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4c delighted to be appointed to recruit the new CBI NI Director, announced today as Angela McGowan

Published on: 25 July 2016

The CBI has announced that Angela McGowan has been appointed as its new Northern Ireland Director, and will succeed the retiring Director, Nigel Smyth, after 26 years of service.

Angela will head up the CBI’s Northern Ireland office and represent the UK’s largest business organisation’s Northern Ireland members with government, policy makers and other key stakeholders including the social partners and other business bodies – such as Ibec where we have a strategic relationship through the Joint Business Council.

Angela joins the CBI from Danske Bank UK where she has been the Chief Economist since 2008. She provides analysis, commentary and insights into Northern Ireland, UK and global economic trends, and provides a range of reports and media commentary on issues impacting on the local economy.

Angela previously worked as the senior economist at the Economic Research Institute NI (2004-7) and the Northern Ireland Economic Council (2001-04), and has a strong background in public policy research and analysis.

She will be joining the CBI on 1 October.

Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Angela to the role of Northern Ireland Director. Her business experience, and wealth of economic knowledge, will help the CBI create the best possible conditions for its members in Northern Ireland.

“Following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, Angela joins us at an important moment for Northern Ireland’s economy, when businesses will be looking for political stability and certainty. I look forward to working closely with her to achieve this.”

David Gavaghan, CBI Northern Ireland Chair, said:

“On behalf of CBI Northern Ireland Council and our wider membership we are really delighted to welcome Angela to her new role. At this critical time, Angela’s strong grasp of public policy issues and a deep understanding of the regional economy will be very important. The CBI is recognised as the voice of business and, as we all face a new set of challenges, Angela is ideally placed to lead the local team and engage widely in representing the interests of the business community in Northern Ireland.”

Stephen Matchett, Chief Financial Officer at Danske Bank, said:

“We would like to express our thanks to Angela for her contribution at Danske Bank over the past eight years. Danske Bank has built a strong position in the Northern Ireland marketplace and Angela has played an important part in bolstering our reputation through her public-facing role as Chief Economist. She has also made a significant contribution in helping to inform and encourage wider economic debate in our society.

“As long-time CBI members we wish her well in her forthcoming new role, as we continue to work alongside CBI and other stakeholders to help ensure continued growth in the local economy.”

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