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New Corporate Leadership Programme for Northern Ireland

Corporate Leadership ProgrammeKevin Gaskell, former Managing Director of Porsche GB and BMW, Anne Clydesdale, Director of the William J Clinton Leadership Institute, Bernard Byrne, CEO AIB Group and Des Moore, Head of First Trust Bank.  Picture by Brian Morrison

The importance of developing corporate leadership skills in Northern Ireland to support the rebalancing of the local economy was highlighted at the launch of a new by First Trust Bank* and the William J Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen’s University Belfast.

The programme is the brainchild of First Trust Bank and is a direct response to feedback received from some of their corporate customers who expressed concerns about the depth of their companies leadership skills and the potential impact on their growth plans.

Further details about the Programme can be found on www.leadershipinstitute.co.uk or by contacting 028 9097 4394. Register by December 4 2015.

Based on this feedback and compelling evidence which highlights the positive impact of strong management and leadership skills to business performance, the Bank has partnered with the William J Clinton Leadership Institute to develop a new bespoke Corporate Leadership Programme for NI businesses. The Programme is specifically aimed at middle to senior management in larger SMEs and corporate organisations who are looking to accelerate their development in the leadership space. Initially, 10 fully funded bursaries will be made available for participants on the Programme with an independent panel of judges evaluating applicants.

Details of the Programme were launched at an event in the William J Clinton Institute at Riddel Hall, Belfast attended by over 150 Corporate business leaders. Speakers included Des Moore, Head of First Trust Bank; Bernard Byrne, CEO, AIB Group and Anne Clydesdale, Director of the William J Clinton Leadership Institute.

Guest speaker was Kevin Gaskell, former Managing Director of Porsche GB and former UK Managing Director of BMW where he led the company to four years of record growth and a 500% increase in profitability. He currently is a private equity funder and a board member of a number of companies and gave his perspective on the importance of strong corporate leadership and management skills.

The Bank also used the opportunity to unveil its new Business and Corporate Banking Team under the leadership of Richard Ennis and its plans to support the larger SME and corporate space in Northern Ireland.

Outlining the rationale behind the new Corporate Leadership Programme Des Moore, Head of First Trust Bank said; “We know that one way to rebalance the economy is to grow our larger SMEs and to further develop a stronger and more vibrant NI PLC, which can and increasingly does compete on the world stage.

“As we deal with more customers who are focused on growth, we have identified an important need for further investment in our future leaders. Many have highlighted this as an issue that could potentially hold back their growth plans and we wanted to help. Alongside this we noted compelling evidence which points to the positive impact of strong management and leadership skills on business performance.”

Anne Clydesdale Chief Executive the William J Clinton Leadership Institute added; “The William J Clinton Leadership Institute is delighted to be working in partnership with First Trust Bank to design and deliver the new challenging Corporate Leadership programme for the NI business sector.

“The launch of this new programme is very much aligned with QUB and the Leadership Institute’s vision of developing focused strategic leaders within NI. The programme is an excellent example of a leading bank reaching out to businesses locally to help promote excellent leaders, and in turn more robust organisations with a subsequent positive contribution to the NI PLC.”

The Corporate Leadership Programme is currently open for applications and as places are expected to be highly sought, applications should be received by Friday 4 December.

Further details about the Programme can be found on www.leadershipinstitute.co.uk or by contacting 028 9097 4394.

* First Trust Bank is a trade mark of AIB Group (UK) p.l.c. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.), incorporated in Northern Ireland. Registered Office 92 Ann Street, Belfast BT1 3HH. Registered Number NI018800.