Northern Ireland's Premium Leadership Event | Friday 3rd March 2023


The 2023 Line-Up

Philip Hesketh
‘The’ Authority on Influence and Persuasion

Having built an acclaimed £48m business in 17 consecutive years of growth, and a client base that included BBC, Nestle and Walt Disney, Philip Hesketh now shares the psychology of influence and persuasion as an internationally-renowned speaker and thought-leader. Audiences worldwide have been entertained and inspired to thrive, not just survive. He helps his client organisations (ranging from SMEs to the likes of Nike, Microsoft and Bank of America) to move from good to great. Setting Philip apart are his trademark 50 Killer Questions and authentic, battle-tested takeaways which have transformed lives. His proven techniques empower audiences to persuade, influence and achieve real world success seen in enhanced leadership, stronger relationships and life satisfaction. A multi award-winning speaker, positive audience response to Philip’s engagements can’t be overstated. Many calling it the most truly entertaining and invaluable presentation in their memory, while countless reviews describe it as wildly-funny, thought-provoking, authentic and simply inspirational. A Visiting Fellow of Newcastle University, Philip is also the author of two Amazon number 1 best sellers.

Richard Moore
Author,Founder, Speaker & Force for Good

“Whether you believe it or not, you are my hero, and a wonderful son of humanity.” These are the words of the Dalai Lama when he met Richard Moore at the 10th Anniversary of Richard’s charity, Children in Crossfire. Richard’s story is an example of where triumph overcomes tragedy. As a young boy Richard had a tragic experience which resulted in his life changing forever. However, he did not allow this experience to hold him back and has gone on to live an inspiring and fruitful life. He has received over a dozen awards, across 3 continents, for his charity, peace and reconciliation work. In the 25th year of the Good Friday Agreement it is fitting that we hear from a Northern Irishman who has done so much to help young people affected by conflict and poverty around the world. Reflecting on his journey, Richard will offer his insights on vision, perspective and opportunity.

Cathriona Hallahan
Irish Business Titan

Cathriona’s leadership journey is one of the most remarkable in Irish business. She is now a board member and investor in some of Ireland’s leading female-run companies including Keelings, FoodCloud and Beats Medical which she Chairs. She also serves as an independent non-executive for PWC and The Dalata Hotel Group (which includes the Clayton and Maldron brands). Having lost her father at the age of 10, Cathriona and her siblings helped their mother clean schools to make ends meet. Cathriona started work straight from school and joined Microsoft as an accounts clerk in 1986 – she was employee number 24 and progressed through the company to become Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland in 2012. During her time as MD, she headed up a team of 2,400 and oversaw the opening of the €134m Microsoft campus in Leopardstown. Incredibly, Cathriona achieved all of this despite being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32. Her contribution to Irish business has been recognised through a host of awards most recently an honorary doctorate from UCD.

Alan Mahon
Founder & Executive Chair, Brewgooder

Belfast-born Alan Mahon is the Founder of Brewgooder, a purpose-driven brewery which was the UK’s fastest growing beer brand in 2022. Alan started the social business in 2015, at the age of 26, after contracting a parasite from drinking water on a trip to Nepal. Now a £2m company, Brewgooder has helped around 100,000 people through 140 projects worldwide, providing clean water and food to those in need. With the environment, social justice and water at its core, the company has been recognised as a ‘B Corp Best’ for the World Brewery for three consecutive years. Outside of Brewgooder, Alan is a Trustee of children’s mental health charity Tiny Changes and was recognised by the Big Issue as one of their Top 100 Changemakers. He will share the Brewgooder story and his observations on the ‘importance of why’, distributed power, vulnerability, ego and leadership as a force for good.

Martin O’Neill OBE
Legendary Football Manager and Player

Martin O’Neill is one of the most engaging, articulate and successful men in professional football. As a player he won two European Cups as well as the league title in England with Nottingham Forest. He also captained the iconic Northern Ireland 1982 World Cup squad during an international career that involved 64 caps, 8 goals and 2 British Home Championships. His managerial career to date has seen him take charge of some of the biggest clubs in England as well as guiding Celtic through one of the most successful periods in the club’s history. On the international management stage, he memorably led the Republic of Ireland team to the latter stages of Euro 2016. Reflecting on these experiences, Martin will share his unique insights on management, leadership, motivation and peak performance.

SuMMit 2023 Event Details

When did you last take time to think about the bigger picture for you and your organisation?

Business and Public Sector leaders from across Ireland are using the SuMMit as an opportunity to step back from ‘urgent’ tasks and consider what is ‘important’ for them and their organisations. The event provides world-class stimulus that triggers fresh perspectives, disruptive thinking, new ideas and an impetus to act. It has received acclaim from the leaders of micro-businesses, SMEs, Corporates, Local Government, Central Government, Charities and Social Enterprises.

Date: Friday 3rd March 2023
Time: 8.00am – 1.30pm (Includes Light Breakfast & Lunch)
Venue: Titanic Belfast, 1 Olympic Wy, Queen’s Road, Belfast BT3 9EP
Speakers: Full 2023 line-up to be announced over the coming months

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What have people said about the SuMMit?

Teresa CampbellFPM

It was superb! There were so many messages to take from this for all in the room – at both a personal and business level, I can honestly say it was up there with the best of the best that I have ever been to.

John Elwood,Arthur J Gallagher

A superb event. What a line up of speakers. Not sure how you will ever top that. Hugely interesting and beneficial.

John ArmstrongResponsible

Best speaker event I have ever been to

Neil McCabeWhiterock Finance

Simply the best management/leadership conference of the year- Repeatedly!

Nikki McQuillanUlster University Business School

Aspirational, inspirational and reflective

Richard DaleFlowlens

Mindblown- 5 world class, inspirational leaders

David CreightonThales

Excellent, inspirational event

Professor Ken O'NeillSchool for Social Enterprises in Ireland

Great show! Memorable - will have changed lives.

Sonia ArmstrongGeorge Best Belfast City Airport

Well done on a fantastic Summit event. I must say I really enjoyed this one as one of the best I have been to. I think everyone’s mindset after the past few years meant we were ready for it and certainly inspired by all of the speakers (there were lots of tears too!).

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