Rising Star: Jacqueline Ho Employment Counsel at Eir Ireland


Employment Counsel at Eir Ireland

to speak on our Rising Stars Panel 

@ our 

General Counsel Summit, DUBLIN

Wednesday, 5 February 2020  | 5.00 PM to 7.30 PM 

Sponsored and hosted at ByrneWallace, 88 Harcourt Street

To RSVP: colin.carroll@empowermentinternational.com

1st TALK will start at 5.30 PM (sharp)


Good afternoon,

I hope you are well..

I am excited to announce that Jacqueline Ho will be a guest speaker on our *Rising Stars* panel at our *General Counsel Summit* in Dublin.

Jacqueline will join us on stage at the Summit for a fireside chat to discuss her career journey.

About Jacqueline Ho

Jacqueline started her career as a trainee in Arthur Cox and qualified into the Employment Law Group in 2012. As an associate, she worked with a variety of clients and developed a specialist interest in FDI and immigration practice. Arising from this interest, she took up a new opportunity with Deloitte Ireland to set up their immigration services function as part of the Global Employer Services team from 2015 to 2017.

In her current role as Employment Counsel with eir, Jacqueline advises on all matters relating to the company’s 3,000 plus workforce as well as working on multi-disciplinary projects across the business.

Jacqueline studied Law at University College Dublin and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Civil Law. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Employment Law. Jacqueline is dual qualified in Ireland and England and Wales.

She lives in Dublin with her husband Luke and19 month old son, Alexander.


We will also have fireside chats with the following Rising Stars about their respective career journeys:

Gordon Wade

Regulatory Legal Counsel & Group Data Protection Officer at Hostelworld

Gordon recently joined Hostelworld as Regulatory Legal Counsel & Group Data Protection Officer. Hostelworld is the global leader in hostel-focused online booking platforms. Headquartered in Dublin, with offices around the world in London, Shanghai, Sydney and Porto, Hostelworld has more than 12 million reviews across 17,400 hostel properties in more than 178 countries.

Gordon previously worked at international law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP in London, top Irish law firm Mason Hayes & Curran and KPMG Legal Services in Dublin during which time he completed secondments at Irish Bank Resolution Corporation and KPMG Phoomchai Tax Ltd. in Bangkok. Prior to joining Hostelworld in January 2020, Gordon was a senior data privacy lawyer with PwC Legal Middle East in Dubai.

Gordon obtained his law degree from University College Dublin and LLM from Trinity College Dublin. Gordon is admitted as a solicitor in Ireland and England & Wales and is a New York-qualified attorney. Gordon holds the status of Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) as well as the CIPP/E and CIPM certifications together with the OneTrust DataGuidance OTCP certification.

Gordon lives in Dublin with his wife, Heather and their two dogs (Rosie and Pablo) and cat (Champers).


Privacy Counsel at SurveyMonkey

Hazel Smyth is a qualified barrister, working with SurveyMonkey as their Privacy Counsel.

She has worked in a diverse range of international companies, from tax to construction/engineering and has experience dealing with matters in various jurisdictions worldwide.

She is an elected Local Councillor also with Westmeath County Council.

Outside of work, she is a tennis enthusiast, bookworm and fond of triathalons.



Adam was recently appointed General Counsel of Web Summit. Web Summit brings together the people and companies redefining the global tech industry at Collision (Toronto), Web Summit (Lisbon) and RISE (Hong Kong).

Prior to this Adam was a Consultant for Kerman & Co LLP in London in their Sports & Media Department working with clients such as the All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon) and UEFA.

More recently he was General Counsel at the Jamie Oliver Group. Following the UK restaurants entering Administration, he was responsible for managing the franchise partners who operate over 70 restaurants in 28 countries.

He studied at the National University of Ireland, Galway and BPP Law School London.


Keynote Speaker

@ our

General Counsel Summit



Our keynote speaker at our Summit will be ORLA MULDOON.

Orla will be joining us from Chicago to give us a keynote talk in Dublin about her personal career journey, leadership and lessons she has learned along the way.

Last year, Orla was an inspirational guest speaker at our General Counsel Summit hosted by the international law firm CMS in London.

ORLA MULDOON:  Chief Counsel Carbohydrate Solutions and Commercial Excellence at Archer Daniels Midland


Orla Muldoon, Chief Counsel ADM Carbohydrate Solutions and Commercial Excellence leads the legal function for the ADM global corn and sweeteners business and also leads the team for centralized commercial contracts support across all ADM business units.

Orla has an extensive background in the international FMCG sector having joined ADM in January 2014 after 7 years as General Counsel Europe for The Kellogg Company, as well as having previously held an in-house counsel position with Coca-Cola and completed a secondment with Diageo.  She has also 7 years’ experience at two of Ireland’s largest law firms, Matheson and McCann FitzGerald.

Orla started her career as a lecturer in law (commercial law and corporate insolvency law) at University College Dublin, Ireland.

A frequent speaker at international legal conferences, Orla is licensed to practice law in Illinois, New York, England & Wales, and Ireland.

Orla obtained her primary law degree from University College Dublin and an LL.M. degree from the University of London.  She has also completed various executive education courses at Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School.

Having previously worked in Ireland and Switzerland, Orla is now based in Chicago.  In 2019,  Orla was named as One of the Leading 40 in their 40s anti-trust professionals for Europe, Africa and the Americas (https://www.womenat.com/w-at-competition-40-in-their-40s).  She is a member of the Regional Advisory Board of The Ireland Funds.

Orla is married and has three sons.  In her spare time, she is interested in history and rugby.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, 5 February, 2020

Time: 5.00 PM to 7.30 PM

Venue:  Offices of a law firm in Dublin (TBC).

Admission:  FREE

1st TALK will start at 5.30 PM (sharp)


I’m really looking forward to our series of Talks at our GC Summit.  It will be a fun, relaxed and informal evening.  If you would like to receive an invitation , please feel free to drop me a line and I will be very happy to add your name to our guest list.

To RSVP, please email me:


Our previous


was held in London and hosted @

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

GC Summit 1 Nov

We had 7 amazing guest speakers join me for a series of fireside chats about their personal career journeys, leadership and lessons they learned along the way.


@ our

General Counsel Summit in London

Jeff Bullwinkel

-Joined us from Amsterdam-

Associate General Counsel and Regional Director of Corporate, Legal & External Affairs Microsoft Europe


Jeff Bullwinkel serves as Microsoft’s Associate General Counsel and Regional Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs for Europe.  He is based in Amsterdam and oversees the company’s legal and corporate affairs teams across the region, providing support for commercial transactions and regulatory counsel on public policy issues such as IPR, cybersecurity, competition, and international trade.  Mr. Bullwinkel joined Microsoft in 2000 and previously held a number of senior roles with the company across the Asia Pacific region, based in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Bullwinkel was with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, an international law firm based in New York.  Mr. Bullwinkel also served as a federal prosecutor with the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice, where he was responsible for a wide range of matters relating to international law.

Mr. Bullwinkel is originally from the New York area.  He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his law degree from New York University.  He is a member of the New York State Bar.

Mr. Bullwinkel recently celebrated 25 year of marriage to his wife Kimberly and they have two fabulous kids (a boy who’s 20 and a girl who’s 18).

Justine Campbell

Deputy Group General Counsel of Centrica plc


Justine Campbell is Deputy Group General Counsel and Head of Secretariat for Centrica plc, with responsibility for the management of the Group’s legal function and the provision of legal and regulatory support to Centrica plc and to multiple business units across the Group and to the corporate centre.  She is also responsible for leading the Group Company Secretariat function, supporting board and committee administration and advising on issues of corporate governance and compliance.

Justine also led Centrica’s response to the two year investigation by the Competition & Markets Authority into the UK energy sector, the most detailed review of the market since privatisation.  She has extensive experience of regulated markets, including energy, insurance and telecommunications.

Prior to joining Centrica, Justine was Corporate & External Affairs Director of Vodafone UK for 5 years.  She has been involved in the telecommunications industry for some years, having spent 7 years at O2/Telefonica, the final two as European General Counsel.

Justine qualified as a solicitor with Freshfields, in London and Brussels and holds a law degree from Trinity College, Dublin and an advanced management qualification from the Said Business School, Oxford.  She is a member of the advisory council of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London.

Justine lives in Winchester and is married with 3 children.

Sabine Chalmers

Group General Counsel of BT Group plc


Sabine Chalmers is the General Counsel of BT Group Plc, one of the world’s largest communications companies listed on the FTSE with headquarters in London.

Prior to BT, Sabine was the Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of the world’s top five consumer products companies and the leading global brewer, from 2005 – 2017.

In addition to her more than a decade at Anheuser-Busch InBev, she served in a number of leadership positions, including General Counsel of the Latin American and U.S. Businesses at Diageo plc, the world’s largest producer of spirits from 1993 – 2004. She also worked in private practice at the law firm of Lovell White Durrant and was a lecturer at University College, London. Sabine holds a law degree from the London School of Economics and is qualified to practice in England and NY State.

She serves on numerous boards, including those of Coty, Inc., one of the worlds largest consumer beauty companies; the Royal National Theatre London; and is a former chairman of the Board of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the largest not-for-profit professional association serving the business interests of in-house attorneys around the world with more than 34,000 members in 85 countries.

An American citizen of Indian and German origin, she has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Sabine has been married for 25 years to Richard (a British/American citizen) and they have one daughter, Natasha, who is 18 years old.

Reggie Davis

-Joined us from San Francisco –

General Counsel of DocuSign


Reggie leads DocuSign’s award-winning Legal and Risk Compliance team(s) in driving acceptance and adoption of DocuSign’s System of Agreement and digital signatures across all business verticals and the public sector.  As Chief Privacy and Compliance Officer as well as General Counsel, Reggie spends much of his time focused on privacy, data and corporate authorizations and certifications.   DocuSign recently went public as one of the largest historical IPOs in the SaaS vertical.  Reggie regularly hosts colloquiums at DocuSign on becoming “The Digital General Counsel” which focus on the digital transformation of the in-house practice of law and the impacts of A.I., Blockchain, Legal Operations, eDiscovery, eBilling, etc.

In 2010, Reggie was an award winner of The Recorder’s “2010 Attorneys of the Year.”  In 2012, Reggie’s team was named “Most Innovative Legal Team” by Inside Counsel Magazine.  In 2013, the Silicon Valley Business Journal honored Reggie as “General Counsel of the Year.”  In May 2016, Reggie was named “In-House Impact” General Counsel by The Recorder legal publication.  In December 2016, Reggie was named “Innovative General Counsel” by the Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers report.

Prior to joining DocuSign, Reggie served as general counsel and EVP at Zynga.  Prior to Zynga, Reggie spent 9 years at Yahoo! where he served as vice president, search operations, and before that as Associate General Counsel managing Litigation, Security and Risk Management. Prior to Yahoo!, Reggie was a litigation partner at Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft (presently known as Duane Morris).

Reggie received his JD from Tulane School of Law and his AB with Honors in European History and Sociology from Harvard University.

Reggie joined DocuSign after taking a year off from work, during which he backpacked around the world with his wife Rebecca and their four sons. The highlights of this family adventure were visiting tiger and elephant sanctuaries in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.

Monica Risam

General Counsel of Lombard International

Monica Risam Official Photo


Monica Risam is the General Counsel of Lombard International where she has responsibility for legal, company secretarial, risk and compliance and regulatory affairs.

Monica joined Lombard International from Aviva plc, where she held the positions of General Counsel & Company Secretary of Aviva UK Life, General Counsel, Aviva Group and General Counsel, Aviva Europe.

Prior to joining Aviva, Monica spent seven years at GE Capital where she held a variety of senior roles. She began her legal career as an associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in London and New York, and is dual-qualified to practise law in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Monica is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and The George Washington University in Washington DC. She is also a non-executive member of the Elton John Aids Foundation’s Finance & Investment Committee.

Patrick Stewart

General Counsel at Manchester United

Patrick 1

Patrick Stewart is General Counsel at Manchester United.

He originally worked in private practice in Scotland before taking up an in-house role in Switzerland with TEAM Marketing, a leading sports marketing agency. In that role he was responsible for negotiating commercial  partnerships for the UEFA Champions League.

Patrick joined Manchester United in 2006 to set-up an in-house legal function. The team is now 11 strong and responsible for managing all of the club’s legal issues. Patrick is also a member of the Premier League’s Legal Advisory Group and Medical Working Group.



Fireside Chat with Lory Kehoe

Managing Director at ConsenSys


Lory is a managing director with ConsenSys and leads ConsenSys Ireland. He is passionate about Ethereum enabling a decentralised world.

He has over 11 years cross-industry consulting experience. Prior to ConsenSys he was a director with Deloitte and founded and ran Deloitte’s EMEA blockchain lab based out of Dublin. He also spent 5 years with Accenture.

Lory is a Qualified Financial Adviser, registered stockbroker and is currently (and has been for the past 10+ years) an adjunct assistant professor in Strategic Management and Information Systems with the Department of Computer Science in Trinity College Dublin.

See you in February

Looking forward to seeing you in February if you can make it along to our General Counsel Summit.

Have a great evening,


Email: colin@lawyersbdc.com

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