5th Annual IUA HR Conference; An Bóthar Romhainn (The Road Ahead), September 28/29, 2006

Ms. Danuta Gray, Chief Executive Officer, O2 Ireland.

Ms. Gray will speak in relation to "The challenges of leading in an ever changing and competitive envirnoment".

Danuta Gray is Chief Executive of O2 Ireland, a position she has held since 2001. Following the acquisition of O2 by Spanish operator Telefonica in February 2006, Danuta was appointed to the newly formed O2 Group board. She is a board member of Irish Permanent TSB and also serves on the board of Business in the Community.

O2 Ireland is the second largest mobile communications company in the Irish market and has over 1.6 million customers.  

With over 15 years experience in the mobile industry, Danuta joined O2 Ireland from BT Europe in Germany, where she held the position of Director and was responsible for managing BT’s investment in VIAG Interkom (now O2 Germany).  Prior to this Danuta was General Manager at BT Mobile in the UK, having previously held a number of management positions in companies throughout the USA, Singapore and Switzerland.

Danuta holds a BSc in BioPhysics from the University of Leeds and also an MBA in Executive Development Programmes in Lausanne and the London Business School.

Mr. Brendan McGinty, Director of HR & Industrial Relations, IBEC.

Mr. McGinty has been directly involved in negotiating national partnership agreements. He will focus on an employers persepctive on "Towards 2016" and where now for public sector reform.

Mr Brendan McGinty is Director of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Services with the business and employers’ representative organisation, the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC).

As a member of IBEC’s Executive Board, Brendan has responsibility nationally for Industrial Relations and HR.  He is the chief spokesperson for IBEC on IR and HR matters and represents employers nationally with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the media and with senior public service management. He holds a number of senior positions on external bodies including the board of the Labour Relations Commission, the Council of the National Centre for Partnership and Performance, Skillnets Ltd and is a member of the Board of Governors of the National College of Ireland. He was a chief negotiator for IBEC in concluding the national partnership agreements “Sustaining Progress” and its successor “Towards 2016”. He is a member of the national High Level Implementation Group established by the Government to oversee the implementation of the recommendations of the ‘Forum on the Workplace of the Future’.

Kieran Mulvey: M.A.,  H.D.E., F.E.I.S. Dip Emp Law.
Appointed first Chief Executive of the Labour Relations Commission in 1991. 

The services offered by the LRC are  used by the Universities on an almost daily basis.  Mr. Mulvey will reflect on the LRC's role and the future of third party intervention.

Throughout the last fifteen years he has been involved in most of the major reorganisation, restructuring and change management issues in Irish industrial relations covering both the private and public sector including State services.

He has served as an Executive member of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, on the Governing Boards of University College Dublin, Dublin City University, the Independent Broadcasting Commission and the Irish National Economic and Social Council.

He has acted as a consultant with the EU, the I.L.O. and the European Foundation on various projects.

Mr. Tom Boland, Chief Executive, HEA.

Mr. Boland is uniquely positioned to discuss the role of the Authoirty working with the Universities to negotiate the challenges that lie ahead, including, the impact of the new funding model and the impact of targeted initiatives such as S.I.F.

Tom Boland is Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA).  Prior to his appointment he was Director of Strategic Policy in the Department of Education and Science, a role he combined with that of Head of Legal Services and Legal Adviser to the Department.  He has also served in the Office of the Revenue Commissioners and the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

Mr. Jack O’Connor, General President, SIPTU

Mr. O'Connor will be the final speaker and he will outline a trade union perspective on the pressures across the public sector and in Universities, specifically, for staff to adapt to changing circumstances.

Jack O’Connor has served as the General President of SIPTU, Ireland’s largest trade union. since 2003 and was recently re-elected unopposed for a further six-year term.

He has been a member of the Executive Council of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions since 2001 and also serves on both the General Purposes Committee and the Private Sector Committee of the ICTU.

Born in 1957, Jack O’Connor is a native of North County Dublin. Employed in the agriculture, construction and local authority sectors, he was a committed trade union activist before becoming a full-time Branch Secretary of the former Federated Workers’ Union of Ireland in 1980 - organising fire fighters, port workers and, public sector and local authority employees.

On the formation of SIPTU in January 1990, he was appointed Regional Secretary in the Midlands and in 1997 he took on the additional responsibility for the Union’s South-East Region. In contrast to his earlier trade union experience, the workers he represented during this phase of his union involvement were predominantly in the private sector. He was elected as SIPTU’s Vice President in 2000.

Married with three children, he lives near Naas, Co Kildare. A long-standing member of the Labour Party, he is a member of its Executive Committee.

He is a member of the Congress negotiating team in the current national talks on a successor to Sustaining Progress.

Ms. Elspeth MacArthur, Director of HR, University of Edinburgh.

Ms. MacArthur who is also the Chair of the UPA will address the conference in relation to modernisation/restructuring in higher educational institutes with particular attention to the University of Edinburgh.

Elspeth MacArthur is Director of Human Resources at the University of Edinburgh. She has worked elsewhere in the public sector (Remploy Limited and British Standards Institution) and was 'Scottish HR Director of the Year' in not-for-profit sector in 2003. Elspeth contributes to HR policy and practice across the Higher Education sector at both Scottish and UK levels including participation in national negotiations. She is currently Chair of the UPA - the UK Universities Personnel Association.


Sessions will be chaired by Ms. Mary O’Riordan, Vice-President for Student Services & Human Resources.