IMI to deliver Invest NI leadership programme to businesses in north

Initiative plans to advance leadership capabilities of around 250 senior decision makers

Invest NI training
Confirming the IMI contract to deliver programmes for Invest NI are (from left) laire Brannigan, leadership team programme manager; Catherine McGuigan, head of leadership & capability (both Invest NI), Paddy Barr (IMI programme director), Shane O’Sulllivan (IMI chief executive), Kieran Donoghue (Invest NI chief executive), Susan Harrison (client development manager at IMI), Paula Wilson (managing director, Wilson Sloan Consulting), and Sanita Auseja (programme manager, IMI).

Learning programmes for senior figures in business in the north will again be delivered from the Republic.

The Irish Management Institute (IMI), a centre of excellence for management education, has landed a tender with Invest NI to deliver its leadership team programmes.

Established in 1952, the IMI focuses on enhancing the practice of leadership in Ireland and is a centre of excellence for management education, and delivers its training in partnership with the University of Cork.

Previously, similar programmes for Invest NI were delivered by DCU in Dublin.

IMI says its programmes aim to strengthen the capabilities of senior leaders in Northern Ireland, enhancing strategic focus and business competitiveness.

The contract will deliver two executive education programmes designed to advance the leadership and management capabilities of senior business leaders.

The ambition of the initiative is to enhance the leadership skills of more than 250 senior decision makers across a range of industries, which can in turn improve organisational efficiency, innovation, and growth.

It says its programmes will also help to accelerate progress to the ambitious vision for transformation in innovation, growth and sustainability across the Northern Ireland economy by 2030.

Shane O’Sullivan, chief executive of the IMI, said: “With rapid advancements in technology, new ways of working and continued economic volatility, senior leaders across the island of Ireland are facing a fast-evolving set of business challenges. It is crucial that decision makers continue to advance their capabilities to successfully navigate this shifting environment.

“With a distinguished track record of working with state agencies in Ireland to enhance business competitiveness, we’re proud to be working with Invest NI to support the needs of their clients and help to support the strategic vision for the economy in Northern Ireland.”