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Anchor High Summit 2024

The Manufacturing NI Anchor High Leadership Summit returns for 2024.

Challenge. Inspire. Transform.


Packed with key insights and practical takeaways from a speaker line-up that includes industry experts and pioneering leaders, this event gives you the tools needed to face current business challenges, inspire the next generation, and transform your manufacturing business to ensure it is future-ready.


Curated panels provide a platform for discussion, with numerous opportunities for networking throughout the day, closing with an evening Gala Dinner. Anchor High 2024 is not to be missed.


*Tables of 10 for the Gala Dinner can be purchased via Manufacturing NI directly. Please contact connor@manufacturingni.org directly for more information or to book.

  • 09:10- Registration with Tea & Coffee
  • 09:40- Welcome address by Manufacturing NI CEO Stephen Kelly and MC Jamie Delargy
Session 1- Manufacturing Transformation: Advanced Digital Transformation

In this session, we hear from companies and organisations that have applied digital tools to help advance their manufacturing capabilities. 

  • Alan Lavery – Director, KPMG – Analytics and AI 
  • Gerry Graham – Automation Manager, Reliance Automation 

Panel with audience Q&A: Digital Transformation Case Studies 

  • Aodheen Duggan – BD Manager at Smart Manufacturing Data Hub & MNI 
  • Dominic Mullins – AMIC / SIRI Digital Accelerator 
  • Kevin McNamee – CEO, Denroy Group 
  • David Moore – Co-Founder & CEO, Viska Systems 
Session 2- From Risk to Resilience: Navigating ESG in Manufacturing

The number of firms setting ESG targets for their business has increased by 48%, with around two thirds (62%) of manufacturers now doing so since 2021, but what does this mean for your firm, and how can you develop a strategy? We’ll have best practice ideas and lived examples from top firms.

  • John Mathers – Director, Barclays Corporate Banking – ‘Keeping on Track’ ­

Panel with audience Q&A: ESG in Practice 

  • Mark McEvoy – Sales Director, Camden Group 
  • Brian Reid- Founder, Deli Lites
  • Cecil McBurney – Corporate Operations Director, RiverRidge 
Keynote Address- The Elephant in the Room

Brent Pope- The Elephant in the Room

Brent Pope is a former professional rugby player, coach and analyst. He is also a high-profile media personality, clothing brand owner, award-winning author, Art Gallery curator and charity worker.


Lunchtime- Immersive Technology Demonstrations

Over lunch, network and see a technology demonstration from our sponsor Reliance Automation.

Business Supports

An overview of business supports available to manufacturing firms to navigate changing times. We’ll hear about a range of supoorts available from Invest NI.

Session 3- Diversity by Design- Talent Strategies to Build Tomorrow's Workforce

Many manufacturers still struggle to fill critical jobs, and in this session, we’ll investigate how firms can find ways to broaden the talent pipeline, foster inclusive cultures, and create ongoing upskilling opportunities to help address skills gaps within your organisation.

  • Maeve Monaghan, CEO, Now Group – Neurodiverse Talent

Panel with audience Q&A: Unlocking a Diverse Talent Pipeline

  • Elizabeth O’Connor – Director of People and Governance, MJM Group –
  • Laura McGrath – Marketing & Corporate Communications, Mallaghan Engineering –
  • Lindsay Colton – Digital Transformation Manager MP, Terex
Session 4- Sustainable Horizons: Challenges and Opportunities

A chance to hear from the Minister for the Economy and Minister for Finance in a Fireside Chat envonment- looking at economic challenges and opportunities for firms.

This will be followed by closing comments by Stephen Kelly.