by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

In partnership with the Bank of England, the Community Foundation hosted Mark Carney, the Bank’s Governor, to Northern Ireland this week. Mr Carney met with senior leaders from the business community and the voluntary sector at a private event in Belfast’s new Grand Central Hotel, on Thursday 13 September.


The Governor heard about the business and social issues impacting on NI and the work of the  Foundation supporting local communities.

Community Foundation Director of Philanthropy Siofra Healy said: “Given our vision of a peaceful, shared and socially just society, we were delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Bank of England and welcome Mark Carney to Northern Ireland, and to share with him the significant opportunities and challenges economically and politically here.”

A local charitable trust that connects people who care with causes that matter the Foundation is the independent voice for both the voluntary sector and those that fund it. The discussion with Mr Carney, a public supporter of Community Foundations was very much welcomed.

Bank Of England Northern Ireland Agent, Frances Hill said “Our role in NI is to make sure that  the Governor and the Bank of England have a well-rounded view of economic conditions and prospects from across the country. This event was a great opportunity for the Governor to  gather first hand the most up-to-date information, views and experiences from Northern Ireland.”

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