British Irish Trading Alliance Announce New Board of Trustees

British Irish Trading Alliance Announce New Board of Trustees

The British Irish Trading Alliance (BITA) has appointed a new panel of trustees to support the organisation’s growth plans. With new chapters launching across the UK and Ireland, and new ambassadors appointed across the globe, the inspiring board of trustees will share their experience and wisdom to reinforce BITA’s position as the leading networking organisation for business between the UK and Ireland.

Until now, the business has been under the watchful eyes of President and Founder Paul Whitnell, and Executive Director Diane Birch, with help from Non-Executive Directors. However, with ambitions to increase membership numbers for 2023, additional assistance was a must for the organisation.

Aidan Scollard, Jacqueline O’Donovan, Chris Phillips, and Michael Roddy are the respected business leaders who will now lend their immense skillset to aid in the successful development of BITA, and to ensure the organisation continues to embody the values of ‘Integrity, Passion, and Delivery’.

Each trustee comes with a long list of accolades to their name. Jacqueline O’Donovan is the Managing Director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd, and the winner of numerous business leadership and innovation awards.Dublin- based Aidan Scollard is a Partner at the international auditing and tax advisory firm Roberts Nathan, while Chris Phillips is the Chairman of Triplepoint Social Housing, Centaurea Investments Ltd, and Londonnewcastle as well as the Director of Symmetry Housing. Finally, Michael Roddy is the Managing Director of SigmaRoc PLC, Precast Products Group, Johnston Quarry Group, GD Harries & Sons Ltd, and CCP Building Products Ltd.

BITA President Paul Whitnell said of the announcement:“I have been amazed at the supportive environment that our members have helped form. It is this engagement that has fuelled our growth and we now want to ensure that we are governed by a team of strategic leaders who will help us to continue to support our members to trade successfully and responsibly.”

Jacqueline O’Donovan commented on her appointment:

“I am delighted to be invited to join the new BITA Board of Trustees at such an exciting time of growth and expansion globally. As BITA, already a force to be reckoned with, develops further, it is imperative that the board brings strategic direction, integrity and leadership to ensure that members have complete confidence in the governance and guidance that we deliver as trustees and an organisation.”

Aidan Scollard echoed:

“I am delighted to be appointed as a trustee to BITA and look forward to assisting on the governance and having input to the strategic direction of the organisation. I have been involved with BITA for a number of years and most recently as the chair of the Dublin board. I look forward to working with the group that makes up the board of trustees to help drive further the growth and development of BITA and ensure long-term goals are delivered for the benefit of all members no matter what size or sector their businesses are involved in and to make a positive impact in their communities.”

Paul Whitnell concluded:

“As an organisation, we are careful not to grow for the sake of growth. Instead, it considers where and how it can best benefit member businesses and the wider business community. Our mission to ‘help more people and influence further, as a collective’ guides our decisions as our new board of Trustees will also guide us.”

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