Northern Ireland’s first conference event to focus on regeneration and place management will take place on 22 February – an initiative by Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon (ABC) Borough Council.
The Council unveiled details, 6 February, of its inaugural ‘Sharing Our Potential’ regeneration conference, which takes place in the Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre. Global design innovator and built heritage champion Wayne Hemingway MBE will be among the speakers sharing insights and expertise on regeneration and place shaping for the future.
CBI Northern Ireland chair David Gavaghan, formerly chief executive of Titanic Quarter Limited also joins the speaker panel. Gavaghan was also chief executive of the Strategic Investment Board where he advised ministers on the infrastructure programme across the region.
Also confirmed is Dr Steve Millington of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Institute of Place Management. Dr Millington will focus on the future of town and city centres and is currently developing tools to allow those in the place management industry to make strategic decisions.
The event, which organisers say is expected to attract over 100 business business leaders and regeneration specialists, will be hosted by broadcaster and business coach, Sarah Travers.
Paul Greenfield, deputy lord mayor, ABC Borough Council, said: “We are thrilled to spearhead this landmark event which is a first-of-its-kind in Northern Ireland and which will assist in underlining and driving forward the vital roles of regeneration and place management in our vision for the future.”
Image caption, L-R: Olga Murtagh, strategic director: Place; Paul Greenfield, deputy lord mayor; Roger Wilson, ABC Council chief executive; Sarah Travers, broadcaster, and Therese Rafferty head of department: regeneration.