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IoD NI Leadership Lunch- Boosting Productivity through People & Technology

02 Nov 2018
Belfast City Hall, Belfast

We are delighted to host our Leadership Lunch - Boosting Productivity through People & Technology in the beautiful and fitting surroundings of Belfast City Hall. A majority of our IoD members use our lunch as an opportunity to network, engage and entertain their clients.

Table bookings

To book a table please contact event manager

Member tables of 10:
£500 + VAT

Non-Member tables of 10:
£600 + VAT

Please be aware that all bookings must be paid prior to the event.  Bookings cancelled within 7 days of the event will not be refunded, please refer to our Term and Conditions.

N.B Bookings for this event are now CLOSED. Please get in touch with Event Manager, Julie-Anne Clarke, for any inquiries. 

Key details

Date & time: 02 Nov 2018 12:00 - 15:00
Location: Belfast City Hall, Belfast
CPD Hours:

Prices from

50.00 GBP + VAT - Member Price
60.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Price

Event manager:
Miss Julie-Anne Clarke
Contact phone:


IoD members tell us that their immediate challenges are skills shortages, gaps and the cost of inflation are major concerns. We also know that Northern Ireland lags behind the rest of the UK when it comes to productivity, significantly damaging the competitiveness of our businesses and placing a sharper focus on the quality of management and leadership as a result.

This thought-provoking event, which will launch the findings of IoD and Baker Tilly Mooney Moore research exploring the importance of management and leadership training to the local economy, will provide  inspiration, tools and resources for your business to support its journey of addressing skills and productivity challenges.

Why attend?

  • Hear from experts Dr Neil Bentley, Aisling Curtis and Tony Danker, leaders in the fields of skills and productivity
  • Network with Northern Ireland’s key business leaders
  • Examine the latest thinking on improving the productivity of your firm and Northern Ireland Plc.
  • Gain insights to attracting and retaining a talented workforce and priorities for addressing skills gaps in a post- Brexit era
  • Hear about the IoD’s cutting edge research into the significance and Impact of Investment in Management and Leadership Training in Northern Ireland
  • Explore the policy priorities for supporting businesses and the education sector including local access to the apprenticeship levies money for addressing skills gaps.
  • Learn how managing the introduction and disruption of artificial intelligence and innovation can deliver a competitive advantage for your firm. 
  • Finally, attendees have the chance to win holiday for two within Europe, courtesy of Selective Management Travel


Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK

Dr Neil Bentley is Chief Executive of WorldSkills UK, which is a partnership between governments, employers and education to help accelerate young people's career development. 

Neil was previously Deputy Director-General and Chief Operating Officer at the CBI, the UK's premier business lobby, working at the highest level of the business and government interface nationally and internationally and representing CBI to the media. Neil worked at the CBI for 12 years and led public policy campaigns ranging from apprenticeships, skills and employment to public service reform and energy and climate change.  

Aisling Curtis, Commercial Director, Microsoft Ireland

Aisling's remit covers Microsoft Ireland’s Small, Medium and Corporate customers and One Commercial Partner group supporting all Microsoft Ireland customers including Enterprise, Public Sector and Corporate customers.  

Aisling joined Microsoft in January 2016 having worked for 15 years in telecommunications. She has held several senior in-market and global commercial roles leading business and consumer teams in start-up and turn around environments. Aisling's passion is to create value for customers and develop an engaging results driven environment for her team. 

Tony Danker, Chief Executive, Be The Business

Tony Danker is Chief Executive of the Be The Business, a new business-led organisation created to close the UK’s productivity gap. Be The Business was set up in 2017 by the Productivity Leadership Group – a group of senior business leaders chaired by Sir Charlie Mayfield.

Tony was previously the Chief Strategy Officer at Guardian News & Media (GNM), where he had responsibility for the Guardian’s strategy, business development and analytics functions. Prior to this role he was International Director, responsible for GNM’s international expansion.

Host - Dr Wendy Austin MBE

Wendy is the presenter of BBC Radio Ulster’s Inside Business programme. One of Northern Ireland’s best known journalists and broadcasters, in a career spanning more than 40 years she has worked in local and regional newspapers, in commercial radio, and for the BBC both on radio and television, in Northern Ireland and nationwide.


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Prices from

50.00 GBP + VAT - Member Price
60.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Price


Bookings cancelled within 7 days will not be refunded
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