Policy Forum for Northern Ireland

Next steps in delivering the Belfast City Region Deal

Morning, Wednesday, 5th December 2018



This timely seminar will examine the next steps in the delivery of the Belfast City Region Deal.

Following the expected agreement on the Heads of Terms, delegates will examine the key priorities for the region, looking at challenges for delivering the Deal in the absence of an Executive; latest thinking on options for finance and investment, and how the deal can best be aligned with wider Government priorities - such as the Industrial Strategy.

They will also consider lessons that might be gained from other jurisdictions in the preparation and delivery of a City Deal, the priorities for delivering key infrastructure projects - including improvements to roads, public transport and digital infrastructure - and what action might be taken to establish Belfast as a smart city.

Further sessions assess what more might be done to develop the skilled workforce needed to support businesses and underpin the region’s economic growth, as well as examining opportunities for encouraging research and innovation, and fostering collaboration between universities and businesses.  

Guest of Honour

Liam Hannaway

Chief Executive, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Guest of Honour

Liam Hannaway

Chief Executive, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council


Claire Hanna MLA

Member of the Legislative Assembly for South Belfast and Finance Spokesperson, SDLP


Professor Paddy Nixon

Vice Chancellor and President, Ulster University

Professor Ian Greer

Vice Chancellor Designate, Queen’s University Belfast

Richard Kirk

Regional Director, Institution of Civil Engineers

Professor Gordon Matheson

Visiting Professor and Consultant, Institute for Future Cities, University of Strathclyde

Robin Totten

Senior Programme Manager, Belfast Rapid Transit and Head, Business Change, Translink

Didar Dhillon

Partner, Pinsent Masons

Stephen Wallace

Associate Director, KPMG Belfast

Deborah Colville

Manager, Smart Cities Portfolio, Belfast City Council

Dr Norman Apsley

Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst

Allen Irwin

Major Deals Lead, Wholesale, BT