ERF Annual Conference

This year’s ERF Annual Conference marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Recruitment Federation (ERF). The ERF was born out of a desire to promote excellence within the recruitment profession, to strengthen the voice of our Members and to open doors for new opportunities. This year’s conference, “Beyond All Limits”, invites you to come along, reflect on the 50 years gone by, but more importantly to join us for a day that looks to the future, one which is beyond all limits.

On the day… We’ll revisit the last 50 years of the recruitment profession, where we’ve come from, the highs, the lows and all that goes with it. We’ll focus on the next 50 years, and what’s yet to come. We’ll also look at the key trends that will shape the future of the recruitment profession including the emergence of independent contractors and the gig economy, diversity, managed service providers (MSPs) and structuring a winning team.

We’ll explore how you can embrace & take advantage of the limitless opportunities that exist for your professional future and business.

TICKETS – Contact to book your tickets today!


7:30 – 9:00Registration & Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10Opening

Alison Comyn, Journalist/news anchor, Communications consultant/MC

MC and Conference Chair – 50th Anniversary Celebration


9:10 –  9:30Welcome

Geraldine King, Chief Executive, National Recruitment Federation

& Donal O’Donoghue, ERF President


9:30 – 10:10The History of the Recruitment Profession

John Nurthen, Executive Director of Global Research, Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA)


10:10 – 11:00The Evolution of the Recruitment Profession

Keynote Speaker: Denis Pennel, Managing Director, World Employment Confederation (WEC)

Panel Discussion With: Denis Pennel, Anne Heraty, CEO, CPL, Richard Boyd, Account Executive for the Recruitment & Staffing Industry, Bullhorn, Bryan Hyland, Commercial Director, Morgan McKinley & Adam Hawkins Head of Search & Staffing Linkedin.

Panel Chaired By: Brian Crowley, COO, Broadlake.


11:00 – 11:30 Tea/coffee, networking and exhibition
11:30 – 12:15Building a Culture of Inclusion in Your Workplace

Keynote Speaker: Adam Harris, Founder and CEO AsIAm

Panel Discussion With: Adam Harris, Sandra Quinn, Partner & Expert on Senior Appointments, Barden & Anne Marie Taylor, Programme Director, Balance for Better Business.

Panel Chaired By: Peter Cosgrove, Author, Future of work expert

12.15 – 1pmThe Emergence of the Independent Contractor  

Keynote Speaker:  Professor Andrew  Burke, Dean of Trinity College.

Panel Discussion With: Professor Andrew Burke, Jimmy Sheehan, Commercial Director, Contracting PLUS, Brendan McGinty, Managing Partner, Stratis Consulting & Kate Shoesmith, Director of Sales & Marketing, REC UK.

Panel Chaired By: Frank Farrelly, COO, Sigmar Recruitment.


13:00 – 14:00 

Lunch  and Networking


14:00 – 14:50Keynote Speaker: Katie Piper, Best-selling International Author, Inspirational Speaker, TV Presenter & Charity Campaigner.

In conversation with Alison Comyn


14:50 – 15:15  Talent Benchmarks: 

Keynote Speaker: Ken Brotherston, Managing Director, TALiNT International


15:15 – 15:40 Coffee and Networking
15:40 – 16:40Keynote Speaker: Christy Dignam, Lead Singer, Aslan

In conversation with Donal O’Donoghue, ERF President and MD of Sanderson Recruitment

16:40 – 17:30Surprise Event
17:30 – 18.30Networking drinks reception (Sponsored by PIXID) and exhibition


Date: Wednesday 19th February 2020

Time: 7.30am-6.30pm

Location: Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road

Cost: Member: €125 / Non-Member: €250 / CIPD Member: €195


Main SponsorsLinkedin and Bullhorn

Drinks Reception & President’s Dinner – Sponsored by PIXID

Media PartnerIrish Times


Feb 19 2020


All Day


Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road


Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road
Dublin 4