The Wheel's Conference to Include Significant Funding Focus

Taking place on 15 May at the Croke Park Conference Centere, The Wheel's 2014 Annual Conference promises to be one of the most important days of the year for the Irish community and voluntary sector. With major sessions focusing on the 'hot button' issues of public trust in the sector and charity regulation, the conference will feature input from many noted expert speakers and forward-thinking non-profit leaders. 

The fourth and final session of the day will focus on funding - specifically, the move to competitive tendering for the sector. In particular this session will consider the move to competitive tendering now facing the sector and will examine what this means for the values that we share. Questions being asked will include: does the voluntary led, not-for-private-profit approach add value to our public services? Are we clear about that value? 

The agenda for this particular session is as follows:

  • Setting the scene - Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel 
  • The future of public procurement in Ireland - Robert Watt, Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
  • What does the move to competitive tendering mean for the values we espouse? - Graham Benfield, former CEO, Wales Council for Voluntary Action
  • Getting procurement right: are public benefit clauses / social clauses part of the solution? - Bruno Herbots, Partner and Head Procurement and Construction Team, Beauchamps Solicitors
  • Q & A
Early bird offer (save 20%) until 23 April: 
€150 per delegate (or €120 for members of The Wheel).