Infrastructure and Planning

Northern Ireland Infrastructure Investment conference

The Northern Ireland Infrastructure Investment conference was held at the Baby Grand, Belfast in June. The half day conference was addressed by experts from both the public and private sectors, including a number of speakers from outside Northern Ireland. A highlight of the conference was a video presentation from leading utilities economist Professor Dieter Helm from the University of Oxford, who outlined the scale of the infrastructure investment challenge facing the UK, and suggested that a new approach to financing this major infrastructure deficit is necessary.


Des Armstrong, Central Procurement Directorate; Gerard Cahillane, National Development Finance Agency and Martin Spollen, Strategic Investment Board.


Gerry McGinn, Chairman, Strategic Investment Board opens the conference.


Ciaran Doran, Department for Infrastructure; Clive Bradberry, Translink and Liam Hannaway, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.


Kim Boal, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council; Simon Wells, AECOM and Claire McKeown, Ulster Bank.


Clare Lacey, QMPF LLP and Uel Mackin, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.


Conor Molloy, Arup Ltd; Carolyn McCappin, KPMG and Paul Johnston, ARUP Ltd.


Delegates at the conference.


Nuala Gallagher, Belfast City Council; James Crawford, Lagan Construction Group and Micaela Diver, A&L Goodbody.


John Nugent, Queen’s University Belfast and Michael MacDonagh, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dublin.


Marie Ward, Newry, Mourne & Down District Council and Karl Ruddle, HLM.


Stephen Nicholl, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Alastair Law, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

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