CIPD Southern Event – HR on the soapbox and open forum


Topic: HR on the soapbox and open forum

Speakers :

Don Hegarty, Don has been the Employer Member of the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) since 2007, reappointed for another term in 2010. He is also a part time HR Consultant & Chairman of Pension Trustee Board, mainly to Phillips 66, Whitegate Refinery and Bantry Bay Terminals. Throughout Don’s extensive career he served as HR Director at GSK, Cork from 1994 to 2006, with responsibility for the full range of HR functions; Public Affairs and was Chairman of the Pension Trustee Board for DB Pension across all the GSK Ireland Sites. Personnel Director / Company Secretary at Beamish and Crawford where over a thirteen year period he collaborated on design and introduction of the DB Pension scheme, being a Trustee from 83 to 1993. Fifteen years in the Dairy Industry as Production Supervisor, Production Manager assuming responsibility for the Training and the Personnel Function. He completed HR and “Training Mgt” Training in Dublin 1965 to 1977. He’s been a Full time HR practitioner since 1997.

Helen Morley, Helen holds a MA in Human Resource Management from Bournemouth University in the UK. She has over 25 years’ experience working in an HR capacity in businesses throughout Ireland, UK, Europe and the USA and has a hands on, customer focused, results driven passion for getting the job done! Her roles have been in a broad range of companies as diverse as the Gaming Industry, Traffic Management, Global International On-Line Retailing and Healthcare. Helen is currently the HR Manager at one of the largest Nursing Homes in Ireland. Helen’s strengths are in strategic planning, change management and Operational Excellence.

Barry Hill, Barry is a Partner and Senior HR Consultant at Real HR Solutions. He has a wealth of experience having worked for over thirty years at a senior level in both Human Resources and Sales management, as well as HR Consultancy. He currently works with a large number of client organisations, mainly in the food, drinks and hospitality sectors, providing individuals and organisations with comprehensive and legally compliant HR solutions to workplace issues. .Previously Barry worked with CMP Dairygold and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Barry’s strengths are in the areas of HR compliance auditing, industrial relations, grievance/discipline and termination.


Venue: DeVere Hall, University College Cork


Date: Wednesday 5th November 2014 @ 5:30pm




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