Arlene Foster

Introducing Arlene Foster, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland

Raleigh Addington
Raleigh Addington
editor at Chartwell Speakers
Chartwell is now representing Arlene Foster for her speaking engagements.

Arlene is a distinguished British politician who made history as the first woman to serve as the First Minister of Northern Ireland and the first woman to serve as Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

She is a skilful political operator and has a deep understanding of post-conflict resolution. Arlene grew up during the Northern Ireland Troubles – during which her school bus was bombed by the PIRA.   She was instrumental in establishing power-sharing in Northern Ireland and served as Minister for the Environment when devolution returned to Northern Ireland in 2007.

Arlene came to international prominence during the Brexit discussions in 2017. She played an important role negotiating a strong deal for the people of Northern Ireland.

She is passionate about empowering women of all backgrounds to pursue careers in public life and has publicly spoken out against the abuse faced by many women working in politics.

Arlene is available to speak on a range of topics and issues including:

  • Post-conflict resolution – the challenges of bringing Peace and Stability to nation;
  • Leadership;
  • The Future of the Union;
  • BREXIT- understanding the issues;
  • Resilience in Public Life;

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