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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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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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 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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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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IoD WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE TO HELP LEADERS FIND WINNING EDGE

Business leaders will be inspired to aim for the ‘Winning Edge’ at the Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) Women’s Leadership Conference 2019. The leading business organisation has announced Riverdance co-founder Dr Moya Doherty as keynote speaker at the event, sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills, which will take place at Titanic Belfast on 8th…

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Two business leaders from Northern Ireland were among the winners at the Institute of Directors (IoD) Director of the Year Awards. Denis Lynn, Chairman of Lynn’s Country Foods – Finnebrogue Artisan was named Director of the Year for Innovation while Northern Ireland’s Chief Fire and Rescue Officer Gary Thompson won Director of the Year for…

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Investing in people and technology could hold the key to improving local productivity levels, the head of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Northern Ireland has said. Kirsty McManus was speaking ahead of the organisation’s Leadership Lunch where the issue will be placed under the spotlight. Taking place on 2nd November at Belfast City Hall,…

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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 Today’s business leaders are faced with an ever-growing list of challenges, each adding to the complexity of operating their company. Traditional issues such as dealing with competition, recruitment and staff development have been joined by more complex contemporary matters such as cyber security and,…

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