Seminars – Leadership

Lismullin Conference Centre

Certificate in Ethical Leadership 2019-2020

Transforming yourself and your work environment


  1. To develop high impact leaders, mainly in the 25 to 35 age bracket
  2. To help companies and organisations:

a)  Grow leaders from within

b)  Attract and retain people by becoming a more purposeful entity

c)  Foster values and a winning culture among staff




Six modules (50 hours) over two years (2019 – 2020), covering three main areas:

1. Core personal values

  • Ethical leadership
  • Virtuous leadership



2. Developing leaders at all levels

  • Leadership and business strategy
  • Creating a new winning culture

3. Impact on society

  • Business based on values
  • Social entrepreneurship and social enterprises



Friday 8 March, 2019

Growing a business based on values

Case study: Tony Hsieh at Zappos (INSEAD IN1249)

Enrique Aznar: Qualifier Lawyer in England, Wales, Spain. Associate Professor, IE Law School (, Madrid. Experienced Compliance Officer with multinational companies. Culture Transformation Expert.

Making an Irish business a great place to work

Guest speaker: Dr John Killeen, Chairman, Marine Institute (, officially recognised as one of the Best Workplaces at the 17th Great Place to Work Best Workplaces in Ireland Awards on 27 February 2019. He is also Chair of the Saolta Hospital Group, a Freeman of Galway City, and President of the Timoney Leadership Institute and of Let’s Do It Galway! – Volvo World Yacht Race.

Friday 24 May, 2019

Ethical leadership: conduct based on values, vision, voice, and virtue

Case study: Bob Knowlton (IESE FH-659)

Sebastian Hafenbrädl: Associate Professor, IESE Business School (, Spain. Completed postdoctoral research at Yale University.

Creating an atmosphere of trust in a company

Guest speaker: Alan Farrelly, Founder and Managing Director, UHY Farrelly Dawe White Limited, an audit, accounting and tax practice, which employs 50 people and is one of the largest ACCA Regulated Practices in Ireland, operating from 4 offices in Dublin, Dundalk, Balbriggan and Belfast. The company runs two very interesting initiatives: YES (Youth, Enterprise, Society) Network, which helps young entrepreneurs, and WISE (Women Inspiring Strength in Enterprise) Network, which supports women in business. Alan is an alumnus of the Timoney Leadership Institute, a board director of UHY International (network of independent firms with offices in over 300 major business centres across 100 countries), and a member of Dundalk Football Club’s strategic working group.

Friday 27 September, 2019

Developing leaders at all levels in an organisation

Case study: The 2010 Chilean Mining Rescue (Harvard Business School 9-612-046)

Dermot Duff is an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Business School, managing the MBA Strategic Company Projects, and lecturing on 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. He has published the following books: Project Management: A Practical Guide (2010), Strategic Cost Reduction (2011), and Managing Professionals and Other Smart People (2014).

Dealing with ethics at work

Case study: The Parable of the Sadhu (Harvard Business Review, 61 (5), 103–108)

Marta Rocchi is Assistant Professor of Corporate Governance and Business Ethics at DCU Business School. Her research interests are in the field of the ethics of business and finance, with a special focus on the virtues and on the ethical dilemmas of the digital era. She was awarded the “Society for Business Ethics Founders’ Award” in 2016 as Emerging Scholar of the Society for Business Ethics. She holds a PhD from the University of Navarre (Spain), and an MSc and BSc in Economics from the Sapienza University in Rome.

The importance of trust in creating new leaders

Guest speaker: Dick O’Sullivan, President, Punchestown Racecourse, which he turned around from a loss-making venture into a huge success. Formerly a vet with the Department of Agriculture, he played an important part in the international expansion of the Kerry Group, and spent 7 years on the ground in Mexico and later in Brazil, from which he has many lessons and experiences to share.   

Friday 6 March, 2020

Creating a new culture based on lean and continuous improvement

John O’Connell: Managing Director and Founder, CW Applied Technology (, Shannon. Expert in ideation. 

Earning trust – lead with integrity, be available, really listen, delegate

Guest speaker: Damian Henry, Managing Director, Colas Bitumen Emulsions, which manufactures, sprays and provides technical advice on a wide range of binders for use in road surfacing and repair in Ireland. It forms part of the Colas Group, a major French civil engineering firm specialising in road and rail track construction, with 58,000 employees in 50 countries and revenues of €13 billion. He attended the Timoney Advanced Leadership Programme in 2019.

Friday 22 May, 2020

How social entrepreneurship & social enterprises can really benefit both society and your business

Enrique Aznar: Qualifier Lawyer in England, Wales, Spain. Associate Professor, IE Law School (, Madrid. Experienced Compliance Officer with multinational companies. Culture Transformation Expert.

Friday 25 September, 2020

Virtuous leadership – maximising the benefits of our actions

Carlos Rodriguez: Associate Professor, IESE Business School (, Spain. Obtained his PhD at Stanford University. Runs IESE’s programme “Building and Leading High-Performance Teams”.



  • €1,500 (£1,315) for the 6 modules in 2019 – 2020 including work materials and meals
  • €250 (£220) for individual modules



  • A certificate from the Lismullin Institute will be granted to those who attend all 6 modules over 2019 – 2020 and successfully complete a number of team projects. The projects are provided by their own and other companies, and focus on existing lean and cultural challenges.    
  • In due course, it is hoped that this certificate will be granted by a NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications) awarding body or similar. 
  • Anyone wishing to only attend specific modules of the two-year programme may do so, but preference will be given on each module to those who are attending the full course of 6 modules during 2019 – 2020.



  • Members of the following institutions included their attendance at the seminars as part of their Continuing Professional Development:
    • Chartered Accountants Ireland
    • The Law Society
    • The Institute of Bankers
    • The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants



  • The certificate course is organised by the Lismullin Leadership Forum, which was started in 2006 by a group of business people from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Main founders:

John Killeen, Chair, Marine Institute; Chair, Saolta Hospital Group; Freeman of Galway City; President, Let’s Do It Galway! – Volvo World Yacht Race

Seamus McKeague, Managing Director, Creagh Concrete, Antrim; finalist 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Dr Sean Brady, Chairman, Food Harvest 2020 (Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine)

  • Overall aim is to help business people develop their leadership talents to the full, with a particular focus on professional integrity and ethics, and to create a network to provide mutual support in the context of business development.
  • 50 day-long seminars run to date (2 were held in the Galway Clinic), using professors of international standing and case studies from Harvard and similar business schools. Each seminar finishes with an address by a keynote business leader.
  • Attended by over 500 business people.
  • Nearly all professors have come from IESE Business School, which has been ranked number one in the world in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 by the Financial Times for Executive Education Programmes. Like IESE, Lismullin is an educational undertaking of Opus Dei, a Personal Prelature of the Catholic Church.
  • Since 2015, those attending 6 seminars were awarded a certificate from the Lismullin Institute.
  • Companies from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have been supporting the project and encouraging their employees to take part.
  • The Chatham House Rule applies to discussions: participants are free to use any information received, but neither the identity nor affiliation of the contributor may be revealed.
  • A practical ethical guideline used is that formulated by stakeholdermanagement expert Edward Freeman of the University of Virginia: The Rule of Ben, Emma and Molly (his three children) — Can I explain to them what I’ve done today, so that they might feel proud of their father?
  • In 2012, based on their experiences in promoting and running the Forum, six of the founders set up a separate non-for-profit national business, namely the Timoney Leadership Institute which has been a considerable success. Its faculty for 2019 includes 4 professors from Harvard who travel to Ireland for the programme.
  • Alumni of the Timoney Leadership Institute are now encouraging members of their staff to attend the Lismullin Leadership Forum to benefit from the same learning methodology, which they have found so helpful.
  • The organising committee of the Lismullin Leadership Forum is as follows: 

Paul Harman:; +353 86 859 6052

Lorna McMullan:

Kieran Owens:

Sreejith Nanukuttan:



Jeffrey Egan

Most beneficial: the different ideas presented and the encouragement to think outside the box. People and business are rarely straightforward and the idea of building alliances based on very different aims was presented in a very attractive fashion.

Posted By: Jeffrey Egan, McGraw Hill Education, Dublin
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Neil Donnelly

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

Posted By: Neil Donnelly, Global Head of Compliance, Pioneer
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John Donaghy

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.

Posted By: John Donaghy, Operations Director, Axon Power & Co
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Colm O’Brien

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!

Posted By: Colm O’Brien, Founder & MD, Carambola Kidz – School Meals
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Paul Bourke

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.

Posted By: Paul Bourke, Lecturer in IT Law, Dublin Institute
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Graham Burke

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.

Posted By: Graham Burke, MD, Ethicspro, Galway
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John Byrne

Great facilities that enhanced the experience.

Posted By: John Byrne, Business Consultant, Dublin
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Conor Hogan

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

Posted By: Conor Hogan, Joint MD, Joseph C Hogan & Co, Quantity Surveyors.
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Peter Keogh

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

Posted By: Peter Keogh, Managing Partner, Keogh Somers Chartered Accountants.
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Niamh Walsh

The group dynamic worked really well, as did the time given to break out discussion and plenary sessions. The mix of professions and types of experience in managing people led to a much more frank, diverse and fruitful discussion on the issue then if we had all been from the same company. The facilitator’s ability to bring his own wealth of experience to the debate, while at the same time not ‘lecturing’ the group on what is right and wrong in any given situation, was refreshing and allowed the participants to look to their own experience and come up with possible solutions going forward. Getting the case studies prior to the seminar is a really good idea.

Posted By: Niamh Walsh, Dublin
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