Manufacturing NI launches ‘Anchor High' leadership summit

Launching the leadership summit are Manufacturing NI's chief executive Stephen Kelly and deputy chief executive Mary Meehan

INDUSTRY body Manufacturing NI has launched its 2020 ‘Anchor High' leadership summit,which takes place next month in the Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh.

Held as part of Manufacturing Month, the summit on March 10 and 11 has been backed by a number of sponsors including KPMG, Siemens, Willis Towers Watson, Barclays, and Invest NI.

It will feature a host of speakers including pioneering leaders with experience of industry such as Liam McCaffrey, chief executive of Quinn Industrial Holdings; Tom Hughes, commercial director at GT Exhausts; and Sarah Black-Smith, head of factory operations at Siemens.

Also taking to the podium will be Professor Paul Maropoulos, director at the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre of Northern Ireland, and Lee Collinson, national head of manufacturing, transport and logistics at Barclays.

Several support organisations will be there to promote live funding and collaborative opportunities, and attendees can expect a series of insightful keynotes and reflective sessions, gaining insight into new workforce planning and models of operation that will redefine manufacturing.

Manufacturing NI chief executive Stephen Kelly said: “After the uncertainty of Brexit, what's important for business leaders now is to get back to what you're there for and what the essence of your business is about.

“Our summit will give manufacturing leaders the chance to explore and to share best practice, build relationships with others facing or beating similar challenges from workforce planning to culture, leadership and diversity. It's a chance to challenge themselves and others just like them.”

He added: “Manufacturers around the globe are transforming thanks to new technological advances and shifting sales channels which are reshaping the competitive landscape. Delegates will hear about these opportunities from real company case-studies and industry experts.”

For more information or to book a place, visit

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