Mary Meehan appointed Deputy Chief Executive of Manufacturing NI.
Manufacturing Northern Ireland is delighted to announce that Mary Meehan has been appointed as Deputy Chief Executive.
As Deputy Chief Executive, Mary will be responsible for focussing on the people side of our work, coordinating Manufacturing NI’s work on skills and leadership investment and identifying key skills development areas with bodies such as Invest NI, Department for the Economy, the Councils and representatives of the education system.
Stephen Kelly, Chief Executive of Manufacturing NI, welcomed the appointment: “We’re delighted to welcome Mary to the Manufacturing NI team- her wealth of experience and knowledge will be a massive asset to manufacturers across Northern Ireland.”
Mary added “I look forward to working with Stephen, The Board and members of Manufacturing NI on promoting the valuable strength and contribution of the sector to the Northern Ireland economy. In doing so I hope to engage with stakeholders to highlight the critical issues that need to be addressed with regards to labour and skills shortages as well as promoting the diversity and range of exciting areas that a career in manufacturing can open up”.
Mary joins Manufacturing NI from Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade, where she served as Chief Executive Officer and was responsible for driving the growth and strategy of the organisation. Prior to this Mary held positions as a Territory Manager in the Americas Trade Team in Invest NI developing trade links for the Life Sciences sector in particular. Mary was also spent several years as Manager of International Trade Services in Chambers Ireland where she represented the interests of the Chamber network and its members on the Eurochambres Customs Committee and the International Chambers of Commerce Certificate of Origin Committee, highlighting any problems companies experience when importing and exporting outside of the EU. During this role Mary also managed an International Trade Skillnet and various EU funded programmes promoting economic cooperation with Japan and Latin America in particular.
Mary holds an MBA and a BA Hons in International Business Communication both from the University of Ulster and is a fluent French and Spanish speaker.