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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Leader

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland A common misconception is that the only people to find success are those born with a silver spoon in their mouth, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. I take a look at the business leaders around me, in Northern Ireland and further…

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By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated headlines for months, and rightly so, and as thoughts turn to how we will recover, a swell of opinion is building around the notion that this will be boosted by focusing on building a ‘green economy’.…

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The Institute of Directors (IoD) has revealed the finalists for the Northern Ireland Director of the Year Awards in partnership with AIB, with a list that comprises some of the best performing leaders in the region. The awards, this year marking their 10th anniversary, celebrate excellence across the public, third, and private sectors with judges…

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Government should consider introducing a scheme that subsidises the salaries of workers under threat of redundancy due to the COVID-19 crisis, the leaders of four leading business membership organisations in Northern Ireland have said. The call was made by the NI Business Alliance, a partnership between the Confederation of British Industry Northern Ireland (CBI NI),…

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By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland What a difference just a few months can make. Before Christmas, Brexit was still very much up in the air while there appeared very little prospect of the Northern Ireland Executive retuning. Fast forward to today and we have a new group of ministers…

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Responding to the publication of the ‘New Decade, New Approach’ deal, Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) said: “The ‘New Decade, New Approach’ deal is to be welcomed, filled with ambition that, if fulfilled, can deliver real improvements for the people and businesses of Northern Ireland. “We would therefore urge…

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