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The Leadership Series -Leadership and Culture - Setting the Tone from the Top - 12th September 2018

The National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran

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The Leadership Series -Leadership and Culture - Setting the Tone from the Top - 12th September 2018

12 September 2018 5:45pm

Culture is central to good corporate governance. Ensuring that an appropriate culture exists in business is a core responsibility of all boards. Directors need to understand what is understood by culture and also the behaviours that culture drives.

Our panel for The Leadership Series - Leadership and Culture - Setting the Tone from the Top will examine how ‘good culture’ can be achieved and what actions are necessary to ensure organisational culture is in line with that espoused by the board.

Drawing on their experiences, the panelists will discuss topics such as ethics committees and cultural audits. They will also explain the wider ramifications of recent regulatory focus on culture in the financial services sector and how having the right culture is not just a ‘box-ticking’ exercise.

The Leadership Series is exclusively for IoD members and is kindly sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran.


Registration will take place from 5.45pm with the panel discussion beginning at 6pm sharp, followed by Q&A and refreshments.

This event is open to IoD members only and attendance is free of charge. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Derville Rowland

Derville Rowland

Director General (Financial Conduct) Central Bank of Ireland

Derville was appointed Director General (Financial Conduct) in the Central Bank of Ireland on 1 September 2017 and is responsible for consumer protection, securities and markets supervision, enforcement and policy and risk. Derville is a member of the European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA).

Prior to this appointment, Derville was the Director of Enforcement in the Central Bank, where she established and developed the Enforcement Directorate. Previous to this, Derville gained extensive litigation and regulatory experience while practising law at the Bar and working as in-house regulatory counsel.

Derville is a qualified barrister having being called to the Bar in 1996 (Inns of Court School of Law; Inner Temple) and subsequently in 2003 (Kings Inns Dublin).

Ellvena Graham OBE

Ellvena Graham OBE

Chairperson, ESB

Ellvena is Chairman of the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), Ireland's largest energy utility. ESB, through its subsidiary NIE Networks Ltd, also owns the electricity network in Northern Ireland.

Previously, Ellvena worked in Ulster Bank (a subsidiary of RBS Group) for over 30 years, most recently as Head of Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland.

Ellvena is also Chairman of the Board of the Belfast Waterfront & Ulster Halls, a new venture established by Belfast City Council to attract international conferences to Belfast and; the Economic Advisory Group (EAG), a group of CEOs and Economists who provide the Stormont Executive with independent expert guidance on key areas that underpin the development of the NI Economy.

Ellvena is President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce & Industry; a non-executive director of Camerata Ireland; a member of the Prince’s Trust Council Northern Ireland and a member of the Senate of Queen’s University, Belfast.

Gary Kennedy

Gary Kennedy

Chairman, Greencore Group plc, Green REIT plc and Connect Group plc

Gary is currently Chairman of Greencore Group plc, a position he took up in January 2013, having been a non-executive director since 2008.

Gary also serves as Chairman of Green REIT plc, a role he has held since June 2013, and Connect Group plc since May 2015. He also chairs and advises a number of private companies, mostly in the technology sector.

He has extensive board and industry experience having been a board member of Elan plc and IBRC Ltd (Anglo Irish Bank) amongst others; he also served on the board of the Industrial Development Authority of Ireland (IDA) for 10 years, retiring in December 2005.

His executive career, beginning with Deloitte, matured with Nortel Networks, where he spent 13 years in multi-geographies ultimately as Group Vice President of Nortel Europe.

He spent the latter part of his executive career with Allied Irish Banks plc, where he was Group Director of Finance and Enterprise Technology and a member of its main board, together with being a member of subsidiary boards in the US and Poland.

Emer Gilvarry

Emer Gilvarry

Senior Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran

Emer is a former Chairperson of Mason Hayes & Curran and a Senior Partner in the Dispute Resolution team. Emer is experienced in a broad range of commercial and financial services litigation. She specialises in project management and investigatory work, and acts as a legal advisor to corporates and boards on corporate safeguards and compliance procedures. 

Emer is a member of the Advisory Board at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, a Council member of the Economic and Social Research Institute and a board member of Greencoat Renewables plc and the Ireland Funds. She is also a qualified mediator.

Kevin Rafter

Kevin Rafter


Kevin is Professor of Political Communication at Dublin City University and an experienced non-executive director. A former political journalist he is a leading authority on topics related to media and politics. His independent external perspective has been acknowledged by invitations from a leading financial institution to represent the ‘customer voice’ in its independent mortgage tracker appeals process, from the government to chair an independent review of the Civil Service and through his membership of the disciplinary tribunal for solicitors. Kevin is a non-executive director at Dublin Bus and Oxfam Ireland. He has a BA (Mod) and MLitt in economics and an MA and PhD in political science, and recently completed a diploma in corporate law and governance.

Mason Hayes & Curran

Mason Hayes & Curran is a business law firm with 80 partners. The expertise of the firm is rooted in unrivalled industry knowledge, so advice is always set in its commercial context.

The Corporate Governance and Compliance team at Mason Hayes & Curran provides an integrated and extensive range of governance, administration and compliance services for Irish and overseas clients. The team includes corporate lawyers who are available to provide clients with advice on a range of governance and structuring matters, from advising on the duties of directors to assisting in implementing complex group reorganisations.

To find out more visit www.mhc.ie @MHCLawyers