Who We Are

Newry Chamber is the largest business-to-business organisation in the Greater Newry Area, representing in excess of 275 local businesses of varying sizes from all sectors of the business community.

We are the voice for of local business in the Greater Newry Area, promoting the area as a smart place to work, live, study, visit and invest.

We are the third largest Chamber in Northern Ireland with a full-time CEO, a Board of Directors and Council consisting of locally elected business representatives, sworn in at our AGM. We have an extensive membership base of over 275 businesses from small SMEs and independent retailers to the largest corporations and institutions.

The Board of Directors consist of the President, Vice-President, Immediate Past-President, CEO and eight representatives from businesses who are members of the Chamber.

The Council will be recognised as the business forum of the locality and as such, at its meeting and through the work of the Chambers’ committees and otherwise will collect, represent and promote the interests, views and opinions of the members and of the wider business community.

Chamber Leadership

Julie Gibbons

President

Julie has recently taken up the role of Managing Director of the newly combined broking business, AbbeyAutoline, the largest Insurance Broker in Northern Ireland.

Prior to this, Julie was Operations Director of Autoline Insurance Group for 12 years. Julie has also worked as a Senior Operations Manager for Microsoft, a Strategy Consultant for KPMG and Supply Chain Director for Rubicon.

Julie holds an LLB from Queen’s University, Belfast and an MBA from University College Dublin.

A self-starter, which this region is renowned for producing, Emma is ideally placed to lead the Chamber in 2020 and beyond.

Executive Team

Tony McKeown

Chief Executive Officer

Tony was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Newry Chamber in August 2021.

Tony has over 20 years’ experience of working for leading international and national brands across multiple sectors. His early career was in sales roles at Cadbury based in London. He then returned to Northern Ireland in 2006 to become a Group Sales & Marketing Director in Newry. He has helped a number of brands become market leaders in their sectors.

Tony is known for his attention to detail, collaborative approach and drive. Tony has a wealth of experience in developing effective marketing campaigns. He has created a number of high-profile events and established an award-winning corporate social responsibility programme.

Jessica Kane

Chamber Development Executive

Jessica studied Spanish & Sociology in Queen’s University, Belfast before moving on to collaborate in setting up the first UK & Ireland Franchise of Jumping Clay in 2012.

Since then Jessica has worked within Newry, Mourne and Down PCSP and Unislim Ltd, developing skills in administration, accounts and event management.

 

Jarlath Meehan

Sales & Marketing Executive

Jarlath is a graduate of Queens University, Belfast with a degree in History, Politics and Economics and has been the Sales & Marketing Executive within Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade since February 2017.

A native of Newry, Jarlath is passionate about enhancing the profile of his local Chamber and the many ambitious, innovative and dynamic member businesses that our region is renowned for producing.

Jarlath is responsible for managing our social media channels, email distribution, Chamber website, co-ordinating many aspects of Chamber events and marketing Chamber services & products.