Policy Forum for Northern Ireland

Next steps for economic development in Northern Ireland post-Brexit

Tuesday, 25th April 2017



Please note the date of this seminar has changed.

Timed to follow the Assembly election and the commencement of the process for the UK leaving the European Union, this seminar will examine the challenges, options and opportunities for Northern Ireland in creating a globally competitive, sustainable economy in a new economic environment.

It will be an opportunity to discuss key themes emerging in the closing stages of the Minister for the Economy’s consultation on an Industrial Strategy for Northern Ireland, which focuses on priorities for accelerating innovation and research, enhancing skills and employability, driving sustainable growth, succeeding in global markets and building the best economic infrastructure.

Delegates will also evaluate the impact of the UK Government’s green paper on a UK-wide modern industrial strategy, and possible trading relationships with other jurisdictions - particularly with Ireland.

Guest of Honour

Professor Neil Gibson

Director, Economic Policy Centre, Ulster University

Guest of Honour

Professor Neil Gibson

Director, Economic Policy Centre, Ulster University

Keynote Speaker

Phillip Blond

Director, ResPublica


Gerard Campbell

Chief Executive, Colleges Northern Ireland

Stephen Kelly

Chief Executive Officer, Manufacturing NI

John Healy

Managing Director, Allstate Northern Ireland

Wilfred Mitchell

Policy Chair, FSB Northern Ireland

Derek McCallan

Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Local Government Association

Ivor Ferguson

Deputy President, Ulster Farmers Union

Dr Esmond Birnie

Senior Economist, Economic Policy Centre, Ulster University and former Chief Economist (Northern Ireland and Scotland), PwC

Dr Martin Spollen

Chief Investment Officer, Strategic Investment Board

Richard Johnston

Non-Executive Director, Warrenpoint Harbour Authority

Professor David Phinnemore

Professor of European Politics, Dean of Education, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast