The former Chair of the Mid & East Antrim Manufacturing Task Force, Rose Mary Stalker, is the new Chair of Invest Northern Ireland.
The Permanent Secretary of the Department for the Economy, Noel Lavery, said: “I want to congratulate Rose Mary on her new appointment. The position of Chair of Invest Northern Ireland is a challenging role and it is essential, particularly in this time of uncertainty, that we have strong and effective leaders with the skills and experience needed to deliver change.
“Rose Mary has been a Board member of Invest Northern Ireland since 2012, and until recently was also Chair of the Mid & East Antrim Manufacturing Task Force, and Chair of the Prince’s Trust Advisory Council in Northern Ireland.
“She has gained extensive business development experience across large and medium sized businesses. I am confident that her experience and drive will prove vital as we continue on the journey of transforming Northern Ireland into a globally competitive economy that works for everyone.
“Under her leadership Invest Northern Ireland will continue to fulfil its role of supporting local businesses to create jobs, innovate and grow their exports; and to attract new inward investors.”
The Permanent Secretary also paid tribute to the outgoing Chair, Mark Ennis, and said: “I would like to thank Mark for his determination and commitment during his time as Chair of Invest Northern Ireland.
“Throughout the past almost eight years, Mark has made a significant contribution to Invest Northern Ireland’s success, consistently showing strong leadership in challenging economic times.”
Rose Mary Stalker is an experienced business leader who has successfully operated for many years at Executive Team and Board level in complex multi-disciplinary global organisations, including Ford, Boeing and Rolls-Royce.
She has been responsible for the successful delivery of multiple transformational projects in a range of disciplines, new product delivery, business models, manufacturing, logistics, service centres, recruitment and quality, across numerous industry sectors, aerospace, automotive, construction and energy.
She is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the recipient of numerous awards, including the European Woman of Achievement in Business and European Automotive Woman of the Year.
Rose Mary works as an independent consultant and serves as Non-Executive Chair for Metal Forming Innovation/Tirnaform an advanced engineering start-up and is founder of 4C UR Future CIC a Not for Profit Community Interest Company dedicated to informing, inspiring and improving employability and career awareness in schoolchildren.
She has until recently served as Chair of The Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland, Chair of The Manufacturing Task Force for Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and previously chaired The Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, Catagen Limited and been a Non-Executive Director of Catalyst Inc.
Rose Mary has been an Invest Northern Ireland Board Member since 1 April 2012.