HR Barometer – Launch Event: Presentation of Key Findings
 Unleashing Business Potential – Strategy & People

As the disruptors of last year continue into 2024, this time taking different shapes and presenting new challenges, a focus for all business leaders is to unleash potential from a Companywide perspective to a people perspective. Driving people-led potential involves cultivating a culture of empowerment, continuous learning, and inclusivity, where individuals are inspired to unleash their creativity, collaborate effectively, and contribute their unique talents towards achieving collective goals.The HR Barometer is the most comprehensive research analysing the impacts, challenges and opportunities within the HR and Employment Law landscape in Ireland. It is an invaluable source of information, analysis and insights on the key issues and challenges facing HR Practitioners.

The HR Barometer Briefing is a must-attend event for HR Practitioners who are seeking to inform and empower the agility needed for Strategic HR in 2024.

The survey comprised research with senior HR Practitioners from businesses across the country representing a broad range of sectors. This is the first survey carried out this year and provides timely information that will help you to re-align and re-imagine your HR & People Strategies and move the dial on your strategic goals.

Join Adare at the launch of our HR Barometer 8.1 virtual event where you will hear expert analysis and insights based the latest market research. Industry experts and Senior HR Consultants will present in-depth analysis of the report’s findings and the associated considerations for Employers.

10th April 2024, 9.30am – 11.15am


In-depth information on core Strategic HR and Employment Law topics will be covered, such as:

  • Employee Turnover

  • Health and Wellbeing

  • Absence Management

  • Pay & Benefits

  • Conflict and Disputes

  • Working Practices

  • HR Priorities



Registrations are closed.  PLACES ARE LIMITED

This is an invite-only event hosted by Adare.


Who should attend and why?

HR Practitioners, Senior Managers, Business Owners and those tasked with the responsibility for managing change within their Organisation.

The HR Barometer Series 8.1 event will attract a powerful community connected by some of the most important business challenges and one common goal to solve them.

This is your opportunity to gain key insights along side other Senior HR leaders and change-makers from across Ireland including:
  • Chief HR Officers
  • Chief People Officers
  • Head of HR Strategy
  • Head of Human Capital
  • Head of Talent Management
  • HR Leaders
  • Head of L&D, Organisational Development
  • Head of Compensation and Benefits
  • ​HR Admin, Recruitment and Acquisition
  • D&I Specialists



9.30 AM Welcome Address
– Sarah FaganManaging Director, Adare 
9.40 AM HR Priorities, HR Metrics and Absence Management
– Amanda Finnegan, Head of Retained Services, Adare
10.00 AM Conflicts and Disuputes
– Katie RidgeHead of Employer Relations, Adare
10.15 AM Working Practices
– Michelle Mc DonaghHead of HR Consulting, Adare
10.35 AM HR Panel Discussion and Q&A
– Facilitated by Sarah FaganManaging Director, Adare
– Kevin Foley, HR Director at CNP Santander
– Denise White-Hughes, HR Operations Director atLidl Ireland & Northern Ireland
– James Mangan, Human Resources Director at eir Ireland
11.10 AM Closing Address
– Sarah FaganManaging Director,
11.15 AM End of session

Meet our Speakers

Sarah Fagan
Managing Director

Katie Ridge
Head of Employer Relations

Michelle McDonagh
Head of HR Consulting

Amanda Finnegan
Head of Retained Services


Our Panellists

Kevin Foley

HR Director

CNP Santander

Kevin sits on the Executive Committee (ExCo) and holds overall responsibility for the HR function. CNP Santander Insurance is an international insurance company that designs and manages insurance products for customers across 12 European countries. In his role as HR Director, Kevin is committed to making CNP Santander a great place to work. He is guided daily by access to development and training, pro-employee policies and practices, competitive rewards, and an inclusive working environment. He holds a Masters Degree in Executive Coaching from University College Cork (UCC), a Masters in HR from the University of Limerick (UL), a Higher Diploma in Business Economics, and a Bachelor of Commerce, both from UCC. He is currently pursuing a Diploma in French from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG).


Denise White-Hughes

HR Operations Director

Lidl Ireland & Northern Ireland

Denise White-Hughes has over 18 years’ experience working in the retail industry & 12 years’ experience in the HR field. Denise holds a BA (hons) in HR Management from NCI & a MSc in International Business from UCD. Denise is also a certified mediator and has a diploma in Employment Law. Having worked her way up the ranks, Denise was the Employee Relations Director for Lidl for 3 years before side stepping into the role of HR Operations Director last year. Denise now oversees the HR Services team, Payroll and the HR Organisation & Transformation team. While Denise was the Employee Relations Director she led the team that brought in extended leave for employees who suffered pregnancy loss, fertility supports, menopause supports and increased supports for mental health.


James Mangan

Human Resources Director

eir Ireland

James Mangan is passionate about developing a team of business focused HR Partners committed to delivering a world class service. He is an experienced strategic HR professional with a demonstrated history of working within complex, highly unionised environments. Successfully partnered with strategic business leaders to program manage multiple cross-functional change projects including implementation of large in-sourcing projects, time sensitive multi-site recruitment projects as well as multiple organisational restructures. Skilled in change management including restructuring, re-organisation, out-sourcing, off-shoring, TUPE, collective bargaining, designing and implementing HR policies and procedures.