Glyn has just been appointed as the new Chairman of Colleges NI, which represents the six local FE Colleges.
In addition he was Vice-Chairman of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Business Trust (2011-12).
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and recently stood down as a member of the Governing Board of the South Eastern Regional College.
Previous positions held include, Public Affairs Director with Weber Shandwick, Head of Communications for the Ulster Cancer Foundation and was Manager of a Community Work Programme in West Belfast for the long-term unemployed.
Glyn holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Ulster and is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Leaders for Tomorrow Programme (2008) and the US State Department International Leadership Programme (2007).
Colin Conway, Managing Director, Newell Stores
Colin is the Managing Director of Newell Stores which operates two supermarkets in Dungannon and Coalisland employing over 300 staff.
Colin joined the company 13 years ago with responsibility for operations management and is now Managing Director. He led the strategy, planning and execution of the group expansion to a second store in Coalisland which opened in March 2013 and represented a £8m investment in the Coalisland town centre.
He manages all stakeholder relations to include a specific focus on identifying and developing relations with local suppliers which provide quantifiable differentiation between Newell Stores and the UK multiples; Tesco, Sainsbury et al.
Peter Boyle, CEO, Argento
In 1997 Argento was established by Strabane family man Peter Boyle who began his successful career selling jewellery from a market stall in Belfast City Centre. The entrepreneur gained enough invaluable experience and success selling to his customers to open his first store on Castle Street just round the corner from Argento’s eye catching flagship store on Royal Avenue, Belfast.
Pete in true entrepreneurial spirit decided to travel the world sourcing the best jewellery suppliers for his customers, he went from Mexico to India to Asia and beyond. To this day Pete annually travels to the largest jewellery fairs in the world to purchase stock for all 48 jewellery stores. As well as Pete having an excellent eye for fine and costume jewellery, Argento is the leading retail partner of Pandora Jewellery, opening stores across the UK as a franchisee. Argento are also key stockists of Thomas Sabo and Nomination. Pete has built excellent relationships with these brands and this has made Argento a one stop shop for all a customer’s jewellery needs. Pete’s commitment to Argento and his trust in his 500 plus staff has seen the company grow by 50% in the last 5 years with plans to have 50 stores by the end of 2015. His entrepreneurial success was noted by Ernst and Young in 2011 when he was a finalist in their Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards.