John McCallister MLA spent the afternoon at Danske Bank headquarters in Belfast to find out the banking sector. During his visit, Mr McCallister was greeted by Kevin Kingston (Deputy CEO) who explained key facts about Danske Bank in Northern Ireland, including their competitive market and business performance.
Mr McCallister then met with John Henning (Head of Agricultural Relations) where he was able to find out more about agriculture and business banking.
Brian Telford (Head of Markets) then spent some time explaining to John how this area of banking operates.
Ambassador of the United States of America to the Court of St James, Matthew W. Barzun, provided the keynote address at the annual President’s Dinner. Local journalist Colletta Smith interviewed the Ambassador on a number of business issues of interest to the special bond between Northern Ireland and America.
On Friday 16th January, Joe McDonald, Corporate Affairs Manager, Asda NI welcomed Pam Cameron MLA, Trevor Clarke MLA, Paul Girvan MLA and Danny Kinahan MLA to the Antrim Asda store.
During the educational visit, the MLAs learned about the work done by Asda with the local community, their support for local businesses and producers and also the development opportunities for Asda staff.
Following the NIABT AGM on Mon 16 June 2014, Alastair Hamilton, CEO of Invest NI delivered an Invest NI performance update. New Board Members confirmed as Claire Sugden MLA, Chris Brown, MCE PR and Stephen Kelly, manufacturing NI.
Phil Flanagan MLA and NIABT Chair spent the afternoon with officials from Danske Bank to find out more about the banking sector.
During his visit, Phil met with Gerry Mallon, CEO who provided an excellent overview of Danske Bank in NI. Following on, Phil then met with Charlie Carlin, Customer Service Manager who gave Phil a tour of the inbound and outbound customer service areas.
Ivan McMinn, Head of Corporate Banking, also explained the bank’s business banking area to Phil.
Simon Little, Corporate Affairs Manager then had the opportunity to brief Phil on recent topical developments in personal banking.
Members of the NIABT took part in a two day programme where they met with a series of Ministers, MSPs and business representatives.
Dr Joanne Stuart OBE, NIABT Vice Chair, Alban Maginness MLA, NIABT Board Member, John Rooney, NIABT Board Member, Michelle Thompson, Business for Scotland, Michael Bell, NIABT Board Member, Amanda Harvie, Better Together, Megan Fearon MLA, Phil Flanagan MLA, NIABT Chair
Phil Flanagan MLA, NIABT Chair with Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism
Dr Joanne Stuart OBE, NIABT Vice Chair, Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning, Phil Flanagan MLA, NIABT Chair
Sandra Overend MLA, Alban Maginness MLA, NIABT Board Member, Phil Flanagan MLA, NIABT Chair, Megan Fearon MLA