Slide #IITD19 National Learning & Development Conference CROKE PARK STADIUM, 4TH DECEMBER 2019

Leading the learning and development profession in Ireland by inspiring excellence in practice to develop individuals and organisations to reach their full potential


08:00 AM


08:45 AM


Sinead Heneghan – CEO, IITD 

David Storrs – MD, HPC 

Matt Cooper – MC

09:00 AM

Gerard O’Neill

Amárach Research

We know that our world is changing at an unprecedented rate – but where is it going to and what forces will shape our future? What are the key trends that will drive society, consumers, technology and our behaviour as workers and citizens? In this session, we will examine the forces that have shaped the past 25 years and consider those that will impact on the Ireland and world of tomorrow.

09:45 AM

Business of the Future & Implications for Talent

In this panel discussion we will tap into the current pulse of modern leaders focusing on what makes them successful, what they expect from talent in the organisations and what they believe the secret ingredients of sustainable success in the future will be.

Ross Keogh (Director, Keogh’s Crisps); Sara Dennedy (Director of Impact,  Social Entrepreneurs Ireland); Katie Forker (HR Business Partner, STATSports); Niamh Sherwin Barry (Chief Storyteller & Founder, The Irish Fairy Door Company); Ruth McElhone (L&D Manager, Brown Bag Films)


10:45 AM


Networking & Coffee

11:30 AM

Baroness Susan Greenfield

From the Brain of Today to the Mind of Tomorrow
Neuroscience: What it can tell us about development and learning.
In a world where we constantly hear about the impact of technology on people, culture and work, Baroness Greenfield will explore the impact of digital technology on the brain and humans in the future.
As learning professionals, how can we prepare for this new world?

12:30 PM


1:45 PM

Breaking Free From Traditional Paradigms

This session ‘Breaking Free from Traditional Paradigms’ will illustrate how organisations are facing up to the challenges of the new business, customer and market paradigms. This builds on the theme that the future has started now and we need to invest in breakthrough thinking and innovation to sustain success.

Nikki Connolly (Head of L&D, Primark); Tom McMahon (Capability, Development & Resourcing Manager,  ESB); Aoife O’Shea (Regional Head of Talent Development , Zurich Insurance); Rob Oxley (Head of L&D, John Sisk & Son)

2:45 PM


3:00 PM

Prof. David Collings & Dr. John McMackin

This session will present the findings of a research project focused on the future skills requirements for L&D professionals. This global research has been commissioned by Trainers’ Learning Skillnet and IITD, funded by Skillnet Ireland, and will set the agenda for learning and development professionals in the Workplace of the Future.

3:55 PM

Closing Remarks

Kevin Hannigan (IITD President)

4:00 PM


“Looking forward to a great day learning from industry leaders about how learning & development can support the workplace of the future”

“What a great day- the buzz- the energy- the engagement, Well done”

“What an insightful and inspiring event – great line-up of speakers! Thank you @iitd_ireland for such a brilliant day!”

Croke Park Stadium

Croke Park one of the world’s most wholly unique and flexible venues for bringing people together – to be inspired and entertained.

With recently renovated and state of the art conference facilities, Croke Park is Dublin’s premier conference facility.

In the vibrant heart of Dublin city, the only venue in the city offering up to 600 free and secure parking spaces.

As the home of Ireland’s largest sporting and cultural organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) – Croke Park has played host to iconic moments in Irish sport & history and to major cultural and international events.

Croke Park is one of Europe’s largest stadia, with a capacity of 82,300 and can accommodate all types of events – from field sports to concerts, conferences to tradeshows and bespoke banqueting.


Our central location in Dublin 3, is within easy reach of the city centre, Dublin Airport and Dublin port.

Visitors Entrance on Jones Road

By bus:Dublin Bus offers a high-frequency, accessible and easy to use service from all over Dublin. A number of services bring you quite close to Croke Park and many others will get you to the city centre from where the stadium is a 15 minute walk.

Bus Routes that serve Croke Park
1, 7, 11, 13, 14, 16, 27a, 27b, 29a, 31/a, 31b, 32, 33, 40, 40b, 40d, 41, 41b, 41c, 42, 43, 44, 53, 123, 13

By Bus Éireann: Bus Éireann provide a nationwide bus service and private coach hire options to travelling fans. You can find out more about their schedules and services on the GAA News section of their site.

On DART/LUAS: Both the DART and LUAS networks provide an excellent service from many different parts of Dublin.  In most cases ‘park & ride’ is available at various stations along the route.Take the Luas Red Line to Connolly Station and Croke Park is just a 15 minute walk.

By train: Iarnród Éireann provides convenient travel services for anyone travelling to Croke Park from rail connected locations around the country. For further information, visit


If you are travelling the evening before and need accommodation, please note the following hotels which are close to the event:

The Croke Park Hotel
The Spencer Hotel 

The Gibson Hotel 
The Gresham Hotel

Notification of cancelled tickets received within three weeks prior to the event will be accepted and a refund of 90% of the ticket fee’s will be made. After this date, (Wednesday 20th November 2019) no refunds can be given.


Irish Institute of Training & Development

Sycamore House

Millennium Park


Co. Kildare

T: 045-881166