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Progressive, pragmatic business leaders discuss innovation, impact and visionary approaches to change.

Join us for an in-person Leadership LIVE event on Wednesday 18 May to hear from Catherine Toolan, Managing Director at Diageo Irish Brand Homes and Mairead Mackle MBE, Founder & CEO at Tarasis Enterprises. Catherine and Mairead will be interviewed by Mark Simpson, Journalist and Broadcaster, on their leadership journey and styles.

Drawing on her extensive experience, Catherine will share her approach to leading complex global projects, overcoming current key challenges within the marketplace and the role of leadership in organisational success. She will explore areas including the importance of collaboration and creating a memorable brand experience. Catherine will also share her experience of overseeing some of the largest hospitality projects in the world, including hospitality for elite athletes at the Summer Olympic and Asian Games in Beijing, Guangzhou, London and Rio De Janeiro.

Mairead will explore the leadership traits which have enabled her to grow a suite of hugely successful enterprises, her learnings from success across multiple industries and why business and community impact go hand-in-hand. She will also share tips on nurturing important leadership qualities and adapting leadership styles to become a confident leader.

Event Speakers

Catherine Toolan, Managing Director, Diageo Irish Brand Homes

Catherine Toolan is Managing Director for Diageo Irish Brand Homes, which includes Ireland’s leading visitor attraction, the Guinness Storehouse. Business and leisure tourism are critical economic drivers for Dublin and Catherine plays a key role in the destination recovery strategy taskforce to build back a strong, sustainable tourism proposition for the city. Prior to joining Diageo, Catherine had a successful career in events, business tourism, live music as well as food and hospitality spanning three continents including eight years in China.

Mairead Mackle, Founder & CEO, Tarasis Enterprises

Mairead is a values-based, multi-award-winning entrepreneur who owns and operates Tarasis Enterprises – a diverse suite of progressive businesses that create both community impact and innovative solutions for the future of living. It employs over 1,200 people and operates across multiple industries including healthcare, housing and renewables. Mairead’s passion for using the power of her business to create a better world led to the establishment of two not for profits, “iCare Charity” and “Evolve”.

Event Host

Mark Simpson, Journalist and Broadcaster

Mark Simpson is an award-winning broadcaster. After spending his early career in newspapers, at the Irish News, News Letter and the Belfast Telegraph, he moved to the BBC in Belfast 24 years ago. He was born in Belfast but worked in the north of England in the mid-2000s before returning home.

For more information, please contact Grace.Millar@northernirelandchamber.com.