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INM chief executive joins panel for Brexit seminar

By Margaret Canning

The chief executive of Belfast Telegraph publisher Independent News and Media will take part in a major conference in Belfast next month on Northern Ireland, post-Brexit.

He will be joined on the panel by representatives of the banking, technology, legal and aviation sectors.

Danske Bank is the sponsor of the event on November 9, which is jointly hosted by The Bar of Northern Ireland and the Belfast Solicitors Association.

Robert Pitt, who joined INM as chief executive in 2014, will share the panel with speakers including CBI Northern Ireland regional director Angela McGowan and Graham Keddie, the managing director of Belfast International Airport.

And Olivia O'Kane, chairman of the Belfast Solicitors Association, along with Liam McCollum QC, head of the Bar of Northern Ireland, will introduce the panel ahead of the discussion.

Mr Pitt of INM is expected to address the post-Brexit challenges and opportunities facing businesses such as INM, which operate on both sides of the border.

He is a graduate of University College Dublin and has a BA in economics. Before joining INM, he held senior management roles in retail including chief operations officer of Tesco in the Czech Republic.

Mr Pitt also held senior roles at Lidl in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ireland from 1999 to 2007.

In the 1990s, he worked with accountancy firm PwC in the Czech Republic, before becoming general manager at Shibo in Beijing.

Meanwhile, solicitor Ciaran O'Hare of McIvor Farrell Solicitors will discuss the legal challenge to the Brexit vote brought by victims campaigner Raymond McCord.

Mr O'Hare acts for Mr McCord in his legal challenge, in which he is seeking a judicial review of the moves being taken by the UK Government towards Brexit.

The lawyer specialises in human rights and judicial review.

Mr Keddie of Belfast International Airport will consider the future for air travel in Northern Ireland following Brexit, and the impact on airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair of the fall in value of sterling.

Monye Anyadike-Danes QC, who has more than three decades of experience in commercial law, human rights and public inquiries, will also take part in the panel.

Ms Anyadike-Danes is the first woman to chair the British Irish Commercial Bar Association and will lend her expertise on the likely impact of Brexit on commercial relationships between Ireland and Britain.

Dr Joanne Stuart, the director of development at Cataylst Inc, formerly the Northern Ireland Science Park, will address the impact of Brexit on the tech sector in Northern Ireland.

She will consider the extent to which Brexit will help or hinder her aim of developing strategic relationships to support the growth of the knowledge economy.

The conference is sponsored by Danske Bank and will conclude with a discussion of the impact of Brexit on private banking by Chris Marshall from the bank.

The event is being held at the Reform Club and will be one of the first to fully assess Northern Ireland's economic and legal positions after the vote.

Panellists will also consider to the impact of the economic data released in the months since the referendum, including news of a 0.5% increase in GDP from July to September.

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