Boris Johnson’s withdrawal agreement might appear to have solved the problem of the Irish border – at least on paper and in the short-term – but has it added paperwork, bureaucracy and costs for businesses which trade across the Irish Sea, asks Pavel Barter
Mairi-Claire Power is a trainee solicitor
with Mills Selig. She joined in September
to undertake a two-year training contract
while she completes her law degree.
She currently assists the property team,
gaining experience in both real-estate
and commercial property transactions.
Ryan Leoanrd is a trainee solicitor with
Mills Selig. He joined Mills Selig in July
2018 and assists with private client
matters. He continues to gain first-hand
knowledge and experience under the
Kevin Francis is now managing partner
at GIA. His role is to ensure all employees
buy into GIA’s wider vision for the
company, setting the overall strategic
direction of GIA alongside the UK
Amy Shannon joins Smarts as a
communications executive. She brings a
wealth of experience in project and event
management to her role having worked
for five years as a wedding planner,
project manager and in a marketing
Ellis Smith is a design analyst at GIA. He
develops accurate 3D models and visuals
of development sites and surrounding
buildings to assess the impact of daylight and sunlight
and rights of light matters.
Conor Devine MRICS has grown his GDP Partnership business significantly in the last eight years, and is now lending around £3m each month to Northern Ireland businesses. And despite uncertainty and choppy economic waters, he’s predicting further growth ahead
Fresh from a three month sabbatical travelling with his family, KPMG’s new partner in charge, Johnny Hanna, sits down with Ulster Business to discuss growing an already-strong local professional services firm with global reach, developing the next generation and what’s needed to set Northern Ireland apart on the world stage
As Bombardier’s Northern Ireland business is sold off to Spirit AeroSystems in a deal worth more than $1bn, and is continuing to land sales for its part-Belfast made aircraft, John Mulgrew looks at the state of play for the plane-making giant
One of the many interesting insights to come out of this year’s Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends report was the strong view that employees are no longer happy to just accept seemingly arbitrary decisions from their employers about pay rises, writes John Moore managing director of Hays NI
In the last 13 years Co Down man Connaire McGreevy has built his facilities management business CTS Projects into a £20m firm, started a brewery, bought a bar and chaired a football club. He speaks to John Mulgrew
Martina Crawford is now chief executive
at Lisburn Enterprise Organisation.
Ms Crawford, who has been involved
in delivering, mentoring and training
businesses for almost 20 years, takes over
from Aisling Owens.
Collette Keenan has been appointed head
of business development at Around Noon.
She has a particular focus on business and
customer strategy and will play a key role
in developing relationships with clients.
Dr Alan Lamont has been appointed as
VP of business development
and licensing at Almac Discovery, part of
the Almac Group. They will assume
responsibility for commercial
activities within Almac Discovery.
Phil Alexander has been appointed as
Cancer Fund for Children’s new chief
executive. He will lead the charity that
supports children and young people
diagnosed with cancer or living with a
parent with cancer.
Kevin Holland has been named as the
new chief executive of Invest NI. He is
an experienced global business leader
with more than 25 years of international
experience and will take over the role
from Alastair Hamilton.
Seamus McFlynn has been appointed
as a partner at McGuinness Fleck Estate
Agents. He is responsible for advising
clients in relation to residential sales
and purchases and the administration of
Stephen Abram is now an associate
in litigation at A&L Goodbody. He will
advise public and private sector clients
on all aspects of public and regulatory
law. Before joining he completed a LLM
in commercial law, graduating with a
Jonathan Pooley is a solicitor within
litigation at A&L Goodbody, advising
public and private sector clients on all
aspects of intellectual property, media
and data law. He qualified and worked
as a solicitor at a top ranked boutique
intellectual property law firm in England.
A&L Goodbody has appointed John
Tougher as an associate in property,
specialising in commercial property.
A graduate of Queen’s University, he
trained and qualified at another leading
corporate law firm in Belfast where he
was promoted to associate in 2015.
Mark Crimmins is the new head
of Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland. Mr
Crimmins will assume responsibilities in Northern Ireland for
all business, commercial and corporate
banking as well as engaging with
Private healthcare group 3fivetwo has
appointed Tom Riall as chairman of the
board of directors. He is currently chief
executive of Integrated Dental Holdings
and previously was chief executive of
Serial tech entrepreneur Robert O’Brien is rapidly growing his cyber-security and compliance company MetaCompliance in his native Derry, with aims of a £50m turnover and 300 staff and expanding an already lengthy blue-chip client list
Danske Bank has made a big move in creating two deputy chief executive (CEO) roles to help boost business, engagement and further bolster a strong public face for the organisation. Ulster Business sat down for a chat with chief executive Kevin Kingston and his new deputy CEOs
APCOA Parking Group, Europe’s leading parking operator with almost 50 years of industry expertise, has recently increased its presence in the Irish market by undertaking a major acquisition in Northern Ireland
Dawn Hesketh has joined public
relations firm MCE as a client director.
She will be responsible for a portfolio
of accounts across the tourism, retail
and leisure sectors as well new business
Hamilton Architects has appointed
Andrew McKee as a technologist to work
on a range of diverse projects in the
education and health sectors. He holds a
degree in architectural technology and
management from Ulster University.
Bryony Chapman has taken on the role
of account manager within the Massive
PR team. She will take a strategic lead
in the development of client projects,
acting as the first point of contact for a
full portfolio of consumer and business
Lucy Ashe joins the Hamilton Architects
as senior architect after gaining experience with
practices in London and Northern Ireland,
delivering projects in the aviation, mixed
use commercial and high-end residential
Ryan Cuthbertson has joined Hamilton
Architects as a project architect on new
healthcare and education schemes. He has
three years’ post graduate experience in
the residential, healthcare and transport
Sandra Williams has been appointed
chairwoman of the Fairhill Shopping
Centre Traders’ Association. Sandra is
store manager for the centre’s Starbucks
store and has worked in retail for more
than 40 years.
Eamon Clarke has been appointed as
the age at work programme manager
for Business in the Community Northern
Ireland. He has several years’ experience
in the third sector, specialising in
employment and support services.
Sonia Armstrong has been appointed
as head of business development for
Business in the Community Northern
Ireland. She will lead the membership
team in supporting member organisations
to drive their responsible business agenda.
Ulster Business speaks to Bank of Ireland UK's Northern Ireland managing director Ian Sheppard, and learns more about how colleagues are being empowered to play an active role in the local communities where they live and work
John Mulgrew sits down with Belfast Harbour chief executive Joe O’Neill to chat about 18 months in charge, a £250m investment, tripling its film studio business, further residential developments, Brexit, attracting new foreign investors and diversification
Darragh Coleman is now a director at
Todd Architects after purchasing equity
from existing directors Peter Minnis and
Paul Crowe. Mr Coleman joined Todd
Architects in 2001, becoming an associate
Ben Robinson is now video editor
and camera operator at Morrow
Communications. He will be directly
involved in the filming process while
also editing a range of assets for clients
including customer case studies, social
media and e-learning videos.
Paul Clarkin has been appointed finance
director at Wilsons Auctions. He came into
the business as financial controller and
has developed the finance function to
work alongside and service the expanding
Craig Walker has been appointed
contracts director at Wilsons Auctions. He
is responsible for the operational delivery
of all government and large sector clients
and internal compliance in addition to
managing all online sales for the business.
Jim Mulholland is now a director at Todd
Architects after purchasing equity from
existing directors Peter Minnis and Paul
Crowe, both of whom are staying on in
the business in an executive capacity to
provide strategic direction and remain as
Kim Lucas has been appointed as the first
IT director at Ulster Carpets. With over 23
years’ IT experience in the manufacturing
and construction sector, she will be
responsible for spearheading the
company’s global technology strategy.
Michael Edwards has been appointed
director of finance and operations at
Todd Architects. He has gained extensive
experience over the past 20 years within
the construction industry, having held
positions with Lagan Construction, H&J
Martin and Mascott Construction.
Nicola Abernethy has been appointed as
communications assistant with Northern
Ireland Chamber of Commerce and
Industry. The role will see her support
the execution of NI Chamber’s marketing
strategy, including the promotion of
member services and events.
Aidan Larkin has been appointed asset
recovery director at Wilsons Auctions. He
manages nationwide government and law
enforcement contracts and in recent years
has focused on business development
and innovation in emerging markets
Nigel Binks is UK vehicle sales manager
with Wilsons Auctions. In his new role,
he will help the departments across the
group maximise their existing business,
attracting new buyers and vendors as well
as developing operations.
Lynsey Foster has taken up a position
as international trade executive with
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce
and Industry. She will support the growth
of NI Chamber’s new international division
by providing members with expert
support on global trade.
Olivia Stewart has been appointed to
the role of communications manager at
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce
and Industry. She joins from Morrow
Communications, having previously
worked with some of the UK and Ireland’s
leading businesses and public bodies.
Willis Insurance & Risk Management has
appointed Paddy Murray as head of HR for
the employment services division within
the group. Mr Murray is an experienced
HR director with over 20 years in senior
Northern Ireland industry leaders will outline their plans to create tens of thousands of new jobs to Downing Street and hundreds of MPs and company leaders today as part of a major business delegation visiting London
Audrey McStraw is now associate director
and RICS registered valuer at CBRE.
With more than 25 years’ experience as
a chartered surveyor, she has worked
predominantly providing valuation advice
Jayne McKee has been appointed senior
finance manager at The Momentum
Group. Managing the finance team at the
firm, she will ensure all aspects of R&D
costs, capital allowances and patent box
initiatives are fully optimised.
Robyn McMurray has been appointed
senior communications manager at
Morrow Communications. She delivers
integrated campaigns for a broad range
of clients such as The Lost City Adventure
Golf, Asda and Flahavan’s Porridge.
Annette Small is now a communications
director at Morrow Communications.
She is responsible for creating impactful
communications strategies and managing
delivery across account teams, with more
than 11 years’ experience.
Taylor Stronge, a marketing graduate
from Ulster University, has joined
Pinnacle’s Sage acquisition team. She will
oversee the development of fresh and
innovative marketing campaigns to target
Chris Milligan is now a partner with
law firm Arthur Cox. He advises a
wide range of clients on acquisitions
and disposals, land assembly and
development, investment and financing
and management of property assets.
David Black has been appointed as a
partner at law firm Arthur Cox. A litigation
and dispute resolution lawyer, he acts
on behalf of local and international
organisations on a wide range of litigation
Arthur Cox has appointed Mark Jameson
as a partner. He is a commercial property
lawyer who has experience across a broad
spectrum of property matters, with an
emphasis on retail, development and
Oonagh Murdock has been appointed as
a solicitor with O’Reilly Stewart Solicitors.
Oonagh will be responsible for advising
clients in relation to residential purchases
and sales,and the administration of estates.
James Donnelly is now taking over the
leadership of the corporate department
at Belfast law firm Tughans. He was
appointed as a partner in 2010 and has
more than 12 years’ experience of advising
on corporate transactions.
Law firm Tughans has announced the
appointment of a new senior partner,
Michael McCord. He has taken over the
responsibilities of the role as senior
partner from John-George Willis, who will
remain with firm as a consultant in the
Risk management consultant Jonathan Cushley breaks down the key numbers and metrics, in conjunction with Dun & Bradstreet, in the Ulster Business Top 100 Northern Ireland Companies 2019 and discovers some interesting trends and success stories
David Fry of the Construction Employers Federation (CEF) assesses the triumph of some of Northern Ireland’s biggest construction firms making the Top 100 while observing the challenges ahead for the industry
Ulster Business editor John Mulgrew sits down with Thompson Aero Seating chief executive Andres Budo to discuss doubling sales in the space of a year, expanding its headcount to 1,700 and starting work on a new 350,000 sq ft top-end production facility
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