1. Future of Trade: Taking out the Spice of NI's Trade & Supply Chain Challenges
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In this episode of “A look into the Crystal Ball on the Future of Trade,” hear Lucinda Creighton, CEO of VULCAN CONSULTING LTD., and Rob Heron, Partner at EY Belfast, discuss the post-Brexit landscape of Northern Ireland (NI), as well as, the associated challenges/opportunities for businesses under the Northern Ireland Protocol. EY and Vulcan Consulting our both members of the EACCNY. Enjoy!

Lucinda Creighton is a former Irish Minister for European Affairs and CEO of Vulcan Consulting Ltd. She was a member of the Irish Parliament for nine years.  As Minister for European Affairs Lucinda ran Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2013, and represented the EU in initial trade talks with the United States, leading to the formal start of TTIP negotiations in 2013. From 2012 to 2014 she also served as Vice President of the European People’s Party – the largest political party in Europe. Lucinda is an advisory board member of the International Republican Institute and the European Council on Foreign Relations. By training, she is a barrister and qualified as a New York attorney.

Rob Heron, Partner at EY Belfast
As a Tax Partner based in EY's Belfast office, Rob leads a team of 80 tax professionals delivering tax advice to a wide range of companies, partnerships and high net worth individuals.

His broad experience includes advising on group re-organizations, raising finance, debt restructuring, international tax structuring as well as acquisitions and disposals.

Rob's clients range from fast-growing entrepreneurial businesses to large multinationals and household names. His clients operate across a number of sectors, including retail, manufacturing, technology and construction, with a particular focus on the agri-food industry.

Leading the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Programme in Northern Ireland, Rob has advised a large number of entrepreneurial businesses in the province and as EY’s Brexit lead in Northern Ireland, he has played a crucial role in advising a range of clients on the implications of the UK leaving the EU.

Rob holds a degree in Agricultural Economics from Queen’s University Belfast.

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