand the challenges and opportunities facing organisations like yours, and the actions you can take to build a resilient organisation and drive secure growth. 

The survey is open to IoD Ireland members only. The average completion time is approximately four minutes and all responses are anonymous.

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The State of ESG Strategy in Irish Boardrooms | New IoD Research 

This new research reveals the importance with which ESG is being regarded in boardrooms. The research is in partnership with the Diligent Institute, and was launched at an event at the Diligent HQ office in Galway, on Tuesday, 29th November. 

This new report addresses important areas, such as: ESG oversight and responsibility; ESG board recruitment and training; ESG strategy and integration; and relevant ESG legislation. It also analyses the findings by providing a comparison of private and public companies, as well as a sector comparison, with some fascinating results. 

Read the Report

Director Training

IoD Essentials Workshop Series

Spring 2023 Workshops Launched 

We are delighted to announce our new IoD Essentials Workshop Series for Spring 2023.

This series will be delivered by expert trainers and covers a wide breadth of key topics, including chairing a board and committee; charity governance; the role of the director; strategy; company finance; joining an audit and risk committee; the role of the company secretary; and getting yourself board ready.

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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 Chartered Directors may also use the designation CDir after their name. 

The Chartered Director Programme is a unique qualification for directors and strategic business leaders combining learning and professional experience. This sought-after programme has been running in Ireland since September 2008 and is delivered exclusively by IoD Ireland.

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Interested in the IoD Chartered Director Programme?

The IoD Chartered Director 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). By joining the programme, participants can build relationships with peer business and public service leaders in Ireland. 

Register your interest today to take the next step in your professional career.

Express Your Interest Here

Exclusive Member Content

Directors’ Duty to Have Regard to the Interests of Creditors: Irish and English Law Contrasted

Our latest Director Factsheet, from McCann FitzGerald LLP, is a briefing on 'Directors’ Duty to Have Regard to the Interests of Creditors: Irish and English Law Contrasted.'

It notes that directors must consider the interests of creditors as a whole, and not just the interests of any individual creditor or class of creditors.

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.

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Four Factors Businesses Need to Consider as They Plan for the Metaverse 

In this blog, written exclusively for IoD Ireland, David Kirwan, Head of Technology, Accenture Ireland, urges business leaders in Ireland to focus on four factors that will ensure companies keep up with the next wave of digital transformation.

'What we’re talking about is evolution rather than revolution, a continuum from technologies we are already using today,' he writes. 'But the leaps when they come will be big and businesses need to prepare in the best way they can or risk missing out on new paths to competitive advantage.'

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The Senior Executive Accountability Regime (SEAR): What Directors Need to Know and Do

In this IoD Briefings webcast, recorded on Wednesday, 1st December 2022, Josh Hogan, Partner, McCann FitzGerald LLP, and Donal Hamilton, Partner, Employment, Pensions and Incentives Group, McCann FitzGerald LLP, presented guidance and advice for directors on implementing the Senior Executive Accountability Regime (SEAR) regime. 

The IoD Briefings series is kindly sponsored by Accenture

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

Watch the Webcast

Lunch Bites with Marguerite Sayers, Deputy CEO, ESB, and Chair, ESB Networks

In this Lunch Bites @ the IoD webcast, recorded on Thursday, 10th November 2022, Marguerite Sayers, Deputy CEO, ESB, and Chair, ESB Networks, presented her session titled, 'The Irish Energy Market: What Business Leaders Should Know', in which she discussed the current energy crisis and also spoke about the Government’s Climate Action Plan and its targets, and the role of businesses in achieving these targets. 

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

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

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Featured Member Benefit

Tailored D&O Liability Cover with Glennon Insurance

Glennon Insurance has created a tailored insurance solution for individual directors in Ireland, available only to IoD Ireland members. This exclusive insurance scheme covers executive and non-executive directors, and senior management against legal actions and their costs, and helps protect personal assets.

Glennon Insurance is delighted to offer IoD members a complimentary and confidential consultation regarding Directors' and Officers' (D&O) insurance.

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Featured Members

Welcome to Our Newest Members

A warm welcome to some of our newest members:

David Minton, Director, Northern & Western Regional Assembly

Triona Gorman, Group Operations Director, Sherry FitzGerald Ltd. 

Harshal Shah, Managing Director/Owner, Carrington Wine Merchants, Dublin

Nicholas Carroll, Head of Marketing Intelligence, Saros Consulting

Lisa Kelly, Director of Marketing & CX, Cornmarket Group Financial Services Ltd.

Cathal Keane, Director, Graf Ireland Environmental Ltd

Peter Goff, Managing Director, NexusVista

Rachael Leahy, Company Secretary and Head of Legal, The Shannon Airport Group

Lesley Ann Dunne, Founder, Rethink Behaviours

Bobby O’Connor, SVP Healthcare Sales, Westrock

Art O’Grady, Operations Director, DPS Group

Denisa Breathnach

Naoimh Frawley, Director of People, Operations & Governance, Cork Chamber

Esra Kasapoglu, Director of AI and Data Economy (AIDE), Innovate UK

Kate Verling, Managing Director, MINK Dublin

Ashutosh Saxena, Head of Engineering and Site Lead, Shippo

John O’Connell, Director of Software Engineering, Expleogroup(Ireland)

Thierry Artaud, Founder, KTFI Consulting (Key To France Ireland Ltd)

Dealbha Prendergast, Group HR Director, Sherry FitzGerald Ltd

Geoff Dooley, Head of Sustainability Services, Antaris Consulting

Rosarii Coleman, International Expert, Former Head of Division, OECD.

IoD Ireland Christmas Appeal

Supporting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP)

IoD Ireland is delighted to support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) for our Christmas appeal this year. We are encouraging all our members and stakeholders to give as generously as they can to help the work of SVP this Christmas.

SVP is a member of the Charities Institute Ireland and is fully committed to the Charities Regulator Code, Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public.

IoD Ireland will not be processing any donations directly. All donations will be processed directly via the SVP website. Please donate via the button below.


Advocacy and Leadership

Employers for Change: Inclusive and Accessible Communications

'The way in which colleagues and employees with a disability access communications may be different to their non-disabled peers; and people with different disabilities have different needs and experience different ‘barriers' when accessing information.' Employers for Change have published an Inclusive and Accessible Communications Toolkit to address this, while employers can also find details of the free training provided by Employers for Change on the website. 

Skills for Better Business

The Government has launched Skills for Better Business, 'a two-part initiative aimed at assisting SME owners and managers across Ireland'.  It comprises an Online Tool for management skills assessment, complemented by a sign-posting resource providing quick contact information for management education and training.

Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS)

The Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS), which will assist businesses with their energy costs during the winter months, has now secured European Commission State aid approval. The scheme will be administered by the Revenue Commissioners. The approval by the European Commission means that Revenue can proceed with opening the TBESS online system for registrations. Businesses may use the system to submit claims under the scheme from 5th December.

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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