Join us for an unparalleled learning experience at our upcoming unconference! Designed to break away from traditional conference formats, our unconference empowers you as an active participant in shaping the agenda and driving meaningful discussions. With an exciting programme crafted to engage and challenge, you’ll have the opportunity to steer conversations and delve deep into key topics alongside colleagues and peers from across the country. Our event topics will take you an inch wide, but your participation will take the discussion on the topic a mile deep. Benefit from the wisdom of expert speakers and tap into the collective knowledge of diverse perspectives in the room, gaining invaluable insights and exploring solutions to common challenges. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn, connect, and grow!

At PAI, we believe in embracing change as an opportunity for growth. As the Public Sector workplace evolves, so too do our offerings. Our former HR conference has morphed into a more inclusive interactive learning experience, shifting from the traditional format to incorporate practical and interactive multi-level learning that delegate attendees can implement with confidence. This year, PAI unveils a fresh perspective on HRM & HRD for the Public Sector, prioritising the Human within Human Resources for positive strategic change.

Our Panel of Speakers:

Síle O’Donnell

Sile O’Donnell (FCIPD) is a HR and OD Consultant and a HR Training Specialist with PAI. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in HRM, Organisational Behaviour and OD in Trinity College Dublin. Sile has 30 years’ experience of designing and implementing best practice HR and OD strategies and initiatives across the Irish public sector. Before setting up her own consultancy practice, she worked in a range of senior HR and OD roles in the public sector, including roles at HR Director level. She delivers a wide range of training programmes for PAI, in areas that include HR practitioner training, leading and managing hybrid teams, EDI, dignity at work, people management and competency based training for public sector professionals.

Perry Timms

As the Founder & Chief Energy Officer of PTHR, Perry Timms has garnered numerous accolades in the HR industry. In 2022, he was honoured as the Number 1 Most Influential HR Thinker by HR Magazine, followed by induction into the HR Most Influential Hall of Fame in 2023. Recognised for his dedication to advancing self-managed and democratic work environments, he received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from WorldBlu in 2024. With over 30 years of experience in Change and Transformation, over 20 years as an HR Professional, and more than a decade since founding PTHR, his expertise is extensive. His mission is centred on fostering workplaces where individuals thrive, aiming to transform organizations into agents of societal good alongside profitability. Under the banner of “Better Business for a Better World,” PTHR is committed to this vision.

Michael Kinsley

Michael Kinsley is a practising barrister and mediator specialising in Civil, Employment and Labour Law. Michael has extensive experience representing clients in Courts and Tribunals at all levels of the Irish legal system. Michael regularly appears for employers and employees in litigation before the ordinary courts and before employment rights bodies. Michael has lectured in Employment Law and has designed and delivered a variety of Employment Law courses to professional audiences in the private and public sector.

John McGrath

John is a Project Management consultant with over 20 years of experience, specialising in transformational change initiatives. He believes that fostering the right mindset and skill set in individuals is crucial for sustained organisational growth.

Throughout his career, John has served as a trusted advisor to a diverse range of clients, including over 250 global companies, government agencies, and international organisations such as Engineers Ireland, the United Nations, and the World Bank. He has contributed his expertise to high-profile events like the London and Rio Paralympics.

Dr. Ebun Joseph

Dr Ebun is a Race Relations Consultant, Antiracism Specialist, and Founder of the Institute of Antiracism and Black Studies ( With over 15 years of experience, she has developed Antiracism courses and worked with organisations to promote inclusivity. Her expertise stems from her background in Career Consulting, including roles at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and University College Dublin. She has also lectured on race, ethnicity, and identity at Trinity College Dublin and pioneered the first Black Studies module in Ireland. Committed to dismantling systemic barriers, she continues to be a transformative voice in advocating for social justice.

Katy Lumsden

Katy is currently Head of Human Resources at the National Library of Ireland. She has a passion for learning and empowerment through self-awareness and takes a values-led approach to her work and practice. Holding an MBS in Organisational Development, Organisational Behaviour and Leadership, Katy has developed programmes for children and young people in leadership and followership, called Know No Bounds. She is a speaker and podcast guest and posts regularly on social media with a particular interest in leadership, followership, systems and culture.

Dr Orlaigh Quinn

Orlaigh was the first woman appointed as Secretary General of the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment (2016 -2023). She advised Government and led the Department and its fourteen offices and agencies in promoting the creation of high-quality and sustainable full employment; by championing enterprise, supporting and incentivising a competitive and innovative research and enterprise base, negotiating international trade agreements and promoting fair and competitive employment and markets. She led the Department through major events including Brexit, Covid and the effects of the war in Ukraine, at the same time heading the development and implementation of key national strategies including the White Paper on Enterprise, the National Digital Strategy and the Trade and Investment Strategy.


“Powerful, knowledgeable and inspiring speakers, who have taught me a lot and have left me with loads of food for thought!”
Carla Marina Soriano
Environmental Protection Agency
“Relevant, insightful, eye-opening”
Barbara O’Connor