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IoD NI Young Directors Conference

06 Oct 2017
IoD Northern Ireland, Belfast

Whether you are seeking to grow your business, grow your team or grow your own skill set, this conference is a must attend.

Our theme for the conference is ‘Grow How’ and will focus on equipping delegates to improve their ability to achieve business growth and to develop themselves and their team.

BBC’s Mark Simpson will be the host for the event which will include a networking lunch, keynote session, masterclasses and panel discussion, followed by evening refreshments and entertainment.

Key details

Date & time: 06 Oct 2017 12:00 - 17:00
Location: IoD Northern Ireland, Belfast
CPD Hours:

Prices from

90.00 GBP + VAT - Price

Event manager:
Miss Julie-Anne Clarke
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Grow How

The conference will enable you to grow personally and within your business through networking, keynote session, a choice of one of our three masterclasses,panel discussion and networking among other like minded individuals. All masterclass options will be confirmed in due course.

David Meade

We are delighted to welcome David Meade who will deliver a masterclass session and our keynote address titled 'Maximum Influence'.  Few skills are more important to effective leadership than the ability to persuade and influence the stakeholders inside and outside of our business. Drawing on the cutting edge science of decision making, persuasion, and influence, David will use this high energy and interactive keynote to show delegates how getting that elusive ‘yes’ can be easier than you think. Exploring research into pitching, selling, and even politics, attendees will leave the session with a practical toolkit that they’ll be able to use immediately to get the results they need.


Choose to attend one master class on the day of the conference.

1.  Sell Well by David Meade

In a energetic and interactive masterclass, David will show how the science of decision making and sales can be used to grow your sales faster than ever.    Covering pitching and presenting, communication, objection handling, and testimonials, he’ll share the best practice on building your profit with a toolkit you’ll be able to use immediately.

2. Scaling your business by Gareth Hagan, OCO Global

We all want to grow our business, but often don't have the time, bandwidth or resources to make it happen effectively.  In this session, Gareth will outline those factors to be considered, and acted upon to ensure that business growth is not just achieved, but sustained. And when driving growth, that focus isn’t shifted away from the core business that you have in the 1st place!

Gareth will share real examples of firms that he has worked with that have scaled, and highlight those areas that ensured their success
In the context of the local economy and the post BREXIT environment we enter, Gareth will provide specific guidance on how to successfully grow your business in international markets, and de-bunk some of the myths about what it takes to grow your business outside of NI and UK.

3. Keep Growing by Brand Etiquette

A holistic insight into how brand can help grow your business.

“Just like any other area of your business, brands need to be nurtured and developed in order to ensure they represent your business authentically and with relevance in an increasingly brand-savvy age. Nourishing a brand is an investment in your relationship with both your current customers and those of the future. ”This workshop will cover all the fundamentals to provide participants with a roadmap for their own brand and business growth including:


•         How to maximise your brand for business growth•         How brand works alongside other factors in your business
•         Defining the stages in growing your brand
•         Top tips for sustained growth

This will be an interactive session designed to stimulate thinking and provide hands on solutions and advice.


Panel Discussion

Discuss our Grow How theme in more depth and hear from our expert panelists:

  • Senior Representative from a global drinks company will explain the importance of growing your business brand.

  • Robert McConnell of CCP Gransden, our youngest Chartered Director and Young Director of the Year 2017, will focus on growing yourself through professional development.

  • MCS Group, specialist recruitment agency will share tips on how to grow your personal brand.

This event is hosted by IoD’s Young Directors’ Forum and will appeal to young professionals across a variety of sectors. This event is open to both members and non-members.

Belfast Ukulele Jam

Northern Ireland's own Belfast Ukulele Jam will be providing some light-hearted, fun and unusual entertainment to help all our delegates relax after a day of learning over drinks and food.

The band was set up by a solicitor and his love for the instrument.  The Belfast Ukulele Jam is an informal and friendly group who meet for jamming sessions every Tuesday, they play cover songs of all your old favourites.



5 reason to attend

  1. Accelerate your career – leave feeling inspired and motivated with the confidence to drive your career forward
  2. Meet new contacts who can contribute to your success – those you could be doing business with, gaining advice from or brainstorming ideas with
  3. Unique stories to learn from – speakers are from a diverse range of backgrounds and sectors and will share personal stories and insights
  4. Leave with a  practical toolkit - Learn strategies and tips to achieve success in your business and reach future goals
  5. Make lasting change – learn how to implement positive and lasting changes in your company



Conference Host : Mark Simpson, BBC

Mark Simpson is an award-winning BBC TV reporter. After spending his early career in newspapers, at the Irish News and Belfast Telegraph, he moved to the BBC in Belfast 20 years ago. He’s a social media addict, and recently went on a week-long digital detox. He has more than 40,000 followers on Twitter.

Keynote Speaker and Masterclass Presenter: David Meade

David Meade is a trainer, facilitator, broadcaster, researcher, and international speaker. Over 85% percent of his diary is spent working at the executive level on motivating and inspiring some of the largest and most diverse organisations to work more effectively. He’s worked with organisations that include Apple, PwC, Harvard in Boston, the Cabinet Office in Westminster, Bombardier, and Bank of America, with whom he works on improving the way they work and perform through comprehensive management, leadership, and operational development programmes. 

Masterclass Presenter: Alan Davison

After specialising in identity design, Alan established Positive Design Consultants in 1995 and was responsible for overseeing its creative output.  Recently Positive merged with Brand Etiquette, the design arm of The Pierce Partnership and Alan is now Managing Director of this business. His prized work would be the design and implementation of the new identity for the Police Service of N.I.

Presenter: Heather Dalzell

Heather has over 17 years’ experience as an account manager/director in the design and advertising industry having started her career with in Edinburgh. Returning to NI, Heather worked with Ardmore Advertising before joining The Pierce Partnership to grow her marketing portfolio experience specific to brand.  Heather has experience across all areas of account leadership including strategy, creative and media planning.



Masterclass presenter: Gareth Hagan

Gareth is the Commercial Director at OCO Global, and has overall responsibility for all client activities across its international office network. Gareth has 17 years’ experience across senior commercial roles within a range of international businesses. These include;  Boston Consulting Group in London, Ulster Bank and HomeServe.




Prices from

90.00 GBP + VAT - Price


Bookings cancelled within 7 days will not be refunded
  • IoD Northern Ireland
  • Riddel Hall
  • 185 Stranmillis Road
  • Belfast
  • BT9 5EE

028 9068 3224

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