Former senior civil servant to take up post with Chamber
A FORMER senior Government official has been announced as the new chief executive for the Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade.
Colm Shannon was previously director of executive support and international relations in the Executive Office, playing a key role in co-ordinating the response to Brexit.
Mr Shannon has also held the position of joint secretary of the North South Ministerial Council in Armagh for four years between 2012 and 2016. Before this he worked in a range of senior communication roles.
Prior to joining the Northern Irish Civil Service in 1999, Mr Shannon headed the Information and Secretariat at the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
Welcoming the appointment, Paul Convery, president of the Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Colm as our new chief executive officer.
“This represents a very exciting time for Newry Chamber and I am sure that someone of Colm’s experience and track record will further enhance our ambition for the chamber and deliver our vision and strategy in the years ahead.”
Taking up the position from September 1, Mr Shannon succeeds Mary Meehan.
He will be responsible for delivering on the Chamber’s strategy to promote the area as a premier destination for retail, tourism, investment, entrepreneurship and employment.
Looking forward to his new role, Mr Shannon said: “The greater Newry area is a thriving economic region sitting at the centre of the Dublin-belfast economic corridor.
“Members of Newry Chamber operate both locally and globally and have made a huge contribution to the economic and social development of the local area.
“Despite the many challenges we face — not least of which is Brexit — it is important that we continue to identify the opportunities and partnerships at a local, national and global level that will deliver economic growth for the greater Newry area.”
New role: Colm Shannon