2 July 2012


Present: See attached list

1.  NIABT Accounts 2010/2011

A copy of the Trustee’s Report and accounts balance sheet for 2010-2011 was made available to each member for scrutiny. The President invited David Gray from RSM McClure Watters to present the detail of the Accounts. The President noted that the Board had approved the content of the Accounts at a Board meeting on 7 November 2011.

It was proposed that RSM McClure Watters be retained as Auditor / Accountant. The accounts were approved.

Proposed:       John Rooney

Seconded:      John O’Farrell

2.  Adoption of Minutes of the 2011 AGM

The minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting were agreed by the members as a true record of the meeting.

Proposed:       James Devlin

Seconded:      John Rooney

3.  Election of Board of Trustees

Under the NIABT Articles of Association there is a requirement to annually rotate the Trustees to the Board of Trustees.

Grainne Walsh from Stratagem retired from the Board of Trustees. Three non-Parliamentarians were elected to the Board of Trustees by postal vote, in advance of the AGM:

  • Rt Hon Lord Ballyedmond       Norbrook Laboratories
  • Michael Bell                             Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association
  • James Devlin                          British Telecom

The President also declared that the Board wished to have trade union representation on the Board and John O’Farrell from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions was nominated to fulfill this role as a co-optee.

Proposed:       John Rooney

Seconded:      Alec McRitchie

In addition, there are two Parliamentarian Members to be elected to the Board of Trustees. Leslie Cree MBE MLA and Robin Newton MLA both retired from the Board and have been re-nominated by their Parties.

Proposed:       John O’Farrell

Seconded:      Alec McRitchie

The President confirmed the new Board of Trustees as follows:

Dominic Bradley MLA              SDLP

Leslie Cree MBE MLA             UUP

Phil Flanagan MLA                  Sinn Fein

Chris Lyttle MLA                      Alliance Party

David McClarty MLA               Independent

Robin Newton MLA                 DUP

John Stewart                           Director of Information and Outreach

Lord Ballyedmond                   Norbrook Laboratories

Michael Bell                             Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association

James Devlin                          British Telecom

Alec McRitchie                                Bombardier Aerospace

Glyn Roberts                           Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association

John Rooney                           Rooney Fish

Joanne Stuart                          Attrus Ltd


John O’Farrell                          Irish Congress of Trade Unions

 4.  AOB

On conclusion of the formalities of the Annual General Meeting, the President welcomed Michael Smyth from the University of Ulster to deliver a briefing on the Northern Ireland economy.

Attendance Breakdown


Speaker                           NIABT President

Chris Lyttle MLA           NIABT Chair

Michael Bell                     NI Food and Drink Association, NIABT Board

Declan Billington             John Thompson and Sons Ltd

Esmond Birnie                 PwC

John Cassidy                   ANIFPO

Louise Close                    NIABT Deputy Secretary

Raymond Cullen              Cullen Demolition Ltd

James Devlin                   BT, NIABT Board

Bryan Gray                      Manufacturing NI

David Gray                      RSM McClure Watters

Katherine Hagan             Core Systems

Peter Hall                        NIABT Secretary

James Haughey              Norbrook Laboratories

Kate Houston                  Apple Recruitment Services

Melanie Humphrey          Mallusk Enterprise Park

Alec McRitchie                  Bombardier Aerospace, NIABT Board

Wilfred Mitchell OBE       FSB

John O’Farrell                  ICTU, NIABT Board

Patricia O’Hagan             Core Systems

Roger Pollen                     FSB

Glyn Roberts                   NIIRTA, NIABT Board

John Rooney                   Rooney Fish, NIABT Board

Ken Sharpe                     Triage Hospitality

Michael Smyth                University of Ulster

Peter Spratt                     ASG

John Stewart                   Director of Information and Outreach

Grainne Walsh                Stratagem, NIABT Board