Acesa – Partners For Progress




Leading with Purpose

Francesca McDonagh, Bank of Ireland

12th November 2021

Our final guest speaker event in 2021 featured Francesca McDonagh, CEO of Bank of Ireland.

Francesca began her conversation with ACESA members talking about her tenure at Bank of Ireland since her appointment in 2017.

Francesca shared her thoughts and views on leadership in the public sector, the need to lead by example and organisational culture as key components of leading complex organisations. She highlighted sustainability, culture, and innovation as three features of good leadership.

Francesca shared her thoughts on how public organisations in Ireland should lead by creating strong organisational culture and should always seek to innovate. She also mentioned Ireland’s potential leadership role in combatting the climate crisis as a small but effective and wealthy nation.