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Former TV executive Liz Barron on returning to NI and her new ScreenSkills role: ‘To see the industry now and how much it has grown is absolutely astonishing’

Former TV executive Liz Barron is back in NI after 30 years with a new role in ScreenSkills and a career of which many could dream

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Liz Barron is putting new roots down in NI with a new job at ScreenSkills and a new home in Donaghadee

Liz Barron is putting new roots down in NI with a new job at ScreenSkills and a new home in Donaghadee

Liz Barron is putting new roots down in NI with a new job at ScreenSkills and a new home in Donaghadee

When Liz Barron gave notice on her last job — working online for a professional association in the US — she briefly considered retirement.

After a 20-year spell across the pond, where the former television executive had relocated to take on the role of BBC America’s first vice president, the Belfast woman decided to move home. She bought a house in Groomsport, Co Down with every intention of reintegrating into Northern Irish life. But Covid and time differences put paid to that. Evening functions here clashed with her American working day schedule and after some consideration she resigned, thinking that maybe retirement beckoned. But then she saw an advertisement for a post that combined her skills set and experience in television, adult education and youth development, applied for it and got the job. Retirement wasn’t on the cards, after all.


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