Tributes paid to former Invest NI board member
A businessman and former board member of Invest NI has been praised for sharing a "lifetime of knowledge" in the role.
Alan Lennon (63), who died on Friday, was also chairman of health watchdog the Regulatory and Quality Improvement Authority and led a business consultancy, Lennon Business Solutions.
The father-of-two was a member of the board of directors of Invest NI from 2008 to 2014.
He was a visiting professor at the Ulster University's business school.
Mr Lennon was also part of Arran Capital, which provided equity capital and advice to start-ups.
Alastair Hamilton, chief executive of Invest NI, said: "Alan brought a lifetime of business knowledge and expertise to the board of Invest NI, particularly in the areas of change management, leadership and business performance which provided positive strategic challenge, and contributed greatly in the formative stage of our current strategy."
Mark Ennis, the chairman of the economic development agency, commented: "Alan made a significant contribution to the Northern Ireland economy with a successful track record in the private sector and a strong sense of public service, including his time as a board member of Invest NI from 2008 to 2014.
"During his tenure, he enthusiastically provided wise counsel and extensive insights, which were invaluable to myself and the other board members."
Mr Lennon attended Down High School and went on to study mechanical engineering at Queen's University. His funeral will take place at his home in Ballynahinch tomorrow.