The "Exit Interview" Series featuring Sir David Sterling

February 05 2021

In the latest event in our ‘Exit Interview’ series, Sir David Sterling, recently-retired Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, will reflect on his leadership journey in conversation with Nick Garbutt.

David led the Northern Ireland Civil Service from 2017-20 through the three-year period without Ministers and subsequently through the re-establishment of the Northern Ireland Executive in early 2020, which was followed closely by the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic.

He previously served as Permanent Secretary at the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment and at the Department of Finance.

At this event, David will explore some of the challenges he faced and his strategies for making progress and building coalitions. The discussion will deal with issues including leading transformation and achieving delivery; dealing with uncertainty and austerity; building staff engagement and embedding collaboration. The conversation will also explore personal highs and lows.

Guests will have the opportunity to engage in discussion at the event.