THE senior management team at the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce (NICC) is to be strengthened with the announcement today that Kevin Kingston, deputy chief executive and MD of business and corporate banking at Danske Bank, and Stephen McCully, MD of Power NI, have been named as the new vice-presidents.
Kevin Kingston is one of Northern Ireland’s best known corporate bankers, with more than 20 years’ experience. Joining him in the VP role, Mr McCully has worked within the electricity industry since 1986 and has been at the head of Power NI for 11 years.
Commenting on the appointments, Mark Nodder, the current president of the Chamber said: “I am delighted that Kevin and Stephen have agreed to become Vice-President’s of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and I warmly welcome them to the role.
“The Chamber has worked extensively with Danske Bank and Power NI over the past few years in their role as Chamber Patrons and also during Kevin and Stephen’s tenure as Board members of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s new Vice-Presidents bring with them a breadth of business experience which will be a great asset to our organisation.”
Mr Kingston saids he relished the opportunity to work with Northern Ireland’s foremost business organisation through its next stage of development.
“With the Northern Ireland economy facing a challenging period, the Chamber of Commerce movement has never been more important,” he said.
“Our challenge is to ensure that our member businesses are provided with the very best support to enable them to grow their businesses at home and internationally.”
Mr McCully he was proud to accapt the post.
“As identified in the Heseltine Review, Chambers of Commerce are well respected in the business support network because of their local roots and international links.
“Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce also supports members to grow their businesses which I wholeheartedly support.
“I look forward to working with the Chamber board, council and executive team to cement our position at the forefront of business support and representation.”
Formed in 1782, the Chamber has a large and active membership of over 1,200 businesses, from the smallest SME and sole trader to the largest corporations, plcs and institutions.
It supports local business by providing unrivalled networking opportunities, promoting members’ commercial interests and assisting member businesses to develop new and expanded export trade potential.
Working in a lobbying and advocacy role, the Chamber also makes a valuable contribution to the development of enterprise and economic policy in Northern Ireland and throughout the Island of Ireland in partnership with the Irish Chambers of Commerce.