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Chief Executive Officer
Thomas joined InterTradeIreland in 2012 as Chief Executive Officer and is based at the InterTradeIreland offices in Newry. Prior to this appointment he worked for a short period with Kildare County Council and the Local Government Efficiency Group but is best known for successfully running Swansea Cork Ferries Ltd as Managing Director for eighteen years where he was also the majority shareholder. He was a board member of the Cork Chamber of Commerce and served for two terms on the board of Chambers Ireland. He was also a board member on a number of other companies and bodies.
Thomas holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin and a Master of Commerce from University College Cork. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
Director of Programmes & Business Services
Margaret is responsible for leading the development and delivery of InterTradeIrelands suite of programmes and business services. InterTradeIreland provides financial assistance and support to businesses across the island. InterTradeIreland’s support is centred around Trade and Innovation including helping companies to access new markets, develop new products and processes and raising early stage finance. Margaret is a business and marketing graduate. She completed an MBA in 2004. Margaret’s career to date has focused on supporting the development of SME’s and early stage companies. She lead the development of InterTradeIreland’s Equity Network Programme. She was appointed to her current position in December 2009.
Corporate Services Director
Laurence joined InterTradeIreland in 2001 and leads the Corporate Services Directorate in supporting and promoting the Body’s activities.
He spent twelve years working in Australia and several countries in Southern Africa in senior roles in the financial services, dairy and security sectors. He also spent two years with a humanitarian organisation focussing on refugee resettlement in Zambia. Laurence also worked for several years in financial management and professional development roles in Ireland where he was the course director of a professional accounting programme.
A Chartered Management Accountant and graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Laurence took his MBA at Henley Management College and a Graduate Certificate in Information Technology from Dublin City University.
Strategy and Policy Director
Aidan Gough in his role as Strategy and Policy Director, advises on collaborative strategy, policy and initiatives to help InterTradeIreland in boosting North/South economic co-operation to the mutual benefit of both economies on the island. Aidan leads InterTradeIreland’s policy and research team to identify areas where joint Government intervention can help to create an environment where it is easier to do business and increase the competitiveness of individual businesses and the island in the global economy. Aidan is a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast with an MBA and MSc in Economics. Prior to joining InterTradeIreland in 2000, Aidan was Director of the Northern Ireland Economic Council.
During 2016 InterTradeIreland had an Executive Board consisting of 12 members appointed by the North South Ministerial Council.
Four board members' terms expired on 12th December 2016 - Martin Cronin, Jack Gallagher, Timothy Mayes and Kevin Norton.
Four new board members were appointed on 13th December 2016 - Ken Nelson (Chairperson), Micheál Briody, Anne Rudden and Timothy Cairns.
Paul O’Sullivan has worked in Dublin Institute of Technology since 1977, is a Director of the Institute and is Dean of the College of Business. He has served as a member of the Higher Education Authority of Ireland and is currently a member of the Board of Solas, the government body for policy, strategy, financing and direction of all Further Education, Apprenticeship and Industrial Training in the Republic of Ireland.
Paul has been a Director of the Bolton Trust (1992-2012), a registered charity devoted to fostering high tech graduate entrepreneurs and he was the first Chairman of the Small Enterprise Seed Fund. He has published in the areas of Marketing Communication and Sponsorship and Business Planning for SMEs. He has acted as Marketing Advisor to a number of public bodies and chaired a major Marketing Review for the GAA. He has served on the Board of a number of media companies and software startups.
For over two decades, Rosemary has worked in the media industry rising to Managing Director level.
In 2006, she launched her own multi-media business – WMB Publishing; it includes the flagship title WMB – the Irish Magazine for Businesswomen and the business website: Womenmeanbusiness.com. A year later, she launched the very successful annual WMB Conference & Awards. Rosemary has been a past Chairman and Director of Magazines Ireland. She sat on the Steering Committee to establish a Press Council and subsequently sat on the first Press Council of Ireland.
In 2011, her first book aptly named: Women Mean Business – One Woman's Journey into Entrepreneurship was released (Orpen Press).
Professor Terri Scott is Principal/ CEO of Northern Regional College (www.NRC.ac.uk). NRC has an enrollment of 16,000 students across 6 campuses in Northern Ireland. She took up her current role in October 2014 after serving 6 years as President of the Institute of Technology, Sligo. Professor Scott has previously held leadership positions in Dublin City University and the University of Ulster.
She has extensive experience of developing partnerships and collaboration with institutions across Europe, USA and Asia. She has been responsible for leading many commercial ventures and collaborative projects between industry and academia.
From 2002-2006 she was Managing Director at Invest Northern Ireland responsible for entrepreneurship and regional development. During this time she has worked extensively with technology start-ups, SMEs and multinationals in promoting economic development and innovation. Terri has held several Board appointments and was a Director of the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) from 2007-2011.
A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Joanne Spain has worked in the field of politics and economics for the past ten years. Joanne currently works as economic advisor to the Sinn Fein Oireachtas team and produces the party’s pre-budget submissions and budgetary responses. She has been based in the Dail for the past 5 years, initially as a parliamentary assistant shadowing the Finance, Workers’ Rights and Enterprise departments.
As well as dealing with financial legislation for most of this time, she also had responsibility for producing major policy documents, including a job creation submission to the Oireachtas Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Employment. Her current work involves continuous engagement with the Department of Finance and the EU/IMF/ECB representatives overseeing the implementation of the financial programme currently in place.
Joanne previously worked as the overall political manager of the Sinn Fein party in Leinster House, was chairperson of the party’s national policy committee, and is also a member of the party’s Ard Comhairle. In 2006, she attended negotiations at St. Andrew’s as part of the Sinn Fein delegation.
James Spratt is a married man with 4 grown up sons and 7 grandchildren. He has worked all his life in the public sector, and has extensive knowledge of local and central government. He served on Castlereagh Council from 2005 to 2013 serving on many committees and bodies, he was Chairman of the Northern Ireland Joint Council representing the 26 councils and also served on the National Joint Council.
James also was a member of the NI Assembly from 2007 to 2015. He was Chairman of the Standard and Privileges Committee 2014 – 2015, Chairman of the Regional Development Committee 2011 to 2014 and Chairman of the Assembly Executive Review Committee 2008 -2011. He also served on the Committee of First & Deputy First Minister from 2007 - 2015.
James was a Member of the NI Policing Board 2008 - 2011 as well as serving as Chairman of the Human Resources Committee during that period.
Patrick Joy is the founder of Suretank Group and was the 2013 Irish EY Entrepreneur of the Year. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer (University College Dublin, 1974) and also has an MBA (Trinity College Dublin, 1988). Married to Mary, they have 5 children and two grandchildren and live in Baltray, Co. Louth.
Patrick recently hired a new CEO for Suretank and has stepped back from his previous full time role of managing his business. He devotes his time to mentoring and investing in new start-up businesses and he is a director of a number of companies including Suretank Group where he retains a significant shareholding.
Outside of his business interests, Patrick is a member of Engineers Ireland, EO – The Entrepreneurs Organisation, Boyne RFC, Royal Dublin Society, Seapoint and Co. Louth golf clubs. He is also a council member of the Irish Exporters Association.
Paul Greenfield was elected to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in May 2014. He is vice chair of the Economic Development and Regeneration Committee and also serves on the committees for Environmental Services, and Strategy and Community Planning.
Paul has 20 years experience working in the retail motor industry in some of Northern Ireland’s leading dealerships. During the course of his career, Paul has enjoyed progressing through the business, from trainee sales, to business finance manager, sales manager and over ten years as General Manager. He currently manages three new car franchises and a used car department.
Paul has enjoyed numerous successes throughout his career including a Customer Quality award, ranking top in the UK.
He is board member of East Border Region and also Vice Chairman of his local DUP branch.
Paul is married, with three young children and lives in Waringstown
Terry Crossan worked for many years in the Licensed Trade industry with the Garvan O'Doherty Group. Now semi-retired, he works part-time as a Security Advisor for music events and festivals
He served on the Board of Foyle Carlingford and Irish Lights for 10 years including 3 years as Chair of the Board. He was also on the Board of Bogside Brandiwell Initiative for several years as well as serving on the Board of Cooperation Ireland for four years.