Who We Are

Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade is the largest business-to-business organisation in the Greater Newry Area. We provide invaluable networking opportunities to our members and we are a key stakeholder in promoting and lobbying for the economic and social development of the region.

We are the 3rd 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 200 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

Emma Marmion


A native of Newry, Emma is the Founder and Managing Director of Prestige HR. With offices in Newry, Dundalk and Belfast, the company is recognised as one of the top HR and training consultancies in NI by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Emma has been a valuable and active member of Newry Chamber for the past fourteen years and served as Vice President under Paul Convery’s leadership between 2017-2019, before taking up the role as President.

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

Executive Team

Colm Shannon

Chief Executive Officer

Colm was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade in August 2018. The former senior Civil Servant was previously Director of Executive Support and International Relations in the Executive Office, playing a key role in coordinating the response to Brexit.

He has also worked across a number of North/South programmes and was Joint Secretary of the North South Ministerial Council in Armagh for four years between 2012 and 2016. Prior to this he worked in a range of senior communication roles.

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 and Politics 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.