Sport Ireland Annual Governance Conference
Sport Ireland is pleased to announce the details for this year's Annual Governance Conference as part of the Gov-Enhance Governance Programme.
This conference will take place on Thursday the 24th of November from 11:00am to 3:30pm in the Clayton Hotel Liffey Valley.
This year's conference is focused on the importance of Leadership in Governance with a priority on the sport sector increasing the gender balance within one of their primary leadership group - their governing Board.
We will be joined by Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers who will address the attendees at the conference.
Registration for the conference will take place from 10:30am, with the event being MC'd by RTÉ sports broadcaster Evanne Ní Chuilinn.
For more information, please email email@example.com
See below the list of guest speakers for the conference.
Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí
Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí, Carmichael CEO, has extensive experience as a board chair and a board member in a number of charities and with working with boards and providing governance support and advice. He is a member of the Charity SORP Committee for the UK and Ireland.
Experienced Coach with a demonstrated history of working in the sports industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organisations, Coaching, Entrepreneurship, Athletics, and Conflict Resolution. Strong community and social services professional with a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) focused in Major in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University.
Dr Karl Thomas
Dr Karl Thomas work is on developing people who think differently in the field of innovation. He also focuses on creating future leaders who understand the value of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creative problem-solving as fundamental features of the innovation and business ecosystem.
Sarah Keane is the President of the Olympic Federation of Ireland and is also the Chair of the European Olympic Committees Gender Equality Commission. She is a member of the ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees), Gender Equality Commission and the IOC Gender Equality Commission, where she is active in implementing their Gender Equality strategy.
Liz Joyce is a Non- Executive Director, OD Advisor/Consultant and Executive Coach, currently working with Diageo Ireland as Interim HR Director. She is a Non-Executive Director on the board of Ervia (Irish Water and Gas Networks Ireland) and an Independent Director on the board of the Football Association of Ireland.
Tom Ward is a Senior Governance Specialist with the IPA with responsibility for developing and delivering governance services to public bodies and non-profit entities, and promoting good governance. He re-joined the Institute in May 2017, having previously been a member of staff delivering governance, training and education services between 2006-2011.
Paul McDermott joined Sport Ireland (previously the Irish Sports Council) on its establishment in 1999. A graduate of UCD Paul worked in Spain and Ireland before taking up the role in the new agency. He had a variety of roles and projects in the Corporate Services area and was best known for work as Director of Communication from 2006 to 2013. He then took over as the lead of both HP Unit and the NGB Unit and continues in that role today.
Nora Stapleton is the Women in Sport Lead for Sport Ireland. Nora joined Sport Ireland in 2019 as the Women in Sport Lead. Her role oversees the implementation of objectives and actions as set out in the Sport Ireland Policy on Women in Sport. This policy aims to increase female involvement across all areas of sport, from participation to visibility, coaching and officiating to leadership and governance.
Dr Una May
Dr Una May was appointed CEO of Sport Ireland in January 2022 having previously held the positions of Director of Participation and Ethics and the Director of Anti-Doping. She led the creation of a world class, globally recognised Anti-Doping Programme from a greenfield base, and has also grown the grassroots local delivery of sport, through the ongoing development of the National Network of Local Sports Partnerships, growing core investment in this area.
Evanne Ní Chuilinn
Evanne Ní Chulinn has worked as a sports Broadcaster with RTE for 18 years. She has travelled extensively as a sports journalist to various World and European Championships, and Olympic and Paralympic Games. She previously worked on TG4's sports-programming and is a fluent Irish speaker. In 2016, Evanne completed a Masters in Sport Management, and produced a research paper on the topical issue of trust restoration in the governance of competitive sport.
Kieran Mulvey Chair of Sport Ireland he was Chair of the Irish Sports Council. He has been Chief Executive of the Labour Relations Commission since 1991. He is the Director General of the new Workplace Relations Commission. He is a former General Secretary of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT).
Carol Coad is chair of Wicklow Local Sport and Recreation Partnership and Rural Recreation Officer for Co Wicklow. A sport science and business graduate, Carol worked in China and France before returning to Ireland and Coillte, taking the reins in Recreation Innovation. In 2019, she joined County Wicklow Partnership as RRO and a lead player in the Wicklow Outdoor Recreation Committee. She is passionate about outdoor activity and sport and was appointed chair of WLSRP in early 2022.