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Creating the Future of Supported Employment

20th Anniversary Joint Conference

IASE & NIUSE will host a joint 20th anniversary conference on Thursday 20th & Friday 21st November 2014 in the Holiday Inn Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The conference will offer professionals a strong programme of keynote speakers and workshops, reflecting a wide range of topics and issues relevant to supported employment practitioners, educators and employment service providers working with marginalised groups throughout the Island of Ireland.

The theme of the conference is “Creating the future of supported employment” promoting collaboration, ingenuity and resourcefulness in challenging times. It is intended that delegates will have an opportunity to network with a wide variety of organisations and interested parties to discuss issues and topics to assist them improve service delivery, keeping core values of the supported employment process firmly on the agenda.

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Minister Stephen Farry

Dr Farry became a member of the North Down Borough Council in 1993, representing Abbey DEA. This role continued until 2011. Minister Farry was deputy mayor from 2002 – 2003, and subsequently mayor in 2007-2008. He was a member for Community Relations Council from 2007-2011. He was also director of Bangor and Holywood Town Centre Management Ltd.

Minister Farry graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast with a BSSc (1st Class) in politics. He gained his PhD in international relations on the topic of the United Nations in the post-cold war era.

He was a Senior Fellow of the United States Institute of Peace from 2005-2006. He has also acted as a consultant trainer for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Croatia and Bosnia.

Billy Dixon

Billy is described in the media as one of Europe’s leading authorities and commentators on personal projection, communication and team dynamics, Billy Dixon has earned the reputation as a leader in personal marketing, coaching and image consultancy.

Billy specialises in helping his clients understand the impact of personal projection, motivational leadership & change, providing them with services intended to assist in the creation of positive and accepting public images within their respective markets. Billy is also a personal advisor with a wide experience in the private, corporate, sports and public sectors throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.

Dr Michael Wardlow

The Chief Commissioner for the Equality Commission for N Ireland, a public appointment he has held since March 2012.

In September 2009 Michael set up a freelance consultancy, in which role he specialises in assisting organisations, nationally or internationally based,  which are working in the broad area of equality, citizenship, cohesion, integration, peace building and reconciliation.

Until August 2009, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education ( a post he held from 1995.  Prior to this, following 7 years in commerce, the majority of his work experience, both paid and in a voluntary capacity, has been in the area of peace building and reconciliation, focusing on youth work and leadership training. 

During this time, he worked in almost 40 countries, including two years spent in Uganda, following the overthrow of Idi Amin working with the Ugandan church in community development and famine relief work and three years with the European Alliance of YMCA’s in East and Central Europe facilitating the development of the voluntary sector after the removal of the Communist regimes. 

Angela McGowan

The Chief Economist Danske Bank - Angela joined what was then Northern Bank in 2008 from the Economic Research Institute of Northern Ireland (ERINI) where she worked as a Senior Economist. She has 20 years’ experience in the economics field, having begun her economics career as a Research Associate in the Economics Department at Queen’s University. She also previously worked in the former Northern Ireland Economic Council as a Senior Economist. 

As Danske Bank chief economist Angela provides analysis, commentary and insights on Northern Irish, UK and global economic trends, in particular those elements of economic performance which impact the Bank's personal and business portfolios.  She regularly provides commentary on issues impacting the local economy in regional and national media and also reports on local economic statistics and trends to colleagues in the Danske Bank Group.   

Michael McDonnell

Managing Director, CIPD Ireland, the professional body for HR and people development. CIPD have over 130,000 members internationally - working in HR, learning and development, people management and consulting across private businesses and organisations in the public and voluntary sectors.

As an independent and not for profit organisation, CIPD are committed to championing better work and working lives for the benefit of individuals, business, the economies and society - because good work and all it entails is good for business and society at large, and what is good for business should also be good for people’s working lives.

Jack Murray

Jack Murray, Founder and Director of Media Future Conference has been a member of the media community since he qualified as a journalist in 1998. Jack Murray has over 15 years’ experience in marketing, journalism, and media relations. He has worked as a journalist, political strategist and government advisor, as well as a communications advisor for some of Ireland's leading business people.

Over the last five years Murray and his team have transformed from a traditional book publisher to a dynamic online business, which specialises in online media directories, training and conferences. is now the leading publisher of media intelligence in Ireland and the biggest organiser of social media training and conferences. In 2011 over 1000 organisations attended events.

Dr. Stephen Beyer

The Deputy Director of the Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities, Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neuroscience, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK. Dr. Stephen Beyer has published widely for many years on supported employment, transition from school and day centre reform for people with disabilities.


Dr. Helen McQuillan

Helen joined EmployAbility Clare as team leader in December 2013. Previously, she led a self-employment programme, Let’s Get Started, for people with disabilities and illness, supported by Brothers of Charity Clare. Helen’s career has focused on community development, social inclusion, social research, strategic planning and programme management. Helen has worked in several third level institutions – DCU, UL and DIT and is very involved in developing university-community partnerships. A believer in lifelong learning, Helen has recently completed a Diploma in social enterprise and community development practice with UCC. She holds a PhD in Community Informatics and MA in Women’s Studies from UL, a BSc Management from TCD and H.Dip Hotel & Catering Management from DIT. In her spare time she volunteers as a community photographer, helping to caputure the ‘fabric of community’.

More speakers information to follow.....

Workshop themes

1. Professional development, enhancing the skills of supported employment practitioners.

2. Working creatively in supported employment.

3. Collaboration and corporate development to achieve employment outcomes.

The workshops will cover a range of topics such as working with ABI, autism and mental health, improving quality and standards, supports and assessment tools, digital marketing, corporate engagement, transitioning, IPS, reasonable adjustments in practice and much more....

Registration fee

Conference delegate registration fee is €150 per delegate or £120 per delegate. The fee includes conference attendance for a day and a half; attendance at workshops (3 sets of workshops providing a choice from 6 topics per workshop); Refreshment on both days; lunch on Friday 21st; attendance at the evening reception and the conference gala dinner.

The venue

The Holiday Inn Hotel, Ormeau Ave, Belfast is the venue for the conference located in the heart of Belfast's city centre. Just minutes from central landmarks like Belfast City Hall, Titanic Museum, Crumlin Road Gaol and Victoria Square shopping centre. The hotel facilities include the Spirit Health and Beauty Club, an oasis with its own heated pool and Fitness Centre.

Conference Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the Holiday Inn at a reduced rate for conference delegates

Single room B&B £90  

Double Room B&B £100. 

Reservation can be made by contacting the hotel directly by email on Email: or telephone 0044(0)28 90271707. 

Please Quote IASE | NIUSE to avail of the conference rate.

There are other hotels which are located close to the Holiday Inn if you require accommodation  and Belfast Visitor Convention Bureau has set up a website for the conference accommodation. Please go to    

You can also book the Holiday Inn on this website.

The Holiday Inn is located 10 minutes from the Europa Bus and Rail Station and Central Train Station with direct transport links from across the island of Ireland.

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