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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By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland A crisis brewing in childcare is placing further pressure on Northern Ireland’s already chronic skills shortage. The strain on the finances of childcare providers, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, coupled with the crippling cost to some families of accessing day care, is threatening to…

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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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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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Business leader

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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