Aoife is an employment law solicitor in the Employment Law Services Unit. She is a graduate of University College Dublin, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Politics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the Dublin Institute of Technology before qualifying as a solicitor in 2001. Aoife previously worked in private practice where she gained broad practice experience joining Ibec’s Employment Law Services team in 2017. She is member of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association Committee of Employment Law and has lectured and tutored on the Law Society professional practice courses for solicitors.Show more
David Gillick is one of Ireland’s most successful athletes—a two-time European track and field champion, an Olympian and a world finalist.
David’s story is an inspirational one, going from 65th in the world to challenging in a World Championship final. Along the way, he acquired many invaluable skills of interest to any individual or organisation: cultivating a winning mindset, clarifying the goal, building a plan, working with a team and, of course, dealing with both the ups and downs.
He left Dublin in 2006 aged 23 and relocated to Loughborough University, the high-performance centre of U.K. athletics. Instantly, the high-performance ecosystems paid dividends. In his first year David went on to retain his European Indoor title in the 5th ever fastest time (45.52) by a European. Confidence is a powerful tool, and David went on to compete with distinction at Olympic, World and European level.
Throughout his journey David developed valuable skills which added immense value not only to his personal performance but to the performance of his increasingly important support team. Like many things in life, however, nothing lasts forever, so in 2013 he retired from full-time competitive athletics.
His experience, which he now shares with others, has made him understand the true value of having a goal and planning accordingly. Implementing the correct systems and procedures whilst creating the high-performing team culture that enables everyone to work optimally and effectively to achieve both personal and common goals. David also established The Point 1 Project which exists to help inspire individuals, teams and organisations to transform their thinking and achieve both personal and team objectives.
David’s talks are engaging, motivating and real. He shares his story in an honest and human way which covers areas around mindset, exercise, food and rest. With real life advice and tips, the audience gains an insight into the ‘tool box’ which helps David manage his health and well-being.
Des Ryan B.L. is a practising barrister in the Law Library, where he has been specialising exclusively in Employment Law since 2006, and is a CEDR-accredited Mediator. He is also called to the Bar of England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn) and Northern Ireland. Des advises on all aspects of Employment Law and appears very regularly before the Workplace Relations Commission, the Labour Court, and the Superior Courts.
Des is an Associate Professor and Fellow at Trinity College Dublin where he lectures Employment Law and Tort Law. He is a founding member and current Committee Member of the Irish Employment Law Association. He has published widely and internationally in book, journal article and conference paper form on all areas of Employment Law and gives CPD briefings regularly to members of the solicitors’ and barristers’ profession, to the judiciary, and to Human Resources professionals.
Catriona is a solicitor in Ibec’s Employment Law Services Unit where she advises employers on contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. She worked as an industrial relations executive in Ibec’s Employer Relations division for several years before training as a solicitor in a leading corporate law firm. Catriona holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) (International) degree from UCD and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from the University of Limerick and was awarded first class honours in both.Show more
Harry joined the Employment Law Services Unit from the employee relations team of a leading multinational medical device company. He is a graduate of NUI Galway, where he obtained Bachelor of Industrial Engineering and Bachelor of Laws degrees, and a Masters in Law, Technology & Governance. Harry qualified as a solicitor in 2013 and worked extensively in private practice as a specialist employment law solicitor. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor Harry built up ten years industry experience working as an engineer across a variety of sectors and for a number of leading multinational companies, and brings this considerable experience to bear in the management of complex workplace and organisational issues.Show more
A native of Kilkenny, Kieran trained and qualified as a solicitor before moving into journalism. Having spent a number of years working as a reporter across the schedule in Newstalk, in 2017 he began presenting his own show every Sunday morning. From there, Kieran spent two years presenting the Breakfast show with Shane Coleman. Since September last year, Kieran has been presenting The Hard Shoulder every afternoon on Newstalk between 4pm and 7pm.Show more
Nichola is a graduate of University College Dublin, where she obtained a Bachelor of Civil Laws (BCL) (International) degree and the London School of Economics where she obtained a Masters of Law (LLM) (Employment Law). She qualified as a solicitor in 2013. Prior to joining Ibec, she worked in private practice for a number of years. Nichola joined
Ibec’s Employment Law Services Unit in 2015 and was appointed Head of Employment Law Services in January 2022
“Being open to different approaches and ways of thinking is critical in employer relations as the pace of change in our workplaces accelerates driven by new technology, increasing diversity and globalisation. ”Director of Employer Relations (2015 to date). With Ibec since 2000 in senior positions including Head of Industrial Relations and Human Resources Traded Services, and Director of the North East Region. A graduate of Trinity College, prior to joining Ibec, Maeve McElwee worked with the World Bank in Washington DC.Show more
A graduate of DCU and UCD, Lorraine is a Senior Executive in Ibec’s Knowledge Centre which provides a specialist advisory and information service to members on employment law, HR and other employment related issues affecting HR management.Show more
Peter Flood is a Senior Employer Relations Executive with Ibec and has been advising and representing Ibec members in employment equality for over 30 years. Peter will give his thoughts on what he sees as the significant issues dealt with by the Labour Court over the past 15 months in this complex area of employment law.Show more
Sinead Wallace is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where she obtained a law degree (LLB) and Leiden University in the Netherlands where she obtained a Masters of Law (LLM) in European Law. She qualified as a solicitor in 2014. Sinead previously worked in private practice for a number of years and joined Ibec’s Employment Law Services Unit in 2020.Show more