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Innovative Moves at Women in Business

by Aiken PR



As Women in Business NI Ltd reaches 20 years, and strategic growth adds more social enterprises to the group, innovative resourcing is the order of the day with the appointment of former Innovate UK Manager Lorraine Acheson as Managing Director.

Lorraine, whose 20 years’ management experience spans UK and Australia, will come on board from 14th February 2022 to drive forward the Women in Business network and to support on wider strategic objectives as Northern Ireland’s leading business network for women in the workplace.

A strategic leader, during her time at Innovate UK Lorraine gained a deep–rooted understanding of the Northern Ireland business community, working closely with government, industry, and the academic industries to establish cross–sectoral engagement with one of the UK’s leading innovation agencies.

In her new role as Managing Director, Lorraine will work closely with longstanding CEO Roseann Kelly to propel the Women in Business network forward in a post–pandemic world, continuing to elevate female entrepreneurs and senior business leaders in Northern Ireland as part of the company’s 6,000+ strong membership.

Roseann Kelly, CEO of Women in Business, said: “I am thrilled to welcome Lorraine into the Women in Business community. This is an appointment which symbolises our vision for Women in Business as an evolving organisation. I look forward to working with her as we continue build upon our group of social enterprises, WIB NI, Diversity Mark NI and the WIB Centre of Learning. We have some truly innovative plans for the WIB Group over the next 5 years and Lorraine is key to this development.”

Lorraine Acheson, newly–appointed Managing Director at Women in Business, said: “I am incredibly excited to take up the role of Managing Director at Women in Business. Now is a time to celebrate female pioneers who through their innovation have radically advanced their business and wider fields, laying the foundations upon which others can build.”

Lorraine Acheson is to become Managing Director at Women in Business with effect from 14th February 2022.