Northern Ireland Productivity Forum

Northern Ireland is home to 1.8 million people. Its’ traditional industrial economy, most notably in shipbuilding, rope manufacture and textiles, has largely been replaced by services and it is consistently one of the least productive regions of the UK. Its output per hour in 2018 was 15.6% below the UK average, third from bottom among the 12 UK regions.

Key Contacts

Professor John Turner

Northern Ireland Forum Lead
Queen's University Belfast

Dame Rotha Johnston DBE

Northern Ireland Forum Chair

David Jordan

Northern Ireland Forum Contact
Queen's University Belfast

Michelle Davies

TPI Business Engagement
The Productivity Institute


Ann Morgan

Murdock Builders Merchants

Ann Watt


Cara Haffey


Conor Lambe

Dankse Bank

David Paulson

Queen's University Belfast

David Watson

Ryobi Aluminium Casting

Esmond Birnie

Ulster University Business School

Graeme Wilkinson

Department for the Economy Northern Ireland

Graham Brownlow

Queen's University Belfast

Joe O'Neill

Belfast Harbour

John Healey

Allstate Northern Ireland

John Irwin

Denroy Plastics

Julie McCandless

Queen's University Belfast

Lisa Wilson

Nevin Economic Research Institute

Louise Warde Hunter

Belfast Metropolitan College

Nola Hewitt-Dundas

Queen's University Belfast

Richard Ramsey

Ulster Bank

Scott Rutherford

Belfast Region City Deal innovation programme

Simon Hamilton

Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce

Stephen Kelly

Manufacturing Northern Ireland


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