IoD NI & Schroders Personal Wealth Directors Summit

IoD NI, in partnership with Schroders Personal Wealth, invite senior leaders to join us for a Directors Summit at the MAC Belfast.

Sponsored by Schroders Personal Wealth

This important event will cover an economic landscape update, current challenges around recruitment and talent, the benefits of inclusion and diversity & what a post-Covid workplace may look like.

Please join us at this crucial briefing for Directors which will provide networking opportunities and expert talks.


08:30 – Delegate arrival and breakfast

09:00 - Welcome from Host - Clodagh Rice, Business Correspondent, BBC Northern Ireland

09:10 – State of the Nation Economic Update – Richard Johnston CDir, Economist & Assistant Director, Ulster University Economic Policy Centre  

09:40 – Trends across the NI Labour Market – Sarah Orange, Managing Partner, Artemis Human Capital  

10:10 – Workplace Financial Wellbeing as a retention tool – Marcelo Rodrigues, Partnerships, Schroders Personal Wealth  

10:40– The future of work & key themes around workplace flexibility

11:10 – Closing the Skills Gap-How a focus on diversity and inclusion in the workforce can help you address critical skills gaps, which could prove vital to productivity and long-term business success - Paul Gillen, IoD Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador, Kirsty McManus, National Director, IoD NI & Martin McKay, CEO, Texthelp

11:50 -  Networking & Event close


Clodagh Rice

Clodagh Rice is the Business Correspondent at BBC Northern Ireland.

Since she started at the BBC in 2014, she has reported across TV, radio and digital on everything from Covid to Brexit and all the challenges in between for both businesses and consumers locally. She was a familiar voice on the airwaves working as the Business Reporter on the Good Morning Ulster breakfast programme for five years, before moving to work for TV on BBC Newsline. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Business and French and a Master's in Journalism from Ulster University.

Kirsty McManus

Kirsty was appointed National Director for the Institute of Directors in Northern Ireland in August 2017.

Formerly Deputy Director at the NI Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Kirsty’s appointment followed a successful career during which she has held senior positions at the Ulster University, NI Chamber and Vistage in California. She has over 20 years’ experience working in markets such as the United States.

Kirsty was appointed Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Panel on Infrastructure by Minister Mallon in August 2020 and is a founding member of the Northern Ireland Business Brexit working group.

Kirsty has a degree in Information Management from Queens University, an MBA from Ulster University Business School and achieved the IoD Diploma in Company Direction. Kirsty is also a trustee of Charis Cancer Charity.

Marcelo Rodrigues

Marcelo is responsible for leading Schroders Personal Wealth’s ambitious growth plans in Scotland & Northern Ireland.

He has extensive experience across financial services, in a career spanning over 14 years. He’s a Chartered Management Accountant and a fully qualified Financial Adviser. Originally from Brazil, Marcelo now splits his time between Belfast and Edinburgh, where he lives with his wife, three children and their Labrador.

Martin McKay

Martin McKay, Founder and CEO at Texthelp.

Martin founded Texthelp in 1996 to help people with communication difficulties. What started as a company focused on people with profound Speech and Dexterity Disabilities has become a world leading Assistive Technology company creating smart, inclusive software that helps people read, write, express their thoughts and share information more accurately & fluently – across all stages of life. Texthelp employs 350 people in the UK, USA, Australia, Norway, Denmark 7 Sweden. Texthelp's technology has already helped over 100 million people with their literacy and understanding. His goal is to make sure that by 2030 Texthelp will have advanced the literacy and understanding of one billion people.

Martin has spent his work life developing technology for people with disabilities. In the past, he has served on the Assistive Technology Industry Association Board as well as the NIMAS board for the USA Office of Special Education Programs. In 2017, he received the Presidential Award in recognition of lifetime contribution to dyslexia and literacy from the International Dyslexia Association. He is currently serving in an advisory capacity on the Universal Design for Learning council.

Paul Gillen

Paul is a Partner in an International Law Firm. He specialises in employment law and is qualified in England & Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and provides cross jurisdiction and comparative law advice. Paul advises clients on contentious and non-contentious matters, including HR support, matters, mergers & acquisitions, restructuring, executive management, TUPE, outsourcing, discrimination law, and a full range of employment litigation.

Before qualifying as a lawyer, Paul gained a B.Sc (Hons) in Psychology and a MA in HR Management and worked for over 10 years in people management roles in a range of sectors, including retail and manufacturing and Civil Engineering/Construction.

Paul is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development as well as Visiting Professor to the School of Law at Ulster University and a Chartered Fellow of Institute of Directors. This gives both professional specialist employment law skills along with the strength of "seeing it from the client's perspective" in advising on practical solutions. Paul is a regular speaker on employment law.

Richard Johnston CDir

Richard has almost two decades of economic policy experience. He is a graduate of Ulster University’s BA (Hons) Economics and MSc in Applied Economics and holds an Executive Education certificate in Behavioural Economics from Harvard Business School and has worked in the public, private and academic sectors.

Richard leads on a range of research areas and provides economic and policy advice to Government officials, Ministers and businesses on a range of topics

Richard is a current Board member for Warrenpoint Harbour Authority and has served on a range of other Boards in NI.

Sarah Orange

Sarah Orange is the Managing Partner of Artemis Human Capital and specialises in Executive level recruitment.

Sarah Orange CertRP has a strong educational background in Psychology and Law. This coupled with extensive business experience in Northern Ireland and Great Britain provides a powerful combination.

Sarah is accredited as an Internationally Certified User of Thomas International’s Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) and its related instruments.

Sarah has been working in business to business sales and recruitment since gaining her Masters in Psychology in 2006. She feels that it is her interest and understanding of people which helps her to recruit effectively and uses her training to match candidates with clients. Sarah places great emphasis on emotional intelligence and cultural fit which she feels are vital to successful appointments.


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