Northern Ireland

Lisa McGee and Tommy Bowe to share experiences in UU leadership programme

Figures from creative, sporting, government and business sectors are to join the '25@25 Leadership Programme
Figures from creative, sporting, government and business sectors are to join the '25@25 Leadership Programme Figures from creative, sporting, government and business sectors are to join the '25@25 Leadership Programme

DERRY Girls writer Lisa McGee and former Ireland rugby player Tommy Bowe are to share their own leadership experiences as part of a new Ulster University (UU) initiative.

They are among figures from creative, sporting, government and business sectors to join the '25@25 Leadership Programme'.

Jayne Brady, head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, and Sarah Friar, CEO of Nextdoor, are also involved in the year-long scheme aimed at inspiring the next generation of leaders.

The programme will include nine one-day sessions with participants also able to undertake a week-long residential at Babson College in Boston.

It is aimed at people who have graduated from UU since 2013 or are expecting to graduate this summer.

Those involved will also take part in a mentoring programme in partnership with the Institute of Directors NI, where they will be partnered with a senior leader from across the region.  

The initiative is part of UU's plan to mark 25 years since the signing of the Belfast Good Friday Agreement.

Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan, UU Provost, said they are "beyond delighted to announce these four exceptional leaders are joining 25@25 to share their own unique leadership experiences and demonstrate a range of leadership styles and approaches".

"Our cohort of aspiring leaders will receive invaluable insights into the world of leadership and have the opportunity to learn from these experts in developing into the leaders they aspire to be," she said.

“The programme is fully-funded and we encourage applications from anyone who has graduated from Ulster University since 2013, or will be graduating this summer, living and working in Northern Ireland, in any sector.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime development opportunity for anyone keen on expanding their experiences, growing their leadership capacity and building a long-lasting network.

“25@25 forms part of Ulster University’s overarching plans to mark 25 years since the signing of the Belfast Good Friday Agreement.

"Through this programme we will invest in 25 of our graduates who are committed to our place in Northern Ireland, and who choose to lead Northern Ireland’s future.”

Applications for the 25@25 Leadership Programme close on June 5.