New chairman of CBI NI Adrian Doran insists business voice will be heard in time of uncertainty
The CBI in Northern Ireland has appointed banker Adrian Doran as its new chairman.
Mr Doran, who has led the corporate operation of Barclays in NI for nearly 20 years, succeeds dairy boss Trevor Lockhart in his newest role.
He said he was delighted to take over the reins at a time when business here faces "a considerable period of challenge and uncertainty".
"The CBI plays a critical role representing businesses of all shapes and sizes right across Northern Ireland," Mr Doran said.
"As a nation powered by thriving small and mid-sized firms, it's more important than ever to have their needs represented at the highest level of policy and decision making." And he thanked Mr Lockhart, who is also chief executive of agri co-op Fane Valley, for his work as chairman.
"Like Trevor, I will ensure the voice of business in this region continues to get heard during the coming months."
Mr Doran trained as a chartered accountant with PwC, before joining Bank of Ireland for four years. CBI NI director, Angela McGowan, said Mr Doran was bringing a wealth of experience to the role at a "pivotal" time.
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She said firms here are "looking for political stability and certainty to grow the local economy and raise people's living standards".
"Adrian's strong voice will help the CBI represent the views of businesses to policymakers across a wide range of issues - from education and skills, trade, and tax, to infrastructure, innovation and energy.
"I very much look forward to working together to help create the conditions for companies prosper."
She also expressed gratitude to Trevor Lockhart for his leadership over his year as chairman. "His determination, wisdom and warmth have been invaluable through one of the most politically turbulent periods in memory.
"We're delighted he has agreed to assume the role of CBI NI vice chair."