Each year, our annual HR conference ensures that our clients are kept up to date on the latest insights, trends, and solutions for HR Professionals across the Irish Public Sector for the year ahead. PAI’s annual HR conference aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the key driving forces and trends impacting on HR strategies, policies and programmes including our diverse and enlarged public sector workforce, and the need to develop inclusive healthy workplace cultures to improve peoples’ working lives at every touchpoint in the employee experience.

Our 2022 HR conference ‘Building the Workforce of the Future: An Inclusive Approach to Talent Management’ gave focus to the key role that HR professionals and leaders play in creating purpose, adding value and shaping positive inclusive cultures. 

The 2022 conference was timely after a two-year period of lockdowns and restrictions, shutdowns and remote working. Across the Irish public sector, workforces had to adapt to new ways of working while navigating challenges of immense proportions.

As the largest employer in the State, the Public Sector continues to be a key influencer of change. Our 2022 event cast a critical eye over and provided a spotlight for discussions on designing and building the workforce of the future.

Take a look at our 2022 conference below:


The event was opened with a Chairperson’s Address by Sile O’Donnell, FCIPD, who handed over to the first speaker of the day, Siobhan McKenna, Head of Equality, Inclusion and Diversity at PublicJobs.ie.

Siobhan’s presentation ‘Inclusive Recruitment, Attracting the Diverse Workforce – A Public Sector Best Practice Review’ provided an excellent insight into the current trends and challenges within the Public Sector.


Sharon Dillon Lyons, Barrister at Law provided an excellent legal insight with her presentation ‘Ensuring equality in talent attraction – developments and case law’. Sharon’s presentation detailed how equality in talent attraction is dealt with from a legal standpoint through several examples of cases within the Public Sector in Ireland. 

Sharon’s presentation was followed by a Q&A session.

Breakout rooms were provided during the morning coffee break to allow attendees to network with colleagues and delegates from other organisations.


Amongst our panel of expert speakers, PAI were delighted to welcome John Amaechi OBE, who provided a hugely engaging and inspiring fireside discussion ‘Championing Diversity in the Workplace – A Core Skill for Public Sector Leaders’ with Chairperson Síle O’Donnell.

John Amaechi OBE, is an organisational psychologist, best-selling New York Times author, internationally renowned public speaker, executive coach and CEO of APS Intelligence Ltd.



This fireside discussion was followed by Conference Chair, Sile O’Donnell, who delivered an enlightening discussion regarding building equality, diversity and inclusion through best HR practice and cultural change in the workplace.




The conference was closed by Richard Grogan, who delivered his presentation ‘Wellbeing and Stress – the legal obligations and challenges from a safety health and welfare perspective’


“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 – CCPC