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
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