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IoD Online & NIE Networks: Launch of the Green Recovery Forum

13 May 2021
Online webinar, Online
The economic recovery from COVID-19 presents new challenges for large parts of the world. As we recover, the decisions we make today will either lay the foundation for clean growth or lock-in polluting emissions for decades. We must embrace the opportunities offered by new, clean technology. We need to build back better. 

The IoD & NIE Networks Green Recovery Forum will explore and showcase exciting new sectors that offer business opportunities to Northern Ireland. We are delighted to be joined by Andrew Griffith MP to officially launch the forum.

This will provide participants an opportunity to: 

• Discuss the main challenges and opportunities for shifting towards a clean growth model in Northern Ireland 
• Learn about emerging business opportunities within the green economy 
• Space for thought leadership and capture best practice on Green recovery 
• Network with likeminded individuals and spark business connections with the green economy space 
• Set the ambition and provide a positive forum whereby Northern Ireland is ready to exploit and capitalise on the opportunities of the green economy. 

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Date & time: 13 May 2021 12:30 - 14:00
Location: Online webinar, Online
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Andrew Griffith MP

Andrew is currently the UK’s Net Zero Business Champion, a role that he was appointed to by the Prime Minister on 17 November 2020. Working closely with 10 Downing Street, the COP26 President Designate and the Business Secretary, Andrew’s role is to support UK businesses of all sizes to make credible plans to net zero by 2050 or earlier and to showcase the UK’s place as a global leader in tackling climate change in the run up to the UN Climate Summit being held in Glasgow in November 2021.

Drawing on his previous experience in broadcasting prior to entering Parliament, on 10 November 2020 Andrew was appointed by the Secretary of State for DCMS as a member of the Public Service Broadcasting Advisory Panel to provide independent expertise and advice as part of the government’s strategic review of public service broadcasting.

Andrew is a member of the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology (excusing himself from any of its enquiries related to his Net Zero champion role). This is an independent Committee of the House of Commons with its members drawn from all political parties scrutinising the work of Government and holding Minister’s to account.

Andrew is the founder and co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Dark Skies, Chair of the APPG for Wine GB and a Vice Chair of the respective APPG’s for Automotive, Hydrogen, Media and Space.

Host: Jamie Delargy 

Jamie Delargy has forged a career in business journalism telling it as it is.
His was one of only a few voices warning ten years ago of the risks from an overheated housing market. On a more positive note, he has consistently offered critical support for the introduction here of a reduced rate of corporation tax.

In 2014 he launched Northern Ireland’s first user-friendly energy price comparison website, which in addition to uncovering the best electricity deals provides a wealth of information about the energy market. He is currently carrying out research into the use of solar energy to dry firewood. A third generation prototype device is being developed with a view to a launch on the market of a flatpack version. Jamie began his career in journalism working in the Irish News before moving to Downtown Radio. In 1980 he joined UTV. Since then he has worked on and edited current affairs and consumer programmes, before moving back to news.

Paul Stapleton, Managing Director, NIE Networks

Paul Stapleton, Managing Director, NIE Networks was appointed to the Board in May 2018.  He is a director of Energy Networks Association Ltd, European Distribution System Operators (E.DSO), the Northern Ireland Centre for Competitiveness and a committee member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Northern Ireland.

He joined ESB in 1991 where he held a number of senior management positions including General Manager of Electric Ireland, ESB Group Treasurer and Financial Controller of ESB Networks Limited.  He is an IoD Chartered Director and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Professor Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Officer, Artemis Technologies

Professor Mark Gillan is Chief Operations Officer at Artemis Technologies, the world’s leading high-performance maritime design and applied technologies company.
As Programme Director of the Artemis Technologies led Belfast Maritime Consortium’s UK Research and Innovation backed project to develop a new class zero-emission marine vessels in the city, Mark is responsible for overseeing the successful completion of the scheme that will harness the green recovery to revolutionise the maritime industry across the world.

With a passion for sustainable engineering and the drive towards net zero, Mark previously worked in motorsports including the Williams F1 team, where he was Chief Operations Engineer, McLaren, Toyota Motorsports, Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Technology. 

Sam McCloskey Bsc, MSc, FEI
Director of Sustainability & Climate Resilience, Tetra Tech Europe

Recently appointed to Tetra Tech, Sam has spent 17 years in consultancy followed by the last 10 years leading a collaborative, industry focused, sustainable energy research centre. She can call upon broad ranging experience of managing energy, sustainability and resource efficiency projects across a number of industry sectors, from local to pan-European projects, and with a strong focus on strategic oversight.

Sam was Northern Ireland Manager of the ERDF funded Envirowise programme for over a decade. As a member of the MATRIX government science advisory panel for sustainable energy, she was intrinsically involved in the development of a Road Map for sustainable energy to 2035 in Northern Ireland. She has recently been appointed to the Northern Ireland Circular Economy Coalition, supporting the Department of the Economy in setting a regional circular economy strategy. She is a Non-Executive Director of the Workspace Group, one of the largest social enterprise organisations in Northern Ireland and a Fellow of the Energy Institute.



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