Senior Management Team

Senior Management Team


NITB’s Senior Management Team is responsible for deciding the strategic direction of the organisation to ensure the aims and objectives of the Corporate and Operating Plans are achieved. 

The Senior Management Team comprises of five Directors who each have responsibility for an organisational division, the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Executive.

Senior Management Team Biographies

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Senior Management Team - Kathryn Thompson (Chief Operating Officer)

Kathryn Thomson - Chief Operating Officer

Kathryn Thomson was appointed Chief Operating Officer in December 2007 following three years as Director of Finance & Business Planning at NITB.  Overseeing the Corporate Development and Organisational Development Directorates her key role is to build an effective organisation that both supports and delivers for the tourism sector in Northern Ireland.  Working closely with the Chief Executive this includes strategy development, corporate engagement, governance and operational effectiveness.  Kathryn holds a BCom (Hons) degree in Business Studies from the University of Edinburgh, completed her accountancy training at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and has a professional qualification as a Chartered Accountant with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).  Prior to joining NITB Kathryn worked in the senior finance team within NHS Greater Glasgow, primarily involved in business and financial planning to influence strategic decision making.
Contact information: If you wish to contact our Chief Operating Officer please speak to Pamela Copeland, Tel: 028 9044 1630 or email


Senior Management Team - Susie McCullough (Director of Marketing & Events)

Susie McCullough - Director of Business Support & Events

Susie joined NITB in September 2009 as Director of Marketing and Events. Susie’s previous experience includes working as Director of Marketing with Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau, where she was responsible for the national and international marketing of Belfast as a leisure and business tourist destination. During her time at BVCB she was Chair of the Marketing Sub Committee for the highly successful Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge. Prior to this, Susie spent four years as Director of External Affairs at the Laganside Corporation where she was responsible for communications and marketing including the development of events. She has also held positions in two local authorities and Tourism Ireland with responsibility for tourism development and promotion.

Contact information: If you wish to contact our Director of Marketing and Events please speak to Lynda Gibney, Tel: 028 9044 1629 or email



Laura McCorry - Director of Product Development (Acting)

Laura joined NITB in June 2008 from the pharmaceutical sector. Her role at NITB includes overseeing communications, policy and business planning as well as the research and intelligence function. Her previous experience includes working as Business Development Director for Invest NI in the United States where she had responsibility for the Atlanta Office and South Eastern United States territory. She was also the sector lead for Life Sciences and Health Technology across the USA. Prior to this Laura worked as Business Development Manager for the North of England Inward Investment Agency and held roles with the Northern Ireland Technology and Development Centre and the Sports Council for Northern Ireland. Laura is a graduate of the University of Ulster with a BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies and a Diploma in Industrial Studies

Contact information: If you wish to contact our Director of Product Development please speak to Lynda Gibney, Tel: 028 9044 1629 or email



Stephen Finlay - Director of Corporate Development (Acting)

Stephen Finlay is Acting Director of Corporate Development, having joined NITB in May 2012 as Policy & Insights Manager.  Stephen previously worked within the local government sector, managing the implementation of public administration reform and supporting good governance.  In 2006 he was appointed by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs to provide an international perspective on service improvement and policy innovation.  Upon return from Canada he held the position of Change Manager with Newtownabbey Borough Council.  Stephen has spent time as a management consultant and has undertaken varied projects with Deloitte and RSM McClure Watters.  His international experience has also taken him to Pristina where he developed a guide on good governance for the Kosovo government.  Stephen holds a First Class Honours degree from Queen’s University Belfast and a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Toronto.

Contact information: If you wish to contact our Director of Corporate Development please speak to Catherine Gray, (028) 9044 1584 or email


Senior Management Team - Louise Kearney (Director of Organisational Development & HR)

Louise Kearney - Director of Organisational Development and Human Resources

Louise's role involves change management, learning and development, industrial relations, human resources and industry skills development.  Louise has 17 years experience in HR, change management and consulting within the private sector across the manufacturing, retail, FMCG and the professional services sectors. Prior to joining NITB, Louise was a HR and change management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.  She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Contact information: If you wish to contact our Director of Organisational Development and Human Resources please phone Tel: 028 9044 1662 or email



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