The CEO of LEDCOM is appointed as Chair of NRC

New appointment key to future generation of entrepreneurs

Friday, 21st May 2021, 5:00 pm
Ken Nelson MBE who is to be appointed to the role of Chair for the governing body of Northern Regional College (NRC) on July 1 2021

THE Chairman of LEDCOM’s Board, Dr Norman Apsley OBE has welcomed the appointment of their CEO, Ken Nelson MBE to the role of Chair for the governing body of Northern Regional College (NRC), by the Economy Minister Diane Dodds.

A former recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, Mr Nelson MBE has previously served on a number of boards including Invest NI from 2012 to 2020 and is the current Chairman of InterTradeIreland. He takes up the appointment of the NRC Chair on July 1 for a period of four years.

Ken is CEO of LEDCOM, a leading business enterprise centre and social enterprise based in Larne and Ballyclare, has almost 30 years’ experience supporting entrepreneurship and economic growth across Northern Ireland.

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Ken said: “I’m delighted to have this important opportunity to support the work of the further and higher education sector. Skills development are key to economic growth, and I hope my extensive experience working with entrepreneurs, start-up and scale-up SMEs, micro enterprises and social enterprises will help NRC respond to emerging economic challenges and opportunities.”

The Economy Minister explained: “The position of chair provides a significant opportunity to positively influence the provision of skills in Northern Ireland. Under Mr Nelson’s leadership, the governing body can help the college to provide the skills needed to drive our economic recovery post Covid-19 and help to build a modern economy, which includes supporting the most disadvantaged towards sustainable career pathways.”

Dr Norman Apsley OBE, Chairman of LEDCOM, added; “The Directors and Staff of LEDCOM welcome the appointment of their CEO Ken Nelson to the important role of Chair of the Northern Regional College.

“NRC is vitally important within economic development as a key provider of skills in our region. With this appointment, LEDCOM looks forward to enhanced partnerships and co-operation within the economic development landscape as we all face up to the challenges and opportunities of the future.”

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