Deloitte part­ner re­ceives MBE on trip to Buck­ing­ham Palace

Belfast com­mer­cial prop­erty law spe­cial­ists David­son Mcdonnell will be at­tend­ing the global prop­erty sym­po­sium MIPIM in Cannes next month. Here, Ross David­son out­lines the im­por­tance of North­ern Ire­land hav­ing strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the event, which att

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY MAR­GARET CAN­NING

A SE­NIOR part­ner at busi­ness ad­vi­sory firm Deloitte in Belfast has re­ceived an MBE at a cer­e­mony in Buck­ing­ham Palace in Lon­don. Jackie Henry MBE, who lives in the city, was pre­sented with the hon­our for ser­vices to the econ­omy by the Prince of Wales.

Mrs Henry said the MBE re­flected her work to help the growth of Deloitte in North­ern Ire­land since join­ing the busi­ness 28 year ago — in­clud­ing es­tab­lish­ing new ways of train­ing staff from both grad­u­ate and school leaver lev­els. “I’ve helped es­tab­lish a new tal­ent model here in North­ern Ire­land, es­tab­lish­ing the first Level 6 ap­pren­tice­ship scheme for a busi­ness ad­vi­sory firm.”

Mrs Henry also played a ma­jor part in es­tab­lish­ing a Deloitte de­liv­ery cen­tre in Belfast, where em­ploy­ees carry out work on data an­a­lyt­ics and hu­man cap­i­tal for clients of the firm.

Belfast won out over other in­ter­na­tional Deloitte in­ter­na­tional of­fices to host the cen­tre. It now em­ploys 600 peo­ple, but is to grow to 1,000 staff by 2020.

Her main role in Deloitte is as leader of Deloitte’s public sec­tor busi­nesses. “That in­volves var­i­ous as­pects of work­ing in public sec­tor, in­clud­ing help­ing the re­form agenda, sup­port­ing change and bring­ing through new de­liv­ery mod­els.”

Deloitte’s work in the public sec­tor has in­cluded prison re­form and the re­form of leisure cen­tre ser­vices for Belfast City Coun­cil.

The firm has also played a ma­jor role in driv­ing pri­vate sec­tor in­volve­ment by Belfast in MIPIM, a prop­erty con­fer­ence in France next month.

It’s billed as the world’s most in­flu­en­tial in­ter­na­tional prop­erty event, with sec­tor lead­ers from of­fice, res­i­den­tial, re­tail, health­care, sport and lo­gis­tics all rep­re­sented for four days of net­work­ing, learn­ing and trans­act­ing.

This will be the first time that David­son Mcdonnell has been part of the event, and we in­tend to use the op­por­tu­nity to meet with many of our ex­ist­ing client base who will be in at­ten­dance along­side key de­ci­sion mak­ers and stake­hold­ers in the com­mer­cial prop­erty sec­tor.

The con­fer­ence pro­vides us, and oth­ers like us, with a unique op­por­tu­nity to meet with the busi­nesses we work with from out­side North­ern Ire­land, ac­count­ing for ap­prox­i­mately 30% of the work we do. The in­creas­ing ac­tiv­ity with ex­ter­nal com­pa­nies is par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant given that 2017 should prove to be a year of solid ac­tiv­ity within the North­ern Ire­land com­mer­cial prop­erty mar­ket. Against this back­drop, the mes­sage which David­son Mcdonnell will bring to the in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence at MIPIM in re­spect of our lo­cal prop­erty mar­ket is one of op­ti­mism, with the res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment, ho­tel and leisure and re­tail sec­tors per­form­ing par­tic­u­larly well over the last 12 months, and fur­ther success pre­dicted. It’s en­cour­ag­ing for the lo­cal sec­tor that there will be a strong Belfast pres­ence at MIPIM. It’s vi­tal that busi­ness lead­ers con­tinue to de­liver a bold mes­sage in re­spect of Belfast and North­ern Ire­land as a des­ti­na­tion for in­vest­ment which can of­fer good lev­els of re­turn and ac­cess to a highly skilled labour mar­ket and pro­fes­sional ser­vices sec­tor. MIPIM pro­vides an un­ri­valled op­por­tu­nity to show­case in­vest­ment and op­por­tu­nity on an in­ter­na­tional stage, and while the mar­ket for in­vest­ment is highly com­pet­i­tive our col­lec­tive ex­per- tise and col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach al­lows us to ef­fec­tively pro­mote the sig­nif­i­cant growth op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­ist in North­ern Ire­land to a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence.

The mes­sage we will bring to the au­di­ence is one of op­ti­mism in our lo­cal prop­erty mar­ket

Jackie Henry MBE with hus­band Ro­nan , sons Rory and Conor and daugh­ter Amy

Belfast-based com­mer­cial law firm David­son Mcdonnell . From left: Emma Robert­son, so­lic­i­tor; Ross David­son, prin­ci­pal; Clare Templeton, so­lic­i­tor; David Mcdonnell, prin­ci­pal; Vicky Dum­mi­gan, con­sul­tant and Michaela Kilpatrick, so­lic­i­tor

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