Kinsgley Aikins CBE

“LBDC”  (“Lawyers’ Business Development Club“)

GENERAL COUNSEL (St Patrick’s Day) Event

Kingsley Aikins CBE

Workforce Activation SurveyI am delighted to announce that Kingsley Aikins CBE will be our guest speaker at our exclusive  LBDC  General Counsel (St Patrick’s Day) event in London.

Sponsor:  Invest Northern Ireland

Kingsley Aikins CBE is the founder and CEO of Diaspora Matters, a Dublin based consultancy company that advises countries, cities, regions, companies and organisations on how to develop strategies to connect with their Diasporas.

When: St Patricks’ Day  (Tuesday, 17 March 2015)  
  Breakfast & networking:  8:00 am 8.15. a.m.  8.15 am to 9.30 a.m. Talk followed by our round-table discussion
Where: London (Mayfair) private dining room of one of London’s top restaurants
Sponsor:  Invest Northern Ireland
Cost: Free

About Kingsley Aikins CBE

Workforce Activation SurveyAs noted above,Kingsley Aikins CBE is the founder and CEO of Diaspora Matters, a Dublin based consultancy company that advises countries, cities, regions, companies and organisations on how to develop strategies to connect with their Diasporas.

He is a recognised expert on Networking and has written and spoken extensively on the topic and has run workshops and Networking Training Programmes for Google, Linkedin, Accenture, Intel, PwC and a number of the leading law firms in Dublin.

In his career he worked for 10 years for the Irish Trade Board and IDA Ireland and was based in Sydney. He then led the Ireland Funds for 21 years, mostly based in Boston.  In his time with the Funds over a quarter of a billion dollars was raised for projects in Ireland.

He represented Trinity College, Irish Universities, Vichy (France) and Leinster at rugby.

He was awarded a CBE for his work on Irish- British issues. 

He is an Economics and Politics graduate of Trinity College Dublin.  He is married with 3 children and lives in Dublin.”

Sponsor:  Invest Northern Ireland


” As the regional business development agency, Invest NI’s role is to grow the local economy. We do this by supporting new and existing businesses to compete internationally, and by attracting new investment to Northern Ireland.

We are part of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and provide strong government support for business by effectively delivering the Government’s economic development strategies.

Invest NI offers the Northern Ireland business community a single organisation providing high-quality services, programmes, support and expert advice.

We principally support those businesses that can make the greatest contribution to growing our economy. These are businesses that have ability to grow and drive productivity in the economy and are keen to export their goods and services outside Northern Ireland. “

My thanks to Karena Vaughan (Director of Europe) and Julie-Ann Brace (Business Development Director) at Invest Northern Ireland for sponsoring this exclusive LBDC  event.

General Counsel:  Feedback from  “LBDC”  GC London event

You may also be interested to read some of the feedback sent to me from our General Counsel guests (after our last General Counsel private-dining event and round table discussion held in Richard Corrigan’s fabulous restaurant in London).


“Colin, apologies that it has taken until now for me to email you – it has been ridiculously busy.  Nevertheless, I should have been in contact with you sooner to let you know what an enjoyable evening I had at the LBDC dinner.  You were a fantastic host, [  ] discussion was thought-provoking, the other guests were very engaging and the venue was exceptional.  It also provided [  ] and I with an excellent opportunity to catch up and we managed to squeeze a few pints in after the dinner. I would like to hear more about future LBDC events.  I hope you have had a good weekend and I look forward to speaking with you again soon.”

“Colin, you did it again! That was a great dinner last night – a fantastic setting, an energising and challenging speaker, a great group of people and outsanding food. Above all it was fun and thought provoking, always a great combination. Thanks again for the invitation and I was really pleased I could make it this time. It was great to see you again and I will make sure I don’t leave it so long before we meet up again.”

“Dear Colin, thanks again for the wonderful organisation and the invitation.  I had a very enjoyable evening chatting to you and other guests and everyone I spoke to seems to have had a brilliant time! We also found [ ] talk very helpful and well balanced.  I promised to keep in touch with [ ] to help him to navigate…. [ ] , me and [ ] also talked about a girls lunch sometime. We will certainly keep you posted as you were the connector of these all! Enjoy the beautiful sunny day!”

“Colin, many thanks for your hospitality on Wednesday evening. I thoroughly enjoyed the GC event and meeting both you and my fellow guests. I was at a busy seminar in [ ] yesterday morning, and shamelessly applied the techniques which [ ] shared with us!”

“Colin, a big thank you for organising last night’s event. A lively discussion, interesting people, great venue, great food – what’s not to like! See you soon”

“Hi Colin, thanks for a great night last night. It was a really good presentation and discussion. Some interesting views expressed. Best regards”

“Colin, thanks again for an interesting and enjoyable evening. See you soon.”

“Colin, a really enjoyable evening! Very many thanks.”

“Dear Colin Thank you for inviting me. The venue was lovely and the debate was really good. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.”

“Colin just a quick note from me to thank you and Julie-Ann very much for a most enjoyable evening on Wednesday. I thought it was excellent. Look forward to seeing you again at some point in the future. Best wishes.”

“Colin, thank you very much for your hospitality on Wednesday. I had a very enjoyable and useful evening. It was nice to meet some GC’s from other organisations. I found the speaker very interesting with good sensible advice we can all use to good effect. Best wishes”

“Hi Colin, many thanks for the invitation to last week’s GC event. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and thought your choices of venue and speaker were terrific, as usual. Speak soon.”

General Counsel

If you are a General Counsel and would like to be notified about future  LBDC  General Counsel events, please get in touch.

It would be great to hear from you and indeed to see you at our General Counsel only events.

Contact: Colin Carroll

My email is: or you can reach me on telephone: 0044 7917 301 070.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Colin Carroll


LBDC   (“Lawyers’ Business Development Club“)

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