We’re delighted to be able to announce exciting additions to the speaker and panel line-up at our conference on Making Collaboration Work, in Blanchardstown on 24th May. The conference will be opened by Dr Jennifer Carroll MacNeill TD, Minister of State, and we will also be joined by: 

  • Ronaldo Hardy, CEO of the National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations in the US (NACUSO), who will share the considerable US experience of building organisations to serve the movement.
  • Professor Dominik Bierecki, an academic and lawyer from Poland with a specialism in co-operation, who has served on the national board of credit unions in Poland (SKOK) and has worked with WOCCU. Poland has a very different approach to the diverse CUSO model in the US or as emerging in Ireland and Britain.
  • Professor Tina Harrison, chair of Capital Credit Union in Edinburgh and director of a new CUSO, CU Share Limited, set up by three large Scottish credit unions. Tina’s academic specialism is marketing financial services.
  • Paul O’Donovan, CEO at ODA Consulting, who will be well-known to many Irish attendees for his decades of  experience advising credit unions and steering major initiatives such as the current account business that is now Payac and the current mortgage CUSO project.
  • Dr Peter Davis, from the University of Leicester School of Management in Britain and Adjunct Professor at St Mary’s University in Canada, will present his initial findings on research into the opportunity for a central finance facility for credit unions in Ireland, a project he is working on with Swoboda.
  • Finbarr O’Shea, CEO of Bantry Credit Union and a board member of Cultivate, the agricultural lending collaboration in Ireland.

We have more speakers planned! But there will be time for plenary and group discussion and networking.

Join senior managers and directors from Irish and British credit unions, together with key stakeholders, to discuss the critical issue of getting collaboration going and getting it right. Free to Swoboda members and open to non-members (discounted early bird tickets available until 12th April!). Don’t miss out – book your place here!

Swoboda is grateful to Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland for its exclusive sponsorship of this conference.