Leadership in the Public Service Conference, 8th April 2011
Speakers' Bios

Dr Brian Cawley is Director General of the Institute of Public Administration. Brian is involved in leadership development for senior executives in the public service in Ireland and internationally and has coached a number of senior managers and their teams.  His coaching focuses on practical outcomes, while supporting and challenging the individual in dealing with tough managerial and leadership issues. He has facilitated strategic planning and management team planning with a number of national organisations. He is involved in a range of public sector capacity building projects both in Ireland and abroad. Brian’s specialist research and work has been in the area of leadership and learning from policy failures. He was directly involved in supporting the initial work relating to addressing issues of social disadvantage in Limerick City. He was also involved in supporting a Review of Cancer Misdiagnosis, and also completed the review of the Management of the Outbreak of Cryptosporidium in Galway City. Brian has over 20 years public sector experience, including over 15 years with the IPA.


Dr Alma McCarthy is Director of the Executive MBA Programme and a Lecturer in Management at the National University of Ireland, Alma was Principal Investigator and Project Director for the 2010 NUI Galway IRCHSS Leadership Study. She has taught previously at the University of Limerick and Waterford Institute of Technology.  She lectures in the areas of Human Resource Management, Organisational Behaviour, and Human Resource Development.  Her research interests include leadership, performance management, employee training and development, work-life balance, and multi-rater (360º) feedback systems.  She completed her PhD thesis in the human resource development field exploring specifically 360º feedback and appraisal processes.  Alma’s publications include:  human resource management books and book chapters, a number of articles in journals such as Personnel Review, Advances in Developing Human Resources, the Journal of European Industrial Training, the Journal of Managerial Psychology, and the International Journal of Manpower Studies.  She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the American Academy of Management (AoM), the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology (SIOP), and is Vice-Chair of the Irish Academy of Management (IAM).


Mr Philip Kelly is Assistant Secretary General in charge of Transforming Public Services, the Better Regulation Unit, the Organisational Review Programme and Social Partnership Unit (Pay and Industrial Relations and employment rights) in the Department of the Taoiseach.  A participant in the 2010 negotiations on the Croke Park Agreement, Mr Kelly is a member of the national level Implementation Body.  Working in the Department of the Taoiseach (since 1993), Mr Kelly has worked on Financial Services and Economic policy co-ordination and successive national wage agreements.  From 1997 to 2000, he was head of EU and International Affairs Division in the Department.  Prior to serving in the Department, Mr Kelly worked on energy, education and taxation policy in the Public Expenditure, and Budget and Economic Divisions of the Department of Finance from 1986 to 1993. Mr Kelly has a primary degree in Chemistry (1983) and Masters degrees in economic policy (1998) and in strategic management (2005).

Dr Maria Maguire is an independent consultant specialising in organisation, strategic human resource management and public management. Dr Maguire’s career has spanned international organisations, the public service and the private sector.  She spent a significant part of her career with the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where she worked in the areas of social policy, public management and human resources.  As Head of HR Policy at the OECD she led a major review of the OECD’s employment framework and HRM policies.  She has authored or co-authored a number of OECD reports on modernisation of human resource management in the public sector. Dr Maguire worked with Telstra, the Australian Telecommunications Corporation, from 1999 to 2002, as Director of HRM for the mobile telecommunications business.  She also spent a period on secondment from the OECD to a senior management role in the Australian Public Service Commission during the mid-1990s.  Dr Maguire consults to international organisations, government, universities and private sector clients.  Examples of recent and current assignments include regular consulting to the OECD on public service reforms (most recently in Morocco and Brazil); developing a new job profiling system for the World Trade Organisation; and ongoing organisational change projects with several organisations.