Dr Denis Rooney, CBE
Denis qualified as a chartered quantity surveyor and set up the surveying practice DRA which was subsequently purchased by White Young Green plc. He is a director of Rooney Smith Associates. Denis has held a number of Board and Chair positions, most notably as Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, and a member of the NAMA Advisory Group. Denis was also formerly the Chairman of the Institute of Directors NI, Chairman of Enterprise Equity venture capital companies and a past member of the Bank of England Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland.
As Chairman of the Nomadic Charitable Trust, Denis was involved in overseeing the restoration and conservation of the SS Nomadic, and its subsequent transfer to Maritime Belfast in 2015.
Denis is an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Ulster, and an inductee into Invest NI’s Hall of Fame.