Platform For Growth - EVENT POSTPONED


Start Date: 18 May 2015

Start Time: 9:30 AM

End Time: 1:45 PM

Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes

Capacity: 100

Venue: Transport Museum – Ulster in the Railway Gallery, 153 Bangor Road, Cultra, Co Down, BT18 0EU › View map

CMgr Ticket price: £15.00

Exhibition Stand price: £150.00

Member price: £30.00

Non-member price: £48.00

Event Capacity: Full

** 06/05/2015 - Please be advised that this event has been postponed - the new date will be advised shortly. ***

Does NI have a Platform for Success?

Research for the Department for Employment and Learning shows that Northern Ireland lags behind the rest of the UK  in terms of promoting the development of management talent - and that's holding our economy back.

Join us for an inspirational morning with expert speakers from the business world and academia to discuss how we build a platform for growth, with a competitive business environment and management and leadership fit for the 21st century. 

Our speakers include: 

  • Ann Francke, CEO, CMI
  • Philip Bain, Chair, CMI Northern Ireland and Co-Founder, Shredbank
  • David McAlinden, Programme Director, William J Clinton Leadership Institute
  • Jackie McCoy, Professor of Management Development, Ulster University
  • Angela McGowan, Chief Economist, Danske Bank UK

With the economy picking up and moves afoot to increase investment in Northern Ireland, it's the perfect time to look at whether you're ready for growth.

Management 2020 - Leadership to unlock long-term Growth

In 2013, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Management decided to investigate how management and leadership in the UK will need to change by 2020 to deliver sustainable economic growth.

The report was published in July 2014 and asked three key questions: 

  •  How good are management in the UK today? 
  • What are the skills that managers will need in the future? 
  • And how can management be improved in order to deliver success by the year 2020?

Click here to read the conclusions of this report.

Corporation Tax in Northern Ireland - The Policy Debate

Subject to final approval by the treasury,  a recent bill has been passed through Parliament, devolving to the NI Assembly, the power to vary corporation tax for Companies based in N Ireland.  Current thinking is, should this align with the current 12.5% for Southern Ireland or at a lower level of 10%. However, will this be enough to encourage companies to establish themselves in Northern Ireland and how will this impact the development of our management talent?




 Registration, Networking and Refreshments


 Welcome by Philip Bain CMgr FCMI FIC, Chair, CMI Northern Ireland


 Ann Francke, CMgr CCMI FIC, Chief Executive, CMI - "Management 2020"


 Angela McGowan, Chief Economist, Danske Bank UK


 Professor Jackie McCoy, Professor of Management Development, Ulster University


 David McAlinden FCCA CMIIA, Programme Director, William J Clinton Leadership Institute


 Philip Bain CMgr FCMI FIC, Chair, CMI Northern Ireland


 Chair Q & A Session


 Lunch and Networking


 Complementary guided tour of the Gallery


Ann Franke

Ann Francke CMgr CCMI FIC

Ann Francke, CEO of Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Author of: Financial Times Guide to Management: How to Make a Difference and Get Results.
Ann is a transformational leader with vision, pace and proven ability to deliver profitable revenue growth and build organisational capability in the professional services media, retail and consumer sectors, and an expert on current challenges facing women in the workplace.

At CMI, she leverages her experience in leading organisations to promote best practices in management and leadership, and improve management standards across the UK and beyond. Ann is also Strategic Advisor to Tongal, the global leader in crowdsourcing creative video content; member of the CRUK Women of Influence Board; member of WACL; an Advisory Board member of Lancaster and the Open University Business Schools. Ann has been named in the top 100 women to watch in the 2015 Female FTSE report from Cranfield.

Prior to CMI Ann was Global General Manager at the British Standards Institution, held executive board positions at Boots and Yell and was European Vice President at Mars with responsibility for the pet care portfolio. Ann began her career at Procter and Gamble and managed a variety of international brands including Pampers, Always and Olay before rising to global general manager.

Ann holds a BA with Distinction from Stanford and an MBA/MS from Columbia. Ann and her husband live in West London; she has one daughter.

Bain Phil

Philip Bain

Philip is the Co-Founder of ShredBank, Northern Ireland’s leading mobile shredding company. Philip has won numerous awards including Entrepreneur of the Year 2010, Young Businessperson of the Year 2011 and Young Business Personality 2011.
ShredBank was recently awarded the Nectar Business Award for Contribution to the Community by Karen Brady from the Apprentice…this was in recognition of ShredBank’s fund raising activity that raised over £40,000 for The Prince’s Trust.
Philip now sits on the Development Committee of The Prince’s Trust and is actively involved with the charity.
He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Consulting and has recently been appointed Chairman of the Institute of Consulting and Chartered Management Institute in Northern Ireland.
He regularly speaks on the subjects of marketing, selling, and entrepreneurship and has recently set up another company to deliver this training.

David McAlinden

David McAlinden FCCA CMIIA

David McAlinden FCCA CMIIA - Programme Director at the William J Clinton Leadership Institute. He is the programme director for the Northern Ireland Assembly Leadership programme and the Axiom Academy Leadership programme.
David is a qualified accountant and a qualified internal auditor with over 15 years of experience in finance, accounting and insolvency. David qualified as an accountant during his time in the Northern Ireland Assembly and then spent 6 years in the Insolvency Service. Since leaving in 2006 has worked as a change manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers in a variety of finance transformation programmes with responsibility for the people work streams including engagement, business readiness, training and communications throughout the UK, Ireland, Caribbean and the Middle East.

Jackie McCoy

Jackie McCoy

Jackie McCoy, Professor of Management Development, Academic Planning, Partnerships & International Affairs, Ulster University
Currently she is Director for the Ulster University/QAHE Partnership and until eighteen months ago she was Director of the Business Institute at University of Ulster. Jackie held this position since 2006 and latterly she was also Head of the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship & Strategy within the Business School. In 2004 Jackie became a Distinguished Fellow of the University of Ulster.
Jackie is also a Director of Ortus – an Enterprise Development Agency in Belfast and Vice-Chair of the School for Social Enterprises in Ireland. She previously also served on the Board of the NI Chamber of Commerce.

Angela McGowan

Angela McGowan

Angela McGowan Chief Economist, Danske Bank UK based in Belfast. Her role incorporates providing economic data to various internal departments within Danske Bank UK and providing local and national economic data to group. Angela also provides the Bank's media commentary on issues impacting the local economy in regional and national media.
Angela represents Danske Bank UK on the board of Directors for Enterprise Northern Ireland and Young Enterprise. She is also a panel member for the Centre of Economic Empowerment and until recently had been for four years, the Deputy Chair of Enterprise NI. Previously Angela was a Senior Economist at Economic Research Institute NI and also for the Northern Ireland Economic Council.

Additional Information

How to get there

By rail:
Get off at the Cultra Halt rail station.
From there it’s a 2 minute walk to the Transport Galleries.

By car:
You’ll find the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum on the main Belfast to Bangor Road (A2), near Holywood.
We’re about 7 miles, or 15 minutes, east of Belfast City Centre.

SatNav Co-ordinates:
54.652445N    5.8008546W


  • Refreshments provided

Enquiries contact

Questions about this event should be addressed to Networks Support at or by telephone on 01536 207394.

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