The dynamic and versatile team at the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry is responsible for an extensive range of services, initiatives and events of relevance and interest to its members and the wider business community.
From export issues and networking opportunities to expansion programmes and banquets with high profile guest speakers, the buzz of activity never stops. The expert team is a rich resource of information, guidance and advice in business related matters with individual expertise in specific fields.
Ann McGregor MBE
Ann has spearheaded the impressive development and growth of the organisation over the past 10 years. She has led it to become Northern Ireland’s most prominent and fastest growing business organisation. She is currently the Deputy Chair of the Grand Opera House and a member of the Senate at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her commitment to developing the Northern Ireland economy was acknowledged in 2012 when she was awarded an MBE. Ann is a council member of Dublin Chamber of Commerce and a member of British Chambers of Commerce National Accreditation Committee. She is currently the Deputy Chair of the Grand Opera House and a member of the Senate at Queen’s University, Belfast.
Head of Business Development
Valerie Gourley has recently joined NI Chamber as Head of Business Development. Valerie is responsible for all membership business development, developing customer relationships and helping members to develop their professional networks and enhance their profile.
With a career in sales spanning 25 years, Valerie is well known to many businesses across Northern Ireland. She has previously worked in media managing local newspapers and websites, and was Advertising Manager with the Irish News for seven years. Most recently, she held the post of Head of Group Development following the acquisition of Q Radio and River Media by the Irish News.
Head of Communications and Policy
Chris heads up all NI Chamber communications including marketing, PR and Ambition magazine. On a policy front, Chris liaises with members to ensure their interests and needs are fully understood and appreciated at Stormont and Westminster. He thrives on the fact that his job is so varied and that NI Chamber is held in such high regard as a place from which businesses can seek support. Chris was awarded the PR Moment ‘Communications Professional of the Year’ award for 2014 and is also a Board member of the NI Sport Forum.
Head of International Trade and Business Support
Tanya Anderson is Head of International Trade and Business Support at NI Chamber and is responsible for advising and assisting SME members to successfully achieve their growth strategy. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, Tanya previously worked within the Banking and Corporate Finance sectors having spent 10 years within Corporate Banking at Danske Bank and 4 years within Corporate Finance at Grant Thornton.
Head of Finance & Assurance
Stuart is Head of Finance & Assurance at NI Chamber having spent 5 years at Titanic Belfast. He has a further 13 years finance experience in various industries including telecommunications, recruitment and public transport. Stuart is a chartered accountant and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Head of Campaigns & Events
Louise works with NI Chamber members so that the calendar of events meets their needs. As networking is the number one reason why members join, she ensures the events are engaging and provide tangible benefits, providing opportunities for members to do business. Louise is responsible for every aspect of event management from initial concept and branding through production and the procurement of sponsorship. She also identifies potential partnerships and sponsorship opportunities to promote members’ businesses. A lot of work goes into organising events and Louise appreciates that attention to detail is essential so members can get the most out of them.
Business Support Manager
Catherine provides support to firms who access NI Chamber’s Learn Grow Excel programme which is designed to assist companies of all sizes in their ambition to grow. Catherine contributes to the delivery of NI Chamber’s business support programmes and supports in the contract management for key sponsors. Leading on assigned projects, Catherine ensures the quality of customer experience from initial business support and events communications through to reporting on satisfaction and impact.
Having completed a BSc in Communications, Advertising and Marketing at Ulster University in 2008, Catherine has spent over 10 years working in Corporate Marketing and Project Management roles at Randox Laboratories, Citi Global Markets and most recently with NI Chamber.
Phil provides support to firms who access NI Chamber’s Learn Grow Excel programme which is designed to assist companies of all sizes in their ambition to grow.
Having completed a BSc in Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast in 2012, Phil worked for the Ormeau Business Park for five years, delivering business start-up programmes to entrepreneurs in South Belfast.
Campaigns and Events Manager
Petrina works with the business services team to provide high-level sales and planning support for NI Chamber events. Previous to NI Chamber, Petrina has organised a wide range of events in the media and publishing industry. She previously worked for the Ulster Tatler Group organising the annual Ulster Tatler Awards and the Ulster Bride show. Petrina also has a BSc in Marketing.
Olivia is responsible for internal and external communications from NI Chamber; maintaining the organisation’s strong local and national media profile and delivering the marketing strategy.
She holds an Honours Degree in Law with Politics from Queen’s University Belfast, as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Studies from Ulster University.
Prior to joining the Communications & Policy team, Olivia was an Account Manager in one of Northern Ireland’s foremost communications agencies.
Business Support Manager
Catriona provides support to firms who access NI Chamber’s Learn Grow Excel programme which is designed to assist companies of all sizes in their ambition to grow.
She graduated from Queen’s University in 2017 with a BSc in Business Management and previously worked as an Enterprise Support Officer in Queen’s University helping students develop entrepreneurial and enterprise skills.
Business Development Executive
Ryan has recently joined NI Chamber’s Business Development Team. He is responsible for recruiting and retaining NI Chamber members and ensuring that members maximise NI Chamber’s services including events, business growth initiatives and marketing platforms. Ryan previously worked in global sales and advertising for an industry leading wealth management publication and holds a BA Hons in Business Studies from Liverpool John Moore University.
Business Development Executive
Pedro is responsible for recruiting and retaining NI Chamber Essential level members and ensuring that they maximise NI Chamber’s services including events, business growth initiatives and marketing platforms.
Most recently Pedro has worked in the IT sector as SME sales channel support including the negotiating of contract renewals.
Business Development Executive
Chloe is responsible for recruiting and retaining NI Chamber Growth level members and ensuring that they maximise NI Chamber’s services including events, business growth initiatives and marketing platforms.
Chloe has previous experience in advertising sales, events and fundraising. Most recently she was Sales and Events Manager for Families First, planning and organising events throughout NI and ROI.
Dawn is totally unique in her role – she is the only person to hold such a position in Northern Ireland. Expert in all aspects of export documentation worldwide, she provides advice and certification services to help make the whole process of exporting as straightforward as possible, supporting business at every stage of the export journey. She is adept in the provision of the services including EUR1’s, ATR’s, ATA Carnets, Certificates of Origin. She will also assist in advising on other export documentation as required. Dawn is prepared to go the extra mile for exporters and she takes a personal interest in ensuring that their products are delivered around the world safely, on time and payment secured.
International Trade Executive
To support the growth of NI Chamber’s International Division, Lynsey provides members with expert support on global trade, including export documentation and processes.
Lynsey has a BSc(Hons) in International Travel and Tourism Management from Ulster University and joined NI Chamber as International Trade Executive having previously held positions in Devenish Nutrition and Hamilton Shipping.
Campaigns and Events Assistant
George works as part of NI Chamber’s Business Services team providing support in the planning and delivery of the busy schedule of business support programmes and events ranging from networking initiatives to the Learn Grow Excel suite of programmes.
George previously worked in HR managing internal and external recruitment for a range of major UK firms. Prior to this, he held a position in PwC with the data management team. He holds a BA in Sociology from Queen’s University, Belfast.
As Communications Executive at NI Chamber, Nicola supports the execution of the marketing strategy, including the promotion of member services and events through digital and social media, public relations and content creation.
Nicola studied at Trinity College Dublin, receiving a BA(Hons) in Acting, before returning to Belfast to study a MSc in Public Relations and Communications at Ulster University. She currently sits on the board of Kabosh Theatre Company.
Finance & Assurance Executive
As Finance and Assurance Executive, Peter is responsible for transactional finance functions and supporting quality management and reporting across departments.
Peter joins NI Chamber from previous accounting roles in Whitemountain Quarries, JA McNicholl and MJ Kane & Co Accountants and is currently studying for an ACCA Qualification.
Nicola Trimby is Credit Controller at Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
She has worked in a finance role in various companies for almost 20 years and specifically as the credit controller within a large freight forwarding company for four years.
Brexit Advisory Service
NI Chamber’s new International Division, launched in May 2019, provides expert, practical assistance to members in planning for the potential implications of Brexit. The Brexit consultancy service is led by NI Chamber and delivered by the team at Pinnacle Professional Limited, a consultancy practice led by Robert McConnell and Dr Scott King. Contact Robert with any Brexit-related queries.
Maureen is an economist with more than 25 years’ experience across a number of areas including policy evaluation, appraisal, research and statistical analysis. She was Head of the Policy Evaluation Unit at the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre (NIERC) and now heads up her own consultancy company. Maureen acts in an economic advisory role to NI Chamber, which includes NI Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey (QES).