Women in Business is delighted to present the Spotlight on Success Conference on Thursday 5th December.
This unique half day conference will feature leaders from the corporate and entrepreneurial world that have climbed to the top of the organisational ladder or founded, grown and lead their own business. The personal and intimate talks from these business leaders will:
- Inspire and motivate attendees
- Explore leadership skills, style and approach
- Provide examples of overcoming obstacles, challenges and fears
- Highlight the skills required to deliver, influence and perform as a successful leader
A range of inspirational leaders will each step into the spotlight to share their personal success stories with delegates. This will be followed by a Leaders networking lunch to ensure those value connections are made.
Introducing our confirmed speakers…
Tracy Meharg - Permanent Secretary in the Department for Communities
Tracy started her career working in marketing and public relations in the private sector. She headed up Invest NI’s Business Solutions Group where she had responsibility for the delivery of a wide range of support to business including Research and Development, Skills, Property and a portfolio of debt and equity funds.
From Jan 2014 to September 2016 Tracy undertook a secondment as a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Social Development where she took responsibility for leading the project to create the new Department for Communities. Tracy rejoined the Department as Permanent Secretary in December 2018.
Jackie Henry - Senior Partner of Deloitte in Northern Ireland
Based in Belfast, Jackie is the Deloitte U.K. Consulting People & Purpose Lead and the Deloitte Northern Ireland Office Senior Partner, where she has over 30 years’ experience. She leads the Public Sector business in Northern Ireland and is the Office Senior Partner for Deloitte in Northern Ireland. As the Consulting People & Purpose Lead, Jackie leads on the Consulting definition of Purpose. She champions the People agenda at the strategic level, including talent models, performance systems, attraction campaigns, learning programmes and listening programmes. She is a standout role model for our people regularly engaging internally and externally with key influencers and encouraging other leaders (at all levels) to do the same.
Outside of Deloitte, Jackie was awarded an MBE for her services to the Northern Ireland economy. Additionally, she is a Visiting Professor at Ulster University, where she shares her expertise on apprenticeships and the skills agenda and has an Honorary Fellow of Belfast Metropolitan College.
Marie-Therese McGivern - Chief Executive and Principal at Belfast Metropolitan College
Born and educated in Belfast, Ms McGivern began her career as a teacher in further education. She spent most of the 1980s working in the areas of unemployment and in enterprise development. In the 90s, she moved to develop policy for the youth service in Northern Ireland and in 1995 joined the Northern Ireland Civil Service as a secondee to the Urban Regeneration Initiative, Making Belfast Work becoming Head of the Central Policy, Planning and Research Unit for the Initiative.
In April 1999 she joined the Belfast City Council as Director of Development combining economic development, arts and tourism activities of the Council with urban regeneration. In April 2007 her responsibilities were significantly enlarged to include the Waterfront and Ulster Halls as well as taking over all community and neighbourhood development work for the Council. In November 2009 she became Principal and Chief Executive of Belfast Metropolitan College, the biggest further education college in Northern Ireland. The College has a staff of 1,000 with 16,000 students. There she led a complete transformation of the College and has led a significant programme of improvement.
Dr Wendy Austin MBE
Wendy is the presenter of BBC Radio Ulster’s Inside Business programme. One of Northern Ireland’s best known journalists and broadcasters, in a career spanning more than 40 years she has worked in local and regional newspapers, in commercial radio, and for the BBC both on radio and television, in Northern Ireland and nationwide.
Fiona Tierney - Member of the Board of eir, the IMI and Pieta House, and former CEO of the Public Appointments Service
Fiona Tierney is a non-executive director and senior leader, currently serving as a non-executive director on the board of Eircom Holdings (Ireland) Ltd, Ireland’s premier communications company, Fiona was also recently appointed by Government to ‘Better Balance for Better Business’, a business-led working group examining gender representation in leadership of Irish business. She is also a non-executive director of the Irish Management Institute, Ireland’s leading provider of executive education, ranked in the FT Global Top 50, and of Pieta House, a charity in Ireland focussed on the prevention of suicide.
Fiona’s most recent executive position was as CEO of the Public Appointments Service (PAS), the centralised provider of recruitment services for the civil and public service in Ireland. In this role, she was a significant influencer of civil service renewal and reform. She personally managed the recruitment process for some of the most senior and sensitive appointments in Ireland’s civil and public service, and is recognised as having strategically repositioned PAS. She is credited with the successful introduction of a new process of appointments to State Boards. Fiona’s extensive network derives also from her earlier career in the private sector. She has a background in executive search (Dalriada Executive Search and Selection) and in management consulting (Hay Group), which built on a long career in Ireland’s largest telecommunications company, eircom. Fiona was the founding director of eircom Wholesale, a €300m business which comprised the regulated arm of the telecoms company, and her earlier career history included sales, customer service, operations and strategy.
Isabel Jennings - Director of Marketing, Recruitment ,Communications and Internationalisation at Queen's University Belfast
Isabel graduated with a BA Hons degree in Business and Spanish, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Queen’s University, and has substantial experience of working in both the public and private sectors in Northern Ireland, Great Britain, Europe, USA and Asia. Before taking up her current role, she held the post of Queen’s Director of Student Plus with responsibility for Accommodation and Hospitality, Queen’s Sport, the Students’ Union, Events and Ceremonial, Childcare, and Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions. Prior to that, she worked as a Commercial Development Director for TBI plc whose portfolio of airports includes Belfast International Airport. In this capacity she was proactive in the delivery of a range of commercial strategies and formed part of the TBI Acquisitions Team working on properties in Stockholm and Bratislava. She has also held senior international sales and marketing/consultancy roles in the NI Tourist Board (now Tourism NI), PACE Consulting, Tyrone Crystal, and Munster Simms Engineering. As Director of Marketing, Recruitment, Communications and Internationalisation (MRCI), Isabel has responsibility for five principle units within the University – Strategic Marketing and Communications; Public Engagement; International Recruitment; Domestic Recruitment and Events; and Admissions and Access. A key focus of her role is to lead on the integrated marketing and communications strategy which is aimed at building the University’s brand, positioning and reputation with target audiences; she is also responsible for driving the University’s student recruitment and admissions activities in home and international markets.