Claire Pomroy
Claire Pomroy Director, Hines Real Estate

Claire is a Director of Hines Real Estate Ireland, focused on developing large urban regeneration projects. Prior to Hines, Claire managed Macquarie Capital’s Public-Private-Partnership of TUD’s new university campus at Grangegorman. A chartered engineer, Claire has led design teams on major international projects – including Sydney’s Central Park (€2bn), ranked globally as one of the 50 most influential buildings of past 50 years, and Barangaroo (€6bn), one of the world’s first certified operational carbon neutral precincts. While in Switzerland, Claire established a European business for a property technology company leveraging data to improve operational carbon performance of global real estate portfolios. Claire is also Hines Ireland’s ESG leader, and a Board Member of the Irish Green Building Council.

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David Lawlor
David Lawlor Director Corporate Finance, Cantor Fitzgerald

David has over 16 years experience across the real estate and corporate finance industries. Prior to joining Cantor Fitzgerald, David worked as a Director with the O’Flynn Group in Dublin involved in acquisitions, strategy and S&A housing. Before returning to Dublin, David headed up Projects and Corporate Finance for Global Ideas, a HNW family office in Abu Dhabi and prior to this, managed the MENA region business for RKD. David holds a degree in Engineering - BAI, BA - and a diploma in Project Management from Trinity College Dublin as well as a number of executive qualifications from INSEAD.

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Dermot O'Leary
Dermot O'Leary Chief Economist, Goodbody Stockbrokers

Dermot is responsible for the economics output of the research department. This role entails providing commentary and analysis for a large range of domestic and international clients through regular research reports and briefings. His work focuses on the Irish and UK economies and their respective housing and banking sector particularly. He is also a member of the company’s asset allocation committee, assessing global macro developments that influence clients’ portfolios. During Ireland’s adjustment programme with the EU/IMF, he was a regular private sector participant in the missions. He is a regular contributor to economic debate in the domestic and international media (cited in the Financial Times, New York Times, Irish Times, among others). He has recently been appointed by the Minister for Housing to the Housing Commission in Ireland.

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Fergal O'Brien
Fergal O'Brien Executive Director, Lobbying & Influence, Ibec

“Ireland has an ever-growing role to play on the international stage as our economy becomes more globalised and businesses are increasingly internationalising their footprints.”

Executive Director, Lobbying & Influence. Previously an economic consultant to the public and private sectors with Fitzpatrick Associates, and an economist with the Irish Dairy Board. BBS and MBS in Economics from UL, member of the National Competitiveness Council, Chair of BusinessEurope’s Economic and Finance Committee and a council member of the Foundation for Fiscal Studies.

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Matt Kennedy
Matt Kennedy Director Climate Strategy, Planning and Reporting Service Area and is the Europe Region Sustainable Development Leader, Arup

Matt joined Arup in 2020 to lead the Climate and Sustainability team in Ireland to deliver carbon, climate change services and sustainable development within infrastructure, property and cities. He brings 25 years’ experience in delivering national and international carbon, climate and sustainable development initiatives across government, industry and academia.
He previously worked with the Irish Government, University College Cork and the United Nations where he led clean energy and climate transformation projects across Africa, Asia and Middle East. Matt was Lead Negotiator for the European Union at the UN Paris Agreement (COP21) negotiations and was previously Chair of the UNEP's Climate Technology Centre. Matt holds a PhD in Engineering from Trinity College Dublin, and Masters degrees from NUI Galway and University College Dublin.

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Michael Murray
Michael Murray Senior Director, Property Finance division of Corporate Banking, Bank of Ireland

Michael joined Bank of Ireland Group in June 1998 and has worked in various roles within the Group including Credit and Market Risk Division, Business Banking and Corporate Banking. Michael is currently a Senior Director in the Property Finance division of Corporate Banking. He is responsible for the Residential Investment, Construction and Development Finance Teams.

Prior to joining the Group in 1998, Michael worked for in London for 12-years with Bank of Ireland, Dunbar Bank plc and Hypo Real Estate plc. Overall Michael has 36-years banking experience, the vast majority of which specialised in property finance, with a strong emphasis on construction and development finance in Ireland and UK.

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Michael O'Flynn
Michael O'Flynn CEO, O'Flynn Group

Michael is the Chairman and CEO of the O’Flynn Group. Established in 1978, as a house building company and which progressed into one of the largest property development companies in Ireland. O’Flynn Group has extensive investment, development, and asset management capability in the core property sectors (especially residential, student accommodation, offices, industrial and retail). The Group has an established and strong reputation overseas particularly in the UK and in Europe. It also has expertise in property backed operating businesses such as student accommodation.

Michael is actively involved in representing the policy objectives of the property sector in Ireland. He is a founding member of Property Industry Ireland and is a former Chairman of the Cork branch of the Construction Industry Federation. He is also a member of the Irish Housing Commission.

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Laurence Bowles
Laurence Bowles Economic Consultant, KPMG

Lawrence is an economic consultant for KPMG Future Analytics, where he advises clients across Irish and UK government, housebuilders, and affordable housing providers. Previously he worked at Savills Residential Research in the UK for more than eight years, covering topics ranging from calculating housing need, global residential investment flows, the emergence of for-profit registered providers, and energy efficiency in the private rented sector.

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Rebecca Hartshorn
Rebecca Hartshorn National Framework Director , John Sisk & Son

Rebecca is National UK Framework Director for main contractor John SISK and Son Ltd, holding responsibility for the leadership of their Public sector frameworks across the UK and sits on SISK’s Northern Board. Prior to this appointment Rebecca was responsible for the North and Major Project’s Preconstruction team, leading the team to successfully secure flagship schemes such as Circle Square Manchester, GOSH and Birmingham’s landmark project The Mercian amongst others. Securing with her team over £400M of work in the Midlands and North West. Rebecca was also responsible for the divisional leadership of the DfE’s UK MMC Framework is no stranger to the process of bidding national frameworks.

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Sarah Carey
Sarah Carey Broadcaster & Event MC

Sarah is a well known columnist and broadcaster. She’s written for major broadsheets from The Irish Times to The Daily Telegraph on everything from economics to politics, technology and media and is a highly experienced radio and television presenter. A thorough researcher of big subjects with an open mind, Sarah is highly regarded for her professionalism and warmth.

Whatever your subject – be it technology, energy, economics or the business of media and culture, Sarah will bring a lively intellectual curiosity to the proceedings, putting other guests at ease and making sure your audience will be entertained and engaged in your event.

An authoritative and charming chair, she can keep conversations moving along but make sure all key points are explored. Acutely sensitive to the moods of an audience she’ll make sure your event stays on track. Sarah is popular in academia, politics and business and of course, with general audiences who love her personal insights, and open manner.

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Stephen Garvey 
Stephen Garvey  CEO, Glenveagh

Stephen was appointed chief executive officer in August 2019. Stephen is responsible for delivering on the Glenveagh’s vision to create Ireland’s leading and most sustainable homebuilder. Stephen has over 20 years’ experience in the construction and property industry in Ireland. Prior to founding his own successful residential development business, Bridgedale Homes, Stephen worked with a number of Ireland’s largest property developers. From 2014 to 2017, Stephen advised and managed the acquisition of Irish residential development opportunities on behalf of TIO RLF. A co-founder of Glenveagh, Stephen had led the growth and development of Glenveagh since IPO.

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Stephen Bell
Stephen Bell Experienced International Director

Stephen is currently involved in a UK-based clearing bank start-up and also serves on the Board of Homes England where he chairs the Audit & Risk Committee. His career prior to that has been in full-service banking, specialist financial services and real estate firms across Europe with particular focus on the UK and Ireland. This has given him a broad perspective across the different roles and areas of focus for private equity, mainstream bank providers, and the public sector. In 2018, he co-founded a lending business focussed on "accommodation of all types". This lender quickly built a portfolio which enabled the construction of over 1,000 new social and private homes and 400 Nursing Home beds before COVID-19 resulted in a change in focus for the funder. He was heavily involved with two of the Irish banks in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis, which followed 2-years helping a UK based bank to resolve significant challenges arising from its exposure to the southern European real estate market.

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Start Date May 24, 2023
Time 8:30 - 1pm
Duration 1 day
Delegate Price Member
€155 (+VAT),
€170 (+VAT)
Location The Morrison Hotel
Type Conference and Summit