by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

CBI Northern Ireland has announced the appointment of Adrian Doran as its new Vice Chair on February 1st, 2019.  He will serve as Vice Chair for the remainder of this year before taking up the position as Chair of CBI Northern Ireland from Trevor Lockhart in January next year.

Adrian is widely recognised as one of the most highly respected bankers in Northern Ireland, having led Barclays’ Corporate Banking business since October 2000.  Under his leadership Barclays has become a major player in the local market, having led some of the largest financing transactions for many of Northern Ireland’s leading companies. In recent years the bank has also expanded its presence in the SME sector, and is particularly well regarded in the technology sector, having opened its co-working Eagle Lab space in Ormeau Baths in 2017.  

Adrian comes to the CBI with a wealth of experience across Northern Ireland business, having originally trained as a chartered accountant with PwC before spending four years in Bank of Ireland’s corporate banking team.  

Adrian has been a member of the CBI Council in Northern Ireland for 5 years and has Chaired of the CBI’s Infrastructure Forum since 2016.  He is also a member of Senate of Queen’s University Belfast. 

Commenting on his appointment, Adrian Doran, Vice Chair of CBI Northern Ireland said:

“I’m honoured to be appointed to this prestigious role, particularly at the current challenging time for business in Northern Ireland.  The CBI plays a critical role representing businesses of all shapes and sizes right across Northern Ireland.  As a region dominated by thriving SMEs, now more than ever, it will be important for our many smaller and medium sized businesses to have their needs represented at the highest level of policy and decision making.  I hope I can continue the great work being done by Trevor and Angela.”

Angela McGowan, CBI Northern Ireland Director added:

“I’m thrilled that Adrian is joining the CBI’s Northern Ireland team.  At what is a pivotal time for firms who are looking for political stability and certainty, Adrian’s vast experience across Northern Ireland’s corporate sector will help the CBI represent the voice of businesses to policymakers.  I look forward to working closely with Adrian to deliver the CBI’s core policy objectives in areas such as education and skills, trade, taxation, infrastructure, innovation and energy.

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Trevor Lockhart (CBI Northern Ireland Chair and Group Chief Executive Fane Valley), Carolyn Fairbairn (Director-General CBI), Angela McGowan (Director CBI Northern Ireland), Adrian Doran (Vice Chair CBI Northern Ireland and Head of Corporate Banking, Northern Ireland)


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