Management & Leadership SuMMIt - The Pinnacle of Management Month


Some 500 leaders attended the SuMMit on Friday 28th February 2020 with exceptional delegate feedback.


View the 2020 speaker line-up and feedback below.

More Detail on the 2021 SuMMit will be released in due course.

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Lord David Puttnam CBE
Oscar-Winning Film Producer & Educator

David is a British film producer and an educator. His films have won 10 Oscars, 25 Baftas and the Palme D’Or at Cannes.  They include The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Memphis Belle.  David set up his own production company, Enigma Productions, in 1976 and he also chairs Atticus Education, his online education company which he founded in 2012.  During a break from film production, David focused on his work in public policy as it relates to education, the environment, and the creative and communications industries. During this time he founded the National Teaching Awards, served as President of UNICEF UK and in 2007 was appointed Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill. He is a member of the House of Lords where he currently pursues an active role in a variety of areas, from educational and environmental issues to digital skills. David was awarded a CBE in 1982, a knighthood in 1995, and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997.  In France he was made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1985, becoming an Officer in 1992, and a Commander in 2006.  He is the recipient of over 50 Honorary Degrees, Diplomas and Fellowships from the UK and overseas. Amongst many valuable insights, David shared his views on what should be on the minds of leaders.

Mandy Hickson
Former Fighter Pilot

“I rolled the aircraft 120 degrees and pulled 4g towards the ground. That’s 4 times your bodyweight. The reason: a surface-to-air missile had been fired and we were its targets”. Mandy was the only female pilot on her Front-Line Tornado Squadron, flying multimillion-pound fast jets for the Royal Air Force. She has operated in hostile environments, including patrolling the ‘No Fly’ zone over Iraq. Drawing on her experience of calculated risk-taking, decision-making under pressure and the critical role of the human in the system, she transfers vivid lessons from the cockpit to other management and leadership contexts. Mandy shared her insights with some of the most successful organisations on the planet and described the Strategies, Tactics & Behaviours that she adopted when the stakes were at their highest.

Sean O’Connor
Co-Founder of STATSports

Sean co-founded STATSports some ten years ago following an impromptu conversation on the sidelines of an amateur football match in Dundalk. Since then the Newry-based company has grown to become the world-leading provider of GPS player tracking and analysis equipment with offices in Ireland, London and Chicago. Its clients include Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur as well as the Brazilian, German and English football associations. In 2018 the company secured a partnership with the US Soccer federation, which will result in the world’s largest player data monitoring programme. Teams in GAA, IRFU, NFL, and NBA also use the company’s APEX units to help drive improved performance. Sean shared the STATSports story and the lessons that he has learned along the way.

Professor Niall McKeown
International Speaker & Author

A digital transformation strategist, author and speaker on the international stage, Niall’s clients include governments leaders, and decision-makers from some of the world’s biggest brands. Niall is CEO of Ionology, a leadership development firm that helps organisations transform and successfully compete in the digital economy. An entrepreneur in his own right, Niall founded Ion Technologies aged 25 and created what was at the time, the world’s first email marketing engine with customers including Reuters, The European Bank. Goldman Sachs and Apple.  A Visiting Professor at Ulster University, Lecturer at the Møller Institute, University of Cambridge and creator of Ionology’s Digital Transformation Framework, Niall explored how AI is likely to change the game for managers and leaders regardless of their context.

Justin Urquhart Stewart
Business Commentator & Media Personality

Justin is one of the most recognisable and trusted business and market commentators in the media. Sporting his trademark red braces, he appears regularly on BBC1 Business Breakfast, Radio 5 Live and Wake Up To Money. An entrepreneur in his own right, Justin co-founded Seven Investment Management (7IM) in 2002 and has been integral in transforming the business from a “fledgling investment management company” to one that employs 300+ people with over £14bn of assets under management. In light of the current economic and political context, Justin’s insights on Brexit, Leadership and the Future will be both timely and exceptionally relevant. Justin chaired the event, drawing out the key lessons from the other speakers and offered his own unique observations.

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What Delegates said about the 2020 Management & Leadership SuMMit

Michael StewartHouse Belfast

I came to learn but I left inspired. Hickson is beyond Inspiring.

Dave LintonMadlug

An incredible morning…. the best leadership conference in NI. Inspirational, challenging, relevant topics communicated by the very best motivational speakers in UK. This is why MLN is a must for every leader in Northern Ireland.

Mark Ennis CBEChairman, SSE Ireland

This was the first time the management team at SSE Airtricity took a table at SuMMit event. Without exception all who attended found it both stimulating and challenging, both at a personal and business level. I would have no hesitation to recommend it to other businesses.

Joanne GrantManaging Director, JCDecaux Ireland

We have been attending the MLN Summit every year since 2012 and we find it is always a very enjoyable, informative and thought-provoking event with excellent and diverse speakers. I’m not sure how the organising team come up with such a good line-up every year but please keep this winning formula and we will keep it in our diaries.

Philip McBrideThales

Thought-provoking, practical, inspiring. This SuMMit continues to ask and answer key questions of leadership and of the individual. It is a must attend event.

Andrew WallaceBoomer Industries

Fantastic speakers, inspiring stories, encouraging resilience and learning.

Cera SlevinClimate Matters Ltd

Superb event, speakers were very relatable & shared intimate insights. Feel energised leaving.

Ian CummingsAIG

Enlightening, entertaining, challenging, thought- provoking

Colin JessChief Executive, Social Enterprise NI

I have been attending the MLN Summit for a number of years and it is one of the conferences that I wouldn’t miss. In terms of value for money, it is excellent, especially when you hear the quality and range of speakers that MLN are able to attract. The event is also a great networking opportunity to meet other leaders across the business sector. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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