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IoD Exam Success for twelve NI Directors

17 October 2016

IoD NI Diploma Group

Twelve local directors have received their IoD Diplomas in Company Direction at the IoD Annual Lunch sponsored by Rainbow Communications.

The directors, who passed their Diploma examination held in June, received their Diplomas from guest speaker Mike Brown, the Commissioner of Transport for London (TfL).

The following individuals now hold the Diploma in Company Direction:

  • Bonnie Anley, Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners
  • Jeremy Biggerstaff, Flint Studios
  • Jayne Brady, Kernel Capital
  • Graham Glover, Johnston Campbell Ltd
  • Clare Guinness, Fane Valley Co-operative Society Ltd
  • Stephen Martin, PSNI
  • Dominic McClements, North-West News Group
  • Chris McDowell, Kilwaughter Chemical Co Ltd
  • Iain Miller, HMC Global Ltd
  • Brian Murray, The Workspace Group
  • Mark Prentice, Bord Gáis Energy
  • Denis Reeves, BVL

Ian Sheppard, Chairman of the IoD NI, said:

“The Institute of Directors in Northern Ireland is focused on helping local business leaders achieve their full potential through providing quality leadership development.

“The bedrock of that professional development is the IoD Chartered Director programme and I would like to congratulate the twelve successful participants of the latest cohort.

“I have no doubt that their success will be of significant benefit to them personally and also to their respective organisations.”

Addressing the delegates in attendance at the event in Belfast’s Hilton Hotel, Ian continued:

“Since I became Chair in May one topic has dominated our agenda – namely that of Brexit. As a membership organisation of over 800 NI senior business leaders the views of our members have been actively sought by both national and local Politicians.

“We are actively engaged with the Secretary of State through his Business Advisory Group and have also participated in extensive formal and informal discussions with the Department of the Economy and the Department of Finance.

“The feedback we receive from our members both through our committee structure and a series of regional membership engagement events allow us to speak with an informed and balanced voice.

As the negotiations on Brexit progress we will continue to act as a voice for our members and their concerns to ensure our national and local political representatives are well informed thereby ensuring that the best possible outcome for Northern Ireland is secured.”

The keynote speech was delivered by Mike Brown MVO, the Commissioner of Transport for London (TfL), who grew up in Belfast and studied at Queen’s University.

He discussed TfL’s role in delivering for the Mayor on his objective of making London a world leading city, how the organisation utilises technology and data to deliver faster and better results for customers and road users, and how some 60% of TfL’s investment supports economic activity outside London - supporting nearly 60,000 UK jobs outside the Capital, with over 900 in Northern Ireland alone.

He said:

“I was honoured to be able to speak at the IoD Annual Lunch and meet leaders from a wide range of business backgrounds.

“With Northern Ireland, like London, on track to continue to grow in the next decade, it’s imperative for organisations to work together, sharing data, ideas and information to deliver the best services they can.

“We also need to continue supporting the national economy through greater devolution, so we can unlock growth in our cities and wider areas for years to come.”

For more information about the IoD NI Charter Director Programme, please visit



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