New chair of accountancy body relishing year ahead
The new chairman of a leading professional accountancy body has pledged to help drive forward Northern Ireland's economic recovery.
Property consultant Paul Henry was elected chairman of the Chartered Accountants Ulster Society at its recent annual meeting.
Mr Henry is a director with Belfast-based property consultancy firm Osborne King and replaced outgoing chair Darren McDowelL. With extensive experience of real estate, insolvency and corporate finance, Mr Henry addressed the society's 107th AGM and spoke of the body's aim to "assist Northern Ireland's recovery and make a significant contribution to the local economy".
"The Ulster Society will continue to be an active voice for the Chartered Accountancy profession in Northern Ireland," he said.
"We are very well positioned to present a balanced an insightful perspective on issues relevant to the local business community."
The Ulster Society represents over 3,700 chartered accountants and is a district society of Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Mr Henry previously worked with Pricewaterhouse, the Industrial Development Board, Enterprise Equity and ASM Chartered Accountants.
Looking ahead to his term as chair, he said: "In the year ahead we have the ability and the opportunity to support the local Executive, provide a link to Northern Ireland businesses and contribute to the local economy.
"Ensuring that businesses have access to finance will be key as Northern Ireland's recovery continues.
"Chartered Accountants have a large role in play in raising awareness of the structures that are available to support businesses which are aiming for growth."