Dr Conor Patterson, Chief Executive
Conor has been actively involved in the economic regeneration of the Newry and Mourne region since the mid-1990’s. Between 1997 and 2003 he was the Chairman of the Newry and Mourne Economic Forum and more recently he has been one of the co-ordinators of the Greater Newry Vision Partnership. From 2003-2005 he was the Chairman of Enterprise Northern Ireland, the federation of Local Enterprise Agencies in Northern Ireland. More recently he was President of Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade. He is currently a member of the Maze/Long Kesh Development Corporation; a Governor of the Southern Regional College; and the Chairman of the Community Stakeholder Panel which is guiding First Flight Wind in the development of an offshore windfarm; which, ultimately, will generate 20% of Northern Ireland's electricity needs. Conor is also a director of the Department of Agriculture and Local Authority managed SOAR rural development partnership. Conor has a Doctorate in Business & Economics from Kingston University in London. He is an MSc Economics graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and a Chartered Urban and Regional Planner. Conor is accredited as a Mediator by the Mediation Network for Northern Ireland. He is a Member of the Institute of Business Consulting and a Member of the Institute of Economic Development.
Liam Quinn F.C.A. Financial Controller
Liam qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995 and worked for several years in the Corporate Finance Division of Pricewaterhousecoopers in Belfast. He joined the Agency as Financial Controller in 1998 and has been involved in the delivery of support to new and growing businesses in the Newry & Mourne area. Liam has also project managed the development of significant workspace schemes within the Agency and its associate companies. Liam is currently President of Newry Credit Union and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of St Colmans College in Newry. He owned and operated a successful retail business for over nine years. He is currently a voluntary director of a local community business and the treasurer of the recently re-formed Scout group in Newry.
Pauline Coghlan, Senior Business Development Executive
Pauline Coghlan is an M.B.A. graduate with over 30 years’ experience in small business development and financial management and has over 5 years’ experience at senior management level of a large retail Department Store.
Since joining the Enterprise Agency in February 2004 she has been involved in the co-ordination and delivery of a wide range of programmes, including: Develop A Business Programme Pilot, Enterprise Northern Ireland Small Business Loan Fund audits, the Start A Business Programme, The Rural Business Programme and the Invest NI Social Entrepreneurship Programme. More recently Pauline has been responsible for the joint management of the Social Enterprise Newry & Mourne initiative, with responsibility for financial control of the budget and was the Client Manager of the ‘Go For It’ programme.
Pauline is currently managing the Work4Uplus Programme, which is a programme of support designed to help young people, aged 14-20 years who are ‘at risk’ of becoming disengaged from education, employment or training. The programme will improve their confidence, develop a range of life and basic skills, perspectives and experiences which will help them to make the transition from their current dysfunctional circumstances to the world of work, volunteering, education and training.
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Maria Coyle, Finance Officer M.I.A.T.I.
Maria has worked at Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency for over twenty years as Finance Officer. She is a fully qualified Accounting Technician with responsibility for the day-to-day book-keeping of the Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency, where she manages the accounts for a variety of programmes, including the handling of claims from funding organisations. She is also responsible for the day-to-day book-keeping of Oriel Developments Ltd and Binnian Developments Ltd. Maria also supports our team and Chief Executive with administration duties.
Michelle Frost, Office Services
Michelle has worked at Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency for 24 years and provides our team with administration support for our programmes. She also works with our external clients providing backup office support services.
Colin Hanna, IT and Research Manager
In his role as IT Manager, Colin maintains and develops a sophisticated suite of onsite ICT systems and websites as well as providing day-to-day support to both staff and tenants. As Research Manager he regularly provides the statistical input for study and strategy documents published by e.g. Newry and Mourne District Council and Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade. Colin has delivered ICT advice and training for Newry and Mourne Enterprise Agency across a range of initiatives including the Business Start and Tradelinks programmes; he has recently completed managing two innovative pilot programmes, Work 4 U and ISIS which were initiatives targeted at Newry’s Neighbourhood Renewal Area. Colin is currently working on the SUPORT Project, an EU funded initiative which is part of the Erasmus Programme.
Jennifer Malone, Property Manager
Jennifer heads our Commercial Property Development Team and also has 31 years experience as a member of our Business Support Team. Jennifer has an extensive knowledge of industrial property and has been responsible for managing 4 industrial estates totalling over 178,500 sq ft. Jennifer manages the property portfolio for the Co Operative Ltd, including the facilitation of SME’s in their requirements for suitable and affordable workspace. Jennifer has been the project officer for the heritage lotteries fund for the regeneration of Canal Street and Sugar Island for the past 5 years. Jennifer is a Member of the Institute of Business Advisors. Jennifer is also a board member for the Women’s Network Newry & Armagh, and also the labour and Education Forum
Kieran Mathers, Senior Business Development Executive
Kieran has over twenty-five years experience in industry having worked as a Systems Manager with Norbrook Laboratories, a leading veterinary pharmaceutical company. He is a Quality specialist and was self-employed as a Quality Systems Consultant before joining Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency in 2002. Kieran was the operational manager for the SEED Business Development Programmes, Businesspoint and the Rural Enterprise Awareness Programme and is currently the programme manager for Tradelinks, a 12 countywide programme supporting the micro-enterprise sector. Kieran has a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and Biology and he plays a role in maintaining the Agency’s ISO 9001 accreditation.
Stephen McClelland, Senior Social Enterprise Advisor
Stephen is an M.B.A. graduate with over 30 years experience in the community and voluntary sector and 15 years of public sector senior management experience. For the last 8 years he has managed and delivered the Community Business Start Up Programme in the Southern Region, and more recently both Invest NI's Social Entrepreneurship Programme and Newry LSP's Social Enterprise Newry & Mourne programme and has designed and delivered tailored mentoring on behalf of UCIT. He has provided consultancy support to private sector businesses under the Start a Business, Tradelinks and Leader Programmes. Stephen sits on the boards of a number of social enterprises and community based organisations.
Maeve McParland, Assistant Business Development Executive
Maeve comes from a financial background having worked in banking for 6 years. She has been employed at the Enterprise Agency for 6 years during which time she has provided programme support for various initiatives including Social Enterprise Newry and Mourne, Enterprise Network East and the Start a Business Programme. She is currently undertaking the role of Tradelinks Regional Coordinator. Tradelinks’ is a micro-enterprise development programme managed and delivered jointly by the six Border County Enterprise Boards and Enterprise Northern Ireland. She holds a HNC from the University of Ulster and is in the final year of a BSc in Business and Finance.
Patricia Phillips, Office Administrator
Patricia has worked at Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency for over 35 years acting as PA to the Chief Executive and co-ordinating the office services division. She has extensive experience providing administration backup to the team of consultants working on a large number of programmes. She is also responsible for the co-ordination of office administration work and the supervision of the support staff team.