Posts Tagged ‘Institute of Directors NI’

Forget the perfect timing and capatlise on city of opportunity

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland There’s no doubt about it – being in business can be tough. What I mean is, financial success does not come easily – or necessarily at the first attempt – but is the result of countless hours of hard work and a determination by…

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IoD reveals Director of the Year Awards finalists

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has revealed the finalists for the Northern Ireland Director of the Year Awards, with a shortlist that features business leaders from across all sectors in the region. Winners of the prestigious awards, sponsored by First Trust Bank, will be announced at a gala ceremony in The Merchant Hotel, Belfast next…

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Northern Ireland well placed to capitalise on digital distruption

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland The Northern Ireland economy has long been synonymous for innovation and being a place to grow world-class businesses, whether it be in manufacturing, engineering or pharmaceuticals. However, the strength of an economy is based, not just on its tradition and heritage, but on its…

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Sarah proves to be ‘pitch perfect’ at IoD Women’s Leadership Conference

ARAH PROVES TO BE ‘PITCH PERFECT’ AT IoD WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

An Armagh inventor has been awarded a £4,000 funding boost after proving to be ‘pitch perfect’ at the IoD NI Women’s Leadership Conference. Sarah McAnallen is the creator of Ezi-Sock, a device that makes putting on socks easier for people with reduced mobility. Delegates at the conference, which attracted around 450 business leaders to Titanic…

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Politicians must not allow Northern Ireland to ‘sleep walk into no deal Brexit’, IoD NI Chairman tells Annual Dinner

Pictured at the Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) Annual Dinner held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast, from left: Dale Guest, Director Corporate Banking Northern Ireland at main sponsor Bank of Ireland UK, Gordon Milligan, IoD NI Chairman, guest speaker Martin McCourt, Chairman of Glen Dimplex and Catriona Gibson, Managing Partner of associate sponsor Arthur Cox. The event, which was attended by more than 400 guests heard a warning that Northern Ireland should not be allowed to ‘sleep walk into a no deal Brexit’, as the clock runs down on negotiations.

Politicians risk allowing Northern Ireland to “sleep walk into a no deal Brexit”, by running down the clock on negotiations, the Chairman of the Institute of Directors in the region has said. Speaking at the organisation’s Annual Dinner, Gordon Milligan said Westminster MPs had shown a “dereliction of duty” by failing to find agreement with…

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Young directors vital to ensure businesses thrive well into the future

Kirsty McManus, IoD

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland We often talk about the need to increase diversity on our boards as a means to create improved corporate governance and better businesses. This discussion can be dominated by a call to increase representation from women and those from ethnic minority backgrounds – each…

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Limited time remains for leaders to enter IoD Director of the Year Awards

Business leaders have until 1st February to enter this year’s Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland Director of the Year Awards. The awards, sponsored by First Trust Bank seek, to honour the best performing directors in the private, public and third sectors across the region, with category winners then considered for the UK-wide Director of…

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Breaking the mould to attract diverse workforce

Kirsty McManus, IoD

Ongoing skills shortages, not just in Northern Ireland, but across the United Kingdom, are consistently among the main issues cited to us by members as their most pressing business challenges. The extent to which these shortages could be addressed by ensuring organisations are equally attractive to both genders is also a major topic of conversation…

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New members elected to IoD NI committee

New members elected to IoD committee

The Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) has elected four new members, drawn from across the private and public sectors, to its Northern Ireland committee. Joining the committee are Paul Stapleton, Managing Director, NIE Networks; Barry Byrne, Managing Director, Mount Charles; Natasha Sayee, Senior Lead Public Affairs Specialist, System Operator for Northern Ireland, and…

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Long week ahead as pivotal Brexit vote looms

Non-executives play a crucial role in providing a creative contribution to boards by providing independent oversight and constructive challenges to the executive directors.

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland It is said that a week is a long time in politics and that being the case, the next seven days will surely prove to be among the longest on record. With the so-called meaningful vote on the draft withdrawal agreement set to take…

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