14 May 2008


1. Present:
Mr. Robin Newton MLA
Mr. Declan O’Loan MLA
Mr. Barry Turley observer for Lord Ballyedmond
Mr. Alec McRitchie Bombardier Aerospace
Mr. Trefor Campbell and Mr. Brian Moreland Moy Park Ltd
Ms. Katherine McDonald Stratagem
Mr. William Wright Wrightbus Ltd
Mr. Tom Carson BT.

Mr. S Neeson MLA
Ms. Dawn Purvis MLA
Mr. Paul Maskey MLA
Mr. Leslie Cree 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 meeting of 12 th March 2008 were agreed.

3. Feedback from the day’s Lunchtime workshop.

The Trustees were content that the meeting was productive and that the interaction between MLAs and the business sector was positive.

4. Feedback from Education Programmes.

The Trustees were agreed that stronger communication was needed both internally and externally to publicise the Trust and the education programmes.

Actions: To meet with Katherine McDonald and Barry Turley to discuss a communication strategy for the NIABT.

5. NIABT Membership.

A list of current and new members was given to Trustees and approved.

Actions: More high level businesses to be contacted about NIABT.


Trustees agreed that Peter Gregg and Kate McCullough will attend the IABP conference in Edinburgh (5-6 June) as NIABT representatives.

Actions: Conference attendees to produce a report for next meeting.

7. AOB

It was brought to the board’s attention that an FOI about the Trust and its finances was to be answered openly and honestly. It was also agreed that a meeting with David Gordon of the Belfast Telegraph would meet with Trustees to discuss the Trust further.

Actions: Meeting with Mr. O’Loan, Mr. Neeson and David Gordon. FOI response to be tabled at next meeting.

8. Date of next meeting

The date of the next meeting of the Board of Trustees is 9 July 2008 in Parliament Buildings.