Lewis Davison has been appointed as
help-desk co-ordinator at Mercury Security
and Facilities Management and will be
responsible for ensuring that any issues
reported by the company’s clients are
attended to in a timely manner.
Dearbhla Sloan has been appointed as
communications and evaluation specialist
with RNN Communications. Her role
will include creating and implementing
successful campaigns and content that
make an impact, and securing new
business for the agency.
Jo Davidson is now the general manager
of the Falls Leisure Centre. Ms Davidson
joined GLL in 2016 as health and fitness
service manager for Olympia Leisure
Centre, and started in the industry as a
group exercise instructor with a private
Jolene Kelly has been appointed as
communications and social media
consultant at RNN Communications. Ms
Kelly will be managing an all-Ireland
portfolio of RNN Social clients in a variety
of sectors, providing counsel on social
strategy and implementing campaigns.
Jacqui Pope is the new head of service at
GLL. She has responsibility for overseeing
operations at all 14 leisure centres across
Belfast. In a previous role, she was
regional manager for a large gym chain
in the private sector.
ASG & Partners has named Emma Murray
as its deputy chief executive. Ms Murray,
who leads the recruitment marketing
division, has been with the company for
eight years and was appointed to the
advertising and communications agency’s
board in 2016.
Adeline Lindberg has been appointed
as assistant manager at Exchange
Accountants. As assistant manager
Ms Lindberg will be responsible for
corporate accounts work, managing a
portfolio of sole traders and clients.
Clarendon Executive has appointed
Hugh McPoland as associate consultant.
Previously director of HR at BSO, Mr
McPoland has a considerable track record
in organisational change along with
considerable knowledge and experience
in assessing the leadership credentials of
directors across the public sector.
Jill McLernon has been appointed as
events consultant at PR agency RNN
Communications. In her role, she will
be managing an all-Ireland portfolio
of clients, working on integrated
campaigns, as well as creating and
Laura Stefan has been appointed Ireland
operations and development manager at
Mount Charles. She will be responsible
for managing contracts across the
company’s catering, cleaning and general
facilities management portfolio in the
Republic of Ireland.
Caitriona Allis has been appointed as
the new head of ACCA (the Association
of Chartered Certified Accountants) in
Ireland. She is now responsible for the
strategic development of the professional
body in Ireland, including building ACCA’s
Sinead Barnes is now general manager
of Whiterock Leisure Centre. She joined
Better Belfast in December 2015 starting
as duty manager before progressing to
service manager in Girdwood Community
Hub in 2016.
Sophie Maxwell has been appointed as
director of the Northern Group and its
associated companies Northern Lift Trucks
(NI) Ltd and Norspace Ltd. Ms Maxwell is
responsible for driving sales growth and
revenue for Northern Lift Trucks.
Olenick has appointed Claire McBride as
managing diirector of its Belfast office.
In her new role she will be responsible
forl business growth and lead plans
for expansion into the UK and Ireland
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Kate McIlvenny is now an associate in litigation
with law firm A&L Goodbody. Her specialism
within the wider litigation department is
providing contentious and non-contentious
advice across the broad spectrum of public and
Neueda has appointed Nadine Shrourou as
account manager in capital markets. Based in
Neueda’s London office, she will be managing
client accounts within the capital markets
team. Nadine has a wide variety of technology
solutions experience within financial markets.
Neueda has appointed Marguerite Clarke as
account director. Ms Clarke will help enable
Neueda’s public sector customers to transform
the way they do business using digital solutions.
She previously held management positions with
Sopra Steria and Invest NI.
Chris Love has been appointed as PR account
director at ASG & Partners. He brings with him
over 15 years’ experience in communications,
working with and representing SMEs to global
brands in both the public and private sector.
Catherine Cree has been appointed office
manager at Insight.Out Financial. Having
previously worked in the voluntary sector for
over nine years, she joins the team at Insight.
Out Financial bringing a wealth of experience to
the new role.
Damian Tumilty has been appointed executive
head chef at the Grand Central Hotel. Mr Tumilty
has over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality
industry and his previous employment includes
Shu Restaurant and French Village. He is a parttime
lecturer in professional cookery.
Morrow Communications has appointed
Matthew Roddy as a graphic designer. Mr
Roddy is responsible for designing a wide range
of brand and corporate materials including
creating new brands, product packaging,
exhibition stands and advertising.
Damien McDonald has been appointed as food
and beverage manager for the Grand Central
Hotel. Mr McDonald has been with Hastings
Hotels for 15 years and was most recently the
beverage manager in the Europa Hotel.
Dr Xavier Jacq is now vice-president of biology
at Almac Discovery. He will be responsible for
leading the company’s small-molecule discovery
biology team as well as playing a key role in
defining the strategic direction of both the
biology group and Almac Discovery.
Jonathan White has joined Liberty IT as senior
director of operations. He brings a wealth of
knowledge to the organisation with over 22
years’ experience in IT including more than 10
years in the fintech industry.
Shona Ayre has been appointed as sales
and business development executive by the
Royal Ulster Agricultural Society. She will
be responsible for sales, events and account
management at the Eikon Exhibition Centre,
the society’s leading exhibition and events
Neueda has appointed Stuart Cosby as delivery
manager. He is responsible for the delivery
of Neueda’s digital transformation services
and offerings to its public sector customers.
He previously held sales and management
positions in Microsoft and Nortel Networks.
Sean Tanuvasa has been appointed as a
paraplanner at Insight.Out Financial. With
four years’ experience in the financial
services industry, specialising in pensions and
investments, he joins the team at Insight.Out
Financial from a financial advisory company.
Claire Ball is now senior graphic designer at
Morrow Communications. She works closely
with clients to develop creative solutions for
print and digital formats. As well as graphic
and web design, Claire develops brands,
creates event exhibition materials and is an
email marketing specialist.
Marina McBride has been promoted to branch
manager in Progressive Building Society’s
Glengormley branch. She has been employed
by the society since 1993 and has a host of
experience in both lending and savings at a
GOC Estate Agents in Belfast has appointed
Leah Griffin as lettings team leader. With five
years’ experience, she will be responsible
for overseeing the busy rental department
including liaising with clients, valuations,
inventories and inspections.
Lauren Coughlan has been appointed manager
of the Seahorse Restaurant and Bar at the
Grand Central Hotel. Ms Coughlan has more
than eight years’ industry experience some of
which she gained at an international level and
holds a degree in hospitality management.
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Mark English has been appointed as vicepresident
of packaging and logistics operations
at Almac Group. He will have responsibility for
all packaging and logistics operations within
the UK and Ireland sites.
Grainne Hughes is now vice-president of
business support operations at Almac Group.
She will support functions across pharma
services including client services, planning,
business projects and business systems.
Almac Group has appointed David Taylor as
head of manufacturing operations. He will
have responsibility for small molecule active
pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and peptide
manufacturing in Craigavon.
Moy Park has appointed Mark Ford as intake
operative. He is responsible for monitoring
loads on arrival from suppliers, updating the
intake management system and overseeing
distribution to relevant facilities.
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Glenn Chambers has been appointed as
health and safety manager for fit-out
specialist, Portview. He brings 20 years’
of hands-on experience from across
the construction, civil engineering and
Lisa Trainor has been appointed
as manager in charge of quality,
environment, business continuity and
information security systems fit-out
specialist, Portview. She was formerly a
site manager for Lagan Construction.
Shane Garvey joins Johnsons Solicitors
as a solicitor, specialising in defence
insurance litigation. Shane has 10 years’
experience in personal injuries litigation,
product liability, employers’ liability and
Michael Drumm has been appointed
as partner at CavanaghKelly and will
lead the corporate finance and advisory
department. He joined CavanaghKelly
as a trainee, rising through the ranks
and gaining experience in various
Jonathan Guest has taken over as chief
executive of Harland and Wolff Heavy
Industries Limited. The former director of
business development and improvement
replaces Robert J Cooper, who is retiring
Ashley Dalzell has joined Clearbox as
senior project manager. Ms Dalzell will
work on consumer focused projects
for clients including Universal Pictures
Ireland, Bushmills Irish whiskey and
Aideen Conway has been appointed
compliance director at Willis Insurance and
Risk Management. With over 23 years’
experience in the insurance industry,
Aideen will be responsible for developing,
implementing and embedding regulatory
compliance and risk management
Canadian gold mine firm, Dalradian, has
appointed NI public relations and public
affairs specialist Barry Turley as director
of communications. Mr Turley has been
involved in strategic communications
since the late 1990s.
Brewin Dolphin Belfast has appointed
Declan McAlister as a graduate trainee.
Mr McAlister studied Scots and English
Law at Queen’s University and has a
postgraduate degree in Law (Banking and
Andrew Burns has been appointed
divisional director at Brewin Dolphin
Belfast. A chartered FCSI, Mr Burns has
been with the company for 10 years
and is responsible for agent business
development and portfolio management.
Sarah Bradley has been appointed
account manager for Export Technologies.
Ms Bradley’s role is to guide and
influence retailers on how to grow their
online businesses. Her experience lies in
digital marketing and web development.
Ryan Bell been appointed business
development executive at Northern
Ireland Chamber of Commerce and
Industry. He is responsible for recruiting
and retaining NI Chamber members
and ensuring that members maximise
NI Chamber’s services.
Tom Cosgrove has joined Londonderry
firm Gradon Architecture. He joins the
practice following more than two years
Faulkner Brown in Newcastle upon Tyne
and graduated in 2015 from Queen’s
University with a Masters in
Jane Williams has been appointed to
the new role of brand communications
director at PR and content agency
JComms. Ms Williams takes on the
position having been with the company
for more than six years, and the past three
as a senior consultant.
Rosanne Brennan has joined the
Corporate/Commercial team at Carson
McDowell as an Associate Solicitor. She
previously worked as a Senior Associate
at Eversheds LLP and is an experienced
commercial contracts solicitor.
The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society has
announced the appointment of their new
Chief Executive Designate, Alan Crowe.
Alan was previously the Chief Executive
for Northern Ireland Co-Ownership
Housing, and its subsidiary Own-Co.
Mercury Security Management have
welcomed their new Sales Manager,
Sharon Kirkpatrick. Prior to joining
Mercury Security Management, Sharon
served as the Area Sales Manager for a
provider of lone worker safety services.
Lynette McCrudden has been appointed
to the position of Associate Director in
the property management accounts team
at Lambert Smith Hampton. In this role,
Lynette will oversee the purchase ledger
and cash teams.
Clare McParland has been appointed
Associate in Clyde Shanks. She is a
chartered member of the RTPI with
substantial experience in co-ordinating
and managing planning applications
across several sectors.
Thomas Bell has been appointed as
Planning Director at Clyde Shanks.
Thomas is an RTPI chartered planner with
12 years’ experience. He leads on a range
of development projects managing a
Hughes Insurance has appointed Richard
Fulton as Chairman. Richard has 25
years’ experience practicing corporate
law and has held a range of board level
appointments across many of N.Ireland’s companies.
As Service Reporting
Analyst for eir Business NI, Una McDermott
will provide administrative and reporting
support. Una previously held positions at
Void Gallery Derry-Londonderry and the
Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Katie McAllister has joined Carson
McDowell’s Media Law team where she
is involved in all aspects of media and
entertainment law including defamation,
privacy, data protection and intellectual
Claira McMinn has been appointed to
the design team at 1080, as interior designer. Her
duties include space planning, full interior
design specification, preparing fit-out
drawings and sample/mood boards.
Ruth Maguire has been appointed PR &
Content Manager at Enlighten IC and
is responsible for generating PR and
specialist content for clients. Previously
Ruth worked for three years as Marketing
Manager for a start-up company.
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