Financial Services Ireland

CFO Agenda

CFO Forum: Driving future growth and sustainable value

Read more



What a year it has been. Finance is being disrupted. The automation of the workforce has increased exponentially. Boards are rightly demanding more strategy. And data is rewriting the rules around everything. As a result, a new finance model is essential in order to take advantage of these disruptions. ​​​​​​​​​​Join the EY CFO Forum, Driving future growth and sustainable value, on 25 March from 09.00 – 11.30.

You can register here.

All is not lost however. The 2021 EY CFO Forum brings together an illustrious set of speakers to explore the strategic role of the CFO in coming out of this of turbulent year intact. ​​​​

We’ll be joined by an impressive line-up of national and international speakers for a wide-ranging discussion on the forces shaping the future of finance. We’ll show you the key factors required for driving sustainable long-term value and profitable growth. This is a unique opportunity to get valuable insights on how to navigate an organisation through turbulent times, from some of the most famous and forward-thinking minds in international business. So, we look forward to you joining us on 25 March.

Agenda:

A warm welcome:

  • EY CFO Forum Partner lead George Deegan will get us underway and introduce you to Vincent Wall, our EY CFO Forum event host.
  • EY Ireland’s esteemed Managing Partner Frank O’Keeffe will make as short opening address.

Here’s Looking At You – The Strategic Role of the CFO:

Rick Fearon, CFO, Eaton Plc and Non-Executive Director, CRH will be our first speaker in a virtual fireside chat discussing the strategic nature of the CFO role. Rick will provide a board member’s point of view of the relationship between the CFO, their CEO and Board, and the critical importance of this relationship for the future growth of a business. Rick will also discuss the transition from CFO to NED and the challenges and opportunities this transition poses. As for perspectives on transformation initiatives and what Long Term Value means to the CFO, you can’t get a better source of information than someone at the top of one of the world’s largest power management corporations.

  • Guest: Rick Fearon, CFO, Eaton Plc and Non-Executive Director, CRH
  • Host: Vincent Wall

The Pursuit of Happiness – Delivering Sustainable Value: 

A distinguished and varied panel of guests will join together to explore the pursuit of Long Term Value. Together, they will look at executing it’s strategy in volatile times, whilst balancing short-term results, stakeholder returns and expectations. Sit back and listen to a lively discussion about the measurement of qualitative inputs, businesses economic and socio-economic impact and successful sustainability governance. Guest speakers include:

  • Ken Bowles, CFO, Smurfit Kappa Group
  • Patrick Coveney, CEO, Greencore PLC
  • Niall O’Sullivan, Chief Investment Officer, Europe, Mercer Global Investment
  • Dr. Rosheen McGuckian, CEO, NTR plc
  • Derarca Dennis, Assurance Partner, EY Ireland
  • Host: Vincent Wall

The Times They Are A Changin’ – Finance Transformation:

While transformation is at the forefront of the finance function, knowing where to start when transforming operations, is often the most challenging part. Our panel of leading finance transformation figures will share their insights into how they are working to stay ahead of the curve. Learn how they ensure their operations are agile and predictive, and hear first-hand how to engage with both the right talent and the right new technologies, to gain a competitive edge. Guest speakers include:

  • Patrick Cooney, CFO Europe & Russia and Group Finance Transformation Executive, Kerry Group plc
  • Mark Irwin, Group Director of Finance & Treasury, Flutter Entertainment plc
  • Conrad Ketterer, Global Head of Finance Change, HSBC Holdings plc
  • Martina Keane, Head of Assurance Financial Services, EY
  • Host: Ben Castell, Finance Transformation Lead, EY Global

Thoughts From The Top – A CEO’s Perspective – A CEO’s perspective:

By now, you will have heard from a number of leading thinkers on the strategic nature of the CFO role. But, with that role evolving, the perspectives of a CEO will play a vital part in defining any new direction. During an intimate virtual fireside chat, we will focus on where the CEO sees the future of their relationship with the CFO. They will also give us their view on the CFO’s relationship with the board and stakeholders. And we will get their unique insight on the importance of driving finance transformation for the whole organisation, with a focus on creating long-term sustainable value.

  • Guest: Fiona Gallagher, CEO, Wells Fargo Bank International
  • Host: Danny Buckley, Partner & CFO Advisory Lead, EY Ireland Financial Services

Full list of speakers:

  • Frank O’Keeffe, Managing Partner, EY Ireland
  • Martina Keane, Head of Assurance Financial Services, EY
  • Danny Buckley, Partner and CFO Advisory Lead, EY Ireland Financial Services
  • George Deegan, Assurance Partner & CFO Forum leader, EY Ireland
  • Conrad Ketterer, Global Head of Finance Change, HSBC Holdings plc
  • Fiona Gallagher, CEO, Wells Fargo International Bank
  • Rick Fearon CFO, Eaton Plc & Non-Executive Director, CRH
  • Ken Bowles, CFO, Smurfit Kappa Group
  • Patrick Coveney, CEO, Greencore plc
  • Dr. Rosheen McGuckian, CEO, NTR plc
  • Patrick Cooney, CFO Europe & Russia and Group Finance Transformation Executive, Kerry Group plc
  • Niall O’Sullivan, Chief Investment Officer, Mercer Global Investments Europe
  • Derarca Dennis, Assurance Partner & Head of Financial Accounting Advisory Services, EY Ireland
  • Ben Castell, UK&I CFO Finance and CFO Agenda Leader, EY
  • Mark Irwin, Group Director of Finance & Treasury, Flutter Entertainment plc