Chairman's message: Northern Ireland

It gives me great pleasure as Chair of the IET Northern Ireland Network to welcome you to the 2013/2014 session. I take over the role of Chair from Richard Furey whom I would like to thank for his invaluable contribution to the IET and his guidance as I take up this position. 

Our program for this year encompasses themes which are vital to our profession moving forward.

We commence with the G8 Innovation Debate which will focus on local innovation and its impact on economies. The panel will be led by Andy Hopper Past President of the IET and world renowned serial entrepreneur, in addition to .Hugh Cormican, founder of Andor Technology and now Cirdan Imaging.

We focus on celebrating engineering excellence within Northern Ireland and as part of our Prestige lecture series we will host two lectures which showcase the talent of the world beating engineering teams from Bombardier and Wrightbus.

In conjunction with the NI STEM Business Group, we will host a programme of events to highlight and discuss the challenges and actions required to encourage more females into careers in Science Technology, Engineering and Maths.

NSPCC are our designated charity for the year, and highlighting their role, this year we will deliver the Prestige Lecture "Protecting our Most Vulnerable in the Digital Age". The aim of the lecture is to bring together leaders and stake-holders within Northern Ireland in a holistic manner to understand the key challenges to overcome and how we can work together for the best interests of our young people. Paul Leighton CBE, and ex-Deputy Chief Constable PSNI, Peter Liver, Director of ChildLine Service UK, NSPCC and the Honourable Mr Justice McCloskey will deliver the lectures.

As usual we will have a Professional Registration event in February 2014, in which an IET Professional Advisor will give helpful advice on applying for CEng, IEng, ICTTech and EngTech qualifications.

We will continue our work in the Education Sector encouraging the promotion of STEM subjects to our younger generation.  I would encourage any of our members who have an interest in helping in this area to contact the committee.

Of course our Flagship Event – the IET NI Annual Dinner – will again take place in March 2014 in the Culloden Hotel.  With around 20 companies providing corporate sponsorship and over 200 people attending in 2013, this formal dinner continues to go from strength to strength and is one of the most prestigious professional networking opportunities for companies and individuals alike.  If you have not previously been to the formal, let 2014 be the first of many years of attendance!

The IET covers an extremely wide range of disciplines and as always we try to provide a wide range of events to appeal to as many members as possible. Whether you are a software developer, a hardware designer or a power engineer (or many others!) we hope to provide a range of events that will be of relevance and interest to you. Please do regularly visit the Northern Ireland website for the latest information on the programme of events.

Finally, as you may have noted from our program, this year we will strengthen our links with other organisations so that we can maximise the impact of the IET and increase the number of people we reach. Many thanks to all those who are supporting us, working together we can achieve much more.

I look forward to seeing you at the events outlined in 2013/2014.
Yours Sincerely
Jayne Brady
IET Northern Ireland Chair 2013/14
On behalf of the IET NI Committee