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Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced the appointment of two Non-Executive Members to the Board of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority (WHA).

The Seatruck leaves Warrenpoint Port. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
The Seatruck leaves Warrenpoint Port. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Richard Johnston has been reappointed to the board while Fiona Hanna is being appointed for the first time.

Fiona Hanna is a Chartered Accountant with a range of experience across finance and business including a number of positions as an independent advisor and a non-executive director.  Currently Fiona’s primary role is jointly running an arable farming enterprise in South County Down, managing this alongside her advisory portfolio. Fiona is a Board Member of Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute.

Richard Johnston is an Economist who has held a wide range of roles in the public, private, academic and third sectors.  Richard’s work focuses on growing the economy, boosting competitiveness and the inclusion of all groups throughout NI.  He is currently a member of the Department for Economy’s Ministerial Economic Advisory Group, a Trustee of the Inspire Business Centre and he was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Panel on Infrastructure. Richard was first appointed to the WHA in November 2016.

Minister Mallon said: “I am pleased to announce a first term appointment for Fiona Hanna and a second term appointment for Richard Johnston.

“The Port has ambitious development plans which will provide support as it recovers from the pandemic and takes advantage new of opportunities, as well as supporting the local economy and providing opportunities for growth.  The Port will also have a focus on working with stakeholders and partners in bringing forward important strategic projects such as the Narrow Water Bridge and the Southern Relief Road. I am confident that the experience Fiona and Richard bring, will be of considerable value to the Board in the years ahead.”

The appointments will take effect from 1 August 2021 and will be for a maximum of four years.

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