UK government appoints special envoy to US for Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Secretary of State Brandon Lewis MP today announced the appointment of a United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland.
Trevor Ringland MBE will be the United States’ first special envoy to Northern Ireland and will be responsible for advancing the interests of Northern Ireland across the United States – in the administration, in Congress and within of the Irish-American community.
The creation of this new post reflects the UK Government’s enduring commitment to the peace, prosperity and stability of Northern Ireland. It will support the government’s vision for Northern Ireland, based on its promotion as a great place to live, work and do business.
With this new appointment, the government will seek to foster a closer dialogue with key US stakeholders on the causes that matter to Northern Ireland and its people, boost foreign investment in Northern Ireland and build on on the ongoing UK-US partnership, which remains vital to preserving the stability and prosperity of Northern Ireland.
As Special Envoy, Ringland will also be responsible for working with US companies and investors with an interest in Northern Ireland to strengthen established ties and support Ireland’s long-term economic development. North.
Mr. Ringland is a lawyer, former rugby international and a committed community activist. He will draw on his in-depth knowledge of the society and political context of Northern Ireland to support his work in this role, using his relationships with civil society and the private sector.
He will report to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and to the Prime Minister.
Welcoming the appointment of Mr Ringland, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland MP Brandon Lewis said:
“I am delighted that Trevor has accepted my invitation to take on this position to represent the British Government in Northern Ireland, working to support its best interests in the United States.
“This is an exciting new appointment that recognizes Northern Ireland’s unique relationship with the United States and its people. I look forward to working with Trevor to take advantage of any opportunities that arise. “
Mr. Ringland said:
“I am honored to take on this role on behalf of the UK government. I look forward to supporting the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in ensuring that the UK Government’s policies on Northern Ireland are well represented to the American public and playing my role in deepening the political, social and economic links between our two countries. “
Notes to Editors
Trevor Maxwell Ringland MBE is a lawyer and former rugby player.
Mr. Ringland is a full time lawyer for Macaulay and Ritchie. He is also active with PeacePlayers International, an organization dedicated to promoting interfaith unity in Belfast through sport.
In rugby, Mr. Ringland has made 31 appearances for Ireland. He also represented Ulster and Ballymena.
In 1983, he toured New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions. Since his retirement he has coached at Ballymena and served on the Irish Rugby Football Union committee.
Mr. Ringland received an MBE for Community Service in Northern Ireland in the 2009 New Years Honors.
This is an unpaid position – however a stipend will be provided to cover necessary expenses.