Collins McNicholas is pleased to be the main sponsor for the launch of the Programme of Events of the CIPD Western Region for the year 2014/2015.

Collins McNicholas has a long association with the CIPD in Ireland and in the Western Region. This is not surprising as both Colman Collins and Val McNicholas were HR Directors (or Personnel Managers as they were known then) with Nortel Networks and Wang Laboratories respectively prior to setting up Collins McNicholas in 1990.

Collins McNicholas’ association with the CIPD goes right back to the re-launch of the CIPD in the region in 1992. Val McNicholas was instrumental with Michael McDonnell, Margaret Cox, John Madden, the late Joe McAllister and others in the re-launch of the CIPD that year. In addition, Colman Collins was a lecturer on the initial CIPD accredited diploma course which commenced in the GMIT (then known as the RTC) the following year.

Val McNicholas was the first Chairperson of the CIPD and held the post for the first two years. Colman Collins was the Chairperson for the year 1995/1996 and Michelle Murphy was Chairperson for two years 2005 – 2007.

Colman, Val and Michelle are all Fellows of the CIPD and have served on the National Executive of the CIPD.

In 1993 Collins McNicholas sponsored the CIPD Student of the Year Award at the GMIT for the first time and they have sponsored it every year since then. We are pleased to note that Gail Quinn the current Chairperson of the Western Branch was a former winner of the Student of the Year Award.

In addition to re-launching the Western Branch Collins McNicholas was instrumental in assisting the CIPD in establish the North West Branch and the Midlands Branch of the CIPD.

Over the years Collins McNicholas has sponsored many CIPD events in the Western Region and two of the most recent and most successful events were the Coaching Seminar where Peter Bluckert was the main speaker and last year where CIPD CEO Peter Cheese was the main speaker. We have tried to associate ourselves with events which argue that HR should be represented at the top table in business. However, we have also argued that this representation has to be earned by HR practitioners and that the onus is on them to show they can add value at a strategic level in the organisations they work in.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Gail Quinn and the current committee every success at the commencement of the new year.

Launch Event takes place this Thursday, 11th September 2014 at 6pm in the Clayton Hotel, Galway. Looking forward to seeing you all there.