Ballymoney man appointed to Prince’s Trust Board

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A BALLYMONEY man has been appointed to the Prince’s Trust’s new Northern and North West Board.

Gordon Smyth has joined the new Northern Board which will spearhead the charity’s work across the region to help more than 3,000 unemployed young people to move into sustainable employment and training.

Gordon spent much of his working life in the world of banking where he was a manager for 24 years of his 35 year career.

Since his retirement from banking Gordon has been appointed by the Minister of Health as a non - executive board member of the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency.

Gordon has had a strong commitment to the voluntary sector for many years and has been Treasury and an Executive Committee member of the Girls’ Brigade in Northern Ireland since September 2011.

Welcoming new members from the local business community at the inaugural meeting of the new Board, Ian Jeffers, Director of The Prince’s Trust said: “I believe that the local business community has a key role to play in helping our young people to get the skills and experience needed to turn their lives around. That’s why I want pay tribute to our new Northern and North West Board. They have shown true leadership and I have no doubt that their combined local knowledge, skills and inspiration will make a huge difference to the work of The Prince’s Trust with young people in Ballymena over the number of years.”

The Prince’s Trust also welcomes to the Northern and North West Board, Edward Montgomery, The Honourable The Irish Society, David Hamilton, Managing Director, Martin and Hamilton Construction, Gwyneth Mc Quiston, Manager, The Diamond Centre, Coleraine and Karen Gardiner, MD, Ground Espresso Bars.