Creating the good economythrough job creationTuesday 4 December 2012Stormont Hotel, Belfast
Creating the good economythrough job creation“Can the economyrecover without jobs?”The rise in unemployment is one of themost devastating consequences of thecurrent economic difficulties. Globally,unemployment has risen by 16% sincethe crisis began. In Northern Ireland, theunemployment rate has increased from3% in 2007 to 8% in 2012. Youthunemployment is a staggering 24%.Good employment is an essential part ofa good economy and society. It not onlyprovides a livelihood, but also a sense ofdignity and self-worth. Unemploymentcan cause long-lasting harm to individuals,their families and communities.The purpose of this conference is to bringa variety of people together to discusswhat more we can and should do tocreate jobs and reduce unemployment.There are no easy solutions to thechallenges facing the Northern Irelandeconomy. But if we are serious aboutcreating a good economy we must ensurethat job creation is central to any revival ineconomic growth.
Conference Programme#cgeni9.30am Registration• Welcome address from Marie Cavanagh, Chair of Northern Ireland Councilfor Voluntary Action (NICVA)• Opening address from Senior OFMDFM representative• Why job creation? The voluntary and community sector’s perspectiveSeamus McAleavey, Chief Executive NICVA• The Northern Ireland economy, labour market and Economic StrategyAngela McGowan, Chief Economist Danske Bank• Panel discussion and audience questions facilitated by William CrawleyTea and coffee breakKeynote speaker• Inequality, the crash and the ongoing crisisStewart Lansley• Panel discussion and audience questions facilitated by William CrawleyLunchNorthern Ireland policy session• Business and job creationIan Coulter, Chairman CBI Northern Ireland• Innovating to create jobsTimothy Brundle, Director of Innovation University of Ulster• The potential of the social economySeamus O’Prey, General Manager Ortus, Chairman UCIT• Passing exams or educating for life?Mark Langhammer, Association of Teachers and Lecturers• Barriers to workMaeve Monaghan, Chief Executive NOW• Panel discussion and audience questions facilitated by William CrawleyTea and coffee breakKeynote speaker• A new social economyMatthew Taylor• Panel discussion and audience questions facilitated by William Crawley4.30pm Close
Keynote speakersStewart LansleyStewart Lansley is an economist and financial journalist. He is a visiting fellow at the Townsend Centrefor International Poverty Research, the University of Bristol and the author of The Cost of Inequality,Gibson Square, 2012, Poor Britain (with Joanna Mack), Rich Britain and Top Man, a biography of PhilipGreen. He has written for academic and specialist journals as well as the Guardian, Independent andSunday Times.He is a former executive producer in the current affairs department at the BBC, and his previousacademic posts include the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, The Henley Centreand the Universities of Reading and Brunel.Matthew TaylorMatthew Taylor became Chief Executive of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts,Manfacturers and Commerce) in November 2006. Prior to this appointment, he was Chief Adviser onPolitical Strategy to Tony Blair.Matthew was appointed to the Labour Party in 1994 to establish Labour's rebuttal operation.During the 1997 General Election he was Labour's Director of Policy.His activities before the Labour Party included being a county councillor, a parliamentary candidate,a university research fellow and the director of a unit monitoring policy in the health service. He wasthe Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research between 1999 and 2003, Britain’s leadingcentre left think tank. Matthew has written for publications including The Times, Financial Times,Guardian, New Statesman and Prospect and is a regular contributor on Radio 4’s Moral Maze.SpeakersMarie Cavanagh Chair of Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA)Director Gingerbread Northern IrelandMarie Cavanagh has been Director of Gingerbread Northern Ireland, the lead agency working withand for one parent families in Northern Ireland, for the past 17 years. Gingerbread has contributedsignificantly to the development of government policy on issues relevant to lone parents andcollaborated with the statutory and NGO sectors in the development of appropriate services.Marie is a member of the Government/Voluntary Sector Joint Forum, OFMDFM Cross SectoralAdvisory Group, OFMDFM Advisory Group on Alleviating Hardship, DE Early Years StakeholderForum, Children in Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Anti-Poverty Network, among many others.Seamus McAleavey, Chief Executive NICVASeamus McAleavey is Chief Executive of NICVA, the representative body for voluntary and communityorganisations in Northern Ireland. He was a member of the Commission of Inquiry into the Future ofCivil Society in the UK and Ireland, established by the Carnegie Trust, whose report was published inMarch 2010. He was also a member of the Economic Development Forum in Northern Ireland –a body that advised Northern Ireland Ministers on the economy.
SpeakersWilliam Crawley (conference facilitator)William Crawley is a broadcaster, journalist and writer of Will & Testament, one of the country’s mostpopular blogs. The diversity of subjects he deals with on television, radio, in print and online inevitablylead others to describe him as “versatile”, though he wonders himself if it isn’t a sign of a shortattention span. Or the fact that he’s Irish.A former philosophy teacher, with a PhD in the subject, William is an expert on ethics and religion andhas made many programmes investigating contemporary moral debates, including “What’s WrongWith…?” a round table discussion show.Angela McGowan, Chief Economist Danske BankAngela joined Northern Bank in 2008 from the Economic Research Institute of Northern Ireland (ERINI)where she worked as a Senior Economist for three years. She has 17 years’ experience in theeconomics field, having previously worked in the former Northern Ireland Economic Council as a SeniorEconomist. Angela began her economics career in the Department of Economics at Queen’s Universitywhere she worked as a Research Associate in the Economics Department. Angela now representsDanske Bank externally on a number of Boards including Enterprise NI and Young Enterprise and is apanel member for the Centre for Economic Empowerment.Ian Coulter, Chairman of Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Northern IrelandIan Coulter is Managing Partner of Tughans Solicitors having joined from a City of London firm in 1997.Ian has been a Partner in Tughans since 2001 and became Managing Partner in 2008. Ian is a corporatefinance lawyer who specialises in M and A and Venture Capital deals often with an internationalelement. Outside of law Ian is the Chairman of the CBI in Northern Ireland taking on the role in January2012. He is also a member of the Commercial Committee for Ulster Rugby and a Founder Member ofthe Riddell Hall School of Management at Queen’s University.Timothy Brundle, Director of Innovation University of UlsterTimothy Brundle has over ten years’ experience in the successful commercialisation of technology andbusiness and economic development. Timothy is Director of Innovation at the University of Ulster. He isresponsible for the University’s commercial output including consultancy, knowledge transfer,intellectual property licensing, technology commercialisation and establishment of spin out companies.In addition he is the CEO of Innovation Ulster Ltd, the University of Ulster’s venturing and investmentcompany, and is a Board member of Invest NI, Northern Ireland’s economic development body.Seamus O’Prey, General Manager ORTUS, Chairman UCITSeamus is the General Manager at ORTUS – The Business Development Agency, which is a commercialsocial enterprise with two main functions, business development and property rental and management.Currently ORTUS owns and manages over 400,000 ft 2 of property with an asset base of approximately£20m. He has worked in the field of community and economic development and regeneration for over12 years and more recently with small businesses. Seamus is the current Chairman of the UlsterCommunity Investment Trust, the Economic Development Committee of the West Belfast PartnershipBoard and the acclaimed NOW project and a Director of the Upper Springfield Development Trust.Mark Langhammer, Director Association of Teachers and LecturersMark Langhammer is Director of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers having previously led theUniversity for Industry's learndirect e-Learning initiative. He recently served on the Ministerial workinggroup for Higher Education and sits on the Policy Forum of the ESRC funded vocational educationresearch centre, SKOPE. Mark chaired the Purvis working group on educational disadvantage.Previously an elected Independent Labour councillor, Mark served on the Irish Labour Party's NationalExecutive.Maeve Monaghan, Chief Executive NOWMaeve is Chief Executive of NOW an organisation which aims to make a positive impact on the lives ofpeople with learning disabilities and autism. As well as delivering award winning training andsupported employment services NOW also operates two social businesses, Loaf Corporate Catering(which incorporates two cafés and a corporate catering business) and Gauge which helps organisationsunderstand, measure and communicate their impact. Maeve is also Board member of Building ChangeTrust and C03 and sits on the Advisory Group for NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment.
Booking and RegistrationCreating the good economythrough job creationDate: Tuesday 4 DecemberTime: 9.30am – 4.30pmLocation:Stormont HotelUpper Newtownards RoadBelfast, BT4 3LPConference delegate fee: £150One free place is available to eachNICVA member organisation.To book a place please visit:www.nicva.org/eventsor contact email@example.com call 028 9087 7777NICVA’s Centre for EconomicEmpowerment’s secondannual economic conference.‘Creating the good economythrough job creation’The Centre for EconomicEmpowerment is a think tank,observatory and skillsdevelopment project at theNorthern Ireland Council forVoluntary Action (NICVA).Getting there and parkingThe Stormont Hotel lies 4 miles eastof Belfast city centre. Follow theM3, A2 and A20 from thecity centre, heading towardsNewtownards. Car parking isavailable for up to 250 cars.Catch the 4a metro servicefrom the city centre(Donegall Sq West).For more details contactPeter HutchinsonCentre for EconomicEmpowerment Coordinator NICVApeter.firstname.lastname@example.org 9087 7777Twitter.com/NICVACEEEoin RooneyCentre for Economic EmpowermentResearch Officereoin.email@example.com 9087 7777Twitter.com/NICVACEELisa McElherronHead of Public Affairs NICVAlisa.firstname.lastname@example.org 9087 7777077 8527 8928Tweet about the conference using:#cgeniTwitter.com/lisamcelherronwww.nicva.org/events