Vice President - Trade Development @ Invest Northern Ireland
Brian is VP of Trade Development for Invest Northern Ireland, the economic development agency for the government of Northern Ireland. Invest NI’s role is to grow the economy of Northern Ireland by supporting leading startups to compete internationally, and by attracting new investment to Northern Ireland. Brian is based in Invest NI’s San Francisco office, and assists leading technology companies from Northern Ireland gain traction in the US market.
Brian moved to The Bay Area in 2009 with Enterprise Ireland’s Silicon Valley team and prior to this lived in Vancouver BC, and Nantes, France, working as a manufacturing engineer with Airbus.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Limerick, Ireland, is a member of The Institute of Engineers Ireland, and is the former board member and secretary of The Irish Network Bay Area.
Invest Northern Ireland
As the regional business development agency, Invest NI’s role is to grow the local economy. We do this by helping new and existing businesses to compete internationally, and by attracting new investment to Northern Ireland.
We are part of the Department for the Economy and provide strong government support for business by effectively delivering the Government’s economic development strategies.
Invest NI offers the Northern Ireland business community a single organisation providing high-quality services, programmes, support and expert advice.
We principally support those businesses that can make the greatest contribution to growing our economy. These are businesses that have ability to grow and drive productivity in the economy and are keen to export their goods and services outside Northern Ireland.
The past three years have been some of Invest Northern Irelands most successful ever, with the likes of Highwire Press, Whitehat Security, Puppet Labs and Proofpoint Inc. establishing teams in Northern Ireland, and local tech companies like Kainos, Plotbox and StatSports continuing to thrive internationally.