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AIB Group (UK) p.l.c. has today announced the appointment of three new Board Directors, two of whom hail from Northern Ireland. This move is designed to strengthen the board by adding significant breadth of experience as the Bank seeks to develop further its support for the Northern Ireland and wider UK economies.

The new appointments include Sir Bruce Robinson, former head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service and former Chief Executive of the Industrial Development Board and Margaret Butler, originally from Ballycastle who has over 42 years experience within the Financial Services Industry in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Australia. Margaret currently acts as Trustee and Honorary Treasurer to the Northern Ireland Hospice and is also a member of Mutual Energy. Both will act as Non-Executive Directors and have also been joined on the Board by Steve Reid who has recently been appointed as Managing Director of AIB Group (UK) p.l.c.

Speaking about the appointments, David Pritchard, Chairman, AIB Group (UK) p.l.c. said:

“We are delighted to welcome Bruce, Margaret and Steve to the Board. Bruce’s broad-ranging experience of finance, economic development and working at the very highest levels of the Public Sector in Northern Ireland will help the Board significantly in its ambition to support the growth of the NI and British economies. Margaret brings a wealth of knowledge from her 42 years in the Financial Services Industry in the UK and Australia, as well as personal knowledge of the NI market in support of the development of our position as a community and business focused bank. Steve brings deep skill and experience to the role of Managing Director, drawing on his senior roles at a number of UK banks to help us focus on our customers and further tailor our
services and knowledge to meet their needs.

“All three bring extensive expertise within the Banking and Financial Services sectors which will be very valuable in serving First Trust Bank in Northern Ireland and across the rest of the UK. Our focus is on becoming the bank of choice for business and personal customers alike and I have no doubt that these appointments will help us achieve this goal.”