Stephen McCully, Managing Director of Power NI, has been elected as President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber).
Photo: NI Chamber Chief Executive Ann McGregor welcomes new President Stephen McCully from Power NI, and Vice-President Nick Coburn from Ulster Carpets. Mr McCully, who succeeds Danske Bank’s Kevin Kingston, has been Managing Director of Power NI for the past 13 years, initially joining the company as an engineer and then transitioning into a business planning role during the privatisation process in 1993.
Since then Stephen has held a variety of senior management and executive roles within NIE Networks and Viridian. Speaking following his election at the NI Chamber AGM in the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast, Mr McCully said: "It is an honour to be elected President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry. I am delighted to have the opportunity to support business growth through NI Chamber. "NI Chamber will continue to encourage the Northern Ireland Executive and the UK government to create favourable conditions for business growth – and equally they can count on our assistance and enthusiasm when they seek to introduce measures which help businesses and the wider economy in Northern Ireland. "I am extremely keen to support initiatives that grow businesses, especially our SMEs, which are the backbone of the economy." The NI Chamber AGM also saw Nick Coburn, Managing Director at Ulster Carpets, elected as Vice-President. Mr Coburn, who has been employed in family owned company of Ulster Carpets since 1977, was appointed Managing Director, of The Ulster Carpet Group in 2004.
Welcoming both into their new roles, NI Chamber Chief Executive Ann McGregor said: "I would like to congratulate Stephen and Nick on their election and thank the outgoing President Kevin Kingston for his leadership and support. Our new President and Vice-President bring a breadth of experience from the energy and manufacturing sectors which will become a great asset to our organisation. I look forward to working closely with them." Stephen's appointment is recognition of his work within the NI Chamber for many years, as well as his leadership of Power NI, Northern Ireland's leading electricity company. From all the staff at Power NI, we wish to offer Stephen our congratulations on this very prestigious appointment.