September 20, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
The CityNorth Hotel
Gormanston Co Meath
Linda Ennis







M1 Drogheda Chamber Skillnet

in association with

Drogheda & District Chamber

are Proud to Present


M1 Leadership & Skills Summit

Building a Sustainable Regional Economy in the North East


Who Should Attend

This summit is relevant to HR Leaders, Managers, Business Owners or anyone who leads people and teams

Key Topics:

Business in the North East & the M1 Corridor

Future Skills Needs for the North East

Impactful Leadership

Guest Speakers

9am                 Shona McManus, President Drogheda & District Chamber, M1 Skillnet Drogheda Chamber Promoter and CEO Osborne Recruitment

Shona is a highly accomplished and respected recruitment and business leader. Osborne became a certified Great Place to Work and is listed in the Top 10 Great Places to work in 2017/2018. Shona has successfully managed, led and transformed businesses in both multinational and indigenous Irish recruitment firms. In March 2018 Shona became the Skillnet Promoter for the new M1 Drogheda Chamber Skillnet and was elected President of the Drogheda & District Chamber in June 2018.

Topic: Welcome Address

9.15am            Paul Healy , CEO Skillnet Ireland

Paul is an experienced executive with expertise in: Organisational Strategy, Leadership, Corporate Governance, Education & Labour Market Policy. He has specific expertise in HR specialisms including: Organisation Development, Learning & Development, Talent Management, Sourcing & Recruitment, Executive/ Senior Management Selection & Assessment, Reward Management, Industrial Relations, HRIS & Learning Technologies. He is a highly respected voice in Human Resource Development lecturing at post-grad level.

Topic:  Addressing Current & Future Skill Needs and the Benefits of Skillnet Ireland

9.45am            John Nugent, Regional Business Development Manager IDA

John focuses on helping multinational companies to evaluate and select  Ireland for business operations. He supports the existing base of industry and works with various stakeholders to constantly improve and refine the ecosystem, and value proposition in Ireland.

Topic: Opportunities from local development & attracting FDI

10.05am          Thomas McEvoy, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office

Thomas has over twenty years of experience working in the areas of entrepreneurship promotion, small and micro business development, local economic development and foreign direct investment while based in Ireland, USA and Europe.

Topic: Benefits of the M1 Corridor

10.25am          Panel Discussion –  North East – Right Location, Right Skills


Interviewer Shona McManus


  • Pete Rowan Yapstone Executive Vice President International & Global Customer Support
  • Michael O’Dowd – Regional Development Manager – Regional Skills Forum
  • Roslyn O’Shaughnessy HR Manager BD Pharmaceutical
  • Brian Drain Chief People Officer DAA
  • Dr Michael Mulvey, President DKIT


Q & As

11.25am          Coffee/Networking

11.55am          Gerry Duffy, MBS – Professional Speaker & Author – Delivering Leadership, Goal Setting, Public Speaking Programmes to the Corporate World.

Gerry is an accomplished motivational keynote speaker and goals setting coach.  He has worked professionally with over 800 companies and organisations since 2010 and he has a personal passion that has seen him complete many extreme sporting challenges. Gerry brings a mixture of corporate insights as well as personal success to his inspirational talks. Clients include Facebook, Google, Aldi, SAP, Boston Scientific, Hewlett Packard, Coca Cola and British Gas. He has also authored three books including THE GOAL GETTER– ‘35 Different Ways to Reach Your Goals.’

Topic: The role of leaders in attracting and developing talent and building the right skills in a Team

12.55pm          Shona McManus, President Drogheda & District Chamber, M1 Skillnet Drogheda Chamber Promoter and CEO Osborne Recruitment

Topic: Summary of Todays Summit & The Future of M1 Region and Drogheda

13:10pm: Close ( Light Lunch / Networking

Cost €50 Non Members/€25 Members includes Business Networking Lunch



Twitter Handle:  #M1summit