Former NI Retail Consortium director Aodhan Connolly honoured by Queen
Brexit expert Aodhan Connolly, who recently left Belfast to take up a business role in Brussels, was named in the honours list, published to coincide with the Platinum Jubilee.
The University of Cambridge law graduate, who has now taken up the post as director of European Division & Head of Office of the NI Executive in Brussels, said: “I was surprised to say the least when I received the letter, and I’m delighted at the recognition.
“But while it’s an unbelievable honour for me as the individual, it’s collectively down to the work of Business Brexit Working Group, formed in December 2019 in response to the passage of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to highlight the concerns of the 85 per cent of Northern Ireland business that it represents.”
In that role, as well as during his decade-long tenure as the first full-time director of the NI Retail Consortium, Aodhan garnered respect across business, politics and media for his knowledge and ability to convey complex issues in a concise and clear manner.