The Panel attend the European Financial Forum 2017 at Dublin Castle

On Tuesday 24th January, The Panel management team were delighted to attend the 2nd Financial Services Conference – the European Financial Forum (#EFF2017) at the Printworks Conference Centre, Dublin Castle. The event was organised by the Financial Times and in partnership with IDA Ireland.

The European Financial Forum was aims to bring together industry leaders, policy makers and experts across the market and offer a platform to discuss topics currently in the news. The event was attended by hundreds of Financial Services professionals and presented an impressive line-up of prominent Financial Services leaders and figureheads from Ireland, Europe, US and the Far East.

The day was a mixture of panel discussions, interviews and keynote speeches.

Topics covered:

  • Opportunities and Challenges in 2017
  • The outlook and key macroeconomic, regulatory and business issues affecting financial services in Europe today
  • AIIB’s key priorities for 2017, outlining how the bank is helping to connect Asia to Europe
  • Economic Challenges, Global Risks and Opportunities: What Lies Ahead?
  • Perspective from the China Investment Corporation (CIC)
  • Disruptive innovations are reshaping the way financial services are structured, delivered and consumed

The event was opened up by Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times, followed by an introduction and welcome speech by CEO of IDA Ireland, Martin Shanahan. Delegates were then introduced to the Minister of State for Financial Services, Eoghan Murphy, TD and given an address by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD.

Key note speakers of the day: Noreen Doyle Noreen Doyle, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and Lead Independent Director, Credit Suisse Group, Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman, Blackrock and James Cowles, EMEA Chief Executive Officer, Citi …

Representing The Panel at the event was Anne Keys (Managing Partner), Sarah Kelly (Partner, Legal & HR) and Alan Bluett (Partner, Banking & Treasury).

Congratulations to the organisers for an excellent event.

Address by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD
Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Panel discussion: Economic Challenges, Global Risks and Opportunities: What Lies Ahead?


Qi Bin, Executive VP, China Investment Corporation (CIC)
Panel discussion: Re-inventing Financial Servies through disruptive Innovation
Panel discussion: Anne Boden, CEO, Starling Bank on the screen

Closing speaker: Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance



The Irish Association of Corporate Treasurers Annual Gala Dinner 2017

On Friday 7th October, The Irish Association of Corporate Treasurers (IACT) held their annual gala dinner in The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin 2. The Panel are Patrons of the IACT and were delighted to sponsor a table and be a part of this black tie event. As always this event was extremely well organised and the evening went like clockwork, due in no small part to the Trojan work of Michele Fogarty (IACT Administrator).

Speakers at the event were:

  • Ronan Doyle, President of the Irish Association of Corporate Treasurers                                                              
  • Lorcan Travers, incoming President for 2016

Special guest speaker was Enda Kenny (AKA Oliver Callan) who offered the enthralled audience his unique insight into Ireland 2016!

The Panel’s table was hosted by Alan Bluett (Partner, Banking & Treasury) and also present were Sarah Kelly (Partner, Legal & HR), Richard Goggin (Senior Recruitment Manager, Financial Services) and various guests.

All images unless otherwise stated courtesy of Conor O’Mearain of O’Mearain photography.

The gala room
The Committee
Alan Bluett (the Panel) & Kevin Daly (Treasury Manager, James Hardie International)
Comedian Oliver Callan
Lyn Brosnan & Dolores Geaney guests of The Panel

Images below via The Panel

Sarah Kelly & Richard Goggin (The Panel)
Sarah Kelly and Deirdre O’Donoghue (Hedgeserv)
Richard Goggin and Deirdre O’Donoghue (Hedgeserv)