New appointments to the Tourism NI senior team


David Roberts joined the organization on July 1 as Director of Strategic Development after eight years in the Strategy group of Invest NI.

David recently led the Get Fit Organizational Improvement Initiative at Invest NI, working closely with the leadership team and the Board of Directors. He led much of Invest NI’s work on Brexit, including overseeing a business support package to help them prepare for the new business environment. David was also previously the Economics Manager of Invest NI, responsible for a wide range of economic advisory, appraisal and valuation projects.

Prior to joining Invest NI, David worked as a consultant and previously was an Associate Director at Ekosgen Consultants, leading assignments for public, private and third-sector clients in the UK and Ireland.

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Lesley Ann O’Donnell began her role as Program Manager at Tourism NI in May. Lesley Ann joined Tourism NI in 2014 and served as Project Manager for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush, working closely with The R&A and multi-agency partners. Prior to joining Tourism NI in 2014, Lesley Ann worked for an advertising and design agency providing strategic integrated marketing solutions with a particular focus on branding.

Finally, Ciaran Doherty joined Tourism NI in June as Regional Manager. Prior to joining Tourism NI, Ciaran spent 19 years with Tourism Ireland and his most recent role focused on stakeholder engagement in Northern Ireland. Ciaran was previously responsible for business partnerships, access development, website strategy and social media.

Tourism NI chief executive John McGrillen said; “The appointment of David, Lesley Ann and Ciaran to three new positions at Tourism NI will significantly strengthen our organizational capabilities, allow us to help the industry rebuild better and meet the challenges of the recovery. The tourism industry at NI spans a wide range of sectors, both public and private, all of which will require significant and sustained support in the years to come. They bring a wealth of experience that will be invaluable as we develop bespoke programs and pursue partnerships and investment opportunities to equip the tourism industry for the future.

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