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Book your place at the annual Jack FitzPatrick Lecture

By March 28, 2024No Comments

Registration is now open for the annual Jack FitzPatrick Lecture, which takes place on April 11 in Dublin. The focus of this year’s event is Trust in the Workplace, and we’re delighted to welcome Prof Finian Buckley as the keynote speaker.

Prof Buckley is a Professor of Work & Organisational Psychology at DCU Business School. He’ll talk about the importance of trust in the workplace and how it is developed and maintained over time.

Trust lies at the heart of effective organisational functioning. Firms that position trust as a core value, in contrast to firms that champion control strategies, deliver greater employee engagement, innovation and sustained performance outcomes.

Highlighting Irish and international research, Prof Buckley will identify successful approaches to building a positive trust culture, and how the behaviour of leaders becomes a key medium for building a trust-centric climate.

Prof Buckley said: “In employee-owned firms – and, indeed, any business that wants to promote employee share plans – trust is paramount as the alignment of ownership and employee interests are core to firm success. Achieving balance between participative decision-making and market-focused agility can appear contradictory, but a trusted leadership team facilitates this agility. Building this trust must be a key objective for leadership teams, and approaches to keeping it to the fore are identified.”

Also speaking at this year’s lecture will be Thalia O’Toole, Tax Principal in KPMG. Thalia will provide a topical update on the incentive arrangement landscape in Ireland and internationally, highlighting key themes from schemes that are popular with employees and employers alike. She will also discuss some compliance and administrative considerations around such incentives including the recent share option changes in Ireland.

The annual Jack FitzPatrick Lecture takes place at KPMG’s Platform X innovation hub in Dublin. It is a free event for IPSA members. Employees of IPSA members can obtain the booking link from their IPSA member contact. Non members can contact IPSA about membership at


Prof Finian Buckley is full professor of Work & Organizational Psychology, DCU Business School.

Research interests include Trust in the Workplace in particular how trust is developed and maintained over time. Also individual Self-Regulation of thought, emotion and action in the workplace.

Prof Buckley leads several dedicated DCU programmes focused on Small to Medium Size Enterprise growth and scaling. Each of these programme involves the engagement of the top management team of up to 18 small firms at a time.


Thalia O’Toole is Tax Principal and Head of Global Mobility at KPMG in Ireland. She has more than 15 years’ experience advising on a broad range of tax, social security and operational strategy relating to reward, compensation & benefits, employment tax and global mobility.

Thalia lectures on reward and employment tax matters for the Irish Tax Institute (ITI), the professional body for tax advisors in Ireland, and was a member of the editorial board of the ITI’s Irish Tax Review professional periodical for a number of years. She is currently KPMG Ireland’s tax technical representative on the income tax liaison group between the ITI and Irish Revenue.

We look forward to seeing at JFP24.