Confession time – I really do have that end of term feeling as we head into July! And especially this year as we have had another fully packed month of activity… an overview of just a few of our events below.
Our disruptive technologies event at Ormeau Baths provided a fascinating insight and to a technophobe, like me….. a little bit of a scare. Our speakers from B-Secur and axial3D really brought to life how NI companies are leading global design and innovation in the areas of smart technology – especially through smart clothing, wearables and 3D printing. These companies, like others in NI really are at the forefront of disrupting the status quo, especially in the healthcare and medical industries. Also at the event, Adrian Johnston, Director of Digital Catapult spoke about how this unique Belfast facility provides a network for cutting edge innovation and the ideal space for learning, testing and showcasing VR and AR solutions. This was evident on the day as lots of our participants had a go with the technology – creating lots of interest and some funny movements!
On 12 June, Ulster University hosted: Belfast - a city of opportunity. We had representatives from Belfast City Council, Translink and UU sharing the current and future plans on the major infrastructure and social development initiatives to happen in Belfast for many years. The ongoing developments around the Belfast Hub/York Street Interchange, including the new UU city campus is having and will continue to generate immense opportunity for those who work, live and study in the area. John Greer, from Belfast City Council outlined the plans for Belfast to continually develop as an international city of opportunity under the opus of the Belfast City Deal. Collectively, these projects along with others in retail, hospitality and energy continue to transform Belfast and NI. The challenge to all of us in business is to promote and support as well as maximise the business benefits such transformation brings. We will be following the progress of these projects with new events in the autumn.
Also in June we focused on IoD’s professional development programme. We were delighted to have Simon Haslam, one of IoD’s leading trainers, to deliver a taster session on strategic decision making and talent development. We really made him earn his dinner, with a business breakfast covering the Mid-Ulster region and then an afternoon session in Belfast. We had great interaction on the Q&A session, with lots of probing questions on strategy, decision making and the impact of talent and skills in our ever changing business environment.
During the summer months, have a look at IoD’s suite of professional development qualifications. Whether you’re a newly appointed director, aspiring to a seat on the board, or want to improve performance with fresh insight there are courses available to support your development in the role. There is more information on our website, or I’m happy to have chat on this.
And finally – in June, we did get to catch up with members at our summer drinks party in the fabulous Glandore offices. It was great to have some time to chat and introduce new and old members to each other.
Relaxed atmosphere and lovely refreshments makes for a really good networking evening!
Although some businesses may be a little quieter in the summer months – this is no reason to get complacent about risk and governance. Risk takes many guises in business – from recruitment and reputation to cyber crime and phishing attacks. To keep risk on top of our agenda, IoD is running a short webinar:
Prepare yourself and your organisation with our Changing Nature of Risk webinar on Thursday 04 July at 1pm.
Reminder to have a look at our June 19 – December 19 Events calendar! We have a bumper programme of events planned, so take time over the summer months to get some dates booked in.
I will be out and about in July and August catching up with new and existing members. It would be lovely to meet some new faces, so please do get in touch and we can organise a catch up!
Please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 028 90 683224.
Looking forward to seeing you all at an IoD event soon.