Northern Ireland's Premium Leadership Event | Friday 13th May 2022


The 2022 speakers...

Nigel Owens MBE
Ground-breaking Rugby Referee

Undoubtedly one of the finest referees that the game of rugby has ever seen, Nigel Owens has taken charge of some of the biggest fixtures in world sport with global audiences running into the millions. He has refereed some 100 test matches including the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final. He is recognised globally for his levelled decision-making, reliable leadership, effective communication and ability to remain calm under pressure. Nigel has been invited to speak to some of the most successful organisations on the planet and what sets him apart is that he speaks openly and emotively about challenging times within his own life and how the support of others has helped him through them. Awarded an MBE for services to sport, Nigel is now a highly sought-after speaker, a diversity and mental health ambassador, and a cattle farmer in his native Wales.

Brendan McGurgan
Mentor, Author & Proven Leader

Brendan is the Co-Founder of Simple Scaling Ltd, a business which inspires and enables ambitious leaders of SMEs to Scale with Purpose. Prior to that he spent 12 years as Group MD of CDE Global. During his tenure, CDE scaled profitably (from 15 people) to have offices in six continents employing almost 700 people across the world and 25X revenue growth,  becoming number one in their industry. During this time Brendan was named Director of the Year at the prestigious UK-wide Institute of Directors Awards. Now an author and international speaker, Brendan fully engages, educates and inspires his audience to challenge their current way of thinking and their status quo – stimulating a positive environment for change and new perspectives. A qualified Wim Hof Instructor, Brendan is passionate about self-leadership and mentors leaders across the globe in ‘personal scale up’.

Alice Thompson
International Speaker, Purpose Coach & Social Business Leader

An unpaid internship resulted in Alice co-founding Social Bite, a café designed to employ and feed the homeless community. Fast forward nine years and Social Bite now has nine outlets, 100+ employees and has been visited and supported by the likes of George Clooney, the Duchess of Cambridge, Bill Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio and Meghan Markle. Alice was also pivotal in the establishment of ‘The World’s Big Sleepout’ which took place in 52 cities across the globe. The events saw 60,000 people sleep out on a cold December night to raise awareness and funds on the issue of homelessness. They were able to close down Time Square NYC and Trafalgar Square in London for this and Will Smith and Dame Helen Mirren told a bedtime story to participants who slept out! A recipient of three honorary doctorates, as well as the RSGS Livingstone Medal, which is also held by the likes of Sir David Attenborough and Neil Armstrong, Alice is now an international speaker, purpose coach and a champion of leadership as a power for good.

Mark Dowds
Serial Entrepreneur & Investor

Mark is a Belfast-born troublemaker who is setting out on a new journey to disrupt the clothing industry and clean up the planet along the way. He is Founder and CEO of RESPONSIBLE, a re-Commerce solution offering a sustainable solution for fashion brands to drive a more circular future. Mark’s leadership journey has taken him from leaving school at 15, to the start-up scene in Toronto, where he started Canada’s first business incubator, and then on to Silicon Valley where he was an early-stage investor in companies such as Uber and Twilio. In 2012 he co-founded Trov, the world’s first on-demand insurance platform that was recently acquired by Travelers insurance, and he was also pivotal in the establishment of successful companies such as BandofCoders and ServiceCloud. As creator and host of the Responsible Rebels Podcast, Mark explores whether embracing our inner-rebel is the best way to save the world.

Bill McCallion
Paediatric Surgeon

It is fitting that, in the first SuMMit since the Covid-19 crisis, we hear from a health professional who takes on a leadership role where the stakes are high and the outcome, on many occasions, is the difference between life and death. As a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon of some 30 years (in the UK, Ireland and Africa), Bill McCallion has developed fascinating insights into the traits of leaders, particularly when it comes to performing in challenging circumstances and critical situations. His thought-provoking ‘5 As of Leadership Model’ is applicable to any and every management context.

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What Delegates said about the 2022 Management & Leadership 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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