Newry Chamber Board of Directors

Emma Mullen-Marmion (President)

EMerald HR

Emma is a Director of People & HR at EMerald HR.

Emma has built her reputation as a pioneer of change and is known nationally as an innovative, passionate and committed entrepreneur helping businesses create a culture of success.

In addition to her role as President of Newry Chamber, Emma is also Vice Chair of Women’s Aid ArmaghDown.

Emma becomes the third woman in our long history to hold the role of President after Deborah Loughran and Mary Doran.

Julie Gibbons (Vice President)


Julie has recently taken up the role of Managing Director of the newly combined broking business AbbeyAutoline

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 and an MBA from University College Dublin.

Tony McKeown (Chief Executive Officer)

Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade

Tony was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) 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.


Paul Convery

BT Northern Ireland

Paul Convery served as President of Newry Chamber from 2017 – 2019 and is currently the Head of BT Business in Northern Ireland, responsible for the management of BT’s Private Sector Business.

Prior to joining BT, Paul worked in the US and UK and holds a degree in Economics from Queens University and MA Masters in Marketing from the University of Ulster.

Dr Conor Patterson

Newry and Mourne Enterprise Agency

Conor Patterson is the current Chief Executive of Newry and Mourne Co-Operative and Enterprise Agency.

Between 1997 and 2003, Conor was Chairman of the Newry and Mourne Economic Forum. Conor also served as President of Newry from 2002 – 2003.


Deborah Loughran

King Communication

Deborah Loughran is currently the Managing Director of her own recently established Communications Business, King Communication.

Deborah is a Former President of Newry Chamber and has more than 15 years’ experience delivering corporate and consumer PR, public affairs, public consultation, and event management for local household names including Norbrook and MJM Group.

Edwina Flynn

Best Property Services

Edwina Flynn has been a leading member of the Best Property Services team since joining the company in 2004. She is primarily involved in the daily operation of Residential Sales & Lettings Department.

As Director of Operations, Edwina ensures the business continues to focus on providing excellent customer service, excellence in property solutions, full regulatory compliance and best practice.

Edwina is a also member of Property Mark (NAEA), the Guild of Property Professionals, Women in Business NI and Women in Business NI Mentor.

Gemma Murphy

Jack Murphy Jewellers

Gemma Murphy is Partner & Manager at the multi award-winning family business, Jack Murphy Jewellers.

Gemma is a prominent figure within the local retail community and has overseen the recent extension of their showroom in Newry City, the launch of its new ecommerce site and the ever-growing reach of the brand locally, nationally and globally.

Cathal Austin

The Quays Shopping Centre

Cathal Austin served as President of Newry Chamber from 2011 – 2012 and is currently the Centre Manager of The Quays Shopping Centre.

Prior to this, Cathal worked as Store Manager in Dunnes Stores for 20 over years.

Cathal graduated with a Business Degree from University of Ulster, Jordanstown with a Masters in Management & Organisation and a Diploma in Shopping Centre Management.


Gary Digney

PKF-FPM Chartered Accountants

Gary Digney is currently a Director within PKF-FPM Chartered Accountants.

Gary is a Licenced Insolvency Practitioner, Chartered Accountant and Mediator with 14 years’ experience working with lenders, as well as individuals and companies in financial distress and heads up the Irish Restructuring and Recovery Team, delivering debt solutions.

Jerome Mullen

Honorary Consul of Poland

Jerome Mullen served as President of Newry Chamber from 1997 – 2000 and brought about the amalgamation of the Chamber of Commerce with the Chamber of Trade, creating a professional Chamber with a full time CEO.

Jerome is currently the representative of the Polish Government in Northern Ireland and also the Former Chairman of The Clanrye Group.


Kieran Grant

Warrenpoint Harbour Authority

Kieran Grant is currently the Finance Director & Secretary at Warrenpoint Port.

Kieran was appointed as an Executive Board Member to Warrenpoint Port in 2007.

Prior to this, Kieran spent over 9 years in Norbrook Laboratories in various roles within the finance department.