By Frances Hill, Diversity and Inclusion ambassador, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland Recent government statistics have revealed that almost 40 per cent of UK FTSE 100 board positions are now held by women. The data published in the FTSE Women Leaders Review, placed the UK second in international rankings for board representation behind France –…

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World renowned ethologist and activist Dr Jane Goodall DBE has been announced as a keynote speaker for the 2022 Institute of Directors Women’s Leadership Conference. Dr Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace, will address the annual summit sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills. Hundreds of delegates, women and men,…

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One of Northern Ireland’s most well recognised business leaders has had his outstanding contributions recognised at the 2021 Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) Director of the Year Awards, sponsored by AIB. Vice President and General Manager of Spirit AeroSystems Belfast, Sir Michael Ryan CBE was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Director…

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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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By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland More often than not in Northern Ireland, our tendency is to downplay our achievements, not wanting to appear boastful or to flaunt success. Modesty is of course a good thing but in this part of the world, we have so much to celebrate. When…

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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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Let’s learn from others to shape infrastructure commission

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland The recent commitment by the Northern Ireland Executive to establish an independent infrastructure commission was a crucial first step in delivering a new project planning regime that will catapult this region into the 21st century. The commission that will help drive Northern Ireland’s recovery…

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The Northern Ireland Business Alliance has welcomed a commitment by the Northern Ireland Executive to set up an independent Infrastructure Commission that will drive forward the region’s post-COVID recovery. The commitment was revealed in the Executive’s action strategy to stimulate the economy through green growth included in its consolidated COVID-19 recovery plan ‘Building Forward’. It…

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The Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) has awarded 22 new Fellowships to leading figures drawn from across business and wider society. Among the new Fellows are some of Northern Ireland’s most well recognised leaders, including Sir Michael Ryan CBE, Kevin Kingston, Janet McCollum CBE and William Barnett CBE and John Hansen. It brings…

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By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland Ask any business leader about what they consider to be their greatest barrier to growth, and you will receive a myriad of responses, but many will be repeated time and time again – among them, infrastructure, or should I say a lack of it?…

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