For­mer se­nior civil ser­vant to take up post with Cham­ber

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY CHRIS­TINE CAR­RI­GAN

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

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