Mon 9th May 2016
NI Chamber announces new internal management structure
NI Chamber is delighted to announce a new internal management structure to reflect the growth of the organisation and to meet the increasing needs of members.
Reporting directly to NI Chamber Chief Executive Ann McGregor will be the Heads of Business Services, Business Development and Communications and Policy. These areas are central to the work of NI Chamber and are instrumental in helping members grow their businesses.
Sandra Scannell as Head of Business Services continues to have responsibility for NI Chamber’s range of support services including the extensive calendar of events, growth and export support programmes, connections to the global Chamber network, export documentation certification services, export training and business support and information.
She is one of the longest serving members of the team at NI Chamber having joined in 2007 and has worked across a number of key areas in the organisation.
Sandra holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology from Queen’s University, Belfast and an MSc with distinction in International Business from Ulster University Business School.
Kirsty McManus, who recently joined NI Chamber, has been appointed as Head of Business Development. She is responsible for growing membership, account management, liaising with corporate members and overseeing NI Chamber’s ambitious growth agenda.
Kirsty is the former Director of the Centre for SME Development at Ulster University Business School which is aimed at helping SMEs achieve their business goals. Her responsibilities covered helping SMEs to move projects forward quickly by accessing expertise at the university that may not otherwise have been available. Previous to this, she was Assistant Director at CBI (NI) responsible for a diverse portfolio of members and with lobbying responsibility for employment law, skills, education and energy policy in Northern Ireland.
She is an Information Management graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast and holds an MBA from Ulster University Business School.
Kirsty has over 12 years of industry experience and has worked in both the US and UK in IT Project Management.
Meanwhile, Christopher Morrow has become Head of Communications & Policy. He joined NI Chamber on a 6 month graduate placement in 2009 and now heads all communications and policy activity for the organisation. He works closely with the Chief Executive, President and Chamber Council to ensure that the interests and needs of members are fully understood and appreciated at Stormont and beyond. He is also responsible for all aspects of NI Chambers’ communications including marketing and public relations.
Christopher holds a BSc in Politics and PR and an MSc in Communications, Advertising and PR both from Ulster University.
Speaking about the new structure, NI Chamber Chief Executive Ann McGregor said:
“As NI Chamber continues to grow both in terms of membership and support services, we want to ensure we have the people, expertise and structures in place to deliver what is needed. NI Chamber is a member-driven, policy focused Northern Ireland wide business advocacy organisation whose aim is to help grow the local economy.”