George Lucas was managing director of the Corus Steel plc operations in Ireland, formerly Gamble Simms Steel Ltd from 1986 to 2006. During this time he was instrumental in developing and implementing key business strategies that not only brought strong growth and financial returns but also a significant reduction in accident rates.
From 2006 to 2010, he worked as a strategy development consultant with Corus Steel plc (acquired by Tata Steel in 2006) across Great Britain and Ireland.
Mr Lucas holds a MSc in management from Trinity College, Dublin and has completed the Programme for Executive Development at IMD, Switzerland.
Mark is currently a freelance consultant specialising in risk, resilience and security. Prior to this he worked in the public sector for a number of years in a range of roles focussed around explosives safety, storage and movement. He also has a broad experience in the further education sector and holds a PhD in politics and international studies. Mark holds no other public appointments.
Harry is a livestock farmer from Co. Londonderry. He was active in Young Farmers for many years and then became involved in the Ulster Farmers Union where he served as president from 2012 to 2014, and presently holds the position of vice president of COPA, a collective of 57 farming unions across all the member states of the European Union. During his time as president, farm safety was one of his priorities, and he was one of the initial drivers in the establishment of the Farm Safety Partnership.
Tom Wright retired as acting deputy chief fire officer from the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service in 2011 after 33 years service. He is a corporate member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. He graduated from the University of Ulster in 2000 with a masters degree in business administration and in 2010 successfully completed the Executive Critical Leadership Development Programme at Queens University.
Tom was appointed to the board of Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service in 2014 and also sits on the board of governors of Oakwood Integrated Primary School.
Billy was the chief operating officer of Northern Ireland Electricity from 2003 until his retirement in September 2011. Billy had previously held a number of management and engineering roles in the company, including general manager construction and maintenance services (1996 to 2000), and managing director networks and customer service (2000 to 2003). He has no other public appointments.
John retired in May 2010 following a career in the public sector with responsibilities for change management, performance management, training and communications. He has no other public appointments.
Maynard has been director of food in Invest NI since 2003 and has had a key role in the review of structures and the establishment of the Agri Food Strategy Board.
Since April of this year Maynard has also assumed responsibility for commercial tourism. He sits on the UK Food Export Forum and is passionate in his belief in the NI food and tourism product. He has no other public appointments.
Hilary is a solicitor with over 17 years experience in private practice, most recently with the firm of John J Taylor, Solicitors. She is a company director of the Mid-Armagh Community Network, a position held since 1998, and has been a secretary of Portadown Festival Association since 1999. Hilary currently serves on the board of the Ulster-Scots Agency which forms part of the North South Language Body. She was appointed to this position in June 2010 and was reappointed in December 2011 to serve a further five year term. Hilary is also a former governor of Markethill High School, having served from 2006 to 2009.
Lindsey Smith is an organisational development consultant, executive coach and experienced facilitator with expertise in business improvement, corporate governance and change programmes.
Prior to her consulting career, Lindsey was a senior manager in the Home Office, UK Civil Service and was the head of the Identity and Passport Service in Northern Ireland.
Lindsey is a part time lecturer at the University of Ulster, lecturing in change management, masters of business studies and human resource management - and at Queens University, lecturing at the school of leadership and management . She holds two other ministerial non-executive director posts as a board member for the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority and for Belfast Metropolitan College.