FBN Ireland were delighted to host its members and guests for an presentation given by Charlie Field, Deputy Chairman, C P J Field & Company, kindly sponsored by PwC, last Thursday 21 March, in PwC’s very impressive premises.

The 10th generation to be involved in his own family business, Charlie is a passionate advocate for family business, a non-executive director of the UK’s Institute for Family Business and  a former chair of the IFB’s National Next Generation Forum. His presentation ‘Perspectives on Family Business from the 10th Generation‘ discussed many interesting and relevant topics, such as the challenges for multi-generation family businesses, Next Generation engagement, succession planning and the need for communication and constructive disruption in family businesses.

The presentation was followed by a panel discussion, featuring Charlie Field, Marie Crowley, Queally Group, Orla Hughes, Portwest and Michael Walsh, President of FBN Ireland. The panel was moderated by Owen McFeely, PwC, and continued the along the same themes as the presentation, with the panellists providing valuable insights on these topics from their own family’s experiences.

The event was followed by a supper, generously provided by PwC.



Well done on organising a great event on Thursday.   We found it very inspiring and helpful.

Tom Keogh, Keogh’s Crisps Ltd


I think last night’s event was definitely a success….interesting speakers and panel discussion. Each person’s contribution was relevant for most people in the room.

Alex Flynn, FLI Group


Thanks for a great event last night; great speaker, very engaging.

James Flahavan, Flahavans


You ran an excellent meeting on Thursday night.  One of the best yet.  Well done.

Michael Hoey, Country Crest


Excellent evening last night – Charlie was a very good speaker.

Mark Walsh, Walsh Mushrooms


Personally, I thought it was a lovely evening and there seemed to be a nice warm feeling to the room, where people were comfortable to mingle and engage.  Thank you to Catherine for all her support in making it such a success.  It was a great collaborative effort.  Charlie was a great choice of speaker, and the panellists were really very strong and generous with their insights.  All in all a good event and a great shared experience.

John Dillon, Partner, PwC