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Meet The Board

  • Chairman : Con O’Neill
    Chairman : Con O’Neill
    Position: Finance Director

    Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Ltd, Belfast

    Harland and Wolff remains one of Northern Ireland’s best known industries and remains a major player in the local engineering sector. Con is responsible for industrial rates for the huge H&W site in East Belfast.

  • Vice Chairman : John Rooney
    Vice Chairman : John Rooney
    Position: Managing Director

    Rooney Fish, Kilkeel, Co Down

    John is a partner in the family owned and managed business in Kilkeel. The company was established in the 1970s and is now a leading employer in Kilkeel. The company is also a leading exporter of langoustines to the European marketplace.

  • Treasurer : Niall Irwin
    Treasurer : Niall Irwin
    Position: Director

    WD Irwin and Sons Ltd, Craigavon

    WD Irwin is known throughout Northern Ireland and further afield for its wide range of breads and morning goods under Irwin’s Bakery. Niall has been involved with Irwin’s Bakery and Irwin’s Aggregates throughout his career. Irwin’s Bakery exports almost 50 percent of its output, primarily throught its successful Rankin Selection of breads and cakes.

  • Secretary: Seamus Heron
    Secretary: Seamus Heron
    Position: Managing Director

    Carella Laminate Systems, Eglinton, Co Derry

    Carella Laminate Systems is well known in the construction industry as the leading supplier of laminated based products including worktops to sectors such as healthcare, education, science and leisure in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Seamus has spearheaded the rates campaign in the North West.

  • Mark Cuskeran
    Mark Cuskeran
    Position: Director | Web:

    Ulster Shredders, Toomebridge

    Mark Cuskeran is a Director At Ulster Shredders and Sperrin Manufacturing Ltd, and also serves as a Board Director at the Odyssey Trust. Mark was Managing Director of SDC Trailers Group prior to it's sale to Chinese conglomerate, CIMC.

  • Billy Dougan
    Billy Dougan
    Position: General Manager

    Gray & Adams, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim

    Gray & Adams specialises in the manufacture of vehicle bodies and trailers for the transportation of products at controlled temperatures, some dry freight and other specialist products for an extensive variety of applications, including refrigerated storage solutions, curtain side and sliding side alternatives, twin and lifting deck trailers and many more.

  • Patsy Forbes
    Patsy Forbes
    Position: Managing Director

    Forbes Furniture Group, Magherafelt, Co Derry

    Patsy is the founder and Managing Director of Forbes Furniture, one of Ireland’s leading contract furniture manufacturers for a range of sectors including education and healthcare. He has been involved in the rates campaign from its inception. He has other business interests including property.

  • Richard Hogg
    Richard Hogg
    Position: Managing Director

    Precision Gear Company, Toomebridge

    Precision Gear Company (PGC) understands the need for fast efficient turn around of wind turbine and industrial gearboxes. PGC have the capacity to refurbish wind turbine gearboxes up to 3.5mw or industrial units up to 50 tonnes and can provide full on site gearbox inspection using their trained staff in conjunction with the latest imaging and noise technology.

  • Richard Irwin
    Richard Irwin
    Position: Managing Director

    RA Irwin & Co Ltd, Portadown and Donaghcloney

    RA Irwin are a family-owned textile manufacturer with a 60 year history. They weave and print fabrics for the mattress and window blind trades. 90% of the fabrics they produce are manufactured in their weaving mill in Donaghcloney.

  • Cecil McBurney
    Cecil McBurney
    Position: Director | Web:


    RiverRidge operates Northern Ireland’s largest and most diversified independent waste management company. Initially acquired in 2011, the company has undergone substantial investment over the past number of years which has transformed it from a small skip hire and landfill business to the fully integrated waste recovery operation it is today.

  • Seamus McKeague
    Seamus McKeague
    Position: Managing Director

    Creagh Concrete Products Ltd, Toomebridge

    Creagh Concrete is a £50m turnover company with 80% of sales conducted in England & Scotland. Creagh Concrete’s core business is the design and installation of precast floors and structures for commercial, industrial, residential, custodial and public authorities. The company is now recognised as market leader in the precast industry in UK and Ireland.

  • Michael Wightman
    Michael Wightman
    Position: Managing Director

    Cubis Industries Ltd, Lurgan, Co Armagh

    Cubis is a leading supplier of network access products to the UK telecommunications industry. He is one of the founding members of NIM and part of the team involved in discussions with the DFP rating policy division and of the rates steering group which succeeded in winning the cap on the rates rise.

  • Angus Wilson
    Angus Wilson
    Position: Managing Director

    Wilson’s Country

    Angus was brought up on a farm in Richhill Co Armagh. He attended agricultural college in Edinburgh for 3 years and came back to work on the family farm in 1986. In 1987 Angus established Wilson’s Country selling “floury” potatoes to shops in Lisburn and Belfast. Wilson’s Country has grown with turnover today of £16m and staff of approximately 100.