We have a terrific lineup for our event on 6 December, and simply cannot wait until the day itself.

Our Compere

Carol Conway

Carol ConwayCarol is a lifelong Behavioural Scientist with a passionate interest in human dynamics and a fundamental belief in people. Her work revolves around assisting individuals and organisations to achieve more of their potential. On any given day that can included training, facilitation, leadership development or coaching. Her mission in life is to share information so that those she works with can achieve more; personally, professionally and organisationally. As such she sees TED as both an amazing resource for expanding knowledge and inspiration as well as an invaluable platform to hear and tell the fantastic stories that would otherwise go unknown.


Our Speakers

Jenny Radcliffe

jennyJenny is a force to be reckoned with. She can diffuse a crisis situation, talk her way into a secure building and spot deception at a hundred paces. She has been called a mind reader and a ‘human lie detector’, and likened to a Jedi Knight. In reality, she is an expert in negotiations, non-verbal communication and deception, who uses her skills to help clients from corporations and security companies to police officers and poker players. She contributes to several MBA and MSC programmes in the U.K writes for many publications and magazines. Is a consultant, trainer and coach, and is in the process of writing a book outlining her approach to her work.

Lady Christine Eames

Christine_EamesChristine Eames holds a portfolio of non-executive positions in the public and voluntary sectors. She is a trustee of Christian Aid, Ireland, a trustee of Leonard Cheshire Disability UK and the organisation’s Chair for Northern Ireland and a trustee of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland; a committee member of Barnardo’s Northern Ireland; an advisor to the Northern Ireland Child Contact Centre; and an ambassador for Home-Start UK. She is also a governor of Hunterhouse College, Belfast,  and a member of The UK General Medical Council since January 2013. She was previously World President of The Mothers’ Union and a Commissioner for Human Rights in Northern Ireland. From 2008-10 she was Chair of the GMC’s Working Group on End of Life Care. She was awarded an OBE for services to the community in 2006.

Catherine Clinton

clinton-250 (1)Professor of History at Queen’s University Belfast. Professor Clinton specialises in American History, with an emphasis on the history of the South. Clinton is a prolific scholar and has held a variety of academic appointments having previously taught at Union College, Brandeis University and at Harvard University. Professor Clinton maintains strong research interest in US history, with specialisation in women’s history, southern history, African-American history and the American Civil War. An acclaimed author and biographer, she has authored, edited, co-authored or co-edited more than twenty books to date. Her most renowned biographies include Harriet Tubman and Mrs. Lincoln. She has been an advisor on several documentaries, including Brother, Outsider (the life of Bayard Rustin) and Rebel!(the life of Loreta Velasquez), as well as Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2011).

Jane Morrice

Jane MorriceFormer Deputy Speaker of the first Northern Ireland Assembly set up after the Peace Agreement, former Head of the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland and former BBC reporter, Jane is Vice President of the Brussels-based European Economic and Social Committee and Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Equality Commission. A journalist by profession, she started her career in Brussels covering EU affairs and moved to BBC Belfast in 1987. Since then she has been involved in politics and peace-building. She helped set up the first EU Peace Programme in Northern Ireland and was a founder member of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition – a political party set up to promote peace and women in politics.

Susan Hayes

susan hayesSusan Hayes is Managing Director of Hayes Culleton and co-author of the very recently published “Positive Economics”, a Leaving Certificate Economics textbook and “The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Financial Freedom” with Penguin Ireland. Hayes Culleton Ltd is an international financial training company that specializes in eLearning development and delivery. Susan introduced the company to the international markets in 2011 and was nominated for the Enterprise Europe Network Rising Star Awards last year. In 2008, she wrote a digitised module called “Introducing Wall Street to the Classroom” to make the stock market approachable and accessible for second level students. Susan regularly contributes to the national and international media including The Sunday Times (Malta), Irish Post (UK), RTE, Newstalk and Today FM (Ireland), as “The Positive Economist” on matters relating to economics, the stock market and entrepreneurship.

Vincent Byrne

Vincent ByrneVincent was once an accountant, then a business consultant and then an entrepreneur, creating and subsequently selling an IT business. He then, like many of us, hit some walls – initially in his personal life and latterly in his business! Driven by a determination to find the ‘why’s’ of his own problems he crossed the paths of many great people both in person and through their writing. His quest was successful in finding the ‘why’s’ and, with help, he turned his own ship around. Then a few years ago, armed with what he learned and the belief that ‘people need to know about this stuff and the earlier the better’, he committed the rest of his life to helping others achieve their own turnarounds. As a coach and business guide he works with people in business to create possibilities from whatever point that they are beginning. Vincent hails from Dublin, is the dad to three great kids of 22, 19 and 16 and, hit the ripe young age of forty ten this year, but the less said about that the better!

Fidelma Meehan

FidelmaFidelma Meehan was brought up in Belcoo, County Fermanagh and moved to London in 1988 after graduating from the University of Ulster. She has a background in journalism and has presented Pause for Thought on the popular Wake up to Wogan show on BBC Radio 2, and on the BBC World Service. She moved to Swindon in 1998 where she co-founded an empowerment project for young people aimed at cultivating their potential to become contributors to society. Today the project is established in 25 schools in the town. More recently she has been involved in adapting and piloting the programme as a tool for culture change and transformation within organisations.

Andrew Keogh

AK Aristo(2) Andrew Keogh is an International Speaker and Speakers Coach with over 20 years experience in the area of Business Coaching and Consultancy, Andrew is acknowledged as achieving results that equate with the very best in the world Aristo was set up some 10 years ago to promote Andrew’s style of Leadership and Communications coaching with the emphasis on developing people’s ability to Connect 2 Grow their Business. As a past President of the Professional Speakers Association Branch in Ireland, Andrew is in constant demand to speak both nationally and internationally. He is also a charter member and former President of Lucan Toastmasters Club.

Veronica Morris

VeronicaVeronica was once told that she would be in a wheelchair by the time she was 30 – at that point, in her early 20’s, she had been diagnosed with rare auto-immune disease that affected her joints and spine. She spent most of her time in constant pain, at times finding it extremely difficult to move even a small distance and she was confined to bed. In the better times she battled through the pain, trying to conceal the fact that she had a problem, desperate to be normal and just like everybody else. Exhausted and frustrated with the conventional approach to her problem, she decided to take control and began to research her disease, she learned about nutrition, meditation and other therapies. Through the changes she made and the alternative help that she sought she healed herself! Today 8 years on she is still in remission and is a senior external relations executive, is the mum of two great kids and uses every opportunity she can to spread the word about what she achieved by not accepting the prognosis and taking control.

Performances by

Susie Kelly

SusieBorn in Belfast, Susie left, age 18, to study French at Hull University, where her love of drama grew, and she decided to have a go at it professionally. Beginning in childrens theatre with the Crucible in Sheffield, she worked in England for three years before returning to Belfast. Her theatrical career spans  thirty years. She has performed many times at the Lyric, and with other local theatre companies; Tinderbox, Big Telly, Charabanc, Replay,  Dubbeljoint, and most recently Kabosh in ” Two Roads West for Derry city of culture.  As well as theatre, she has performed in radio and television drama for BBC, and has some film work in her credits. She spent two years as a newsreader and presenter for BBC N. Ireland.

Bernadette Morris

bernadetteCounty Tyrone born, Irish musician, Bernadette Morris continues to wow audiences throughout Ireland with her fresh take on traditional Irish folk songs and enthrals audiences with her modern versions of lilting Gaelic laments. Fluent Irish speaker, modest and sweetly spoken, Bernadette has music in her blood and has spent the last 25 of her tender 32 years, quietly immersed in music and song. From a musical family, her talent is the type that can’t be taught, her onstage presence is electric and her charm undeniable. Bernadette started singing and playing fiddle at the young age of seven, and her musical talents and love of performance quickly developed and her unique singing voice and skilful fiddle playing were soon in high demand for various gigs, playing at venues and festivals all over Ireland and beyond.