Stellar line-up secured for Responsible Business Summit sponsored by Ulster Bank

Business in the Community has announced an impressive line-up of speakers for its 2016 Responsible Business Summit, sponsored by Ulster Bank, which will take place at the newly extended Waterfront Hall on Wednesday 5 October.

The event, which is designed for a business audience, will explore the challenges and opportunities that businesses will face in ‘Tomorrow’s World’ and look at how local firms can plan responsible and sustainable approaches to meet those challenges.

Hosted by Financial Journalist and Broadcaster, Declan Curry, the event will feature an exciting range of speakers and thinkers including:

  • Adam Elman, Global Head of Plan A Delivery, Marks & Spencer
  • Aidan Kearney, Chimp Management
  • Carole Richardson, Assistant Director of People Services, North Star Housing
  • Dr Nicola Millard, Futurologist, BT
  • Jorge Lopes, Country Director, Diageo NI
  • Julia Unwin, Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Kevin Hurst, Marketing & Communications Director, Veolia, UK & Ireland
  • Kieran Harte, General Manger, Uber, Ireland & Northern Ireland
  • Leanne Ross, Digital Consultant and Author
  • Maeve Monaghan, CEO, NOW Group
  • Paul Drechsler CBE, President, CBI
  • Tom Webster, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Grow-Up Urban Farms

Deputy Managing Director of Business in the Community NI, Gillian McKee said: “We’re bringing to you an exciting line up of speakers with more still to be confirmed in the coming weeks. With so many recent changes in the political sphere including a new NI Executive, Brexit and ongoing challenges in education, economy, environment, health and communities, local business has a lot to contemplate. We welcome the support of Ulster Bank and all our sponsors in helping to create the ideal platform to discuss and debate the issues we are currently facing, and look at how we can develop responsible business approaches to meet future challenges.”

Ulster Bank is the key sponsor of this bi-annual event, along with media partner the Irish News and ASDA, Belfast Harbour, Diageo and Carecall, who all supported the event in 2014.

Richard Donnan, Head of Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland said: “We’re delighted to once again be the lead partner with Business in the Community NI in what promises to be a stand-out event. As we look to the future, the planning landscape has changed fundamentally and there are many diverse market, economic and social factors to consider. In such an environment it’s now more important than ever that Northern Ireland’s business community work together to support our customers in a way that benefits our local economy as well as our own business interests.”

Business in the Community is also partnering with the NI Chamber of Commerce on the Summit to reach a broader base of business opinion and ensure the delivery of its corporate responsibility and sustainability messages to a wider audience.