It was announced this month that InterTradeIreland has appointmented Ken Nelson as Chairman of the board.
InterTradeIreland is the agency responsible for promoting North-South trade and development.
Ken was appointed by the North South Ministerial Council and will hold the role for five years. He was one of the founding Directors and former Chairman of Enterprise Northern Ireland, the association of NI’s local enterprise centres.
Ken has a wealth of senior management experience including working as a business advisor, mentor and trainer with entrepreneurs, start-up companies, small businesses and social enterprises. Ken Nelson is the Chief Executive of Local Economic Development Company (LEDCOM) Ltd and has had regular involvement with cross-border trade development activities for micro enterprises and small businesses.
In 2010, he was the sole Northern Ireland recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.
He has a BA in Business Studies, MBA and MSc in Human Resource Management as well as being a Chartered Manager (CMgr) and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI).
Commenting on Ken’s appointment, CEO of InterTradeIreland, Thomas Hunter McGowan said, "We welcome Ken and know that his breadth of experience within the economic development sector will add value to InterTradeIreland’s offering. He has supported SMEs right across the industry, from business incubation, managed workspace development, social entrepreneurship through to small business growth. With such diverse achievements, he is set to inspire our fledging companies and we look forward to his unique viewpoint and considered input."