The Board

Dr Gerard O'Hare CBE, DL

Board Member

Gerard O’Hare was appointed to the Board in 2012. Gerard is currently Group Chairman and Managing Director of Parker Green International, a private property development and investment company. 

He is a Board Member of Invest NI, Chairman of The University of Ulster Foundation Board and was previously a member of the Board of Intertrade Ireland. Gerard is a NI Council member of the Prince’s Trust, a Board member of BitC NI and is Chairman of Belfast Tall Ships 2009/ 2015. 


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Dr Ed Vernon OBE

Board Member

Ed Vernon was appointed to the Board in 2012. Ed is a Strategic Advisor to BT Ireland, a Foundation Board Trustee of Queen’s University and Chair of the Riddel Hall Founders’ Club. Since 2007, he has been Chairman of Macildowie Ltd, a specialist recruitment agency in the East Midlands of England. 

From 2011 until 2014 he was Asset Management Advisor to the NI Executive. Ed was awarded an OBE for services to economic development in 2012 and holds an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University for exceptional services to business and commerce. 


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Christine Hayes

Board Member

Christine Hayes was appointed to the Board in 2012. Christine is currently studying with the Open University for a Bachelor of Arts. Christine has worked as a self employed consultant specialising in business coaching and mentoring, facilitation and senior management development for a number of incorporated business entities. 

Additionally, Christine has had a long career in the Finance and Banking industry and was a founding Director of Egg (the UK’s first internet bank), and prior to that with TSB Group ultimately becoming its Director of Credit Management.

Christine Hayes