Lyons announces Invest NI Board appointments

Date published: 28 July 2022

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has announced the appointment of seven new members to the Board of Invest NI.

Seven new members appointed to the Board of Invest NI
Seven new members appointed to the Board of Invest NI

Dominic Darby, Melanie Dawson, Dawn McLaughlin, Ciaran Mulgrew, Patrick O’Gorman, Julie-Ann O’Hare and Scott Ritchie have been appointed by the Minister to serve on the Board for a three year period from 30 June 2022 to 30 June 2025.

Commenting on the appointments the Minister said: 

“Invest NI plays a crucial role in helping to transform Northern Ireland into a globally competitive economy working for everyone and I welcome these new appointments to the Board.

“The wealth of knowledge, skills and experience that I know they will bring will be invaluable as Invest NI continues to work to attract foreign investment and support our local businesses to create jobs, innovate and grow their exports through my Department’s vision to deliver a decade of innovation through the 10X Economy. I would like to wish them every success in their work supporting the Invest NI Chair and Chief Executive.”

The appointments are made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland. More information is available on their website

Notes to editors: 

1. Invest Northern Ireland was established under the Industrial Development Act (Northern Ireland) 2002, and its role is to promote innovation, enterprise and competitiveness in Northern Ireland businesses, encourage new start-ups and market Northern Ireland as a location for inward investment. Board member remuneration is currently £12,768 per annum.

2. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published. The appointees have all declared no political activity.

3. Pen Pictures are available on the Department’s website.

4. Between them, the appointees bring a broad range of skills and knowledge to the role which include:- Business and economic development in Northern Ireland; governance and risk management;  innovation and entrepreneurship, research & development and new technologies; financial management and business acumen; business transformation, customer value & productivity improvement; digital economy; skills development, apprenticeships and vocational training; and green/circular economy.

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