Board Members are appointed by the Department for Regional Development on the basis of open public advertisement. The number of Board members, including the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, may be no less than ten and no more than fifteen and up to four Board Members shall be members of Belfast City Council.
The management of the Port of Belfast is independent of Government and falls to the Board and the management team. The duties of Board Members are akin to those of a company director, in particular to be accountable for the proper exercise of the statutory and administrative requirements placed upon them. In addition Board Members are required to:
- Ensure high standards of corporate governance.
- Establish the overall strategic direction of the Port having regard to the best interests of the Port and the local economy following consultation with key stakeholders.
- Ensure that, in reaching decisions, Government policy and relevant guidance provided by the sponsor Department are taken into account.
Dr David Dobbin CBE
David Dobbin was appointed to the Board in 2012 and took up the position of Chairman in 2015. David is currently Group Chief Executive of United Dairy Farmers.
David is Chairman of the Ulster Rugby Management Committee and has held a number of public and industry posts including Chairman of the Strategic Investment Board, Chairman of Inter Trade Ireland, Chairman of the Prince’s Trust NI, Chairman of CBI NI and President of the Northern Ireland Grain Trade.
Roy Adair CBE
Chief Executive Officer
Roy Adair was appointed Chief Executive of Belfast Harbour in 2005. Roy previously held positions with Rothmans International; Flexibox International and was the CEO of Northern Ireland Quality Centre. He joined electronics group DDL Inc in 1994 to run Irlandus Circuits, a company which he bought in 1999.
Roy is involved as a Non-Executive in a range of organisations including the Prince’s Trust, BitC (as NI Chair), the UK Major Ports Group, the Offshore Wind Energy Council and Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy. He is President Emeritus of the General Stevedoring Council, chairs the Diaspora initiative, NI Connections, and Business in the Community NI, and has also served as Prince Charles’ Ambassador for Social Responsibility.
Kyle Alexander OBE
Kyle Alexander OBE has a background in the Public Sector. He is the former Chief Executive of Laganside Corporation and is currently the Chief Executive of the Maze/Long Kesh Development Corporation.
Kyle is also a Strategic Advisor to the Strategic Investment Board, Chair of the Connswater Community Greenway Trust and a Board Member of the International Urban Development Association (INTA).
Diana Fitzsimons has a background in Planning, Surveying, Property Law and Economics and is a former Principal Planning Officer. As Planning Director of Turley Associates she was involved in planning projects at Belfast Harbour Lands including City Quays and the Stena Ferry Terminal.
Diana is a planning consultant with the English Planning Inspectorate; Chair of Fold Housing; Deputy Chair of the RICS charity Lionheart; Deputy President of the International Federation for Housing and Planning and a visiting professor at the University of Ulster.
Deborah Lange is a Certified Public Accountant and has held a number of senior executive positions within the accounting and high-tech sectors. She was the Senior Vice President of Tax at Oracle Corporation and also chaired the Silicon Valley Tax Directors Group.
Deborah is currently a Board Member of Invest NI (2014 to 2019). Ms Lange is also Chair of the Women’s Inspiration Network (WINET) and is a Governor for Holywood Primary School.
Jane Chambers is a Chartered Engineer. She has had a wide career specialising in major infrastructure and property development. She is a Director in J Chambers Consulting Ltd.
During her career she has worked on major projects including the Integrated Wastewater framework for NI Water, the Kilkeel Harbour Sea Defence, Springvale Campus, Belfast and Bangor Olympic Swimming Pool and Leisure Complex.
Councillor Sonia Copeland
Councillor Sonia Copeland is a full time member of the council and represents the Titanic Electoral Ward. She is a member of the People and Communities Committee, the North foreshore Committee, the East Belfast Police Community Safety Partnership and the Waterfront and Ulster Hall Committee. She does not hold any other public appointments.
Councillor Mervyn Jones
Councillor Mervyn Jones is a full time member of the council and represents the Ormistion Electoral Ward. He is a member of the Licensing Committee, People and Communities Committee and Strategic Policy and Resources Committee. He does not hold any other public appointments.
Alderman Frank McCoubrey
Alderman Frank McCoubrey is a full time member of the council and represents the Court District Electoral Area. He is a member of the People and Communities Committee and of the West Belfast District Policing and Community Safety Partnership. He does not hold any other public appointments.