11 October 2016, Riddel Hall, Belfast
Máirtín Ó Muilleoir is a Sinn Féin MLA for South Belfast. A tireless advocate for the new and resurgent Belfast, he has launched a series of initiatives designed to showcase the very best of the city. Until his appointment as Minister of Finance, he was publisher of the Irish Echo in the US and Chairman of the Belfast Media Group in Belfast.
He first entered Belfast City Hall in 1987. He left the council in 1997 to develop what became the Belfast Media Group, building new offices and commissioning a printing press in the heart of West Belfast. He returned to political life in 2011 as the first ever Sinn Féin councillor for the Balmoral area of South Belfast. He served as Lord Mayor of Belfast from June 2013 to June 2014 and was returned to the Assembly in the May 2016 elections in South Belfast.
Tony Bovaird is a leading authority on public sector strategic management, performance management and user and community co-production.
In addition to being Emeritus Professor at the University of Birmingham, he is a Visiting Professor at Meiji University, Tokyo and a member of the Scientific Board of the German University of Public Administration (Speyer).
He is also Director of Governance International, a leading non-profit organisation advising governments in Europe on co-production and evaluation of their public governance approaches.
Andrew has been a leading figure in civil society for 25 years. He was the first chief executive of the Charity Commission from 2004 until September 2010, and is widely credited with ensuring the sector has a regulator that is fit for purpose.
He became guest editor of Charity Finance for the February and March 2011 editions before taking up the role on a permanent basis until the end of 2015, when he left to become chair of the Fundraising Standards Board.
In early 2011 he also took up a part-time role as Visiting Professor of Charity Governance and Finance at Cass Business School. He was awarded the prestigious Companion of the Order of the Bath in the New Year's Honours List 2011.
Marie Mallon was appointed to the Chair of the Labour Relations Agency from effect from 1 August 2014 following her retirement from the post of Deputy Chief Executive/Director of HR in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
Prior to Chair of Labour Relations Agency Marie held many senior posts within health and social care and was a member of the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals for 15 years. She is currently an independent member on the board of DCAL and is an associate of HSC Leadership Centre.
Ian James Parsley is recognised as one of Northern Ireland’s foremost political and financial commentators, making regular appearances on BBC NI and UTV, and providing presentations and training sessions to all sectors. He also speaks and advises on language learning.
Ian runs the public affairs and communications business (Ultonia Communications) and served, for six years, as a local councillor on North Down Borough Council.
In 2011, he established the Breakthrough NI think tank (which focuses on innovation in poverty-tackling policy and action).
Mike Owen has been at Bury Council since 1986, originally as Deputy Group Accountant and latterly as Executive Director of Resource and Regulation. He also served as Chief Financial Services Officer on coming back from a one-year stint at Oldham Council in 1999 where he was Deputy Treasurer.
Before joining Trafford Council in 1984, Mike worked with the NHS in the North West Regional Authority in 1979 as a finance trainee. He returned as Chief Financial Services Officer, before working his way to become one of the council's most senior officers.
Lorna is the founder of Xenergie International that pioneers new ways to help companies transform their cultural capacity for adapting to new paradigms and big change through by leveraging teams and leadership, and developing purpose-driven engagement.
Xenergie’s reputation has grown internationally through the development of its Systemic Team Coaching methodology, which it teaches and consults to a range of public organisations, in Ireland and Europe, including HSE, Euro Control, Enterprise Ireland and ESB, as well as to private organisations across financial and professional services and manufacturing.