My uncle and his family have lived and worked in Belfast for over forty years. He retired as a Headteacher about five years ago and it’s only been since then that I’ve been over to see the City.
Before then, I met him when he came to England. When I listened to him and family members about what living and working in Belfast was like in the eighties and early nineties – until the end of the troubles – though they clearly cared for their city a lot, it sounded like it could be a tough and insecure place at times.
Yet when I first went there in 2014, I was blown away by how friendly everyone was, the beauty of the coastline and lots of really interesting things you could see walking round. The Titanic museum, botanical gardens and Queen’s University are great and there are some lovely bars – allegedly!
So I was really pleased to hear that the HPMA conference in 2020 was Belfast bound. It can rain a lot, but some fresh Irish air will do us all good!
A conference of HR leaders is always a great chance to catch up. As my Irish Grandmother often said “there is no tax on talk!”
Ben Morrin is the Workforce Director for University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust