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Lisa's October Round Up!

07 Nov 2018
IoD Northern Ireland

Follow the Leader or Follow your own Lead?

I feel that October 2018 perfectly summed up what we are all about at the IoD in NI:

  • Working with great strategic partners to deliver informative, engaging and thought-provoking events
  • Equipping our members with the business information, training and networking opportunities they need to strengthen and build on their own success
  • Delivering an unwavering commitment to supporting our members and promoting responsible business practice for the benefit of our 900+ members in NI and the business community as a whole

IoD Young Directors Conference

We kicked off the month with the IoD Young Directors Conference in The Merchant Hotel. We were overwhelmed with the fantastic feedback from the IoD Young Directors "Supercharge your Leadership Journey" Conference.

A massive thank you to our inspirational speakers Richard McCann, Ciara Lagan, Richard Campbell, Steve Harper, Claire McLaughlin, Helen Kirkpatrick FIoD, Richard McMullan CDir FIoD , Ciaran Devine.
A huge thank you to the ongoing support of our headline sponsor Barclays and supporting sponsors Grant Thornton LLP and MCS Group.

A huge thank you to the ongoing support of our headline sponsor Barclays and supporting sponsors Grant Thornton LLP and MCS Group.

A big thank you to the 130 members who came along to the conference to show their support, negotiated over Celebrations and their positive contributions to the discussion, all expertly led by the wonderful Mark Simpson. An enormous thank you to Keith Graham from Selective Travel Management and Brenda Morgan MBE from British Airways for the prize draw of an European Holiday for 2!

Finally, a really grateful thank you to the help and support of the Young Directors Steering Group: Adrian Allen, Matthew Howse, Richard Moorehead, Louise Kelly, Chris Harrison and Gavin Campbell.

Check out this video from the conference:



New Directors Bootcamp

We hosted a New Director Bootcamp in partnership with Arthur Cox.

This Bootcamp was targeted at new Directors, anyone soon to be appointed to a board or any Directors who would like to brush up on their responsibilities. The event attracted directors from a range of sectors; private, social enterprise, charity and public.

Lynsey Mallon (Arthur Cox) gave the delegates an overview of The Role of the Company Director from a legal perspective. Lynsey then joined Judith Totten (Upstream Working Capital) and Paddy O’Hagan (Neueda) for a panel discussion to talk about their personal experiences on public and private sector boards.

Find out more New Director Bootcamp dates here


Connect & Influence

Business leaders welcomed the opportunity to engage with local government officials on Brexit at the latest in our ‘Connect and Influence’ series. It quickly became apparent that our members need greater clarity from those involved in negotiations on future trading arrangements.

That was the message of those in attendance at an IoD NI event which heard from senior officials from the Department for the Economy.

The latest in IoD NI’s Connect and Influence series, the event which was hosted and sponsored by the System Operator for Northern Ireland (SONI) provided members with the opportunity to engage with the department’s Permanent Secretary Noel Lavery.

Discussion at the event, which also heard from EirGrid Group CEO Mark Foley, covered a range of themes, including energy policy, skills, and further and higher education, however, Brexit topped the agenda.

Following the event, Mark Huddleston, Management and Leadership Ambassador, IoD NI said:

“The Connect and Influence series affords business leaders with a unique opportunity to engage with those working within government on some of the most pressing business issues so we very much welcomed the opportunity to partner with SONI as we met with Noel Lavery and other senior officials from the Department for the Economy.”


Private Dinner: NED Network

The NED Network private dinner in The Merchant Hotel rounded off a busy month.

The NED Forum is a partnership between Deloitte and the IoD which aims to build on the work both organisations are already doing with Non-Executive Directors from some of Northern Ireland’s leading organisations.

The new initiative provides updates on ‘stay awake issues’ for NEDs, access to influential speakers and an informal networking environment for the senior business leaders to build and extend relationships.

These will provide new opportunities for NEDs at companies from across Northern Ireland to meet together and learn best practice from one another in a social setting.

As we know, Non-Executive Directors provide invaluable support to businesses of all sizes, bringing new levels of expertise, independent oversight and constructive challenges to company boards. NEDs can make a real difference to the future prosperity of any business, its employees and the economy as a whole.


Coming up ...

Another event not to be missed is the next in the Connect and Influence series: Preparing for Brexit. Join us at Stormont Hotel on 21st November to hear from Tony Connelly (Europe Editor from RTE). Book now!

Tony will be joined by IoD Head of Europe and Trade Policy Allie Renison, BDO’s Maybeth Shaw and Carson McDowell’s Richard Gray to give an update on Brexit negotiations and to offer support for you in your business as you navigate Brexit in the coming months.

If you have yet to attend a ‘New and Renew’ Member Lunch, I would strongly encourage you to attend the next one on 15th November at Pinsent Masons, Belfast. Full information and book your place here.

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

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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