Agenda - Innovating | Involving | Inspiring 2012

Innovating | Involving | Inspiring 2012 - The Wheel's annual conference

This year's conference has a jam-packed programme to stimulate debate and provoke your thoughts on what's instore for our sector in the coming years.

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08.45 - 09.10


09.05 - 09.10

Welcome and Introduction:
Fintan O'Toole (Chair)

09.10 - 09.20

Opening Address (Lead Partner):
David Thomas, Managing Director Corporate Banking at Ulster Bank

09.20 - 09.30

Address on behalf of the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government:
Rita McNulty (Assistant Secretary)

Session 1

09.30 - 11.00



INNOVATING: How can we deliver the best outcomes for people and greatest impacts for communities?

Topics and Speakers:
Are we doing the best that can be done? Are we basing our work in evidence of best practice?
Nuala Doherty (CEO, Centre for Effective Services)
Are we doing our best to do the best? Are we being sufficiently strategic and operating as well as we can?
Sean Coughlan (CEO, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and Chair of The Wheel
How do we know if we are doing our best? How can we measure our progress?
Sandra Velthuis (Whitebarn Consulting)
Table Exercise: Developing targets and indicators

11.00 - 11.30

Coffee Break


Session 2

11.30 - 13.15






INVOLVING: How can we maximise participation by people in decision making that affects them)

Topics and Speakers:
Public Participation: Invloving Citizens in Designing Public Services
Fergus O'Ferrall (Adelaide Lecturer in Health Policy TCD)
Sharing Social Responsibility
Sean Healy (Director, Social Justice Ireland)
Changing the Nature of Public Services: Enabling Mutual Help & Empowering Communities
Martin Sime (CEO, Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations)
Why participate in democarcy ? What does citizenship mean?
Sr Bernadette Macmahon (Director, Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice)
Building engagement by involving people
Karl O’Connor (Senior Manager of Employee
Engagement, Human Resources at Ulster Bank)
Table Exercise, Panel Discussion and Q&A
Facilitated by Karl O’Connor

13.00 - 14.15



Session 3

14.15 - 15.10




Table Exercise: Improving our practise:
What are the priorities now for the sector?

Panel Discussion: We talk a lot about it, but just how good are CV organisations at innovating and involving?

Mark Blake-Knox (CEO, Cheshire Ireland); Elaine Byrne (Academic Team, We the Citizens); Ivan Cooper (Director of Advocacy, The Wheel); Catherine Maher (National Director of Services, Focus Ireland); Barbara O’Connell (CEO, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland).


15.25 - 15.45

The Wheel's Strategy 2012-2016: Responding to the Challenges
Deirdre Garvey (CEO, The Wheel)


Chairman's Concluding Remarks:
Fintan O'Toole

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