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New Chair appointed for ICC Belfast | Waterfront Hall | Ulster Hall

Posted 24th Oct, 2022

Belfast City Council has appointed Steve Daniels as the new Chair of Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd., the organisation responsible for ICC Belfast, Belfast’s only purpose-built conference centre, the adjacent Waterfront Hall, and the iconic Ulster Hall.

Steve brings a wealth of leadership experience at board level and strong commercial and business acumen. Steve has previously held a variety of senior leadership positions in the Financial Services Sector. He replaces Ellvena Graham, who served as Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd. Chair since 2016 and was announced as Chair of Tourism NI earlier this year.

Julia Corkey, Chief Executive at Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd. said: 

“I am delighted to welcome Steve as the incoming Chair of Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd. It is an exciting time for the organisation. Everyone in the business is looking forward to working with Steve to deliver our vision to provide a world-class stage for business tourism, live entertainment and events that deliver socially, culturally and economically for Belfast and Northern Ireland. I would also like to thank Ellvena Graham for her outstanding leadership over the last six years as Chair and wish her every success for the future.”

Councillor Jenna Maghie, Chair of Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd Shareholders’ Committee said: 

“We are very much looking forward to working with Steve Daniels in his role as ICC Belfast Chair. The Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Halls are absolute gems for the city, both in terms of cultural experience – and the income they generate. But we’re not resting on our laurels - we’re pushing forward to create even higher levels of customer service and accessibility, to promote greater diversity and inclusion and to keep sustainability at the top of our agenda. We would also like to extend our thanks to outgoing Chair Ellvena Graham who brought so much vision, energy and expertise to benefit the organisation and look forward to continuing our close partnership in her role as Chair of Tourism NI.”

Steve Daniels, incoming Chair of Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd. said: 

"I am delighted to be taking up the role of Chair at this pivotal time. I look forward to leading the board and working with my Non-Executive Colleagues to deliver the business plan for the organisation working alongside our key partners Belfast City Council, Visit Belfast, and Tourism NI. Business events and conferences generate crucial mid-week, year-round demand for our hotels and wider hospitality sector, whilst entertainment events are critical to supporting the night-time economy in Belfast. Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd. is a vital part of the tourism and hospitality infrastructure in Northern Ireland and I fully intend to help Julia and her team maximise its potential.”

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