Effective change leadership

A joint all-Ireland conference with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Keynote speaker - Sammy Wilson MP MLA - Minister for Finance and Personnel

Thursday 24th May 2012
12.00pm Registration and lunch
1.00pm Start
4.45pm Finish

Belfast Opera House, 2-4 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7BA

Up to 5 hours (find out more about CPD)
Cost (payable in Sterling or Euros)


In the current economic climate, organisations across the island of Ireland are dependent on the success of their change programmes to maintain market share, reduce costs or for continued survival. Change has become an everyday necessity and the challenge for organisations is not just to deliver; there must also be a strong focus on innovation and results to ensure that the expected benefits are realised. For many organisations, this is a necessity for continued survival and to prepare for the future upturn in the economy. This all-Ireland conference brings together leading speakers to examine the key issues in effective change leadership ensuring a strong focus on benefits realisation during challenging times. In addition, APM and CIMA will be launching the results of their all-Ireland survey on benefits realisation.

Keynote address - Sammy Wilson MP MLA, Minister of Finance and Personnel.

Mr Wilson was born in Belfast in April 1953 and is now one of Northern Ireland’s best known politicians. He is a former member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board and Northern Ireland Housing Council and is the DUP spokesperson for Education and Policing. He has special political interest in socio-economic issues and at Westminster he is the Party spokesperson on Education and skills, as well as Housing.

In June 2008 Mr Wilson was appointed Minister of the Environment by Party Leader Peter Robinson, and in June 2009, he took on the role of Minister of Finance and Personnel.

Changing financial services - Donal Lehane, Director Deloitte Ireland Strategy & Operations practice.

Donal has extensive experience in providing advisory and consulting services to financial services companies undertaking large scale transformation programmes. He has worked with leading banks and insurance companies, both in Ireland and internationally. He holds an MBA (Finance) qualification from Fordham University, New York.

Public service reform - Paul Reid, Programme Director, Irish Department of Public Expenditure & Reform

Paul is now leading the overall reform programme which has been described by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, T.D., as “ the most comprehensive reform programme in the history of the State”.

Paul previously had a long and distinguished career in eircom, the Irish national communications provider. He led the restructuring agenda to rationalise the cost base and transform customer service levels. During this time, he was also a company nominated director of the Employee Trust (ESOT), which is a 35% shareholder in the eircom group.

During 2010 and 2011, Paul worked with Trócaire, the Irish international development organisation in strengthening their overall governance and leading an agenda of change in both their Irish and international based activities.

Benefits realisation on capital programmes - Colin McCrossan, Northern Ireland Strategic Investment Board

Colin is currently Programme Director for the Desertcreat Joint Public Services College , to be constructed in Cookstown and completed by mid 2015. This programme is aiming to bring together the training requirements of the Police , Fire & Prison Services, as well as their other public service partners, to create a world leading facility for Northern Ireland. Previously Colin was project director of the Belfast Education and Library Board Strategic Partnership project which has begun to regenerate the schools in Greater Belfast. An architect by profession he retains a strong interest in the planning of the built environment to the benefit of the wider community.

Additional presentations will also be made by Leonard Brown FCMA and Harold Baird, Global CIMA President.