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Kirsty McManus takes her seat as IoD Northern Ireland National Director

Kirsty McManusThe Institute of Directors’ new National Director in Northern Ireland, Kirsty McManus, has vowed to further strengthen the voice of business as she commenced her post at the leading business organisation.

Formerly Head of Business Development at the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kirsty’s appointment followed a successful career during which she has held senior positions at the University of Ulster, CBI and Vistage.

 Kirsty has joined the IoD to replace former National Director Linda Brown, who retired in July following 23 years at the organisation.

Kirsty said: “The IoD is known nationally as the voice of business and for the tremendous work it carries out in raising standards in corporate governance and improving economic standards for all.

“I look forward to further strengthening that voice in Northern Ireland as we seek to build relationships with businesses across all sectors, politicians, local government and the public sector.”

Congratulating Kirsty on her appointment, IoD Northern Ireland Chair, Ian Sheppard, said: “Kirsty brings a wealth of relevant experience to the role and will build on the current foundations to further enhance the work of the Institute in supporting the development of professional leaders in Northern Ireland.

“The IoD is dedicated to supporting our members, encouraging entrepreneurial activity and promoting responsible business practice for the benefit of the business community and society as a whole.

“Kirsty will work to grow the IoD’s membership through development and networking programmes as well as strengthening relationships with businesses, politicians, local government and the public sector.

“A high calibre of applicants from across the public and private sector were considered during a rigorous recruitment process and on behalf of our members I congratulate Kirsty on her success.”

Kirsty’s appointment comes at a hugely significant time for the organisation which this year celebrates 60 years operating in Northern Ireland.

For more information on the Institute of Directors, visit www.iod.com/ni.