The Joint Independent Group for Study and Action (JIGSA) held its gala autumn dinner at Queens University, Belfast this week, bringing together leaders from business and academia to reflect on the identity of Northern Ireland in a global context.
The key address at the event was given by Lord Patten, noted politician and Chairman of the BBC Trust, offering attendees a meaningful insight into his career and views on local issues.
The event was sponsored by Deloitte, First Trust Bank and Pinsent Masons. Brett Lockhart QC, JIGSA chairman said: "Lord Patten brought a unique perspective about identity in the 21st century and the challenges we face outside the narrow confines of Northern Ireland.
"Given his involvement with our own recent history and obvious affection for this part of the world his ability to understand and interpret emerging global challenges to a Northern Ireland audience was warmly received."
The JIGSA Group, a think tank set up in the 1980s, seeks to positively influence the political, social and economic wellbeing of Northern Ireland.