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Northern Ireland - Young Directors Forum

Northern Ireland Young Directors Forum

The aim of the Young Directors Forum (YDF) is to provide our younger directors with a support network that will assist them in growing their businesses and developing their own skills as business leaders.

Within the Forum there is no ‘typical’ young director. The directors come from a diverse range of businesses ranging from start ups to large corporates and cover a full range of industry sectors. The common theme is that they are committed to their own professional development and enjoy making new business contacts through the networking opportunities presented by the YDF. The Forum includes Directors and emerging leaders under the age of 43 from across all sectors; private, public and voluntary.

Through our quarterly events and annual conference our members:

  • Share best practice and learn together
  • Network with like minded individuals
  • Discuss issues of concern to their contemporaries
  • Have access to high-quality professional development

Steering group

The YDF steering group, which is led by Adrian Allen of The Tomorrow Lab, meets two to three times a year to set the events programme and other activities.

Chairman: Adrian Allen, The Tomorrow Lab

We also provide opportunities for young directors to receive mentoring. Anyone interested in either mentoring a young director or being mentored should contact Lisa Maltman.

How to join?

If you are an IoD member then you get automatic access to all events. If you’re interested in getting involved, simply contact us using the buttons below, and we’ll be in touch with details of the next gathering. We look forward to hearing from you.

Young Directors Forum

For more information, please contact the IoD NI Office on: 

028 9694 6740


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