Fostering Innovation

Start Date: 17 Jun 2014

Start Time: 9:30 AM

End Time: 1:45 PM

Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes

Capacity: 80

Venue: Long Gallery at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, BT4 3XX › View map

Member price: £42.00

Non-member price: £60.00

Event Capacity: Full

The Northern Ireland Region of the Institute of Consulting in association with our sister organisation in the Republic of Ireland, the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers (IMCA), will make a special presentation of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Business and Economic activity in Ireland to Dr Martin Naughton.

This will be presented at a special gala presentation lunch, as part of a networking day, to be held at the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast.

Martin Naughton is the founder and chairman of the Glen Dimplex Group. He started the company in 1973 as Glen Electric, with a mere ten employees, later acquiring Dimplex, the leading brand in the U.K. heating market. An engineer by profession, Naughton has overseen his company’s growth to become the world’s largest manufacturer in domestic heating appliances.

The theme for the day is Fostering Innovation, which will be addressed from differing perspectives by our three renowned and interesting speakers and also of course by our award recipient.

Past recipients of this award by IC are Senator George Mitchell, Denis Rooney and Feargal McCormack.

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suzanne hill

Suzanne Hill

Suzanne has been involved in international business development, sales and marketing professional for the last 18 years has worked on-the-ground in 60 countries, helping companies to grow their export sales and to access new markets.

Suzanne is passionate about exporting and work with a cross-section of companies including experienced and inexperienced exporters, and from start-ups with disruptive technologies to multinationals.

She specialises in the Construction & Built Environment, Construction Technologies, Energy Efficient Technologies & SaaS sectors and loves working with Disruptive Technologies where new ways of thinking are required and product demand has to be built from zero.

Suzanne is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French & Italian – this provides a significant advantage to clients as she can converse with their potential customers in their own language, undertaking presentations and meetings on their behalf.
She has on-the-ground experience of working in include Latin America, South Africa, North America & all of Europe including those countries still outside the EU. This experience is essential in making sure client companies gains rapid market access and avoids the common pitfalls frequently made when approaching a new market.

Suzanne is also a frequent public speaker on International Trade & Exporting and has spoken at over 400 conferences & seminars both nationally and internationally.

Andy Allen

Andy Allen

Ranger Andy was hit by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) in 2008 whilst on tour in Afghanistan.

The force of the horrific blast lifted him off the ground and tore off his right leg it also burnt his corneas, leaving Andy blind. By complete chance, one of Andy’s comrades had been wearing a camera that was attached to his body armour and the events of that day were caught on film.

The incredible footage was used by the BBC for the Bafta winning documentary Wounded.

For seven weeks Andy was kept sedated while surgeons worked to remove the dirt from his wounds and fought to keep them infection free.

Ten days after he was brought in they were forced to amputate his leg. Not only has Andy had to learn to walk again, he also had to adjust to losing his sight.

Although an operation has restored some vision, his world remains blurred and distorted, he says this has been his biggest challenge.

Several years on, Andy has identified a number of issues where support for veterans living in Northern Ireland does not meet their need.

Feargal McCormack

Feargal McCormack

Feargal is Managing Partner of FPM Chartered Accountants, a pro-active accountancy and business advice practice, located in Newry, Belfast, Dundalk and Dungannon, which was the first accountancy firm to secure IS0 9001 and Investor in People accreditation in Ireland.

FPM, founded by Feargal in1991, has won a number of business awards, including the Best Small Medium Enterprise Award at the Belfast Telegraph NI Business Awards 2004.

Feargal has been central along with others in the regeneration of the Newry area and has been proactive in developing Cross Border Trade.

Feargal is also a former Board member of InterTradeIreland, Equity Network, the Steering Group of the North/South Business Round Table Group and a Past Chairman of the Ulster Society of Chartered Accountants.

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.

Additional Information

Please state if you have any special dietary requirements and also if you will need special access facilities.

  1. The prices include VAT and anyone who needs a VAT receipt should request one after they receive confirmation of their booking.
  2. There will be a concession price for parties of 6 or more (please contact the organisers for details).
  3. Spaces are available in the Long Gallery for 'Information stands' - therefore any organisation wishing to promote themselves to the above group of professionals should contact the organisers direct.

Please note: from 1.45pm until 3.15pm - tours available

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Enquiries contact

Questions about this event should be addressed to Stanley Wallace at or by telephone on 07841 287128.

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