Belfast Telegraph

Michelle Jackson takes helm at Belfast's Victoria Square

Lesley Houston

A new chief of Victoria Square has been appointed.

Michelle Jackson has taken the managerial hot spot at one of Belfast's prime retail centres, crowning a 23-year career in retail.

The 42-year-old takes the reins of the centre's management and its strategic future following her predecessor's resignation last April.

Hugh Black left amid a shake-up of the centre's ownership, letting, PR and marketing teams.

Mr Black had been part of the high-profile retailer since it opened in 2008.

Michelle officially takes her place at the helm on September 30.

Her ambitious new role encompasses the centre's retail, residential and leisure complex management in conjunction with agents BTW Shiells on behalf of its German owner Commerz Real.

Michelle's move does not take her far from her most recent post – as manager of its anchor tenant House of Fraser for the past six years.

Michelle's rise to overseer of all beneath Victoria Square's impressive dome follows a number of key management posts within House of Fraser for over two decades.

Joining the retailer in Manchester in 1991, Michelle launched its Bristol branch in 2000 and a store in South Wales the following year.

As part of her extensive retail experience Michelle, who is engaged to be married next spring, has also managed stores in Swindon and Sutton Coldfield.

She is described as "a retailer at heart" with vast experience in the industry.

Belfast Telegraph