IoD Members' Update - September 2019
With summer officially over, we have a packed itinerary lined up for you this September.
Our upcoming events include: an Evening Briefing, kindly sponsored by Mazars, on ‘Tax, Trade and Change - Implications for Budget 2020 and Beyond’ on 12th September; a   Lunch Bites @ the IoD event, kindly sponsored by IQ-EQ, on Democracy in Ireland and Beyond - The Role of the Citizens' Assembly and Journalism’ on 18th September; our Autumn Lunch , kindly sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland, on 20th September; and an Evening Briefing on ‘SALEStalk for the NOW Generation’ on 26th September.

We also have an enticing series of autumn workshops in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway, designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of directors.

Finally, watch out for the results of the IoD's Director Sentiment Monitor for Q2 2019, which is sure to provoke interesting discussion points over the coming weeks.
All this - and Brexit still to come. It's going to be an interesting autumn...
Please get in touch if you have any queries with regard to your membership and contact .
IoD Autumn Lunch 2019
The IoD's Autumn Lunch is a great opportunity for new and existing members alike to network and meet their fellow members in an informal setting, and this month's event provides just such a context. It is also an excellent opportunity to entertain your clients.

Michael Stanley, Chief Executive Officer,   Cairn Homes plc, is our guest speaker at the IoD Autumn Lunch 2019, which  takes place on Friday, 20th September 2019 , in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4 (former Burlington Hotel).

The IoD Autumn Lunch 2019 is kindly sponsored by   Eversheds Sutherland.
To book your place or a table, and to read more, please visit our website .
McCann FitzGerald Factsheet
September 2019

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

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Bobby Kerr is formerly co-owner and Chairman/CEO of Insomnia Coffee Company (which he exited from in 2018), Ireland's largest independent coffee chain. He is a presenter on 'Down to Business' the popular Newstalk radio business show on Saturdays. Best known in Ireland as a ‘Dragon’ on the Irish TV version of Dragons’ Den, Bobby is also a popular public speaker and business mentor. His business interests are in a variety of sectors, including food and hospitality, technology, hardware and exhibition.

Since joining the IoD, how have you benefitted from your membership?
I have participated in numerous business events and became a non-executive director of two companies as a result of my membership.

What is the most important business lesson that you have learned in your career to date?
It costs twice as much and takes twice as long. Never seems to change.

How do you think business leaders can best prepare for the future?
Stay current, travel and learn from what you see around you.
IoD Evening Briefing: Tax, Trade and Change - Implications for Budget 2020 and Beyond
As we look ahead to the end of 2019, the world is in flux.  Ireland stands at a very particular point in all of this movement, with very specific challenges in each of the areas of taxation, trade, and changes resulting from climate change and technological advancement.

What does this mean for Budget 2020? And what does it all suggest in turn for Irish businesses who are planning ahead?  

Join us at the Westbury Hotel , Dublin, on 12th September at 17:00 as Mark Kennedy, Managing Partner, Mazars , discusses these key issues, and shares his insights and experience. Read more and secure your place on our website . The IoD Breakfast and Evening Briefings series is kindly sponsored by Mazars.
Featured Workshops
24th September
Presenter: Caroline Kirrane, Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder

Time: 09:00 - 16:30

Venue: Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork

Cost: €360 ex VAT IoD members/€405 ex VAT non-members
26th September

*Daytime Event - Dublin*
Presenter:  Marie Collins CDir, Chartered Director

Time:   09:00 - 16:30

Venue: Irish Management Institute, Sandyford Road, Sandyford, Dublin 16
Cost: €425 ex VAT IoD members/€485 ex VAT non-members
3rd October
Presenter: George Bartlett, Corporate Governance Expert

Time: 09:00 - 16:30

Venue: Irish Management Institute, Sandyford Road, Sandyford, Dublin 16

Cost: €425 ex VAT for IoD members/€485 ex VAT for non-members 
8th October
Presenter:  Ros O'Shea, Partner, Acorn Governance Solutions

Time:   09:00 - 16:30

Venue: Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork
Cost: €360 ex VAT IoD members/€405 ex VAT non-members

Putting brand at the heart of your financial strategy event at the Google Foundry
Last week, we held a joint event with IAPI - Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland - on 'Putting brand at the heart of your financial strategy' at the Google Foundry.

It was great to see so many IoD members in attendance at the event, as well as seeing so much engagement across social media, notably trending on twitter in Ireland at one stage.

The impressive speaker line up, included:  David Haigh , CEO, Brand Finance - Damian Devaney , Global VP of Marketing and Communications, Smurfit Kappa - Ken Bowles , Group CFO, Smurfit Kappa - Sharon Walsh , Global Cider Director, Heineken - Alan Cox, CEO, Core. The event also included a welcome from our own Thora Mackey, as well as being facilitated by Charley Stoney, the CEO of IAPI. 

Thank you to all the speakers for their insightful views and insights on the importance of brand within an organisation's financial strategy.
The IoD Blog
In our blog spot this month, Graham Brown , Managing Director of Forth Capital Europe Limited, addresses the topic of What opportunities are available for UK pensions in the light of Brexit?  

Previous blogs are also available on our website .

If you are interested in contributing to our blog or for further information, please contact Paul O'Mahony at p or call 01 411 0010. 
Chartered Director Training: Cohort 59
The IoD's Chartered Director Programme is a unique qualification for directors and strategic business leaders, combining learning and professional experience.

The Programme is comprised of 11 class-based learning days, together with a one-day preparation session for the Certificate examination and a half-day preparation session for the Diploma examination - 12.5 learning days in total.

The Chartered Director Programme has two commencement points in each calendar year, January and September, with up to eight cohorts per year. 

Read more about what's involved and about our next offering, Cohort 59 , which begins on 27th January 2020.
Director magazine
As an IoD member, you can access   the 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 (case sensitive) 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 login details above   in the two boxes.
Policy Hub

National Risk Assessment 2019 published by the Government

The Government has published the National Risk Assessment 2019, setting out the most significant risks facing the country in 2019. The Report includes a range of economic, geopolitical, environmental, social, and technological risks with Brexit, Climate Change & Biodiversity, and International Trade Tensions again featuring strongly this year. Read the National Risk Assessment 2019 .

The second Payment Services Directive (PSD2)

The second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) is a European directive that will make it more secure for consumers to make electronic payments when shopping online or using online banking services. Useful information on the PSD2 is available on a number of websites, including the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) .

The Central Bank publishes Financial Stability Note

The Central Bank has published a Financial Stability Note which examines the future of Global Financial Centres (GFC) after Brexit, from an EU perspective. The research presents a set of scenarios for the future of London and other financial centres in Europe after Brexit and finds the impact of fundamental factors on London could be very small. The potential dispersal of financial services to smaller centres like Dublin could have an impact on those centres. Read the Financial Stability Note .
Diversity in the Boardroom 2019
In case you missed it, we recently published the Diversity in the Boardroom 2019 report, which received considerable media coverage and positive engagement on social media.

All 3,000 IoD members were invited to take part in an online survey, with 381 members (60% male and 40% female) completing the survey, which equates to 13% of the membership. We would like to express our thanks to all who took part.

Visit our website to read Diversity in the Boardroom 2019 and for the highlights in the press release .
It may come easier to some more than others, but the art of networking can be of tremendous benefit when attending the innumerable events hosted by the IoD and interacting with fellow members.
Here are two interesting articles on this subject from the Harvard Business Review , and one from The Irish Times , which we hope will prove informative.

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