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Virtual Live Briefing with Jayne Brady MBE, Head, Northern Ireland Civil Service

Author WIG Date 14 Nov 2023

We are delighted to welcome Jayne Brady MBE to share insights into priorities for her team at the Northern Ireland Civil Service.


Economic growth and prosperity

We are delighted to invite you to hear from Jayne Brady MBE, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS), a role that sees her lead 23,000 civil servants and act as chief policy adviser to the Executive. In this session Jayne will offer some reflections into her leadership journey at NICS, and how her teams have navigated issues around executive leadership and budgetary restraints, while retaining focus on delivery of public services.  We will discuss insights into her team’s priority areas, and how they plan to move forward during this challenging time.

Join us for this briefing with the Head of the NICS for your opportunity to:

  • Discuss how organisations across the sectors can work together to drive economic growth and inward investment in Northern Ireland.
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration that may help to support the NICS with delivery and improved outcomes for the public.

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Speaker at the event

Jayne took up the post as Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service in September 2021, the first female and external appointment in its 100 year history. As part of this role she is the most senior adviser to the First Minister and the deputy First Minister and Secretary to the Northern Ireland Executive.

An engineer at heart with extensive, board experience and a track record of success that transcends blue-chip corporations, start-ups and funding ecosystems.

She has over twenty years’ leadership experience and a diverse skillset including venture capital, due diligence, corporate governance, setting strategy, leading teams, technical ownership and finance across complex organisational structures internationally.

Recent roles include Digital Innovation Commissioner, Partner in Venture Capital firm with £100Mn+ funds under management and co-founder of an Award winning Artificial Intelligence start-up. 

She was also a member of the UK Government’s Innovation Expert Group which developed its 2021 Innovation Strategy and was appointed an Entrepreneurial Expert for Oxford University in 2020.

She is deeply committed to delivering economic and social development through harnessing innovation and was recognised for services to the economy with both an MBE (2018) and honorary doctorate (2019). She has a passion for supporting young people and was a counsellor for Childline and board member for Young Enterprise NI.

Jayne has a strong, established professional network and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Irish Academy of Engineers. She has three children, twin 14 year old girls and a 13 year old son.