A Day in the Life… Catherine Toolan, managing director, ICC Belfast

A Day in the Life… Catherine Toolan, managing director, ICC Belfast

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I’m the managing director of ICC Belfast, Waterfront Hall and the Ulster Hall. I took up the position in August 2016 and lead a team of over 600, with a focus on establishing ICC Belfast as a world-class conference and entertainment facility. We aim to... View Article

A Day in the Life… Brian McCormick Manager, Seamus Heaney Homeplace

A Day in the Life… Brian McCormick Manager, Seamus Heaney Homeplace

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I manage Seamus Heaney HomePlace- an arts, literary and visitors centre dedicated to the life and work of the Nobel prize winning poet. I took up post in November 2015, just under a year before we opened HomePlace, and a major part of that initial... View Article

A Day in the Life… Dr Verity Peet manager, the Portico of Ards

A Day in the Life… Dr Verity Peet manager, the Portico of Ards

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I’m the manager at Portico Arts & Heritage Centre in Portaferry. I joined when the restoration was underway, about a year before it was officially opened by Prince Charles in 2016, and my role was to create Portico’s exhibitions (real and virtual) and set up... View Article

A Day in the Life… Ken Martin chairperson, Tour Guides NI

A Day in the Life… Ken Martin chairperson, Tour Guides NI

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I am chairperson of Tour Guides Northern Ireland (Tour Guides NI). Previously I was on the steering group that had this original idea three years ago, and we now have a membership of over 100 guides. I manage the association by prioritising a ‘to-do’ list... View Article

A Day in the Life… Michael Morris, director of sales – whiskey, Niche Drinks Co

A Day in the Life… Michael Morris, director of sales – whiskey, Niche Drinks Co

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I work as director of sales for The Quiet Man Irish Whiskey owned by Niche Drinks Co. I’ve been in the position just short of three years. My role is to open up world-wide distribution channels for our whiskey brand, as well as ensuring we... View Article

A Day in the Life… Martin McMullan, director, Life Adventure Co

A Day in the Life… Martin McMullan, director, Life Adventure Co

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? As with every business, there’s a little bit of everything. There’s quite a lot of management in adventure sports so I would be responsible for a lot of the design and development of programmes and events as well as actually looking after delivery. WHAT IS... View Article

A Day in the Life… Jonathan Topping, general manager of Clayton Hotel, Belfast

A Day in the Life… Jonathan Topping, general manager of Clayton Hotel, Belfast

WHAT DOES YOUR CURRENT ROLE INVOLVE? I’ve been in the role since the start of February 2018. It involves managing all aspects of a 170-bedroom 4* hotel with a full leisure club, swimming pool and fitness centre, as well as multiple meeting and events spaces. WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND? I... View Article

A Day in the Life… Patrick Crowley, managing director of Shake Mix Muddle

A Day in the Life… Patrick Crowley, managing director of Shake Mix Muddle

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I am the owner of Shake Mix Muddle, an international bartending school which I set up 18 months ago. We’re an educational service to provide qualifications to the hospitality industry covering everything from bartending, cocktail services, wines and spirits to coffee. WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND?... View Article

A Day in the Life… Judith Owens, chief executive of Titanic Belfast

A Day in the Life… Judith Owens, chief executive of Titanic Belfast

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? As chief executive of Titanic Belfast, a world-leading tourist attraction, SS Nomadic and the Titanic Exhibition Centre, it’s my role to ensure we continue to go from strength to strength, commercially. It’s my job to grow the business year-on-year and continue to develop, building upon... View Article

A Day in the Life…  Leanne Rice, golf marketing manager for Tourism NI

A Day in the Life… Leanne Rice, golf marketing manager for Tourism NI

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE? I joined Tourism NI in August last year. As golf marketing manager, my role involves developing and implementing a strategic golf marketing plan to enhance Northern Ireland’s Made for Golf position and to drive the Golf Strategy to increase the value of golf tourism to... View Article