Tina McKenzie

FSB NI names new policy chair

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has announced a series of appointments to its guiding body the FSB NI Policy Unit.

Business owner Tina McKenzie (pictured above) has been named as its new chair, marking the first change to the post in nearly two decades.

Her predecessor Wilfred Mitchell had held the position since the founding of the unit.

Tina said: “FSB has always excelled at ‘reactive’ policy work – responding to consultations and the proposals of government and the parties – however, there is an opportunity to do much more proactive policy and advocacy – developing policies to improve the environment to help local businesses to thrive. 

“This will be especially important as the Brexit negotiations move to their next phase, and I am keen for FSB to be at the heart of this debate; proposing effective solutions to help business to capitalise on the changes that are coming.”

The FSB has made a raft of new appointments to the Policy Unit, including other prominent business owners.

The new members include: 

Eleanor McEvoy, CEO of Budget Energy and a ‘Dragon’ in RTE’s Dragons’ Den
Patricia O’Hagan, CEO of Core Systems Ltd
Mervyn McCall, CEO of Sliderobes and prolific angel investor
Conor Devine, founder of the GDP Partnership – a real estate and debt advisory business
Alan Lowry, MD of Environmental Street Furniture
Tommy Maguire, commercial director of Core Systems
George King, owner of Merdyn Daycare Nursery and chair of the NI Day Care Owners association
Harvey Moffat, founder of several businesses, including interiors’ company Co-Design,
Brendan Kearney, a well-known businessman
Marlene Marcus, event organiser

Roger Pollen, head of external affairs at the FSB, added: “These appointments give us the strength and depth we need to meet the expectations of our members when it comes to effective engagement with government at all levels.

“The former chair, Wilfred Mitchell, played a key role in this work, especially in securing the resources to establish the Policy Unit itself.”

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