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The Chief Executives' Club at Queen's
Access to international networks and research strengths of Queen's

The Chief Executives’ Club (CEC) is a valuable business forum in Northern Ireland that supports high-level business networking, established to strengthen links between higher education and the business community.

Chief Executives' Club

‌Membership of the Chief Executives' Club at Queen's facilitates access to the international networks and research strengths of Queen’s University.

CEC lecture or dinner events are held several times a year, providing outstanding opportunities for business and public sector leaders in Northern Ireland and beyond to gain insight from keynote speakers of international regard and help promote enterprise and innovation across the region and the island of Ireland.

The events are normally chaired by the Queen’s President and Vice-Chancellor, or by a Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

Membership is available to the Managing Director, Chief Executive, Chairperson or most senior member of staff in an organisation and to senior staff within Queen’s University.

For further information contact Dolores Vischer, Business Networks Manager,, 028 9097 2573 or click here to view our CEC Information Leaflet

If you are interested in taking up membership please click here for an Application Form

Forthcoming Events 2017/18
Aspects of Leadership Breakfast Series

Find out more about this series of leadership themed events.

This exclusive series of events is jointly hosted by the Chief Executives' Club at Queens (CEC), the William J Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen’s, and the Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD).

Aspects of Leadership
Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s Previous Events
CEC at Digital DNA

The Increasing Role that Data Plays in Marketing

7 June 2017

CEC at Digital DNA June 2017
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Susan Hayes Culleton

‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Why Failure has to be an Option’

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Susan Hayes Culleton
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The 2017 Eaton Lecture

'Universities and Urban Regions: A Partnership for Prosperity'

Thursday 23 March 2017

The 2017 Eaton Lecture
16th Annual Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture

“Universities, Innovation and Growth”

Tuesday 21 February 2017

Sir Bernard Crossland 16th Annual Lecture
Sandra Janoff

'Lead More, Control Less'

Sandra Janoff Event - 11/01/2017
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Russell Napier Event 2016

‘The Future of Finance – Dealing with Excessive Debt’

5 December 2016

Russell Napier Event 2016
The Chief Executives' Club at Queen's Annual Gala Dinner

18 November 2016

The Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s Annual Gala Dinner and the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prizes 2016
John Bell Day 2016

"How and When will Quantum Computing Impact on You?"


John Bell Day 2016
John Bell Day 2016
Professor John Turner

"What sort of economy will our grandchildren inherit"


John Turner Event - 08/09/2016
Professor John Turner giving his presentation at the Chief Executive's Club 2016
Bertie Ahern Lecture

'Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland'


Bertie Ahern
The Harri Holkeri Lecture 2016

"Women, Leadership and Peacebuilding," delivered by First Minister Arlene Foster


Harri Holkeiri 23/05/2016
Guest Speaker: Chris Browne, MBE

"Leadership Lessons from the Travel Industry: Flying, Feminism, Fun and Freedom,"


Chris Browne - 11/05/2016
Brexit Debate

"The Economic Implications of Brexit in Northern Ireland"


Brexit Event 26/04/2016
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KPMG Lecture

"Strategy, Structure, Stadium and Success: The Four S Approach of the Irish Football Association"


KPMG Lecture 21/04/2016
January Event

"Driving a Major Change Programme"


January Event 27/01/2016
InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme
InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme

The programme aims to promote and encourage innovation across the island of Ireland. It brings international expertise in innovation to Queen’s University Belfast, NUI Galway, UCC and UCD.

Best international practice in an area of innovation is shared with business leaders, students, academics, knowledge transfer professionals and policy makers in each region via innovation lectures, seminars and masterclasses.

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Dr Bettina von Stamm

How to thrive through collaboration and innovation


Dr Bettina von Stamm - 7/10/2016
Professor John McHale

Growth and Innovation Models for Challenging Times


AIIP John McHale
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Professor Jonathan Sapsed

The Rise and Rise of the Freelancer Economy


InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme Prof J Sapsed
J Sapsed, ITI and Nola
Contact Business Engagement

Business Engagement team key contacts:

Business Engagement Manager
Dolores Vischer
028 9097 2573

Business Engagement Officer
Joanne Mallon
028 9097 2598 

Clerical Officer
Brenda Carabine
028 9097 1153