IoD Members' Update - May 2019
It seems hard to believe that another Annual General Meeting (AGM) is already on the horizon and, in this edition of our monthly ezine, you will find a link to all the documents for the IoD AGM, which will be held on Thursday 23rd, May 2019.

You will also find details of the Autumn Lunch 2019 with Michael Stanley, CEO of Cairn Homes plc, and a host of other upcoming events.

If you missed any of our recent Briefings series, kindly sponsored by Mazars, including those by Lucinda Creighton, former Irish Minister and now CEO of Vulcan consulting, Mary Connaughton, a CIPD Fellow, and Marian Finnegan, the Chief Economist and Director of Research for the Sherry FitzGerald Group, you can access their presentations by logging-in to the exclusive Member’s Area of our website.

Please do get in touch if you have any queries with regards your membership and contact .

We hope to see you at an event soon.  
Above: Pictured at the appointment of new board members at Rugby Players Ireland (left to right):  Greg O'Shea, Rugby Players Ireland Executive Board Member, Ciara Griffin, Rugby Players Ireland Executive Board Member, Maura Quinn, IoD Ireland CEO and Rugby Players Ireland Independent Board Member, Rob Kearney, Rugby Players Ireland Chairman, and Louise Galvin, Rugby Players Ireland Executive Board Member: INPHO/James Crombie)
IoD Autumn Lunch 2019
We are delighted to announce details of the Autumn Lunch 2019 with Guest Speaker, Michael Stanley, Chief Executive Officer, Cairn Homes plc .

The Autumn Lunch is kindly sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland and takes place on Friday, 20th September 2019, in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4 (former Burlington Hotel).

IoD Annual General Meeting 2019
The IoD Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019 will take place on Thursday, 23rd May 2019 at 18:00 in Cliff Townhouse, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

A member email has already been sent with all the relevant AGM documents, but this can also be found by logging into the member area of the  website .
McCann FitzGerald factsheet
May 2019

Our sincere thanks to McCann FitzGerald for their ongoing assistance in producing the IoD factsheets.

Remember, you need to be logged into the website to view the IoD factsheets.

Paul Candon is a Chartered Director, Chairman of United Hardware Limited, and Managing Director of Bunzl Irish Merchants.

United Hardware is one of Ireland’s largest buying and marketing groups for builders’ merchants and operates under the Homevalue and Arrow brands. Bunzl Irish Merchants is a subsidiary of Bunzl PLC and is the leading supplier in Ireland of non-food consumable products into the Retail, Foodservice and Healthcare sectors. Prior to this, Paul was CEO of McCabe’s Pharmacy Group and before that held several executive director roles with Topaz Energy (now Circle K) and Statoil.

Why did you decide to join the IoD? 
I joined the IoD in 2009 when I was a Director and Company Secretary at Topaz Energy Limited to enhance my skills as a director in all areas of governance as well as the opportunity to network.

Since joining the IoD, how have you benefitted from your membership? 
I completed the Chartered Director programme in 2017/18 which has been a huge benefit to me. I have attended some of the one-day specialist courses over the past few years as well as the networking events. Through these I have greatly improved my knowledge and formed some excellent business relationships.
Events and Workshops
14th May
Presenter: John Smyth   CDir

Time: 09:00 - 16:30

Venue: Galway Chamber of Commerce, Commerce House, Merchants Road, Galway

Cost: €360 ex VAT for IoD members/€405 ex VAT non-members
14th May
Presenters:  Carol Bolger CDir  & Marie Collins CDir

Time:   09:00 - 16:30

Venue: Irish Management Institute, 16 Sandyford Road, Sandyford, Dublin 16
Cost: €425 ex VAT IoD members/€485 ex VAT non-members
16th May
Presenters: Sarah Keane,   Chief Executive Officer, Swim Ireland, and President, Olympic Federation of Ireland

Time:  12:45 - 13:50

Venue: Carolan Room, The National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

Cost: Free of charge - IoD members only

Kindly sponsored by IQ-EQ
30th May
IoD Evening Briefing - Preparing Yourself for the Boardroom

*Evening Event - Dublin*
Presenters:  Gervaise Slowey CDir, Independent Non-Executive Director | Harry Lorton, Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman

Time:  17:00 - 18:45

Venue: Grafton Suite, The Westbury Hotel, Grafton Street, Dublin 2

Cost: Free of charge - IoD members only

Kindly sponsored by Mazars
IoD and Members in the News
Member Benefits
Go DigiCard electronic business card
IoD have teamed up with Go DigiCard to offer IoD members an exclusive discount on this innovative new electronic business card.

It allows instant connectivity with just a click of a button. Through innovative technology this new platform blends the advantages of online marketing with a traditional paper business card. 

Never get caught without your business card again and always have the most up to date information on your Go DigiCard.

The IoD Blog
This month we have two blogs from experts in very different fields.

The first is from Joanne McEnteggart , Managing Director, IQ-EQ Ireland who writes about The potential of blockchain in investment and finance.

The second is written Derek Dunne , CEO of Manifests Ireland , who discusses Taking the Pain Out of the Paperwork , as Irish companies prepare for Brexit.

If you are interested in contributing to our blog or for further information, please contact Paul O'Mahony at or call 01 411 0010. 
Chartered Director Programme
Cohort 56 Now Booking
The Chartered Director Programme is delivering four cohorts in the autumn from Cohort 53 through to Cohort 56.

Cohort 56  is the last Cohort of 2019, which will begin on 26th September 2019. Place offers for Cohort 56 are currently being circulated to those who have completed the application process. Anyone who is interested in the Chartered Director Programme can download an Expression of Interest form .

Please contact the training department on 01-411 0010 or email for further information.
Watch Programme Director, Eileen Gleeson, outline details of the Chartered Director Programme.
Director Magazine
As an IoD member, you can access Director magazine, published by IoD UK, free of charge. Each edition is full of insightful interviews with entrepreneurs and company directors.

To access the magazine, please click   here  and then use the login details below:

Email   address:

Magazine password:  Director2000 

Please remember to  use the login details provided above  rather than your own email address when accessing the magazine. It will prompt you to enter your membership number - please  ignore this and enter the password above   in that box. IoD members can access the  Director  magazine free of charge.

You can also download the magazine by selecting the PDF option in the top menu within the Director magazine window.
The Fraud Prevention Conference
17th May 2019 - Special rate for IoD members
The Fraud Prevention Conference takes place at the RDS on 17th May 2019, and all IoD members can avail of a special member rate for this event.

The conference features high profile speakers in the area, addressing the problems of online fraud, business communications fraud and cyber phishing attacks.

The convention will be officially opened by Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan and will include international speakers such as:

  • Dermot O'Shea, Chief of Detectives, NYPD
  • Mike Haley, CEO, Cifas
  • Dino Kerigan-Kyrou, Co-author of NATO’s cybersecurity training programme
  • Laura Noonan, US Banking Editor, Financial Times

The conference is a must for anyone interested in tackling the growing issue fraud in all its guises. 

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