Jim Collins was General Manager at the Ford Motor Company for 10 years. Following his retirement, Jim has sat on the Ortus board for 15 years and has been Chairman for the last 5 years. Jim has been a mentor to Directors and Mangers of SME’s throughout Northern Ireland for a number of years and has been a board member of a number of public bodies. Jim currently sits on the boards of the Health & Safety Executive and the Chest Heart and Stroke Association. Jim is also a Council member of CCEA and is chairman of the CCEA Business Committee.
Jackie McCoy is Professor of Management Development, Director of The Business Institute and Distinguished Fellow of the University of Ulster (2004). Jackie joined the faculty at Ulster in early 1990 following 10 years in retail management. She is responsible for the design and delivery of a significant portfolio of management and business development initiatives and has carried out extensive consultancy in the area of programme evaluation. Jackie has wide international experience and has led executive development initiatives and consultancy projects in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.
She is a former chair and board member of the Belfast European Partnership and its successor the Belfast Local Strategy Partnership. She also holds a number of other voluntary board positions within the third sector organisations. Jackie joined the board of the Ulster People’s College in May 2011.
Gerard is currently a Director in CBRE leading the Asset Services Team. Gerard joined CBRE in 2010 having previously been a Director with Whelan Property Consultants Ltd. He previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (Business Process Outsourcing) working on Real Estate Outsourcing Contracts. Gerard also has significant experience in General Consultancy, Risk Management & Compliance as well as the taking over of the management of large portfolios and the establishment integrated property & facilities management strategies.
He began his career with Ortus more than 20 years ago and is proud to be invited back to join the Board to utilise the experience he has for the benefit of the management team and as a result the wider local community.