NITB Board

NITB Board


NITB’s Board is responsible for ensuring the organisation achieves the aims and objectives as set by the Tourism Minister and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, and for approving the strategic direction of the organisation as set by NITB’s Senior Management Team.  Board members are appointed by the Minister in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland which ensures appointments are made in a fair, open and transparent manner.  Board members are usually appointed for three-year terms and the board meets between eight and 10 times each year.

NITB Board Member Biographies: 

> NITB Board Member Register of Interests
> NITB Board Meeting Papers


NITB Board - Howard Hastings (Chairman)

Dr Howard Hastings OBE - NITB Board Chairman

Appointed January 2009, NITB Board Chairman from 1 March 2009.
Howard Hastings is currently the Managing Director of Hastings Hotels. He is also a Director of Merrion Hotel Ltd (ROI) and a Board Member of Tourism Ireland.  During the 1990s he was Chairman of the Institute of Directors in Northern Ireland and Founding Chairman of the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation.  Howard has also been a past Chairman of Rockport Preparatory School, a member of Castlereagh College governing body and a Board Member of Business in the Community and the Bank of Ireland Advisory Board.  His previous public appointments include the Training & Employment Agency, Investors in People, New Deal Task Force and the Tourism and Hospitality Training Council.  In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Ulster. In June 2014 Howard was awarded an OBE for his services to tourism and hospitality.
NITB Board - Alistair McGowan

Mr Alistair McGowan

Appointed January 2009.
Alistair McGowan is the CEO of the RUC Athletics Association with responsibility for the development and maintenance of sport, recreation and business services for 10,000 members.  In 2007 he led the team which secured the World Police & Fire Games for Belfast in 2013; this is the third largest multisport event in the world, which will attract around 12,000 competitors from 100 countries.  From 1997 to 2003 he was Director of the Rural College / Derrynoid Centre, Draperstown; he has also been Chairman of Sperrins Tourism and a Foundation Governor of Sperrin Integrated College.  Alistair was Deputy Director of the Northern Ireland Growth Challenge with responsibility for the operation of the organisation.  From 1986 to 1995 he held various roles with Northern Ireland Electricity.


NITB Board - Donald Price


Mr Donald Price

Appointed January 2009.

Donald Price was Chief Executive of the Northern Bank from 1998 until his retirement in June 2008.  Prior to this he has held a number of senior management positions in Northern Ireland and overseas.  From 1995 to 1998 he was Managing Director (MD) of Belfast Telegraph Newspapers and for three years previous to that he was MD with Northern Ireland Railways Company Ltd.  He worked for BP for over 18 years in a variety of commercial management roles in Europe, Asia and Africa.  He also currently holds the position of non-executive director to the Board of Northern Ireland Water and Northern Bank.



NITB Board - Duncan McCausland


Mr Duncan McCausland

Appointed February 2012.

Duncan McCausland is a recently retired Assistant Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.  He is a Deputy Lieutenant for Co. Down and a Committee Member of the Prince’s Trust Council for Northern Ireland.  He sits on the Board of the Nomadic Trust and was recently appointed to the Ministerial-led NI Prisons Reform Oversight Group.




NITB Board - Katy Best


Mrs Katy Best

Appointed February 2012.

Katy Best is the Commercial and Marketing Director at Belfast City Airport and is responsible for all revenue streams, marketing, communications and tourism related activity at the Airport.  Katy has over 10 year’s experience within tourism-related businesses in Belfast, London and Sydney.  She is currently serving as a Non-Executive Director of The MAC, Tall Ships 2015 Ltd and is a Council member of NI Connections. Katy was previously a Council member of the NI Chamber of Commerce and has held a post on the Tourism Ireland Central Marketing Partnership Committee.  Katy also attends meetings of the VisitBritain Board on NITB’s behalf, as an observer.


 Mr Michael McQuillan

Appointed July 2013.

Michael McQuillan is Managing Director of McQuillan Associates - a business growth consultancy supporting the SME sector in Northern Ireland.  He is UK council member and Chairman of the Northern Ireland Employers Forum for People 1st.  Mr McQuillan is also a Visiting Professor at the Ulster Business School.  Mr McQuillan has been involved in several businesses in Northern Ireland, notably, as co-founder and Managing Director of The Streat Café Chain and The Streat Franchising Ltd. 


Mrs Colette Goldrick

Appointed July 2013.

Colette Goldrick has recently been appointed Northern Ireland’s first full-time Director of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, the membership organisation which represents the UK interests of the research-based pharmaceutical industry.  Prior to this she held a number of very senior positions in the Pfizer organisation, the international pharmaceutical company, including spells as UK Corporate Affairs Director and latterly Head of Public Affairs and Policy, Europe. In 2012/11 she was an accredited Facilitator with the NI Countryside Agri-Rural Partnership.

Ms Angelina Fusco

Appointed July 2014.

Angelina is the MD of Angelina Fusco Training and Consultancy since September 2013. It is a sole trader business helping individuals and groups to get their stories across through effective media interviews as well as providing training and consultancy in the areas of journalism and social media.

She joined BBC Northern Ireland in 1982 and held a variety of roles including regional journalist, radio producer and Editor of Newsgathering. From 1998 to 2013 Angelina was Editor of the local television news brand, BBC Newsline, providing coverage of all breaking news stories and live programmes on special events. She played a lead role in the introduction of new digital technologies and social media to the Belfast newsroom.
Angelina does not hold any other public appointments.

Mr Terry McCartney

Appointed July 2014.

Terry McCartney is the owner and manager of the award winning Belmore Court & Motel in Enniskillen and is responsible for the day to day leadership and management of the 60-bedroom, four star guest accommodation.

He was a lecturer in Hospitality and Computers at the South West College in Fermanagh and prior to that he held positions as a Field Sales Executive for Finlay Hydrascreens and Promotion and Sales Executive for Dillon Bass.

In 2011, Terry held the position of Sheriff of County Fermanagh. He is also a rugby referee and an amateur photographer.


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