Business leadership summit to set agenda for government

The Clinton Centre at Queen's hosts today's summit

BUSINESS leaders from across the north will join with the Institute of Directors (NI) and Queen's University today in an initiative that is the first of its kind to develop a strategy to change local leadership culture and help shape the Assembly's next Programme for Government.

The 'Strategic Leadership Summit', led by the IoD NI and the William J Clinton Leadership Institute, is designed to help uncover new ways of behaving and doing business with a view to radically growing our economy for the benefit of all Northern Ireland's citizens.

The day will have three key themes:

• What does Northern Ireland offer to the world?

• How does it get focused on the well-being of the Northern Ireland citizen?

• How does the north structure itself to meet the challenges of rebalancing the economy and growing the private and social enterprise sectors?

The event, sponsored by law firm Arthur Cox, will bring together some of the most respected and influential leaders in Northern Ireland's private and social enterprise sectors to formulate strategic thought around our future.

And the recommendations from the Summit will be published and used to engage in discussions with politicians and leaders from the private, public and third sectors, with the aim of having them taken on board in the development of the Assembly's next Programme for Government.

Linda Brown, director of IoD NI, said: “We have an inspiring group of keynote speakers who will share their experiences and encourage the debate. They include Sir John Elvidge of the Carnegie Trust, Tony O'Neill of Dunbia, Chris Brown of TUI Aviation (Thomson Airways) and BT futurologist Dr Nicola Millard.

"We have also engaged the services of the much acclaimed innovation specialists WhatIf! Innovation who will work with us on the day to help stimulate ideas and turn them into a reality."

Anne Clydesdale, director of the William J Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen's, said: “The summit gives every business leader the opportunity to actively contribute, have their voice heard, and play their part in helping to shape a new vision for Northern Ireland."


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