Mary Connaughton is Director of CIPD Ireland and is passionate about developing people and workplaces to be at their best. 

Mary has been leading the growth, development and contribution of the people profession in Ireland for the last 5 years.  She pushes forward the CIPD agenda of wellbeing, inclusion and flexible working through research, policy and member engagement.  She has a wealth of HR experience, supporting individuals and companies on the strategic people agenda, HR practice and organisation development. Previously she headed up HR Development at employers’ group Ibec, consulted widely across the public and private sector and held organisation development roles in the financial and consulting sectors.

Mary is on the Boards of the Public Appointments Service and the Retirement Planning Council and represents the people profession in Ireland at the European Association of People Management.