25th Lismullin Leadership Forum

Friday 21st November 2014, 9.30am-7.00pm

These seminars have helped me and many others in facing up to current business challenges, providing a source of hope and encouragement. I strongly recommend them. Seamus McKeague, Managing Director, Creagh Concrete Products Ltd

Becoming an inspirational leader

dermot duff

People will follow a person who inspires them. By their actions and attitudes, inspirational leaders show others how to behave. They motivate, enthuse, rally, listen and energise those who work with them to keep the right focus on the shared vision. Is this the kind of leader you strive to be?

Dermot Duff
Adjunct Professor in Operations Management & Strategy,
Trinity College Business School, Dublin


Data Protection — ‘Mere’ compliance, or an opportunity for ethical leadership?

Hugh Jones

Data protection is primarily about our fundamental right to privacy. Organisations which process personal data have to comply with existing legislation, and new regulations are already in the pipeline. Access to such data poses some very real ethical challenges. What should business leaders do? And more importantly, what processing should we avoid?

Hugh Jones
Cofounder and Managing Partner, Sytorus



Format - Interactive lectures + workgroups using a case study
When - Friday 21st November 2014
Time -  9.30am to 7.00pm – Lunch and dinner included – Tea/coffee on arrival
VenueLismullin Conference Centre, Navan, County Meath
Who should - CEOs and Senior Executives (of all business types and sizes)
Why attend -  It will provide you with insights that are relevant to how you lead your organisation and how you manage business relationships. You will benefit from the experience and insights of other participants and clarify for yourself what sets of values influence your decisions.
Fee -  €195 / £170
How to book  Phone: (01) 676 0731 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or Pay Online

CPD - Members of Chartered Accountants Ireland, the Institute of Bankers, the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, as well as the Law Society, included their attendance at the seminars as part of their Continuing Professional Development. This might also be relevant for other professional bodies.

Any questions -
Paul Harman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Colm O’Brien: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Denis Minihane: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Julian Clarke: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.            


Dermot Duff is noted for his practical application of management “theory” and the resolution of complex business issues. He can draw on an unusual depth of experience across service industries and he has successfully helped develop an array of enterprises, large and small, in Ireland and abroad.
An Adjunct Professor (Teaching Fellow) at Trinity College Business School, managing the MBA Strategic Company Projects, he lectures in Operations Management and Strategy. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham.
An electronics engineer by training, he held senior management positions in ITT Alcatel in Holland and was European Transformation Manager for Digital Equipment Corporation prior to its acquisition by HP. His early career was in oil exploration in Africa and the Middle East, followed by circuit design and international business development. His success in managing significant change in these large corporations led to his appointment as Senior Specialist and eventually Executive Learning Director with the Irish Management Institute. He currently leads IMI / UCC Diplomas in Management, Strategy & Innovation.
He is a member of the boards of Irish companies in financial services, heavy machinery, security and IT services, and is a business advisor and coach for Enterprise Ireland. His participation in a wide variety of management programmes has allowed him to absorb the teachings of many of the world’s leading business people and academics, particularly in the areas of Strategy, Lean, Innovation and Enterprise Development. He has published the following books: Project Management: A Practical Guide (2010), Strategic Cost Reduction (2011), and Managing Professionals and Other Smart People, published in 2014 by Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Hugh Jonesis a co-founder and managing partner of Sytorus Ltd (www.sytorus.com), one of Ireland’s leading providers of a range of services aimed at supporting organisations which aim to achieve and maintain a level of compliance with European Data Protection legislation. An experienced data protection specialist, he is a frequent speaker at Privacy and Data Management events in Ireland and overseas. Through Sytorus, he offers both public and bespoke training to organisations in the areas of data management and regulatory compliance.
As a certified practitioner, he supports organisations striving to achieve and maintain compliance with Irish and European Data Protection legislation. He facilitates projects to design and deploy appropriate policies and procedures in relation to data privacy, data quality and records retention, and conducts regular site audits and process evaluations on behalf of clients. He is an experienced project manager, and works with a number of membership and not-for-profit organisations to support them in their operational and regulatory challenges.

The seminar is being run in association with the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN), the main business ethics organisation in Europe with chapters in 20 countries. The mission of EBEN Ireland (www.eben.ie) includes the promotion of all aspects of business ethics and the highlighting of the benefits arising from conducting business with integrity.


The opportunity to interact with other professionals in an environment where questions of ethics, responsibility and integrity are openly discussed, is most useful.

Neil Donnelly, Global Head of Compliance, Pioneer Investments, Dublin

Lismullin allows time to reflect. I think that is where it differs from other business seminars that I have attended, and for me that is the most beneficial aspect.

John Donaghy, Operations Director, Axon Power & Control, Dungannon

Delegate participation was arguably of most benefit to me. This, not to take away from our excellent facilitator, is where fellow ‘business people in the trenches’ shared and ‘thought out loud’ to the benefit of all. Excellent!

Colm O’Brien, Founder & MD, Carambola Kidz – School Lunches Delivered, Limerick

The case study used was very challenging as some of the issues raised had some similarity to issues I have had to deal with. I was very impressed with the two main speakers and how they got the audience to engage. As participants’ minds began to focus on the nuances of the case study, the clearer the appropriate ethical path emerged.

Paul Bourke, Lecturer in IT Law, Dublin Institute of Technology

The credentials of the speakers, and their capacity to relay real life experience to the subject matter at hand, promoted good debate and commentary which led to a very interactive experience on the day.

Graham Burke, MD, Ethicspro, Galway

Great facilities that enhanced the experience.

John Byrne, Business Consultant, Dublin

Taking time out with others to consider and reflect on the relevance and the currently held views of ethics in business relationships.

Conor Hogan, Joint MD, Joseph C Hogan & Co, Quantity Surveyors, Dublin

The open discussion on what other participants have experienced and in particular the challenges around making the right decision.

Peter Keogh, Managing Partner, Keogh Somers Chartered Accountants, Limerick


Our Mission Statement

To help senior people develop their leadership skills, with particular focus in the areas of professional integrity and ethics in business.

What is the Forum?

The Forum is a network set up by senior business people to help one another in developing a leadership ethos that succeeds. It fosters initiatives which inspire people to become better leaders and to learn from the experiences of others. Professional integrity and ethics play a vital role in creating a leadership ethos. A practical ethical guideline used in the Forum is that formulated by stakeholder-management expert Edward Freeman: “The Rule of Ben, Emma and Molly (his three children): Can I explain to them what I’ve done today, so they might feel proud of their father?”

The main interactions of the Forum take place during daylong seminars held a number of times each year. Each seminar is led by an expert and features an address by a leading Irish business achiever. The Chatham House Rule applies to the seminars (www.chathamhouse.org/about/chatham-house-rule).Ireland today needs a crusade of personal leadership — to revitalise hopes, to move beyond survival mode, to foster a culture of job creation and create a better ethical framework for business.The Forum aims to help in this process.


Seamus McKeague, Managing Director, Creagh Concrete Products (www.creaghconcrete.com), Toomebridge, Co. Antrim; Finalist, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013; President, International Prestressed Hollowcore Association (www.hollowcore.org)

Dr John Killeen, Chairman, Irish Marine Institute (www.marine.ie); President, Colas Ireland
(www.colas.com); Chairman, Let’s Do It, Galway – Volvo World Yacht Race 2012 (www.letsdoitgalway.com)

Peter Flanagan, General Manager, Flanagan Kerins Interiors, Bray

Gary Woods, Managing Director, GW Consulting, Belfast

Denis Minihane, Regional Business Manager, Bank of Ireland, Limerick

Ronan O’Farrell and Paul Harman, Lismullin Institute (www.lismullin.ie)

Mission Statement

Our mission statement is to help people develop their leadership skills, with a particular focus in the areas of professional integrity and ethics in business.

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