Graphite HRM Annual HR & Employment Law Conference 2021

On Friday, January 22nd, 2021, Graphite HRM will hold our Annual HR & Employment Law Conference.

This online event is perfect for anyone from Directors to Human Resource professionals, with insightful presentations delivered by a panel of HR experts.

HR insights and more

2020 has brought with it many new challenges for businesses. Come January 22nd, 2021, the panel of expert speakers will address these challenges and much more. They’ll cover everything from planning for the year ahead to implementing effective communication and performance management strategies. Flexible working requests and in particular, remote working, will be a central focus of these areas.

Flexible working

With an EU Directive on flexible working scheduled to be transposed into Irish law in 2022, parents and carers will soon have a legal right to request flexible work arrangements. Likewise, with COVID-19, many employees have had a taste of remote working and expressed an interest in a more blended work model between home and the workplace.

Bearing all this in mind, now is a good time to consider the benefits of a more flexible working environment and being prepared for the impending legal right to request flexible working.

What you can expect on the day

Our panel of expert speakers will cover a range of HR issues, including:

  • Guidance on handling flexible working requests.
  • Advice on keeping remote workers motivated and productive.
  • Tips on how to build and maintain company culture remotely.
  • An informative WRC update on the latest trends and what employers should look out for in 2021.
  • Advice on how to measure and manage performance and productivity.
  • Managing remote workers mental health and avoiding burnout.
  • What the future of work will look like, 2021 and beyond.


Our panel of speakers is made up of the following HR experts:

  • Joan Hodgins, Europe HR Director – Diageo
  • Alan Price, CEO – BrightHR
  • Torunn Dahl, Head of Talent, Learning & Inclusion – Deloitte
  • Alan Hickey, Director – Peninsula Ireland
  • Deborah Crilly, Director – HR, Sales, Retail – CPL
  • Kayleigh Frost, Clinical Support Manager – Health Assured
  • Joe ffrench, HR Director – Microsoft
  • Brian Dolan, Adjudication Officer – Workplace Relations Commission

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Director/Advocate, Immigration Advice Bureau

Olga Shevchenko specialises in immigration advocacy and consultancy, in particular, employment permit, visas, family reunification, citizenship, etc, for those seeking to visit, reside or invest in Ireland.

Olga provides extensive information, knowledge, and support to her clients, enabling access to positive solutions for people struggling to handle the immigration law.

Minister Neale Richmond

Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Neale Richmond TD was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with special responsibility for Employment Affairs and Retail Business and the Department of Social Protection in January 2023.

Much of his work at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment is with businesses, workers, their representative bodies and the State Agencies to ensure that the economic recovery and growth extends to all parts of the country. He works closely with the SME sector, including retail, on building resilience and on the transition to the green and digital economies.

Mark Carpenter

Director of Regulatory & Corporate Affairs, Sky

Mark Carpenter is Director of Regulatory & Corporate Affairs at Sky Ireland. In this role he has responsibility for External and Internal Communications, Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs and the company’s ‘Bigger Picture’ (CSR) programme. He also works closely with Sky Group teams on a variety of matters, in particular our partnerships with domestic broadcasters.

Prior to working at Sky, Mark worked as a Policy Officer in Houses of the Oireachtas and as a Management Consultant at Accenture. He has a BA in History from Oxford University and a PhD in Political Science from Trinity College Dublin.

Nora Cashe

Litigation and Compliance Manager, Peninsula

Nóra studied Law in Griffith College Dublin and qualified as a Barrister in 2008, practising in the area of Criminal law. She is also member of the Irish Employment Law Association.

Nora has extensive experience representing clients at Employment Tribunal hearings, Conciliation / Mediation meetings before both the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court. 

Nóra is a member of the Irish Employment Law Association and engages with the WRC Adjudication Service as part of their stakeholder engagement forum.

Deiric McCann

Managing Director, Genos International Europe

Deiric McCann leads Genos International Europe – The EU division of a world-leading provider of emotional intelligence solutions. 

With over two decades experience at the highest levels of management, Deiric supports clients to develop the resilience, emotional intelligence, psychological safety and engagements of their employees.

Rhiannon Coyne

Senior HR Consultant, Graphite HRM

Rhiannon Coyne is a Senior HR Consultant at Graphite HRM and will be providing an overview of best practice on how to deal with complaints of bullying and harassment in the workplace. 

With a number of recent updates to employment laws, Rhiannon will take a closer look at employment equality and how it is interlinked to Health & Safety and what employers can learn from recent case laws.

David Begg

Chairman, Workplace Relations Commission

David Begg was appointed Chairperson of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in January 2021.

David is also a professor at Maynooth University Institute of Social Sciences. Mr Begg’s extensive history in the trade union movement included leading the ESB Officers Association and Irish Congress of Trade Unions, stepping away from the latter in 2001 to chair international aid agency Concern.

David Begg was also previously a director of the Central Bank of Ireland between 1995 and 2010.