ICE President’s visit: Innovation debate, Belfast

8 December, 2016 | 08:30 - 10:00

ICE President visit: Innovation debate
ICE President visit: Innovation debate

About this event

We talk a lot about innovation in our industry, yet for many of us innovation is not routine. We struggle to build the processes that lead to innovation into our day to day work.

The Innovation Debate hosted as part of the ICE President's visit will allow us space to consider how to innovate better by exploring the cultural and technological changes which are required in the construction industry. Please register below.

We also want to use the event to showcase the innovators in our industry. We have a limited number of exhibition stands available, to allow you to put your product or service in in front of the key decision makers who attend the event. If you'd like to register as an exhibitor, please contact

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This event is sponsored by Translink.



Kieran Harte

Kieran Harte

General Manager, Uber Ireland and Northern Ireland

Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through their apps, Uber makes cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. From the first ride in 2010 to launches in hundreds of cities today, Uber's rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.

Kieran Harte became General Manager for Uber in Ireland in March 2015. Previously, Kieran has worked for some of Ireland's best known digital brands including and Originally hailing from Australia, Kieran has years of working with disruptive digital business models across the world.

Dr Joanne Stuart OBE

Dr Joanne Stuart OBE

Director of Development, Catalyst Inc

Dr Joanne Stuart, who has over 25 years' experience working in the IT industry including nine years with the Oracle Corporation, is the Director of Development at Catalyst Inc.

Catalyst Inc's vision for Northern Ireland is a community of innovators so powerful that its people can change the world. Catalyst Inc provides the network, support and empathy to nurture this ambition and to support this talent to develop world leading products and services that will transform NI into one of the most entrepreneurial and inclusive knowledge economies in Europe.

A former Chairman of Institute of Directors NI (2008-2011), for the last five years Joanne has been the NI Champion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focused on encouraging more young people to study the STEM subjects and consider careers in industry. Successful initiatives have included the introduction of the biannual STEM Careers & Courses Supplements, provision of work experience placements for Careers Service advisors and the creation of the STEM Charter for Business and the STEM Employers Equality Network (SEEN) in partnership with the Equality Commission NI.

David Clark BSc (Hons)

David Clark BSc (Hons)

Design Manager, McAvoy Group

David Clark joined McAvoy in 2012 to lead McAvoy's internal design team. David is responsible for ensuring that the design of McAvoy's modular products is in line with client's specifications and Building Regulations. David monitors all design inputs (architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical) against programme to ensure that design freeze is achieved as per the master programme, with all client approvals being in place. David further monitors the construction stage to ensure the design intent is being adhered to throughout construction.

Emer Murnaghan OBE BEng CEng MICE

Emer Murnaghan

Head of Business Improvement, Graham Construction

Emer is responsible for developing and implementing the Business Improvement Programme 'G-evolution' for Graham Construction.

Emer is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Chartered Environmentalist and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Water. She has a long history of supporting and influencing industry through her previous role with ICE. She was Assistant Regional Director of ICE Northern Ireland 2008 - 2010 and currently sits as an elected trustee on ICE Council and Executive Board in London. In June 2015 she was awarded the OBE for services to civil engineering and further education in Northern Ireland.