Will Brexit steal my cheese

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Start Date: 18 Oct 2017

Start Time: 8:30 AM

End Time: 12:30 PM

Duration: 4 hours

Capacity: 160

Venue: Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Harbour Office, Corporation Square, Belfast, BT1 3AL › View map

Admission price: Free

Event Capacity: Full

Welcome to the new age of economic and political uncertainty. Brexit means unchartered territory for organisations of all shapes and sizes.  

Join us for this event where our speakers from various sectors will talk about their approaches to management and especially the management of change, the challenges and opportunities these sectors face with Brexit and the influence on the NI economy.

The event title, "Will Brexit steal my Cheese?" was inspired by the late Spencer Johnson's book "Who moved my cheese" first published in 1999 and has since sold over 30 million copies. This little book has influenced many young managers over the years and highlights Spencer's belief that the most effective way to cope with constant change is to embrace it and be part of it, rather than try to oppose it.

This event brings thought leadership insight into the challenges and opportunities of Brexit with a focus on sectors of health, higher education, agri-food, security and business to assist managers to embrace the uncertainty ahead.




 Registration and breakfast


 Welcome by David Sales, Chair of CMI Northern Ireland & Stanley Wallace, MC, CMI Northern Ireland Regional Board Member


 Ian Myson, Director of HE Partnerships, CMI

 Higher Education - Professor Margaret Topping, Dean of QUB Post Graduate School
 Food/Agriculture - Mike Mullan, HR Director of the year in N Ireland 2017


 Refreshment break and networking


 Health - Heather Moorhead, NI Director at NI Confederation for Health and Social Care


 Security – Senior Detective Inspector from PSNI


 Business - Aidan Gough, Strategy & Policy Director InterTrade Ireland


 Q & A - chaired by Stanley Wallace


 Close and Thanks


 Event concludes


Aidan Gough

Aidan Gough

Aidan in his role as Strategy and Policy Director, advises on collaborative strategy, policy and initiatives to help InterTradeIreland in boosting North/South economic co-operation to the mutual benefit of both economies on the island. Aidan leads InterTradeIreland’s policy and research team to identify areas where joint Government intervention can help to create an environment where it is easier to do business and increase the competitiveness of individual businesses and the island in the global economy. Aidan is a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast with an MBA and MSc in Economics. Prior to joining InterTradeIreland in 2000, Aidan was Director of the Northern Ireland Economic Council.

Heather Moorhead

Heather Moorhead

Heather Moorhead is the Northern Ireland Director of the NHS Confederation (NICON), the membership body representing all organisations in the integrated health and social care system. Heather joined NICON from the Northern Ireland Local Government Association where she was the chief executive responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation to support and facilitate local government improvement and modernisation.

Previous to this, Heather was director of the Sustainable Northern Ireland Programme where she was responsible for developing the organisation which provided advice and guidance to government departments on sustainable development issues. Heather’s earlier career was spent in the field of Environmental Health.

Ian Myson Biog photo

Ian Myson CMgr FCMI

As Director of Higher Education Partnerships, Ian is responsible for the development of CMI’s University partnerships aimed at improving student employability and career development; enhancing students’ real-world experience; and providing them with professional recognition and professional development pathways.

Margaret Topping

Margaret Topping

Margaret Topping is Professor of French and Dean of the Graduate School at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research relates to questions of travel, migration, mobility and intercultural contact. In both this role, and in her role as Dean of the Graduate School, she is actively engaged in local and national debates around the challenges of Brexit, not only for staff and student mobility, and for scientific collaboration, but also for maintaining an intellectual and cultural climate of diversity and inclusiveness that is a prerequisite for developing students to be the kinds of thinkers, leaders, communicators and innovators who will shape our future in an increasingly transnational world.

Mike Mullan

Mike Mullan

Mike Mullan is the recently retired HR and Organisation Development Director for Moy Park where he was responsible for leading the company’s HR, Corporate Affairs, Risk Management and Sustainability functions. Mike re-joined Moy Park in 2011, returning to the company having spent close to ten years in the business in the 1990s and together with his Executive colleagues Mike played a leading role in the recent transformation of Moy Park into N Ireland’s largest private company and a top 10 UK Food Business.

Mike has over 25 years’ experience of the N Ireland food industry and prior to his return to Moy Park he was HR and Corporate Change Director with Dale Farm, the leading N Ireland based UK dairy foods business.

Mike scripted the Moy Park agenda on Brexit and is a former member of the Joint Ministerial Food Advisory Group on Brexit. He is also a former member of both the NI CBI Council and the UK National Skills Academy for Food & Drink.

In 2015 Mike was named UK Director of the Year for Leadership in Corporate Responsibility by the IOD and in 2017 he was named HR Director of the Year by NI CIPD. Beside his continuing business interests Mike is a board member of Corrymeela, the Bryson Charitable Group and The Lyric Theatre.


  • Refreshments provided

Enquiries contact

Questions about this event should be addressed to CMI Events at cmievents@managers.org.uk or by telephone on 01536 207485.

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