By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland The recent COP26 summit has placed the climate crisis in the spotlight, drawing attention to the severity of the situation along with the action that is needed to effectively combat it. Business leaders, both globally and locally, have undoubtedly been made more aware of…

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Gordon Milligan with IoD ambassadors

The Institute of Directors Northern Ireland has announced the appointment of three new ambassadors as part of its aim to promote diversity and inclusion in business and support the professional development of young directors. Frances Hill, Agent for Northern Ireland at Bank of England, and Paul Gillen, Partner and Employment Lawyer at Pinsent Masons will…

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The former captain of the Afghanistan women’s soccer team and the first openly bisexual CEO of Lloyds of London are among the impressive line-up of guest speakers announced for the IoD Women’s Leadership Conference 2022. Following the success of last year’s virtual conference, the leading business organisation will once again unite a community of inspiring…

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Director of the Year Awards 2021

The Institute of Directors Northern Ireland in partnership with AIB has launched its annual search for Northern Ireland’s highest achieving business leaders. The Director of the Year Awards 2021 will include a brand new Agility and Resilience category designed to recognise the achievements of business leaders as they responded to a year of adversity in…

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Northern Ireland

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland It’s often said that in Northern Ireland, our tendency is to hide our light under a bushel, we don’t like to shout about what we are doing well. There are of course a myriad of challenges faced by local businesses, not least of course…

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Skills strategy

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland Last week, Economy Minister Diane Dodds launched a new skills strategy designed to create better jobs and more of them. Part of her 10X Economic Vision for Northern Ireland, the Minister set out her plans to make the region “one of the world’s elite…

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Corporate Governance

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland “Good business, well done, is a force for good in society”. Those are the words of Sir James Wates as he reflected on his set of corporate governance principles that he said would ultimately help companies improve the way they do business. Known as…

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By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland It’s often said that adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it. Each one of us, no matter our background or circumstances has had to deal with some level of adversity at some point in our lives. This is especially true at the present time…

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Iconic environmental activist and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich has been revealed as a guest speaker at this year’s IoD Women’s Leadership Conference. Known for “fighting hard and winning big”, Erin will join the leading business organisation for its virtual Women’s Leadership Conference sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills, taking place in March. Erin, whose story became…

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