Fane Valley chief appointed to leading CBI role
TREVOR Lockhart, group chief executive of Fane Valley Co-operative, will be CBI Northern Ireland's new vice-chair for 2017 and will go on to become regional chair in 2018-2019.
He has been a CBI council member for many years and takes over from Colin Walsh, who stepped down after four years of service in the role of both chair and vice-chair in December.
Trevor brings to the position an in-depth understanding of both manufacturing and the agri-food industry in Northern Ireland and beyond.
Describing it as a "great honour" to be appointed to the role, he added: "The CBI's work on the development of local infrastructure, education and skills as well as raising local productivity and innovation levels is extremely important.
"I'm looking forward to supporting the CBI's efforts over the next few years to create the right conditions for economic growth. As a local business person it is vital that business and government work together to deliver jobs and prosperity for all our citizens across Northern Ireland.”
David Gavaghan, CBI's Northern Ireland chair, added: “I'm delighted to be working with Trevor over the next two years. His record of success in the Northern Ireland business community is outstanding. He will be a real asset to the CBI's leadership in the years ahead.
"We are very fortunate to have someone who is steeped in the intricate issues that relate to the free movement of goods and people across the EU. The latter is possibly of even more importance in our local context."
CBI regional director Angela McGowan said Trevor's appointment would be a great benefit to the organisation, adding: "His business acumen, knowledge of manufacturing, agriculture and exporting will help us navigate our dramatically changing economic environment in the year ahead.”