The Future Of Work
Solutions Summit

Wednesday 29 May 2019

ICC Belfast | Waterfront Hall


Future Of Work Solutions Summit 2019

Catalyst is joining with key industry partners to deliver the Future of Work Solutions Summit for business leaders, education leaders and HR directors.

Focusing on the areas of Future of Jobs, Growth and Learning, and Leading the Change, the Summit is a must attend event to prepare business leaders to make courageous changes in your business organisations and for educators to prepare people for the workforce of the future.


Automation is, and will continue to massively impact the jobs that we do, and the skills we require to do them. We will discuss the importance of considering automation as a strategy, no matter what size of business you run. We will also look at the skill set that employees need to cultivate and will endeavour to give our attendees tools and techniques to automate, in a sustainable and ethical way.

Learning is now life long, it is no longer the sole responsibility of our educational institutes to provide this. We will showcase some creative approaches that both educational institutes and business are taking to prepare our young people for the Future of Work.  We will also delve into lifelong learning, and discuss how leaders can foster it in their organisations, ensuring that their employees can adapt as the business around them changes

Powered By Deloitte: Being a leader in this time of change, comes with its challenges.

We want to empower local leaders, to take the steps they need to remain competitive, and give them the tools to bring their employees along with them on this journey. We will look at the changing role of the manager/leader, the benefits of understanding your employee experience and navigating the changing talent dynamic.

Who should attend?

The Summit offers a unique opportunity for business leaders, HR directors and education leaders to drive the change required to thrive in the changing world of work.

Why attend?

Connect with other business leaders and educators who are passionate about adapting and growing with the changes that come with the Future of Work.

Glean invaluable insight from global leaders and researchers who will discuss automation, lifelong learning and how to lead in this rapid time of change.

Be inspired by local and international organisations, who have navigated these challenges, grew their business & inspired their people.

Hear what educators here in Northern Ireland are doing prepare their students, and how you might adapt this for your institutes.

Be challenged to act. Join the breakout sessions, where we go deep on some of our topic areas, inspiring you and giving you tools to take decisive steps in your organisation.

After an inspiring day at the Summit you will walk away feeling empowered to act in your own organisation. Seize this opportunity. Join with us. Now is the time!


Maxine Mawhinney


Ravin Jesuthasan

MD & Global Practice Leader, Willis Towers Watson

Jackie Henry

office senior partner,

deloitte NI

Will Gosling

Human Capital Partner,
Deloitte uk

Anna Thompson

Regional lead for Employee-to-Employee Learning Program, Google

Peter Barber


Edel Doherty

Managing Director, BEYOND Business Travel

Chris Gregg

Founder & Ceo,


Shauna McCloy

Head of Employability & Career Services, Ulster University

Peter Worth

Educator & Learning Designer, School Retool

David D’Souza

Director of Membership,

Martin Tierney

Seating Matters

Gillian Armstrong

Director of business engagement,
Ulster University


8.00am – 8.45am

Registration and Light Breakfast

9.00am – 9.30am

Host, Maxine Mawhinney will introduce the agenda for the day and what delegates should expect – and what is expected of them. Global expert Ravin Jesuthasan will explore what we mean by the Future of Work and what is driving the conversation.

9.30am – 10.45am

Future of Jobs

Ravin Jesuthasan will deliver the keynote address in this session on automating in an ethical and sustainable way.  Local leaders Peter Barbour from Allstate and Shauna McCloy from Ulster University and Chris Greg from Lightyear and Edel Doherty from Beyond Business Travel will discuss their experiences of automation and the impact it has had on their organisations.   This session will end with a panel discussion where delegates questions will be posed to the panel.  

10.45am – 11.00am

Tea and Coffee

11.15am – 12.30pm

Future of Growth and Learning

This session will focus on skills, education and lifelong learning for the Future of Work.  It will be led by David D’Souza, Director of Membership at CIPD and Professor Gillian Armstrong from Ulster University Business School. Dr Anne Looney from Dublin City University will talk about how they are preparing primary school teachers at college for the Future of Work.  School Re-tools Peter Worth will explore how to develop education leaders to bring about change in their institutions. Anna Thompson will discuss how Google approaches life-long learning and development.

12.30pm – 1.30pm

Lunch Break

1.30pm – 2.45pm

Breakout Seminars

Delegates will have a choice of breakout seminars that will provide an opportunity to explore the topics in more depth and focus on practical outcomes that individuals can take away to prepare their organisations for the Future of Work.  The seminar choices are:

  • Education: A Shared Journey
  • A Practical Start to Automating
  • The Changing Talent Dynamic
  • Tools for the Future of Work

Each seminar will be led by an expert in the field and observers will be on hand to record the outcomes of each session and report back later in the day.

2.45pm – 3.00pm

Tea & Coffee

3.00pm – 4.10pm

Leading the Change: Powered by Deloitte

Will Gosling Human Capital Partner at Deloitte and Jackie Henry, Northern Ireland Office Senior Partner at Deloitte will provide the keynote address for this session; discussing what does it take to lead and what are the dynamics involved.  This will be followed by two local case studies from Martin Tierney from Seating Matters and David Anderson from Liberty IT. Delegates will get the opportunity to question the speakers on their experiences and the lessons they have learnt.

4.00pm – 4.15pm

Seminar Session Feedback

The seminar observers will form a panel to provide feedback on the key points from each session. This is your chance to hear back on what delegates discussed at the different seminars.

4.45pm – 5.00pm

Final Thoughts and Next Steps

Our host Maxine Mahwinney will be joined on stage by Elaine Smyth, Director of Innovation Community at Catalyst to conclude the day and consider what each of us need to do to ensure that Northern Ireland is ready for the Future of Work.

Ticket Information

Thank you for your interest in the Future of Work Summit. The Summit focuses on the areas of Future of Jobs, Growth and Learning, and Leading the Change, the Summit is a must attend event to prepare to make courageous changes in your business organisations and for educators to prepare people for the workforce of the future.
Closing date for Early Bird Tickets is 31st March 2019

Ticket Benefits

  • 1-day access to ICC exhibition floor
  • Access to all talks throughout the Summit
  • Access to Global Keynote Speakers
  • Access to themed breakout sessions
  • Opportunity to network with other attendees
  • Email support before the Summit
  • Breakfast & lunch provided

General Admission


€185 +VAT

Purchase Tickets Here

If you are purchasing 10+ tickets, further discount available.
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ICC Belfast | Waterfront Hall

2 Lanyon Pl,

Belfast BT1 3WH

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Waterfront Conference Centre