The Panel joins the Gateway to Europe 2019 trade mission to Chicago and Boston

The Panel will once again join the Ireland Gateway to Europe (IGTE) delegation travelling to the US on the 9th to the 12th April of this year. In 2019 IGTE will visit Chicago and Boston to promote Ireland as a location for US Foreign Direct Investment.

Ireland Gateway to Europe trade mission was established in 2012 to highlight Ireland as a premier European investment location. The Panel has been involved with this annual trade mission since 2014. With Brexit around the corner, extension or not, this trade mission is of even more importance now than ever.

Participants include Irish services providers from the following industries: Accounting & Taxation, Banking, Communications & Telecoms, Legal & Intellectual Property, Outsourced Business Services, Moving & Storage, Pensions, Investment & Employee Benefits, Property & Project Management, Recruitment & HR, Serviced Offices, and Treasury & Cash Management.

We look forward bringing you updates from the summit, so keep watching our updates on social media (Twitter and LinkedIn) and here on our own website.

To learn more, the Ireland: Gateway to Europe site can be found here:

Taking part in the 2019 trade mission will be Paul McArdle (Joint Managing Partner).


Sarah Kelly of The Panel to speak at GAIM Ops Dublin on 27th March 2019

We are delighted to announce that Sarah Kelly (Partner, Legal & HR) will join one of the panels at this year’s GAIMOps Conference in Dublin this week.

This year the Global Alternative Investment Managers Operations Conference (GAIM Ops) will take place at the beautiful The Marker Hotel as a two-day event.

This event is a key staple to the calendar of investors and managers for the last 20+ years and The Panel has been an active participant for a number of years. The event offers participants the facility to network and listen to industry leaders from the UK, Ireland and overseas. The GAIM & GAIM Ops Conferences attracts some of Europe’s leading C-Level Alternative Investment, Due Diligence and Compliance experts, with CCOs, COOs and Heads of ODD gather for all the most up-to-date discussions and presentations on operational excellence.

Sarah Kelly will join Joanna Thompson (Principal, Tembo Associates), Victoria Brown (Managing Director, Aberdeen Standard) and Caoimhghin O’Donnell (Managing Director, DMS Governance) in a panel discussion on “Resourcing and Talent Retention: Why a Firm’s Culture is so Important when Attracting and Retaining Top Talent in a Hyper Competitive Market?”. This panel discussion on what challenges face Ireland, and Europe and the importance of culture takes place at 14:15pm on the 27th of March.

We will cover the event on Twitter, so make sure to follow us or follow the main event by using #GAIMOPSDUBLIN. We will publish a summary of the event in the day/s following the conference.

For more information on this event, to register or for the agenda visit: GAIM Ops Dublin website.


1 billion seconds meets: Aoife Kelly

How long did you work for The Panel?
3 years, almost to the day.

What area did you recruit for?
I recruited for accounting roles.

What is your best memory from that time?
Definitely the people and the social events. We had lots of great times together, both in and outside of the office.

What have you been doing since? 
I left The Panel to travel and move to Vancouver, Canada where I’ve been living for a year now. I’m now working in sales for a Vancouver based tech start-up called Procurify, helping to build the partnerships network. 

In 5 words how would you describe The Panel?
Friendly, supportive, professional, genuine and fun!

Aoife, many thanks for sharing your memories of your time with us and we wish you all the best!

#ThePanelFamily #TeamThePanel


1 billion seconds meets: Maree Smyth

Maree, how long did you work for The Panel? 
Almost 2 years (1 year 11 months).

What area did you recruit for?
I started off in IT then I moved across to Legal.

What is your best memory from that time? 
The endless client lunch parties we had in Dax restaurant. Always great fun!!

What have you been doing since?
Since leaving the Panel, my Career has taken a slight change in direction. I joined a company called Kelly OCG which is a global outsourcing and consulting solutions company. Kelly OCG provides cost-effective and process efficient outsourcing solutions. I was responsible for the recruitment expansion for Medtronic & Johnson & Johnson (Vision care) which includes the hiring process for contract roles. This involves managing relationships between the customer and the approved Vendors. I’m now in Vendor Management as a Senior Vendor Management specialist for a Pharmaceutical company called Regeneron in Limerick. 

In 5 words how would you describe The Panel? 
Innovative, Highly Networked, Friendly, Fun, Fair

Maree, many thanks for sharing your memories of your time with us and we wish you all the best!

#ThePanelFamily #TeamThePanel #1billionsecondsold


PRMIA event – 28th March, PRMIA event – Financial Sector Risks in a Low Interest Rate Environment

As the Co-Regional Director of PRMIA Ireland Alan Bluett would like to invite you to the next PRMIA Ireland talk of the year, on Thursday 28th March at 6pm.  

“Financial Sector Risks in a Low Interest Rate Environment”


Our keynote speaker at the event will be John Fell, who will lead a discussion on the risks to the financial sector in a currently low interest rate environment.

To register for the Financial Sector Risks in a Low Interest Rate Environment event.

John Fell
John Fell is Deputy Director General for Macroprudential Policy & Financial Stability in the European Central Bank. He is also the chair or co-chair of several international working groups – including the Eurosystem’s Macroprudential Policy Group (MPPG), the Instruments Working Group (IWG) of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), and the ESRB’s task force on stress-testing (TFST). He is a member of the ECB’s Financial Stability Committee (FSC), the ESRB’s Advisory Technical Committee (ATC), the Analytical Group on Vulnerabilities (AGV) of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the EU Financial Services Committee (FSC). He led the stress-testing work for the ECB’s “comprehensive assessment” in 2014 as well as EU-wide banking sector stress-tests coordinated by the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS) (2009, 2010) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) (2011, 2014). His crisis management experience is extensive, including negotiating EU/IMF financial assistance programs in several euro area countries (e.g. in Ireland, Portugal and Spain). Between 2003 and 2010, he was Head of the ECB’s Financial Stability Division, spearheading the creation of the ECB’s Financial Stability Review in 2004 which he continues to direct. Before moving to the financial stability area in 2003, he was an Adviser in the ECB’s Monetary Policy Directorate. Prior to joining the ECB in 1998, as a principal economist, he held various positions at the European Monetary Institute (EMI) and the Central Bank of Ireland. John holds postgraduate degrees in Economics and in Finance from University College Dublin and Dublin City University respectively and is a PhD candidate at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He has published his research in several academic and policy journals.

To register for the PRMIA, Financial Sector Risks in a Low Interest Rate Environment event.

*** This is a free event made possible thanks to our proud sponsors Deloitte. Places are limited, so please book early. ***

5:45 PM Registration
6:15 PM Presentation (Q & A and Networking to follow)
8:30 PM Close
Venue: Deloitte Offices, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 

To register for the PRMIA, Financial Sector Risks in a Low Interest Rate Environment event.


1 billion seconds meets: Andrew Ganly

When did you join The Panel? 
23rd January 2002, with a break 

What area of the business are you in?
I started off working on accounts staff roles and I currently recruit for senior finance roles within industry.

What is your best memory to date?
I have to say meeting my wife or I will be in trouble!

How did you end up working for The Panel?
I joined the Panel after returning from a working holiday in Australia.

In 5 words how would you describe The Panel?
Fun, hard working and well networked.

Andrew, many thanks for sharing your experiences of The Panel, thanks for being a part of the team!

#ThePanelFamily #TeamThePanel


7 Summits – Aconcagua 2 – Succeeding above the clouds!

From the top

As I took my final steps onto the summit I felt such joy and emotion. I was so proud of myself. I had been patient, I had learnt from last years’ experience, I had listened and had taken onboard so much advice. The long wait was over, the long hours of training were done, the mental preparation and my strength were stronger than ever, the “moment’’ was ahead of me to be enjoyed. I stopped at the summit cross covered with mementos, prayers flags, small national flags, beads, braids, cards and of course the signature box. I stood and stared at it as I realised what I had just achieved. I had succeeded, and the reality of this overcame me.

I had planned to record a touching few words thanking everyone while singing George Ezra’s song ’There is a mountain top that I’ve been dreaming of’’ but I could only piece together a few words!

Tears that had begun running down my face were freezing as they rolled off my cheek. I stood aside, letting the rest of the summiteers enjoy their moments, and sat down. I took a few moments to gather myself and take in the magnificent views of the other mountain ranges and the clouds below me. To look north and south up the spine of The Andes is just breathtaking. I felt so privileged. I felt so at peace with myself, the Mountain God’s and Mother Nature. I was at peace. I was, on top of the America’s …. 

The Journey Up

Returning to Mendoza was exciting as was meeting my new expedition Russian climbers. After acquiring the necessary National Park passes and Mountain Permits we departed Mendoza for Penitentes (a winter ski resort) at 2,400 meters arriving early afternoon. Prior to staying overnight, a trek to 3,000 meters was planned which we all enjoyed.

Penitentes – 2,400 meters

Confluencia – 3,400 meters

The next morning, we moved into the park and trekked 4 hours to Confluencia at 3,400 meters where we again stayed overnight leaving next morning for Base Camp (BC) – Plaza De Mulas at 4,300 meters. This is an 8 to 10-hour trek over difficult ground but the mountain ranges each, the views, and snow topped Aconcagua kept me entirely enthralled. Arriving tired, fulfilled and excited to be back at BC, we were greeted with hugs and congratulations, fresh fruit and drinks. I was eager to get settled in and sit with the guides and confirm our rotation / acclimatisation plans. Our summit push was still scheduled for the 28th / 30th but high winds and a lot of snow and very cold temperatures were a worry having already turned back four previous expeditions. There hadn’t been many summits in the weeks prior to our arrival but we had time and the weather forecast was improving. However, Aconcagua is renowned for his weather changes, good and bad, so we were hopeful the Mountain Gods and Mother Nature would be good to us.

Camp 1 – Canada – 5,000 meters

Camp 2 – Nino de Condores – 5,500 meters

Having returned to BC from our final rotation and overnighting at Nido de Condores at 5,500 meters it was decided to push for summit two days later, the 28th. We again slept at Nido de Condores and pushed onto Colera at 6,000 meters to rest, eat and push for summit next morning at 4.00 am. The altitude was having its effect. With 50% less oxygen available at this height completing anything such as setting your tent, organising gear for the morning, lacing or tightening boots left you gasping and needing to take some time to recover and breathe. At this height it is like someone sitting on your chest with your mouth and nose covered. It’s a real struggle! … Headaches, upset stomachs, nose bleeds are common and can be treated but anything worse can be dangerous. I was lucky this time not to feel any effect. My blood oxygen saturation levels were 87 and my heat beat was easing to sub 70 bpm. I knew I was in good shape and was still very happy and very positive.

Camp 3 – Colera – 6,000 meters – Summit in the background.

Summit morning is always exciting, anxious, nerve-racking, very cold and uncomfortable. Getting all your gear on can be very tiring but planning and not rushing is vital to conserving energy. Eating breakfast even though you are not hungry is imperative as is hydrating. We knew summit would be 10 to 12 hours. As we headed out I thought of last year and was looking forward to 6,500 meters again and breaking through where I turned. I knew I was stronger, and I had no doubts about my capability of summiting. The cold and wind were chilling. We moved slowly and as a result I stopped to add a layer and an additional pair of gloves. I followed the slow heels of my colleague and kept confirming to myself ‘’I can do this all day, I can do this all day’’ …. As day breaks it always gives you a real lift. The light edges over the horizon and the sun appears. You want to cheer but decide to stop to eat and drink and take a photo as the best option to conserving energy. The temperatures begin to rise. We stopped to again eat and drink at 6,500 meters. I was feeling very comfortable. I was still very strong, both at heart and mind. As we moved through The Cave and The Canaleta the summit was in view. The climb is relentless. The gradient is steep and seemed to be getting steeper, but every step was a step closer to the summit. Finally, after 12 hours we reached the summit. As I gathered myself I took the final steps to the summit cross while repeating to myself ‘’stay in the moment Del, stay in the moment’’ …. I was filled with emotion. I had succeeded. I was very proud of myself.

Reaching the summit at 6,962 meters “I was filled with emotion. I had succeeded. I was very proud of myself”!

After taking several photos and appreciating the breath-taking views we turned to descend and head back to Colera and 6,000 meters. The 4 long hours retreat was exhausting. Next morning, we returned to BC and onward to Penitentes and Mendoza for a well-earned steak and a glass or wine!

What a climb, what an experience! 

Lasting memory – moving through 6,500 meters where I turned back last year and leaving all those memories behind.

Now I can start planning for Vinson in Antarctica in December and number 5 of the 7 summits.

Bring It On! Derek

DBA my friends …. Dream, Believe, and you will Achieve.  

Derek, is supporting the mental health charity, GROW, raising mental health awareness. 

Here is an interview with Derek after his trip and summit to Aconcagua. The interview was carried out by Alan Bluett.




1 billion seconds meets: Maeve O’Meara

Maeve, how long did you work for The Panel? 
6 years, can that be right? Just over 1 year then traveling and then just under 5 years.

What area did you recruit for?
Accountancy and Financial Services
What is your best memory from that time?
Great times with good friends/colleagues and great bosses who cared! Cannot think of an appropriate actual anecdote at this time but happy to actually have a think. I appreciate remembering that I thought working till 7pm once a month was very late despite free pizza.
What have you been doing since?
Not much. I moved into the tech sector. Taking on G&A (general and administration) recruiting for Google in Dublin including groups across HR, Finance, Security, Geo Maps, admin and semi technical groups. I then moved to London and headed up  all of European recruitment for YouTube including Partner Account Managers, Policy, Strategy  and Artist relations. I then moved to Dropbox in Dublin to head up their International Recruiting across the Dublin, London, Hamburg, Paris, Sydney and Tokyo sites. My most recent challenge has been heading up the HR business partnering team for that same international region in Dropbox. 
In 5 words how would you describe The Panel?
Supportive, Fun, Friendly, Challenging, Educational

Maeve, many thanks for sharing your memories of your time with us and we wish you all the best!

#ThePanelFamily #TeamThePanel #1billionsecondsold


1 billion seconds meets: Grace Leonard

Grace, how long did you work for The Panel?
I worked for The Panel for 2 years and 5 months. It was my first job out of college!
What area did you recruit for?
I joined Fergal Keys in the IT team (best team!) recruiting for the Business Change area.

What is your best memory from that time?
A tough question – There are so many good memories! But one of my favorites goes back to the first week I joined. We had a company day out at Paintball – I quickly realized from this trip that the craic was mighty at The Panel and I was going to love working with these people!

What have you been doing since?
I left The Panel just over a year ago now to do some travelling in Asia for 3 months! Then I moved to Vancouver on a 2 year working-holiday visa – Spending the summers hiking and the winters snowboarding! Thanks to my recruiting experience in The Panel, I’m now working as a Technical Recruiter in Fortinet, one of the top 3 cyber security companies worldwide! I’ll always be so grateful to The Panel for such a great opportunity and helping me kick off my recruiting career. 🙂
In 5 words how would you describe The Panel?
Fun, Helpful, Result-orientated, Caring & Talented.

Grace, many thanks for sharing your memories of your time with us and we wish you all the best!

#ThePanelFamily #TeamThePanel #1billionsecondsold

P.S. Grace couldn’t finish her flashback without sending us this (after all she lives in Canda)… thanks Grace 🙂



SAVE THE DATE! The 2019 Calcutta Run takes place on Saturday, 18th May. Please sign up here >>

In 2018, The Calcutta Run celebrated its 20th anniversary and a record number of participants stepped up and attended the event. Overall the event successfully raised a record €300,000 for their chosen charities:The Peter McVerry Trust and The Hope Foundation, aimed at supporting the work they carry out to battle the fight against homelessness and education of youths in Dublin and Calcutta.  

This year’s Dublin event is taking place on Saturday 18th May 2019 and registration is now open. 

Remember you can now run, walk (5km or 10km) and/or cycle (50km or 100km)! 

REGISTER here for the RUN >>


The Panel is delighted to both sponsor The Calcutta Run and participate in it once again, we hope to see you there.

The charities being supported this year is:

The Peter McVerry Trust

The Hope Foundation

Calcutta Run is now also taking part in Cork, so if you or your firm is based there, why not sign up. The date is Sunday 19th May SAVE THE DATE and SIGN UP …Cork Calcutta Run 2019

To join The Panel team on the day REGISTER HERE and we look forward seeing you on the day.