Policy Forum for Northern Ireland

Next steps for city and growth deals in Northern Ireland - implementation, co-ordination and ensuring inclusive growth

Morning, Wednesday, 4th December 2019

Radisson Blu Hotel, The Gasworks, 3 Cromac Place, Ormeau Road, Belfast BT7 2JB

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference is bringing together key policymakers and key stakeholders to examine the next steps for city and growth deals in Northern Ireland.


It follows:



Speakers and chairs


Keynote addresses on the implementation of the City Deals in the Belfast City, Derry-Londonderry Regions - and early progress of the Mid, South and West Region Growth Deal so far - from:


  • Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive, Belfast City Council;
  • John Kelpie, Chief Executive, Derry City and Strabane District Council; and
  • Roger Wilson, Chief Executive, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council; and

A further keynote contribution from: Joanne McBurney, Budget Director, Department of Finance - on the role of local, devolved, and central government in the city and growth deal process.


Further confirmed speakers include: Paddy Brow, Northern Ireland Water; Ashleen Feeney, KPMG; Joan Martin, Louth County Council; Róisín McLaughlin, North West Community Network; Mairaid McMahon, Federation of Small Businesses; Leo Murphy, North West Regional College; Professor Paddy Nixon, Ulster University; Marie Ward, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.


Colum Eastwood MLA, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Foyle and Leader, Social Democratic and Labour Party and Lord Empey have kindly agreed to chair this conference.


The agenda in summary:


  • Implementing City and Growth Deals in Northern Ireland;
  • Co-ordinating city deals - collaboration and economic development;
  • The relationship between the layers of government - the roles of local, devolved, and central government in the city deal process; and
  • Promoting inclusive growth - using the city deals for economic and social regeneration in Northern Ireland.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference


This Policy Forum for Northern Ireland conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: Competition and Markets Authority; Department for Communities; Department for the Economy; Department of Finance; DIT; NI Audit Office and The Executive Office - North South Ministerial Council.



Keynote Speaker

Joanne McBurney

Budget Director, Department of Finance

Keynote Speaker

Joanne McBurney

Budget Director, Department of Finance

Chairs

Lord Empey

Colum Eastwood MLA

Member of the Legislative Assembly for Foyle and Leader, Social Democratic and Labour Party

Speakers

Marie Ward

Chief Executive, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Paddy Brow

Head of Living with Water Programme, Northern Ireland Water

Professor Paddy Nixon

President and Vice-Chancellor, Ulster University

Ashleen Feeney

Director, KPMG

Róisín McLaughlin

Coordinator, North West Community Network

Senior speaker confirmed from Northern Ireland Water

Suzanne Wylie

Chief Executive, Belfast City Council

Senior speaker confirmed from Derry City and Strabane District Council

Roger Wilson

Chief Executive, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

Leo Murphy

Principal and Chief Executive, North West Regional College

Joan Martin

Chief Executive, Louth County Council

Mairaid McMahon

Development Manager, Northern Ireland, Federation of Small Businesses