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Friday Workshops

The following two workshops are running as part of the Virtual Global Leadership Conference 2020.  These workshops will take place on Friday 25th September from 2.10pm-2.55pm.

Ecclesiastical Insurance - Roadmap to Resilience
Smith & Williamson - The Rising Tide of ESG Investing– Are you ready for the next wave?

If you are a delegate attending both days of our conference please choose one workshop for each day.  To view Thursdays choice of workshop please click here.

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Ecclesiastical Insurance - Roadmap to Resilience

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Recognising the challenges facing charities Paul Collins and Sarah Pearson will lead a discussion on a planning framework to help them set out their next steps as they return to work while keeping risks and opportunities at the forefront.

  • COVID-19 has caused major disruption to how businesses are able to work –operational and financial challenges allied to increased demand for services.
  • As lockdown lifts, adapting to the new normal is crucial to maintaining services and sustaining funding.

Ecclesiastical has used its risk expertise to help businesses prepare and this includes a set of tools to help businesses identify any potential impact, risks and opportunities going forward. These include checklists to look at the impact of the pandemic on the business – for example cash flow issues, whether a lack of technology has hampered delivery of service, to the challenges of keeping stakeholders informed as well as tips to support immediate changes to how your organisation works.

This process will enable you to better prepare for and mitigate the impact of future disruption.




Paul Collins ACII Chartered Insurer, CDipAF, DipSHWW. Head of Risk Management

Paul is Head of Risk Management for Ecclesiastical throughout Ireland. With over 35 years in the insurance profession, he has a wealth of experience across a range of roles including underwriting, claims, loss adjusting, risk surveying and enterprise risk management. 







Sarah Pearson MBA, Head of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)

A driven and successful leader with 24 years experience of working in the public sector (in a variety of senior corporate roles with a risk focus) and 9 years experience within the insurance industry in Enterprise Risk Management positions (Consultant, Advisor, Business Partner, Practice Leader & Head of ERM)
A proven track record of successfully working in and with organisations (public, private and voluntary sector) in Strategic Planning, Change Management, Performance Management, Enterprise Risk and Business Continuity.




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Smith & Williamson - The Rising Tide of ESG Investing– Are you ready for the next wave?

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In 2020, we find ourselves under more pressure than ever to adhere to the principles of sustainability, and that is no different in the investment world. The impact of COVID-19 has galvanised and strengthened the movement towards sustainable investing. ESG investing is an approach where Environmental, Social and Governance factors of companies are considered as part of the wider research process. This is based on the idea that a lack of compliance in these areas is a serious risk to the long-term viability of business models. In this interactive workshop, we will cover the following questions: ·


What does ESG & Responsible Investing really mean?

What impact has government response to COVID-19 had on Sustainable investing?

What does this mean for you as charity trustees?

What responsibilities do you have? ·

How can you prove to your stakeholders that you have a responsible investment process? ·

Will there be more regulation on responsible investing? How will that impact you?



Chris O’Neill

Chris O’Neill is a Partner at Cunningham Coates and is the charity specialist within the Belfast office, having managed a large number of clients within this sector since 2008. Chris also manages portfolios for private clients in a wide range of tax environments, including pension funds, ISAs, non-standard residence and domicile. 



Jessica Pearson

Jessica Pearson is an Assistant Investment Manager, having recently qualified with the CISI Chartered Wealth Manager qualification. She has a keen interest in responsible investing within charities and trusts.



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