Speakers

Aoife Lee
Aoife Lee Founder & Parent Coach of Parent Support

Aoife Lee is a mum of 3 children, an accredited parent coach and Founder of Parent Support. She has been supporting families for the last 20 years, in which Aoife worked for over 12 years with the Health Service Executive (HSE) as part of an Early Intervention Team and children in care, before establishing Parent Support in 2013.

Parent Support, supports parents and caregivers of babies, toddlers, primary age and teenagers across Ireland through 1 to 1 sessions and working directly with companies providing parenting wellness talks for their working parents and corporate wellness programmes. Aoife recently launched a Positive Parenting E-Learning Course to help parents build a calmer and happier home. Aoife is also an expert provider for Irish Life Health corporate customer wellness programmes. Parent Support won a ‘Best in Education’ award in the Family Friendly Ireland Awards in 2019.

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Dr Alan Hedge
Dr Alan Hedge Professor Emeritus, Cornel University

Alan Hedge is always the project leader. He has been a professional human factors ergonomist for over 40 years and leads the ergonomics services offered by Humanuse.

From 1987-2019 he was Professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University where he directed the Human Factors and Ergonomics teaching and research programs. Prior to joining Cornell, he ran the Graduate Program in Applied Psychology and Ergonomics at Aston University, Birmingham, U.K. From 1990-1993 he was also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Occupational Health, University of Birmingham, U.K. and he has been a Research Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University
His research and teaching activities focused on issues of design and workplace ergonomics as these affect the health, comfort and productivity of workers. His research themes included workstation design and carpal tunnel syndrome risk factors for workers, alternative keyboard and input system designs, the performance and health effects of postural strain, and the health and comfort impacts of various environmental stressors, such as the effects of indoor air quality effects on sick building syndrome complaints among office workers, and the effects of office lighting on eyestrain problems among computer workers.

He has authored and edited Ergonomic Workplace Design for Health, Wellness, and Productivity, co-authored a book on Healthy Buildings, and co-edited Advances in Ergonomics Modeling and Usability Evaluation and the Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics Methods, published 40 book chapters and over 250 articles on these topics in the ergonomics and related journals and proceedings.
He received the 2003 Alexander J. Williams Jr. Design Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society for "outstanding human factors contributions to the design of a major operational system". He received the 2009 Oliver Keith Hansen Outreach Award. This award recognizes significant activities that broaden awareness of the existence of the human factors/ergonomics profession and the benefits it brings to humankind.

His professional activities are extensive. He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (U.S.A.), of the International Ergonomics Association, of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (U.K.), a Certified Professional Ergonomist and a Chartered Ergonomist (C.ErgHF). He is a founding member of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ). He is also has been an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and past member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. He is on the editorial board of the journals Ergonomics, Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Journal of Human Environment Systems, and the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research.

Since 2013 he has been the is the Program Chair for the National Ergonomics Conference. He is the Environmental Design Representative for the International Ergonomics Association and has chaired the Work Environment technical group of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) and the Work Environment Design Technical Subcommittee of the US Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES )Technical Advisory Group to the International Standards Organization, the Work Environment subcommittee of the BSR/HFES 100 Computer Workstation Standard Revision Committee, and the Work Environment subcommittee of the International Ergonomics Association. He is a past president of the Division of Environmental Psychology of the International Association of Applied Psychology, and of the Organizational Design and Management Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He has also served in many other professional roles.

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Dr Ciara Kelly 
Dr Ciara Kelly  General Practitioner, TV-Radio Broadcaster and Columnist

Dr Ciara Kelly is a GP, Broadcaster and Award-Winning Columnist. She currently presents ‘Newstalk Breakfast’ with Shane Coleman from 7am – 9am weekdays on Newstalk. She qualified as a Doctor in 1997 from UCD and was a medal winner in her graduation class and achieved First Class Honours in General Practice. She is a partner in Carrig Clinic, Family Practice, in Greystones. She also teaches General practice, to medical students and Post Graduate Doctors for UCD and Trinity College Dublin. Previously, she was the Former Assistant Director of GP Training in UCD.

Ciara was previously the Medical Expert on RTÉ's Operation Transformation for five seasons. The series followed the weight loss journey of five people who attempted to reshape their lives. In 2014, Ciara and the team won an IFTA for the popular show which had a viewership in excess of 600,000. She was also a presenter on RTE's Doctors on Call which featured a specialised team of doctors, medical professionals and reporters who brought the ultimate guide to health and wellness. In 2017, Ciara presented a three-part documentary series on RTÉ called Body Shopping. The show explored the highs and lows of cosmetic surgery and delved into the reasons why people want to undergo such procedures.

Previously she was the Resident GP on Virgin Media’s The Morning Show for three years. She is also a regular contributor to other TV shows including Ireland AM on Virgin Media One and Claire Byrne Live on RTÉ One. She also joined Brendan O’Connor on the Saturday Night Show and on Cutting Edge. In 2018, Ciara also put her kitchen skills to the test on Virgin Media One’s The Restaurant. Ciara has presented a number of episodes of ‘The Sunday Show’ on Virgin Media.

Ciara also presented her show Alive and Kicking on Saturday mornings from 9 - 10am on Newstalk and also Lunchtime Live from 12 noon to 2pm. She spent a year and a half as a resident weekly panellist on its anarchic current affairs show The Friday Right Hook and went on from there to have her own weekly slot on Monday evenings, The Right Hook Health Check, has been described in The Irish Times Radio Review by Mick Heaney as 'so good it deserves cult status.'

Ciara writes a popular weekly column in LIFE Magazine and she previously wrote a weekly column in The Sunday Independent. She first started to write for the Sunday Independent in 2008 and her debut article won a Medical Journalism Award. Not solely focused on medical topics and issues, Ciara also contributes to the paper on a wider variety of topics including Finance, Politics, Social Justice, Pop Culture and more.

Ciara is a regular keynote speaker for health conferences, public speaking engagements and corporate events. She is outspoken on many health issues in the media to highlight patient issues and rights advocate.

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Prof David Collings
Prof David Collings Professor of HRM, DCU

David Collings is Professor of HRM at Dublin City University Business School where he is Director of the Leadership and Talent Institute. He previously held faculty positions at the University of Sheffield and National University of Ireland, Galway. A former Fulbright Scholar, he has held visiting positions at Cornell University, King’s College London and Nanyang Business School in Singapore. 

He is a leading international expert on talent management, global mobility and the future of work. He is currently co-directing a major international project on the CHRO role in leading through the Covid crisis with colleagues at DCU and the University of South Carolina.  A regular speaker at corporate events, his recent speaking and consulting engagements include organisations such as Abbott, Abbvie, Bank of Ireland, the Danish Confederation of Industry, EADS Airbus, EY, GE, Intel, KPMG, Medtronic, Novartis and Stryker. He has been named as one of the most influential thinkers in the field of HR on four occasions by HR Magazine. He has published numerous papers in leading international outlets including Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review and twelve books and his work is regularly cited in media and other outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the BBC. Twitter @collingsdg

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Dr Kara McGann
Dr Kara McGann Head of Social Policy, Ibec 

Dr Kara McGann is Head of Social Policy acts as strategic advisor and support on diversity and inclusion, skills and labour market policy and practices to Ibec member organisations. Role includes the development of tools and guidelines, lobbying and developing policy positions at a national and European level. Board member of Skillnets, member of the Governing Authority, DCU and Chair of the Joint Equality Council at ESB. An organisational psychologist and practicing psychotherapist, formerly HR manager in industry with lecturing experience at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive level.

With Ibec since 2008, specialist in strategy development and implementation, public and regulatory policy, business representation and stakeholder engagement

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Dr Jo Yarker
Dr Jo Yarker Occupational psychologist, Birkbeck, University of London

Jo Yarker is passionate about understanding what we can do to foster fulfilling, healthy and productive work, particularly under times of challenge. She is an award winning occupational psychologist, specialising work, health and well-being. Jo is a Director of Affinity Health at Work, and leads the Professional Doctorate in Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London, in both roles she works in a job-share with Dr Rachel Lewis. Working with a network of leading academics, Jo’s research has been sponsored by the HSE, DWP, CIPD and the Mental Health Foundation. She is author of more than 150 articles, book chapters, research reports, guides and toolkits and presents frequently at professional and industry conferences.

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David Casey
David Casey Wellness and Health Promotion Manager, Dental Professional, DeCare

David works for DeCare as the wellness health promotion manager for Ireland and Europe. David Casey, RDN holds a national certificate in biology and a specialist in oral health with health promotion. He has finished an M.A. in Health Promotion with specialist interest in mental health and workplace wellbeing at the school of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science at NUI Galway. David is undertaking his doctorate degree at present in the field of health prevention medicine. David also guests lectures on the outreach specialist certificate and postgraduate health promotion programmes in Galway. David is also an Mental Health Ambassador with See Change Ireland.

David has over 10 years clinical experience in healthcare and has worked over the last 6 years designing, building and implementing wellness and education programs for over 500 companies, organisations and healthcare settings across Ireland and the UK. He is a trainer with Skillnet Ireland and trains companies in workplace health promotion and mental health practices.

David was involved in the set up of the brand new SFA Workplace Wellbeing Award 2020 for smaller business in Ireland. In 2017 Dave received the Irish Gerontology Society's 2017 Presidential Award for his research on health promotion and the ageing population.

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David Clancy
David Clancy Founder and Director, Hauora

David is a highly successful and experienced chartered physiotherapist with clinical, consultation, pitch side and research experience in diverse settings. David has significant sports medicine practice with high-performance culture, professional athlete and non-athlete populations using evidence-based methods, accompanied by strong international research ties in industry and academia. He has worked with Isokinetic Medical Group in Harley St., London – and in professional soccer, rugby and private practice. He has had a research position in Royal College Surgeons Ireland and is currently a faculty member and external lecturer for Florida International University (USA). He has had articles published in peer-reviewed sports medicine publications, presented at international conferences – and is currently running a not-for-profit online learning and mentoring education platform for physiotherapists called ‘The Learning Physiotherapist’.

David is the founder and co-director of Hauora Ltd., a company based in Dublin that focuses on optimising whole person wellbeing and performance for businesses. He is the founder and co-host of the podcast ‘Sleep Eat Perform Repeat’, which focuses on high performance – and the stories, learnings, and lessons in that field. He is the European Head of Medical Care and Performance Services for the Brooklyn Nets - and has had roles with other professional sports teams in the USA - in the learning and leadership development space. David is married and has two children.

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Dorcas Barry
Dorcas Barry Associate Trainer, Henpicked

Dorcas Barry works as the trainer in Ireland for Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace. She has previously worked in the professional training industry designing, planning, orchestrating People Programmes within large organisations and recently completed an MSc in Occupational Health Psychology.

Dorcas has gained extensive insight into Irish women's experience of menopause at work following her research this year in a large Dublin-based multinational organisation.

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Edel Oates 
Edel Oates  Senior manager, Bank of Ireland

Edel Oates is a Senior Manager in Bank of Ireland’s End-to-End (E2E) Transformation Programme. Edel started her career in Investment Services in Fidelity Investments in Boston, USA. On returning to Ireland, Edel joined the Wealth & Insurance division of Bank of Ireland where she was Head of New Business and Underwriting and managed a number of strategic programmes. During this time, Edel was instrumental in implementing transformational change that delivered market-leading service. In more recent years, Edel has broadened her experience by joining the Retail Banking Commercial Office and then E2E Transformation Programme. As a business graduate of UCD, Edel holds a Masters Degree in Business Studies from the Smurfit School of Business.

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Eoin Cahill
Eoin Cahill HR Engagement Lead, ERVIA

Eoin Cahill is the HR Engagement Lead at Ervia, the semi-state parent company of Irish Water and Gas Networks Ireland with close to 2,000 employees around Ireland. Eoin is responsible for their Health and Wellbeing Programme and employee engagement initiatives. He has worked in HR for 5 years, his previous role being in Learning & Development, and he remains a member of the advisory board of the Learning and Performance Institute(LPI) in the UK. He has previously held roles in IT, Finance and Project Management across Private, Public and Semi State sectors. He is currently undertaking a part time MA in work and organisational behaviour in UCC and is qualified as a management accountant with CIMA but is a bit rusty with his debits and credits these days.

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Joanne Murphy
Joanne Murphy CEO, Taxback.com

Joanna Murphy is Chief Executive Officer of Taxback.com. Since 1996, Taxback.com has developed to become a household name in Ireland and one of the leading global providers of tax return and refund services to individuals and corporations around the world. In this role, Mrs Murphy is responsible for the growth of the company worldwide as well as long-term strategic planning for the business. Mrs Murphy is also CEO of Irish Diaspora Loan Fund, Sprintax, Property Tax International, Visa First and Director of Connect Ireland.

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Joanne Redmond
Joanne Redmond Head of Employment Law, Ibec

Joanne Redmond joined Ibec last year from Facebook, where she led the International Employment law team for over 7 years. Prior to that Joanne worked with both Matheson and Mason Hayes & Curran Solicitors where she practiced in employment law and litigation since qualifying in 2006. She advises on all employment law matters, compensation and benefit matters and dispute resolution. Joanne is a committee member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland and is a volunteer with the Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC). Leading a team of five employment law solicitors, Joanne joins Ibec at a pivotal time where many emerging employment trends have accelerated the pace of change in employment practice and this brings with it inevitable changes to employment legislation.

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Lisa and Alana MacFarlane (The Mac Twins)
Lisa and Alana MacFarlane (The Mac Twins) Co-Founder , The Gut Stuff

The Gut Stuff was born in 2017 by co-founders Lisa and Alana Macfarlane (The Mac Twins). Twins are a great constant for medical research and Alana and Lisa became the “chief guinea pigs” for Prof Tim Spector and the Twin Research department at Kings College, where they discovered that despite having 100% the same DNA their guts have only 30/40% the same microbiota, which could explain why their bodies behave so differently. They made it their mission to bring the exciting information they were learning, to the masses (not just the “wellbeing aware” middle classes).

From here they started www.thegutstuff.com with the aim to empower gut health in everyone, they've grown an expert team of scientists, nutritionists, dieticians and doctors to keep us all on the right side of the tracks when it comes to bull sh*t Vs the real sh*t when it comes to everything gut health. This year has seen them launch a range of exciting new products to help support them on their mission.

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Loretta Dignam
Loretta Dignam Founder & CEO, Menopause Hub

Loretta Dignam is an award-winning Marketer of the Year, who opened the doors to The Menopause Hub, Ireland's first and only dedicated menopause clinic in December 2018. Loretta is the founder and CEO.

In her clinic, Loretta has brought together a team of specialists to provide a range of services to menopausal women (premature, early, Peri, post and surgical menopause). The team includes doctors, a psychologist, a dietitian and nutritionist, an acupuncturist and physiotherapist.

Loretta also promotes menopause in the workplace awareness training and policy development.
She has had a lengthy and highly successful career working for many multinational, global businesses including; Mars Inc, Diageo plc, Kerry Group plc and Jacob Fruitfield, as a senior marketing and communications executive. She was awarded Marketer of the Year in 2011. She is a graduate of UCD and DCU and has lectured in the UCD Smurfit Business School on their executive MBA and MSc Programmes.

Loretta is a ministerial appointment on the board of the Abbey Theatre, chaired their Gender Equality Committee, driving change is gender equality policy across Irish theatre, Chairs the Development Committee, ,is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

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Sophie Moran
Sophie Moran Senior Account Executive, The KeepWell Mark

Sophie Moran, is with Ibec since 2016, has been involved in delivering and promoting Ibec’s expanding workplace wellbeing initiatives since 2017, when she joined the team delivering National Workplace Wellbeing Day. Today she manages the KeepWell Mark Programme, which includes the KeepWell best practice framework for workplace wellbeing and a wide range of KeepWell member engagements. She also runs the Ibec Wellbeing Steering Group. Sophie holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Workplace Wellness from Trinity College Dublin, a BA in English with Drama (UCD) and a professional qualification in Writing for Digital (Irish Times Training).

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Trisha Lewis
Trisha Lewis Weight-loss Influencer, Author, Chef, Health & Fitness Convert and Advocate 

Trisha Lewis has shot to public attention thanks to her unique health and wellbeing transformation journey, which she documents in her trademark straight-talking style on her Instagram page, @trishas.transformation (178,000+ followers).

Her book, Trisha’s Transformation (Gill Books, 2020), has also fast become a best-seller, and she is now gaining a reputation as an engaging and inspiring speaker, with clients including Laya, VHI, GSK, Apple, Wellfest, Fintru, Irish Farmers Journal, Boston Scientific and Irving Oil. She is also a brand ambassador for Aldi, Spotlight, Meaghers Pharmacy and Fiit.

Trisha loved her job as a chef but as she approached 30 and found herself weighing 27 stone, she knew something had to be done. She started her journey to shed 13 stone over a few years, and has already reached halfway with 7.5 stone lost.

Trisha’s candour and humour about weight loss, fitness, health and food have resulted in television appearances on the Late Late Show, Six O’Clock show and Today Show, as well as slots on numerous radio stations.

The key to her appeal (and success) is her determination to show people that no matter how bad things get, you can turn them around, reset and start again.

She loves setting goals and making things as easy as she can by ‘managing the manageable.’ She doesn’t think that weight loss is something to be negative about but she does see it as a chance to feel better each day. Whatever her weight on a day to day basis, she is determined to be happy because “if I do not enjoy the journey I will never appreciate the destination.’

In 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, Trisha’s success and determination saw her leave her job as a chef to make it as an author, public speaker and online influencer.

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