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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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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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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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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Rachael Coulter

A software engineer turned ardent entrepreneur has won the Pitch Perfect competition, at the IoD Northern Ireland (IoD NI) Women’s Leadership Conference, securing £4,000 in funding for her start-up business. Rachael Coulter is CEO and founder of Stable Manager, a digital platform connecting horse owners with service providers offering the perfect technical solution for horse…

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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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IoD Director of the Year Awards

KAINOS CEO HONOURED AT IoD DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS The leader of one of Northern Ireland’s largest companies has been honoured at the annual Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) Director of the Year Awards, sponsored by AIB. Kainos Group CEO Brendan Mooney, was presented with the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Director…

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By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland In what for many of us will seem like the most traumatic and difficult year in our business lives, it will be refreshing to this week, take a moment to stop and celebrate the very best of our local economy. Months after the event…

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