Business Ambassadors

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Paul Terrington

Paul is Chairman of PwC NI and sits on the PwC National Management Board. He is immediate past Chairman of Institute of Directors in NI and is a member of IoD National Council. Paul has recently become Chairman of Ulster Rugby and was Chairman of the NI Hospice Capital Appeal Fund from 2014-2016.
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Sir Bruce Robinson

Sir Bruce Robinson was Head of Northern Ireland Civil Service between 2008 and 2011 and received a Knighthood for public service in 2011. His public sector career was spent working in the areas of economic development and public finance. He is currently Chair of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, Deputy Chair of AIB (UK) plc and a director of the Irish American Partnership. He is also Chair of the Financial Management Shared Service Programme Board in the Republic of Ireland; which is one of the Irish Government’s major civil service reform projects.
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Dr Aislinn Rice

Dr Aislinn Rice serves as CEO of Analytics Engines. A senior sales and marketing professional with an exceptional record in revenue generation and directing new product investment, Aislinn was previously an Executive Director for Andor Technology plc where she was responsible for sales operations across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Prior to this, Aislinn held the role as VP Global Sales and Business Development with Machine Vision Technology cumulating in the successful acquisition by Agilent Technologies. She is a non-executive director on the board of QUBIS, the organisation which commercialises Queen's University R&D through the formation of spin-out businesses. Aislinn is an IoD Chartered Director (CDir) and was awarded the IoD NI Director of the Year Award (Large Company category) in 2011. A graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School, Dr Rice holds a PhD in Chemistry from Queen's University Belfast.
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Dame Judith Hill

Dame Judith Hill served as Chief Executive of Northern Ireland from 2005-2014. Prior to that, she served as the Chief Nursing Officer for Northern Ireland from 1995-2005. In 2012, Judith was awarded the honour of a Dame Commander (DBE) for her services to people receiving palliative care in Northern Ireland. Currently, Judith serves as a trustee with The Nazareth Trust and The Big Hous and is a Fellow of Royal College of Nursing.

Helen Kirkpatrick

Helen Kirkpatrick is currently a non-executive Director of Kingspan Group plc, Dale Farm Co-operative and Chairman of Neueda . Helen is a member of the Queen’s University Belfast Audit Committee, a non-executive director of QUBIS and a lay member of the Queens University Belfast Students’ Union Management Advisory Board. She is a director of the Irish Football Association. Prior to this, she was a non-executive director of Wireless Group/UTV Media plc, a Corporate Finance Executive in Invest Northern Ireland, a Board member of the International Fund for Ireland, a Director of Enterprise Equity Venture Capital Group and a Director of NI-CO. Helen was also a non-executive director of CAUSE (NI) Helen was awarded the Lunn’s Excellence Award – Director of the Year in 2013. She was awarded a MBE in 2012 for services to the community in Northern Ireland. She holds a B.A. (Hons) degree in Business Studies from Ulster University, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
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Larry McGarry

Larry McGarry is a highly experienced marketing management professional who consistently delivers high-quality, results-focused and award-winning creative content. Larry is a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from University of Ulster, Belfast and is a guest Lecturer for Msc Marketing at Queens University Belfast. With an in-depth knowledge of social media marketing and expertise in identifying emerging market trends, he has been a dedicated Creative Director with over 25 years in advertising and public relations. A natural leader with over 20 years hands-on experience managing large creative teams and film crews.
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Tim Brundle

Tim Brundle is Director of Research & Impact at Ulster University. Timothy directs Ulster’s research strategy, governance and administration, and guides its commercial output through knowledge transfer and intellectual property commercialisation. He also holds the position of Executive Director of Innovation Ulster Ltd, Ulster’s venturing and investment company. Tim has worked throughout his career in research-led organisations, with a focus on developing their customer-orientation, economic impact, business outcomes and shareholder value. He has led the establishment of more than 40 high tech start up companies, secured over £400m of Venture Capital, managed a profitable investment fund and ensured investor value from company acquisitions and a stock market floatation. He is an experienced and skilled member of the Board of both young companies and mature public Institutions, including serving as a Director of many of Ulster’s spin out companies, Invest NI and the UK Knowledge Transfer Network.
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Ian Sheppard

Ian is the former Northern Ireland Managing Director for Bank of Ireland. He is a Chartered Accountant and one of Northern Ireland’s most experienced Corporate Bankers having worked with many of Northern Ireland’s top companies. Ian is also a former Chair of the Institute of Directors in NI. Having personal experience of the difference the staff of the Hospice can make in the care of patients and their families, Ian hopes his skills and experience will add value to the Board and the Hospice.
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Jackie Henry

Jackie Henry is the Senior Partner for Deloitte in Northern Ireland. She is a chartered accountant and received a first class honours in Accountancy from Queen’s University Belfast. She is a member of the CBI Council, an Honorary Fellow of Belfast Metropolitan College and a Visiting Professor of Ulster University Business School. In 2016 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to the economy in Northern Ireland. She is passionate in developing new talent models, including Deloitte’s BrightStart higher apprenticeship programme and Graduate Academy programme, and in creating job opportunities in Northern Ireland.

Ken Montgomery

A farmer’s son, Ken was born outside Dungannon, Co Tyrone and attended Dungannon Royal School before studying computer science at Queens University. He worked in the computer software industry for 15 years before setting his own business, Pinnacle Computing, in 1993.Married to Margaret, Ken has two sons, William and Steven, and a daughter, Sarah-Jane. He is an avid cyclist, plays the highland bagpipes, and enjoys quality time with his family and grandson. Ken also has a love of marque cars.
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Wayne Sullivan

Wayne Sullivan received a BSc in Banking and Finance from Ulster University (Coleraine) and went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with Witt Thornton in 1994. After qualifying, Wayne moved quickly through a series of Senior Financial roles including Financial Controller at WD Meats and Group Financial Controller at Mackies Plc. Wayne founded VANRATH in 2000, and acting as Managing Director, has led the business in its successful progression to becoming the established leading Specialist Recruitment consultancy in Northern Ireland. VANRATH has played a leading role in the human resource plans of many significant local and multi-national organisations including NYSE, CME, Citi Group, Deloitte Digital, SHS, KPMG and PWC. In 2017 VANRATH proudly opened its Dublin Office.
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Brian McCaul

Brian McCaul is the Director of Innovation at Queen’s University Belfast and CEO of Qubis Ltd.Brian has worked in technology transfer and innovation space for the last 23 years, both within the private and higher education sectors. Before joining Queen’s he was a co-founder of an innovation software company based in the UK and the Netherlands and has exited an aerospace business based in the ‘Aviation Valley’ in Poland. Brian sits on the Board of a number of companies in NI and has as hand in establishing dozens of technology businesses. His previous roles include Chair of the Association for University Research and Industry Links (now Praxis AURIL), the main professional body for technology transfer professionals.
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Aileen Martin

Aileen Martin BA. Hons, is Director of Sales at Hastings Hotels-a Northern Irish Hotel company with 7 Hotels across the Province. Aileen is also The Chairperson of The John Acheson Trust and President for the Northern Ireland Polio Association.
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Bob McGowan-Smyth

Bob is a partner at Crescent Capital, Northern Ireland’s leading venture capital fund manager. He is an experienced finance professional, venture capitalist and non-executive director, having been a board member of over 20 commercial organisations. Bob has a long and successful track record in the venture capital industry in Northern Ireland. He has also served as a charity trustee and a charity finance director and is an advocate of business and charity partnerships.
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Dominic Walsh

Dominic is a native of north Belfast having attended Belfast Royal Academy and Queens University Belfast where he studied Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration. A keen sportsman with rugby being his passion which led him to being appointed as the chair of Sport NI and also as Director of the World Police & Fire Games - hosted in Belfast in 2013. Dominic joined the development board of the NI Hospice and helped with the fund raising for the new Hospice. After the work of the Development Board was completed Dominic was delighted to become an Ambassador for the NI Hospice.

We are currently seeking individuals who are empathetic to the work of Northern Ireland Hospice.

Perhaps you have a network of influencers, are skilled in public affairs, involved in philanthropy or are active within an overseas NI business network?

If so, we would be delighted if you would consider joining our network of Hospice Ambassadors and utilising your experience to help shape the future of palliative care in Northern Ireland.

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