Annual General Meeting 20 May 2013

The meeting took place at 5:00pm, Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings

Present: See attached list

1. NIABT Accounts 2011/2012

A copy of the Trustee’s Report and accounts balance sheet for 2011-2012 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 24 September 2012.

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

Proposed: Michael Bell
Seconded: John Rooney

2. Adoption of Minutes of the 2012 AGM

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

Proposed: John Rooney
Seconded: Glyn Roberts

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: Michael Bell

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: Phil Flanagan MLA
Seconded: Michael Bell

The President confirmed the new Board of Trustees as follows:

Alban Maginness MLA SDLP
Leslie Cree MBE MLA UUP
Phil Flanagan MLA Sinn Fein
Judith Cochrane 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
Tara Whaley British Telecom
Alan Dickson PricewaterhouseCoopers
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 Chair welcomed Daithí McKay MLA, Dr Esmond Birnie from PricewaterhouseCoopers and Roger Pollen from Federation of Small Businesses to lead a debate on Corporation Tax, where do we go from here?

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