"We the people.... To form a more perfect union". Our title for the latest NI Family Business is a nod to the preamble of the United States Constitution and introduces nicely the central topic of the event: developing a family charter/constitution.
The preamble to the United States Constitution reflected a need to define common values, goals and vision for the American People. Similarly, a Family Constitution/Charter is one of the most valuable offerings the current owners of family businesses can leave for the next generation – a framework structure outlining the family’s core values, vision for the future and a mutual understanding of the rights and responsibilities of everyone involved in the business – of the family and for the family.
At this event, you will hear stories of how other family businesses have developed family constitutions and how this has helped create a path for future success.
The Forum is exclusively aimed at family businesses who want to learn more about family governance and creating a structure for future success. It is open to current owners as well as the next generation, whether currently working in the business or not.
3.30pm: Registration and Refreshments
4.00pm: Keynote Address – History, Legacy and Governance
Michael Walsh, Chief Executive Officer, Woodford Capital Limited
Woodford Capital is the Investment Vehicle of the Roche Family, which has interests in Renewable Energy Hotels (through Doyle Collection, 25% owned by the Roche Family), Real Estate and other Investments. Woodford acts as the Family Office for the Roche Family Business Interests.
Michael will share the Roche and Doyle families’ stories, how their need for a Family Office developed and how they established a family charter and governance structure.
4.45pm: Workshop - We the Family…The first steps in creating your Family Constitution
Darren McDowell, Partner, Harbinson Mulholland
5.15pm: Share and Learn Roundtable Discussions
Future Proofing Your Family Business
Michael McQuillan, Director Business Institute, Ulster University
Ian Smyth, Lecturer in Human Resource Management, Ulster University
6.00pm: Roundtable Feedback and Closing Comments
6.15pm - 8.30pm : Drinks Reception and Dinner
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