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Heather's January Round-Up!

01 Feb 2019

I am sure no one is sorry to see the end of January – though we had a busy month with some cracking events to start of what is going to be a really busy 2019.

Our first Young Directors event of the year was Business for Punks with Terri Hooley which proved to be a highly entertaining event.  Terri turned a snowy, cold night into one full of candour and colourful tales as he shared his personal story - which definitely was one worth hearing! Great to also have Charlene Hegarty and John D'Arcy from the OhYeah Music Centre, a real hidden gem in NI music scene.  Thanks to our sponsor Barclays and hosts KPMG who all helped to make this such an interesting event.

There was a packed room for our Connect & Influence series, in partnership with NIE Networks, on Friday 25 January.  Katrina Godfrey, Permanent Secretary for the Department of Infrastructure shared a comprehensive overview of the responsibilities, challenges and vision for her department in these extremely turbulent times. Our Chairman, Gordon Milligan, facilitated a lengthy Q&A session, which allowed attendees an opportunity to engage with the Permanent Secretary in an open and constructive forum.

One final call to celebrate the best in NI Business.  There is still time to nominate yourself or a worthy colleague, across 11 categories.   Remember you do not have to be an IoD member to apply.

Nominations are open for the IoD NI Director of the Year Awards 2019, sponsored by First Trust Bank. You can read all about the IoD Director of the Year Awards here.

The awards seek to celebrate the best performing directors in the private, public and third sectors across NI, but also afford business leaders the opportunity to be recognised on the national stage.

I would strongly encourage you all to apply! Category winners will be announced at a ceremony in The Merchant Hotel, Belfast on 17th May, 2019. NI winners will have the chance to be shortlisted for the IoD UK Finals later in the year. 


Looking forward to our 2019 flagship events

IoD Women's Leadership Conference on International Women’s Day (8th March 2019).

This conference celebrates the best in female business leadership and talent.
The theme this year is ‘The Winning Edge’. We have a superb line-up of some of NI’s top business women and influential and inspirational experts from across the UK to help you enhance your leadership skills, further build your business acumen and continue to strengthen your personal impact. We also offer superb networking opportunities throughout the day and a goody bag!  The conference is open to everyone male and female all welcome! Book here

Whilst Brexit still dominates the press and most business (and social ) conversations, IoD NI continues to work with the other NI business bodies in presenting a collegiate approach and ensuring our members are fully represented at local and national discussions.  We will deliver events on Brexit updates as and when necessary, so keep your eyes out for further updates.


Member Benefit – are you using this? 

Please remember to avail of the Business Information Services – you can have up to 25 enquiries a year.


Looking forward to seeing you all at an IoD event soon. 

Heather White

Business Development Manager
[email protected]
028 9068 3224

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

028 9694 6209


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