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Powered By Talent Summit Announces Host of Inspirational NI Business Speakers


A host of high-calibre speakers have been confirmed for Northern Ireland’s largest talent and engagement summit, taking place on the 14th June at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. Powered By Talent is a first-of-its-kind event, bringing together businesses from the professional services sector to highlight best practice in the attraction, development and retention of a company’s main asset, its people.

The summit is aimed at businesses eager to maximise their return on investment from talent and engagement initiatives. Speakers will provide attendees with insight on the most effective people practices currently adopted by the world’s best companies.

The summit will involve presentations delivered by high-calibre key-note speakers. The collection of renowned business speakers includes Mark Dowds, Founder of Trov; Roger Eigenheer, Director at EY; Neil Gibson, Chief Economist at EY; Johnny Campbell, CEO of Social Talent, with Steve Harper, Executive Director of International Business Group for Invest NI speaking on the theme of ‘Future Belfast, Future NI’.

Attendees will also engage in expert panel discussions featuring local entrepreneurs, dissecting the current hot topics in talent management, including millennial engagement.

Speaking ahead of the event, Justin Rush, founding member of Powered By Talent and Director of leading recruitment firm Abacus Professional Recruitment, said; “We are thrilled that to have such a strong group of key-note speakers and panellists. They will reveal their top business tips, the skills required to achieve business success, and how they achieved the positions they are at now.”

Panels will feature Áine Mitchell, Founder of The Coaching Suite; Jayne Gallagher, Managing Director of Legal Island; Gareth Walls, Partner at A&L Goodbody; Gavan Wall, Managing director of The Wall Group; Emer Hinpheny, Managing Director of Thinkpeople; Fergal McFerran, Account Manager at Stonewall; Dr Laura Bradley, Senior Lecturer at Ulster University; Suzanne Willmotts, Head of Operations at Pearson Belfast; Rosie Gormley, Head of TRICAP Belfast; Barry Shannon, HR Director for Cayan; Alistair Reid, Strategic Director of Place and Economy at Belfast City Council; Alan Braithwaite, Director at Abacus Group, and Justin Rush, Director at Abacus Group.

Along with the key-note speakers and panellist discussions, EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, Darragh McCarthy, Founder and CEO of FinTrU, will be speaking at the event. He will explore the topic of powering business through local talent and provide insight into business success in local and global markets.

Darragh McCarthy commented,

“I am delighted to be speaking at the Powered By Talent summit, discussing how local talent is the key to business success on the global stage. This is a fantastic opportunity for attendees to engage with those who have great experience of the business environment across Northern Ireland.”

Furthermore, the event will provide an opportunity to network, allowing for the enhancing of relationships between key local business people and leaders driving economic development in NI.

The Powered By Talent summit is developed by Abacus Professional Recruitment, with lead sponsor support from EY and supported by A&L Goodbody, Belfast City Council, Pearson and Legal Island.

There are limited tickets for the Powered by Talent summit with early bird rates available. For more information or to book tickets visit