Mon 20th Oct 2014
Past NI Chamber President appointed to prestigious body by the British Chambers of Commerce
The past President and Board member of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) has been named as a member of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) newly formed International Advisory Council, to be chaired by Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint.
Mark Nodder, Group Managing Director of Wrightbus, the Ballymena based bus manufacturer, is among a group of senior business leaders representing businesses from across the UK and a wide range of sectors, to advise the BCC on international trade issues – a key priority for the business group and its thousands of business members.
Lord Green, a former Minister of State for Trade and Investment, will lead the council’s discussions with a particular focus on the export potential for the UK business community as it seeks to improve its international trade performance. Council members will act as advocates in promoting British business in key export markets, and will champion the work of overseas British Chambers and business groups.
The International Advisory Council comprises 17 members and includes:Ian Davis, Chairman, Rolls Royce; Harriet Green, Chief Executive, Thomas Cook; Nora Senior, President, BCC; John Longworth, Director General, BCC and Willie Walsh, Chief Executive, International Airlines Group.
Commenting on the new body, Lord Green said:
“I am delighted to have been asked to gather together such a distinguished group of business people that care so much about working to fulfill the UK’s export potential. Britain faces a major challenge in improving its trade performance. My experience as Trade Minister has shown me how highly regarded British products and services are around the world and the enormous opportunities these international markets present.”
John Longworth, Director General, BCC said:
“The Council will provide valuable insights that will inform the BCC’s international trade strategy, and help the UK lead a step change on boosting exports.”