Invest NI Appoints New Regional Managers

Oct 13, 2004

Invest Northern Ireland has appointed managers in each of its five main local offices.

Patricia Devine, who formerly worked in Invest NI’s north west office in Londonderry, has taken up the post of manager of the Omagh-based western local office.

Kevin Helferty, one of Invest Northern Ireland’s most experienced executives, has been appointed as manager of the Derry-based north west local office.

The new manager in Invest NI’s Ballymena-based north eastern local office is George McKinney, who most recently worked in BIC Systems,

while Maurice Patterson, who formerly worked in Invest NI’s strategic management and planning division, has become manager of the eastern local office.

Mark Bleakney, who has been acting manager in Invest NI’s southern local office, has been appointed as manager there.

The local office network acts as the first point of access to Invest NI’s range of support, for both established companies and individuals interested in starting a business.

Leslie Morrison, Invest NI chief executive, commenting on the appointments, said: “Our new managers all have a wealth of experience and a firm grasp of economic development policies and priorities. They bring with them expertise and professionalism, and will be valuable additions to the local office network which is a key element of Invest NI’s support for local business.”

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