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Belfast City Council has announced details of the non-executive board directors who will oversee the operation of Belfast Waterfront and the Ulster Hall from 1 April 2016.
The five appointees - drawn from business, finance and commercial backgrounds, following a UK-wide recruitment process - will be responsible, along with a managing director, for the daily running of both venues, after the council previously approved the creation of a council-owned company following the £29.5 million transformation of Belfast Waterfront.
Chaired by Ellvena Graham, a former head of Ulster Bank with an impressive track record in the financial sector, the board of the new Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd will focus on meeting commercial and non-commercial targets set by the council for the remodelled building, which hosts its first major conference on 11-13 May.
These include generating £100 million for Belfast and creating over 1,500 new hospitality and retail jobs by attracting 50,000 conference delegate days each year by 2020.
The other appointees to the board are Alan Dixon, an independent business advisor to a range of public and private sector institutions; Robert Holt, who has a successful track record in managing and delivering complex construction and property programmes; Simon Goldrick, with over 20 years’ experience of marketing and communications management; and Patrick McClughan, currently Head of Corporate Affairs with global renewable energy firm Gaelectric.
The board will hold its first meeting in April, with a managing director appointed by the summer.
Belfast City Council will still continue to own both Belfast Waterfront and the Ulster Hall, with councillors overseeing their future growth through a new committee set up to ensure they achieve the best economic return for ratepayers.
The new board of Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd pay a visit to the remodelled venue ahead of its reopening in May.
The five non-executive directors - (left to right) Alan Dixon, Simon Goldrick, Ellvena Graham (Chair), Robert Holt and Patrick McClughan - will oversee the operation of the building, along with the Ulster Hall, from 1 April, after Belfast City Council previously approved the creation of a council-owned company to run both venues.
The new look Belfast Waterfront is aiming to bring in £100 million for Belfast by attracting 50,000 conference delegate days each year by 2020.
For further information on Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd contact Mary Owens, Conference Marketing Executive, on +44 (0)28 9033 4400 or email [email protected]
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