12 March 2008


Mr. L. Cree MLA
Mr. R. Newton MLA;
Mr. W. Wright, Wrightbus Co
Mr. Brian Moreland Observer for Mr. T. Campbell Moy Park Ltd
Ms. K. McDonald Stratagem
Mr. A. McRitchie Bombardier Aerospace Ltd
Mr. T. Carson BT NI

Mr. S. Neeson MLA
Mr. P. Maskey MLA
Ms. D. Purvis MLA
Mr. B. Turley, Observer for Lord Ballyedmond
Mr. D. O’Loan MLA

In Attendance:
Peter Gregg, Kate McCullough, Owen McNulty – External Liaison Unit

1. Apologies

Apologies were recorded and noted above.

2. Minutes of previous meeting

The minutes of the 12 December 2007 were agreed.

3. Feedback from Trustee Workshop

The Trustees were content with the report from the workshop which highlighted that the aims and directions of the Trust were still relevant.

4. Feedback from Speaker’s Dinner

The Trustees were delighted with the turn-out of the business sector to the Speaker’s dinner and the outcome of the discussions on skills and employment.

5. Newsletter, programme and membership fees

The draft newsletter was circulated and Trustees were requested to give comments as soon as possible to allow for circulation.

Action: Trustees to forward comments on newsletters a.s.a.p.

A draft education programme was circulated for comment by the Board of Trustees. Business Trustees gave commitment to develop a number of key events and would provide a theme and outline dates as soon as possible.

Action: Trustees to forward comments and programmes a.s.a.p.

Membership fees for 2008-2009 were agreed as follows:

  • above/equal to £50 million – £2,500
  • Below £50 million – £1,500
  • Below £25 million – £1,000
  • Below £10 million – £500
  • Below £ 5 million – £250
  • below £ 2 million – £100
Action: Newsletter, Programme and Membership to be circulated to businesses and Members
6. AOB

There was no further business discussed.

7. Date of Next Meeting

The date of the next Board of Trustees meeting is 14 May 2008 at 5pm in Parliament Building.