Moving Northern Ireland plc forward: developing leaders for tomorrow

The prosperity of Northern Ireland is dependent on the skills of its workforce and its ability to meet the needs of the local economy, to support a strong export-oriented marked, and to secure the wealth creating opportunities of the future.

A joint event is being held by the Chartered Management Institute and the MBA Association on Thursday 16th May at 4.30pm in Belfast bringing together an impressive array of speakers who will shed light on the leadership and skills necessary to grow an innovative, dynamic economy.

The first speaker is Ken Belshaw, c0-founder of Grafton Recruitment, which has grown from one branch on Grafton Street, Dublin to Ireland’s largest employment solutions provider. Ken will outline from an employer’s perspective the importance of effective management and leadership skills and will discuss what is important when seeking to progress your career.

Bill McGinnis CBE acts as a Northern Ireland Adviser on Employment and Skills and is a board member of a number of public and private sector organizations. Among the posts he has held are Chairman of the Learning and Skills Advisory Board of the Department for Employment and Learning; board member of Invest NI; member of the National Employment Panel and the Sector Skills Development Agency. He is a former President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce.

Bill will outline the importance of ‘skills’ in supporting a dynamic and innovative economy by ensuring that excellent leadership is provided from well qualified managers supported by a highly skilled workforce.

The third speaker, Roger Warnock works as part of a small project team within the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment engaged in identifying future opportunities for the Northern Irish economy through Foresight and MATRIX panel research.

CMI logoHe is an experienced senior manager with 20 years experience and a successful record in business improvement and strategic marketing. He also specialises in social innovation and entrepreneurship and has developed a new business start up model -JumpstartNI to be launched later this year. He has recently been successful in obtaining a Winston Churchill Fellowship which will have him travelling to America to complete research on sustainable entrepreneurship models through social innovation.

Roger will discuss how he has maximised his MBA and Chartered Management status and how both have given him a solid foundation for further career progression.

Further information about the event is available from the CMI website.

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