Ceara Gallagher has been appointed
as the new head of the Royal College
of Speech and Language Therapists in
Northern Ireland. She has over 23 years’
experience as a highly specialised speech
and language therapist.
Smarts Communicate has appointed Jennie
McCurry as a communications director.
She was previously the driving force
behind successful integrated campaigns
for brands such as Vodafone, Diageo and
Northern Ireland’s politicians “must not waste time” amid ongoing talks at restoring an Executive while business here should employ the “collaborative vision” that saw industries grow following the Good Friday Agreement
Andrew Irwin is now a solicitor with
A&L Goodbody. He will work within the
commercial property team in Belfast and
act in a wide variety of property matters
in Northern Ireland including advising on
sales and acquisitions, commercial leasing
and landlord and tenant issues.
Aimee Larkin has been appointed a
banking associate with law firm A&L
Goodbody. She will act in respect of
banking and finance transactions in
Northern Ireland, including advising on
various aspects of development finance,
real estate finance and acquisition.
A&L Goodbody has appointed Jacob Gray
as a solicitor in corporate and commercial.
He will advise clients on all aspects of
corporate and commercial law, including
advising clients on corporate transactions,
including M&A, venture capital, group
reorganisations and joint ventures.
Caroline Magee has been appointed head
of human resources and organisation
development at Lisburn and Castlereagh
City Council. Ms Magee is a
Member of the Chartered
Institute of Personnel and Development
Baker McKenzie has appointed Brian
Monroe as finance director for all
professional and business services
operations across the firm, covering the
centres and colleagues in some 77 offices
around the globe.
The Momentum Group has appointed
Simon Huntley as business development
director. In his new role Mr Huntley will
focus on the strategic management and
support of the sales and marketing team,
alongside representing this department
on the board of directors.
John McKee Solicitors has appointed
Lee Donaghy as manager in the legal
expenses insurance team. She is
responsible for the management of the
legal expenses insurance team which
deals with high volume claimant personal
Michelle Stowell has been appointed
as paediatric physiotherapist at
Leckey, supporting the company’s
multidisciplinary approach to designing
posturally supportive products with a
clinical and emotional focus.
Jessica O’Neill has been appointed as bid
co-ordinator at design and architecture
firm HLM. Ms O’Neill will support the
business development of the Belfast
studio through coordinating and
developing high quality bids for the
Ulster Carpets’s group managing director
Nick Coburn CBE has been appointed as
Northern Ireland’s single representative
on the Department for International
Trade’s newly established Strategic Trade
O’Reilly Stewart Solicitors has appointed
Christopher Bullock as an associate
solicitor in the commercial department. He
has considerable experience in advising
businesses in commercial and corporate
law, also specialises in the area of liquor
Dionne Darragh has been appointed
to the position of director within the
personal injury litigation department
at O’Reilly Stewart Solicitors in Belfast.
She specialises in catastrophic injury and
serious accident cases, with particular
expertise in motorcycle accident claims.
Fergal O’Prey is now a solicitor within the
litigation department at O’Reilly Stewart
Solicitors, advising clients in personal
injury and clinical negligence matters.
He has experience acting for clients in
healthcare and civil litigation cases.
Jonny Lester has joined agri technology
company Devenish as poultry technical
manager. Originally from Armagh, Mr
Lester will be based in Edinburgh and
responsible for the growth of the the
firm’s poultry sector offering.
Generation Z often receives pointed criticism in business circles and in the media, particularly from employers who are struggling to either get the best out of them or having a tough time hiring new talent, writes John Moore, managing director, Hays Northern Ireland
In the last few years, commercial businesses have considered in great detail the question of employee reward. Analysis of both the financial and non-financial elements has taken place to ensure attraction and retention of talent, writes Justin Rush
With more than two dozen buildings under way, three regionally significant developments given sign-off from Stormont, and almost a billion pounds of future masterplan schemes, John Mulgrew looks at what’s keeping the cranes up and the challenges ahead
John Mulgrew speaks to Paul Everitt, boss of aerospace body ADS, about the future of Bombardier in Northern Ireland, the pitfalls of Brexit and a rapidly evolving global industry worth billions to the UK each year
Prestige Insurance Holdings, owner of Abbey Insurance Brokers, is building on five decades of industry foundation and expanding through investment and acquisition. Ulster Business speaks to chief executive Trevor Shaw about growth and the road ahead
Tourism Ireland has announced the
appointment of Ciaran Doherty to the
new position of stakeholder liaison
manager for Northern Ireland. He will
work collaboratively with colleagues in
Tourism NI and other agencies.
Matt McRoberts is now digital marketing
executive at Hastings Hotels. He is
responsible for managing the Hastings
Hotels’ websites, digital advertising, email
campaigns and liaising with business
partners across all seven hotels.
Scott Howes has been appointed public
engagement and education manager
at W5. He will head up the team of
educators at the centre to promote
learning opportunities for children and
adults in science, technology, engineering
Wesley Brownlee joins the White Ink
Architects team as an architect. He has
more than 10 years’ experience, primarily
gained with architectural practices in
London. His experience encompasses a
wide range of work in retail, residential
GMcG is already a well-established and leading independent accountancy and advisory business, and the growing firm tells Ulster Business about planning for a brighter future, carrying out major investment and developing the next generation
Joe McVey has been appointed as the new
chief executive of Brain Injury Matters, the
leading brain injury charity in Northern
Ireland. Mr McVey has experience in
strategic planning, governance and
He’s been at the forefront of high-end guitar-making in Ireland for five decades. Now, George Lowden has taken the biggest step in his career and paired up with a global superstar to develop an instrument for the masses, writes John Mulgrew
Northern Ireland retailers are increasingly frustrated that a lack of government means key areas of reform aren’t being looked at. John Mulgrew speaks to retail experts about the challenges of the high street
Clare Daly has been appointed as communications director with Morrow Communications. Specialising in corporate PR, she is responsible for the strategic direction and delivery of campaigns for a number of clients.
Chloe Ferris has been appointed business development executive at Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She will be responsible for recruiting and retaining NI Chamber growth level members.
Pedro Torres has been appointed business development executive at Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He will be responsible for recruiting and retaining NI Chamber essential level members.
Norbrook has appointed Brendan McVeigh as regional head of sales and marketing in Ireland. This role will see him leading all sales and marketing activities in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.
Chris Kilpatrick has been appointed strategic communications manager for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. The former journalist was previously media relations and communications officer with the council.
Wendy Close has been appointed as group HR director for Prestige Insurance Holdings, the parent company of Abbey Insurance Brokers. She was previously Bank of Ireland’s senior HR business partner for Northern Ireland.
Ulster Business speaks to Maurice Boyd and Stephen Carlisle of leading insurance broker ABL Group about its ongoing expansion plans, its top client base and growing the next generation of its workforce
Darina Armstrong’s career within the Progressive Building Society began at a young age, working her way up to leading the organisation since 2011 – almost 20 years after first starting with the society
If running several multi-million pound job and recruitment businesses isn’t already enough to keep an entrepreneur’s diary packed, Tina McKenzie is also now heading up the Federation of Small Businesses in Northern Ireland