The Panel attends the GAIMOps and GAIM London 2017

The Panel were delighted to attend and participate in the 2017 GAIMOps and GAIM Conference at the impressive Hilton Syon Park Hotel, London earlier on this week. The conference which took place over a 3-day period, with 2 main days (June 6th & 7th) brought together some of the world’s leading hedge fund, alternative investment and compliance professionals.

It is seen as one of the premier events for connecting global investment managers and investors. Offering ample time to network and learning from industry experts whilst listening to keynote speakers, panel discussions and more intimate workshop talks.


Day 1

The first day of the conference kicked off with three panel discussions, covering:

  • State of Affairs: Leading Managers and Investors take a look back and forward
  • The sum is more than its parts: operations, compliance and portfolio management from the investor and manager perspective
  • Brexit: Looking forward – 3 theories

These panels were followed by two excellent keynote presentations by:

  • John Stilides (Principal, Trilogy Advisors LCC; U.S. State Department Consultant, Trilogy Advisors LLC) on the Trump presidency and American Leadership for the future.
  • Alastair Campbell (Former spokesman for British Prime Minister Tony Blair / Writer, Communicator and Strategist) on the changes to the world, culturally, politically and economically.

During the afternoon participants could opt to follow various workshop tracks to suit their specialisation.

Our Joint Managing Partner Anne Keys were delighted to have been asked to participate in one of these panel discussions – The Benefits of an International Board: Board Dynamic, Regulatory Challenges & Distribution (GAIMOps – Track 2). This panel discussion was lead together with Nicola Meaden Grenham (IPAF –Ireland), Bridget Barker (IPAF – UK), Joanna Thompson de Colonges (Clerkenwell Capital) and Brian O’Callaghan (IPAF – Malta).


Day 2

The three morning panels covered alternatives, regulations and cyber developments. Key note speakers of the day were Todd Newman and Matthew Todd (Hostage & Crisis Negotiator, Greater Manchester Police).

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Click on the following links to learn more about the two conferences GAIM and GAIMOps.

Brian O’Callaghan (IPAF – Malta), Nicola Meaden Grenham (IPAF –Ireland), Bridget Barker (IPAF – UK), Anne Keys (The Panel) and Joanna Thompson de Colonges (Clerkenwell Capital) and 
John Sitilides (Washington D.C. government affairs specialist and consultant to the Department of State)
Alastair Campbell (Writer, Communicator and Strategist/ former spokesman for British Prime Minister Tony Blair)
Matthew Todd (Hostage and Crisis Negotiator at Greater Manchester Police)
100 Women in Finance lunch at GAIM. Hosted by Joanna Thompson de Colonges.

The Panel attends the 42nd Annual Business & Finance Irish Business Awards

On Thursday 15th December, The Panel was delighted to attend the   at The Convention Centre Dublin.

The Awards honoured outstanding contributions made by Irish business and finance professionals in 2016 and celebrated “A History of Irish Business Recognising 100 Great Companies”.

Special honorees this year was:

Michael D. Higgins (President of Ireland / Uachtarán na hÉireann)

Inaugural TK Whitaker Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Life

Sir Bob Geldof

Outstanding Contribution to Ireland Award

Susan Whelan (CEO, Leicester City Football Club)

Global Irish Outstanding Achievement in Business Award

The event was highly enjoyable and we would like to congratulate all the winners. We would also like to thank Oscar Kiernan of Walls To Workstations for invite.

Representing The Panel at the Awards was Paul McArdle (Managing Partner) and Louise O’Leary (Senior Recruitment Manager).


The Panel sponsors and attends the Terenure College PPU – Business Lunch 2016

It was our pleasure to support and sponsor this year’s Terenure College PPU – Business Lunch which took place on Friday 7th October in The Westbury Hotel.

This event which was re-launched last year proved a great success with great opportunities for business leaders to network. The event was sold out with over 130 in attendance.

Past pupil Cormac McCarthy (ex Woodchester, Ulster Bank, Paddy Power) spoke brilliantly on his career to date with an entertaining and informative speech.

Representing The Panel at this event was Paul McArdle, Managing Partner and Fergal Keys, Partner, IT & Business Transformation.


The Panel to run in the Grant Thornton Corporate 5K Team Challenge

On Wednesday 5th September, our team of recruiters and support staff is once again swapping office wear for running gear as they join the thousands of other corporate teams to run the Grant Thornton Corporate 5K Team Challenge at the Docklands, Dublin.


Organised by the Irish Association of Corporate Treasurers (IACT) in association with Grant Thornton, and Athletics Ireland, this flat course race is aimed at encouraging social running amongst the Dublin business community.


We would like to wish everyone good luck, especially #TeamThePanel with Alan, Noel, Derek, Sarahlynn, Tanya, Susan, Louise Thornton, Louise O’Leary, Rebecca, Ailbhe, Deirdre, and Aidan!


Sarah Kelly from The Panel will join the panel discussion at Keysteps: Career Acceleration for Solicitors Seminar

We are delighted to announce that Sarah Kelly (Partner, Legal & HR) from The Panel will take part in the panel discussion held by Keysteps on Tuesday 6th December. The event entitled “Advanced Practice Mastery for Law Firm Partners (large practice)” aims to give law professionals the tools, techniques and motivation needed to elevate their careers.

The seminar will see a mixture of individual talks and panel discussions.

As part of the event, Keysteps have offered a 2 for 1 discount to distribute to Sarah’s network, which is not available on the website. You can avail of this discount by emailing [email protected] and mentioning that you are using Sarah’s Network Discount.

You can find out more about the events themselves, and download a brochure at  These tickets include three 2017 cpd hours for the price of a €50 donation to Self Help Africa.

For more information on this event see HERE



Alan Bluett invites to breakfast talk with guest speaker Jim Power

On Thursday 20th October at 7:30am, Alan Bluett (Partner at The Panel), invites interested parties to a banking & treasury breakfast talk at The Marker Hotel, Dublin 2.

Keynote speaker at the event will be Economist Jim Power. He will lead and hold a discussion around XXX.

To register for this event please contact Alan Bluett HERE.

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Jim Power is a graduate of University College, Dublin with a BA in Economics & Politics, and a Master of Economic Science Degree.  During a career within the financial services industry, he has worked as Treasury Economist at AIB Group and Chief Economist at Bank of Ireland Group Treasury and Friends First Group. In October 2000 he testified before a UK House of Lords Committee on Economic & Monetary Affairs on Ireland’s experience in EMU. He argued with prescience that the Irish political elite would not be capable of managing a small open economy in a monetary union and suggested that Britain would be ill-advised to join the Single Currency. He has taught Financial Management to under-graduates in Dublin City University; Economics on the Local Government MBA at Dublin City University and Business Economics on the Executive MBA and the Full Time MBA at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin. In September 2014, he will teach Business Economics on the Full Time MSc Management at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin. 

He writes regular columns in both The Examiner and The Sunday Business Post online edition and contributes to numerous other newspapers and magazines on an occasional basis. He is also a frequent contributor to radio and TV on a variety of different shows. He is a board member of Agri-Aware, the food awareness body and is Chairperson of Love Irish Food. He is editor of Friends First regular ‘Economic Outlook’, which has become established as one of Ireland’s leading commentaries on the Irish economy. His first book ‘Picking up the Pieces’ was published by Blackhall Publishing in November 2009. 

To register for this event please contact Alan Bluett HERE.

>> Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment <<


7:30am-8am: Registration & Networking

8am – 9am: Talk followed by Q&A

9am-9:30am: Event close


The Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2, D02 CK38


The Panel to take part in the IACT Golf Day 2016

On Friday 24th June, The Panel will take part in the IACT Annual Golf Day at the Dun Laoghaire Golf Club.

Our team, captained by Alan Bluett, will join a number of other teams in this shotgun start event.

The event will be concluded with drinks in the club house followed by a BBQ and a prize presentation.

We look forward to the event and wish all our fellow golf team competitors all the best on the day!

For more information on IACT click here.


100 Women in Hedge Funds

Since 2001, 100 Women in Hedge Funds has grown into a worldwide network of more than 13,000 professional industry members.  Focussing on making a difference in the industry and the community the volunteer members have set up a number of unique programmes around the world, based on the Three Pillars of thought; educational programming, professional leverage initiatives, and philanthropy.

The Panel along with other senior female professionals from the Funds industry in Ireland are now facilitating the setup of the Irish chapter of 100 Women in Hedge Funds.

We are holding a pre-launch meeting on the 7th April.  Joanna Thompson de Colonges, founder of the Paris Chapter 100WHF, will provide guidance to us on how to set up the 100Women in Hedge Fund Chapter in Ireland.

If interested in attending please contact Anne Keys (Managing Partner, Funds) on email [email protected] or contact her on +353 1 6377000. Numbers are limited for the pre-launch event.

Anne Keys (Managing Partner, The Panel) and Joanna Thompson de Colonges (founder of the Paris Chapter 100WHF) at GAIMOps 2015.

NEW BLOG: The impact of COVID-19 on HR practices and The Future of Remote working

Article by: Evan Farren, Senior Recruitment Consultant, The Panel

The move towards remote working is something that has been gradually increasing in a number of sectors over the last few years, but many were still slow to implement this change.  However, due to the covid-19 pandemic the shift to remote working happened overnight. This left HR departments franticly trying to manage employee productivity and wellbeing while they were suddenly working from hundreds of different locations.

Our recent Poll

Over the last few months, the workforce has adapted – many organisations have seen that location does not influence team productivity, and employees are enjoying the new aspect of flexibility and improved work life balance gained from remote working. In a recent Poll run by The Panel on LinkedIn, we found that 92% of people who took part are keen to maintain remote working at least some of the time going forward.

It is likely that more flexible working arrangements and improved remote working policies will be a lasting side effect of the covid-19 pandemic. This will bring both new challenges and opportunities for HR departments.

HR areas likely to grow

We are bound to see growth within certain areas of HR – Employee Engagement, Wellbeing and Culture. They will be on the minds of HR departments everywhere as we adjust to more permanent remote working offerings. New employee experience strategies will be essential, as will updated policies and training on effectively managing and engaging a remote workforce. We will see the creation of new positions within HR departments with a focus on policies around remote working and building and maintaining an integrated and inclusive organisational culture across remote teams.

Physical offices

We have already seen some organisations reducing their physical footprint by downsizing offices or not renewing leases. With office spaces reduced, the number of people able to use the office at any given time will be impacted. HR will ultimately play a huge part in deciding who can use the office, when they can use it and how that will look. There will undoubtedly be juggling between those who want/need to use the office 5 days a week and those who want to use it much less often. Striking the right balance will be important from the outset. We may also see an increase in HR Compliance/Safety positions as there will need to be someone dedicated to covid-19 guidelines and policies and ensuring these are compliant, constantly reviewed and implemented effectively.

Impact on candidate pool

A more remote workforce will also mean a larger pool of candidates when recruiting. If employees are no longer required to commute to the office every single day, hiring will not be quite so restricted by physical location. In our experience, candidates are happy to consider much longer commutes if they are only expected in the office once or twice per week.

While this will open up the pool of candidates, it will also open the number of companies available to candidates who are job hunting. HR Teams will have to come up with new and interesting ways to become market leaders and attract and retain top talent as offerings such as remote working will no longer be a USP and flashy tech offices may no longer hold the attraction they once did.

Return to the office

While most employees want to keep an aspect of working from home, it will be essential to get back into the office even a day or two a week in the long term. Humans thrive on relationships, and it will be important to be physically present from time to time to really nurture those. We learn from watching and listening to our peers and seniors as much as we do from training – employees at all levels will need to be in the office sometimes so they can continue to learn and progress their careers.

Covid-19 has been the cause of the biggest and quickest change our workforce has seen in decades. HR departments now have the particularly important task of managing this change and defining what our workforce will look like going forward.


The Panel to support the 0100 Virtual – UK & Ireland Conference

The Panel is delighted to be announced as a supporter of the 4th Annual PE & VC Conference, taking place on the 21st of October. The event which was originally meant to take place in the CCD, is now taking place online due to COVID-19 restrictions as 0100 Virtual – UK&Ireland.

This virtual event is aimed at Private Equity and Venture Capital professionals, with a strong focus on a changing market post-COVID-19 and Brexit.

Taking the event online has enabled the organisers to line-up even more industry-leading experts from around the world, ensuring an inspirational and impactful conference.

The complete conference is a 3-day event (20th – 22nd of October), however the main event will be streamed on Wednesday 21st. The other two days will include special VIP events and networking opportunities. Click here for full agenda of the online conference, additional expert speakers will be announced soon.

As supporters of the event The Panel can offer anyone interested in taking part in the event a 25% discount on ticket price.

>>>> To register for the 0100 Virtual – UK&Ireland Conference click on the link and type in code thepanel25 to avail of 25% discount. <<<<

Here is a video from a last year’s conference at Hotel Hilton Charlemont Place, giving a good insight to what to expect from the conference.


Topics this year includes among others:

  • Portfolio companies and their challenges
  • How will fundraising process change?
  • Implications of Brexit on the PE industry
  • Impact Investing – A new standard?
  • Many more …

Keynote speakers includes among others:

  • Fergal McAleavey, Senior Investment Director, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund
  • Pia Kåll, Managing Partner, CapMan
  • Bjorn Tremmerie, Head of Technology Investments, European Investment Fund
  • Maria Sanz Garcia, Managing Partner, Yielco Investments
  • Craig MacDonald, Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners
  • Marina Johnson, Associate – Responsible Investment, Actis
  • Mark Corbidge, Managing Director, Sun European Partners
  • Peter Garvey, Partner, Melior Equity Partners

Click here for full line up.

>>>> To register for the 0100 Virtual – UK&Ireland Conference click on the link and type in code thepanel25 to avail of 25% discount. <<<<

To follow the event use: #0100VirtualUK&Ireland

The event is organized by 0100 Conferences.