William Fry

Competition & Compliance Breakfast Briefing

William Fry

Sigmar Recruitment and William Fry held a breakfast briefing to discuss ‘Competition & Compliance – The New Public Sector Talent Landscape’ on Friday the 23rd of June.


Experts from various backgrounds and sectors discussed the key features of the Protected Disclosures (Whistleblowing) legislation, and what employers must do to comply and/or protect themselves. Best practice assessment and selection strategies in the public sector were also discussed such as how to maximise objectivity and fairness in your assessment strategies and to understand how potential candidates may fit into your organisation. Finally the ways we can make a real difference through the process of recruitment and the key challenges that we face in getting not just the selection decisions right but in maximising the opportunities for enhancing the well-being and overall performance of the organisation were teased out.




Speakers on the day included;

  • Bernard Brogan, PepTalk
  • Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig, CCO, Sigmar Recruitment
  • Marina Morrissey, Manager, Sigmar Managed Services
  • Catherine O’Flynn, Partner, William Fry
  • Jeffrey Greene, Employment Group Associate, William Fry
  • Nuala Clayton, Employment Group Associate, William Fry
  • Laura Phelan, Global Operaons Director, cut-e Group
  • Bryan Andrews, Managing Director, BA & Associates and Former CEO, PAS
  • Ailis McSweeney, Director of All-Things, PepTalk

Posted by Julia Purcell, Marketing & Communications Manager on 7 December 2017

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