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Lisa's August Round Up!

05 Sep 2018
IoD Northern Ireland

Back to Porridge!

Following a successful series of the IoD Chairman’s Roadshows (sponsored by KPMG) engaging with almost 200 members across the North West, Armagh and Newry, our Chairman Gordon Milligan wrote to the Secretary of State appealing for increased engagement with NI Business. The letter summarised key areas of concern for NI Business that emerged from the roadshows to include:

  • Brexit
  • Ongoing political stalemate
  • The lack of decision making regarding Infrastructure projects totalling over £1 billion
  • Skills shortage/better access to a skilled workforce/local workforce post Brexit
  • Digital infrastructure/cyber security
  • Required reform in both the Health and Education

We look forward to opening these lines of communication with the Secretary of State, in the absence of an NI executive, and will advise our NI members of engagement opportunities in due course.

Member opportunities...

NI Committee nominations

We are currently seeking nominations to join our IoD Northern Ireland Committee. The IoD is committed to ensuring we represent a broad and diverse mix from the Northern Ireland business community. We will be running the election in October but in the meantime, please send your expression of interest to

Director of the Year Awards 2019

The Awards are open to executive and non-executive directors (or equivalent level positions) from the private, public and third sectors across Northern Ireland, whether IoD members or not. They focus on the individual’s achievement, the importance of the director’s role in the community, and the commitment and expertise which contributed to the success of their business and to the Northern Ireland economy in the preceding 12 months.

Key dates for 2019 awards for your diary:

16th November 2018: Awards launched* and applications open
1st February 2018: Deadline for applications
4th April 2019: Judging
17th May 2018: Awards lunch and celebration!

*New categories have been added for 2019- get in touch with to find out how you can get involved through partnership opportunities.

HMRC Border Delivery Group

Karen Wheeler, HMRC and chair of the UK Government Border Delivery Group (BDG) has requested that a NI Steering Group be established to feed directly into the work of the BDG and ensure that the views of NI Stakeholders and the NICS are taken on board. If you would like the opportunity to represent NI on this steering group, please send an expression of interest to  

Upcoming events

Friday 14th September (12:00-14:30) – Food for Thought: The People behind Boojum
(Final tickets remaining: more information and secure your place now here)

Friday 5th October (12:00-17:00) – Young Directors Conference: Supercharge your Leadership Journey
(Only 10 tickets left- more information and secure your place now here)

Thursday 11th October (09:00-11:30) – New Director Bootcamp: An invaluable 2 hours’ introduction to your role as a new/aspiring director
(Places are limited - more information and secure your place now here)

Friday 19th October (12:30-14:30) – Connect and Influence: Permanent Secretary DfE
(More information and book your place now here)

Member News

NIE Networks: Helping to facilitate your low carbon future 

NIE Networks has been successfully developing the electricity network in Northern Ireland for generations to provide a safe and secure supply to all customers. They are continually working to improve and modernise it to ensure that it is meeting the needs of the customers of today and tomorrow.

Read the full article here and view the the published Call for Evidence on their plans for the future and how to attend their workshop in Belfast on 14 September 2018 from 10am - 2.30pm.

I look forward to seeing so many of you at our upcoming events.  As always, please get in touch if we can be of any assistance.


Lisa Maltman

Business Development Manager
028 9068 3224

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

028 9694 6740


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