Lunch Event: Upskilling and Talent Development – The Benefits and Returns

  • Event: Lunch Event: Upskilling and Talent Development – The Benefits and Returns
  • Date: 18/10/2022
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Venue: Dromoland Castle Hotel, Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Clare


250 companies sent 1,000 employees to the 200 training programmes offered by Shannon Chamber Skillnet in 2021

Their reason for doing is a realisation that talent is now the determining factor for companies to remain competitive and that they need to future proof their businesses if they want to remain competitive.

This requires continual investment in training.

This event has been structured to give you an overview of the value and impact of strategic talent development.

Skillnet Ireland Chief Executive, Paul Healy, will discuss the wide range of high impact talent solutions available through its 70+ Skillnet business networks and how that is helping businesses build the skills and capabilities they need to thrive. With €60+ million invested by Skillnet Ireland in talent development, over 22,500 businesses and 86,000 people are being supported annually.

A panel of speakers from academia and a range of sectors will showcase how their businesses have benefited directly from implementing comprehensive training programmes and why their focus on upskilling will continue.

Attending this event will highlight the value of working with a Skillnet Business network to help you develop the talent your business needs for the future.

Keynote Speaker

 Paul Healy, Chief Executive, Skillnet Ireland

Paul is a respected commentator in the arena of talent development, having operated at an executive level in commercial environments for over 20 years. His areas of expertise include: Education and Labour Market Policy, Human Resource Development and Corporate Governance. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive of Skillnet Ireland, Paul had responsibility for Organisational Development and Talent for a large multinational company. Paul is a member of National Training Fund Industry Steering Group, the EU Commission Skills for Industry 2030 Policy Group and the European Digital SME Alliance.


Dr Sarah Kieran is the Assistant Dean of the Academy at the Kemmy Business School, UL

Prior to joining UL she worked as a Management Consultant in Strategic and Organisational Development for a number of multinational organisations. This followed ten years in the Telecoms Sector where she held leadership roles in Strategy, CRM and HRM.

Her research interests centre on organisational strategy, leadership and business transformation. She is the founder of the KBS Work Futures Lab and received a Horizon Grant for research into the future of work in 2020. Her current role is focussed on the development of the KBS Academy, significantly expanding the Business Schools engagement in professional development.

Fiona Keogh, Learning and Organisational Development Manager at Analog Devices International

Fiona has worked with Analog Devices International for 24 years. A graduate of University College Galway and University of Limerick, Fiona also holds a Black Belt in Lean and is a certified Lead Auditor for Labor and Ethics with the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA). An advocate for continuous professional development, Fiona is passionate about creating development pathways for all, and plays an active role on the Explore Engineering Talent Group where she enjoys collaborating with a diverse group of industry and academia representatives. She also represents ADI on the Irish Centre for Business Excellence (ICBE) steering group and the Mid-West Lean Network.

In 2020, Fiona was appointed to An Garda SĂ­ochána’s Expert Review Group on Recruit Education and Entry Pathways and Learning and Development, to provide strategic advice and make recommendations on the delivery of learning and development interventions in the organization.

Anthony Brennan, Chief People Officer at Atlantic Aviation Group

A London born Clare native, Anthony Brennan joined Atlantic Aviation Group in June 2021 from his previous role as HR Director of CityJet; where he dedicated 10 years to developing the company’s people strategy, leading the companies HR teams and 1,200 staff across the airline’s European bases. Experienced in HR management, Anthony began his career in the 5-star hospitality industry and has since held executive HR management roles for Thorn\EMI Group, Merchants Group, Quinn Group and Irish based charity, Concern Worldwide. Alongside his career achievements, Anthony holds a Master’s in Business Administration.

As CPO, Anthony leads the delivery of the Atlantic Aviation Group’s people strategy to support the company’s growth plans. In his role, Anthony is responsible for the development of a high performing organisation ensuring that people, culture and organisational plans are continuously developed and aligned to the organisations core values. Together with his team, Anthony is focused on optimising people centred activities for the organisation such as talent acquisition, learning & development, performance management, reward & recognition and cultural development.

This lunch event is an invite only event, but please feel free to send us an enquiry if you are interested to attend:

Lijana at

or call on 061 475 854 or 086 0679838