Public appointment of new Chair of Invest Northern Ireland

Date published: 01 February 2024

The Department for the Economy has announced the appointment of John Healy OBE as Chair to the Board of Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI).

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The term of appointment of John Healy as Chair is for a period of three years from 1 March 2024.

The appointment has been made in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland (CPANI).

Notes to editors: 

  1. Invest Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland’s economic development agency, was established under the Industrial Development Act (Northern Ireland) 2002. Invest NI’s role is to grow the economy. It does this by helping new and existing businesses to compete internationally, and by attracting new investment to Northern Ireland. Remuneration for Chair of the Board of Invest Northern Ireland is currently £46,087 per annum, with a time commitment approximately four days per month.
  2. John Healy OBE is a highly experienced senior executive with 30 years of experience in the technology sector, mostly gained in the financial service industry. He has extensive experience in leading global teams, developing strategy and delivering solutions to address business and technology issues. He is currently Chair of the Software Alliance, the industry-led representative voice of the £1.7 billion software industry in Northern Ireland.
  3. John is most recently the Managing Director of Allstate NI, where he served from January 2016 to December 2022. Before Allstate John held the position of Service Centre Head for Citi’s near shore technology and operations centre in Belfast. He serves on several boards including being Chair of the Fellowship Advisory Board at the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building, he is a member of the Council of Ulster University and is on the Board of Business in the Community. He is past-President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce.
  4. All independent appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, CPANI requires the political activity of appointees to be published.  John Healy has had no political activity in the last 5 years.
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