Co-operation Ireland is delighted to announce Norman Houston has taken up a role as Chief Executive Officer, North America.

Formally Northern Ireland’s most senior diplomat in Washington, Norman brings a wealth of experience to Ireland’s leading peacebuilding charity and will head up its operation in the United States, working closely with US Chairman Jim Clerkin.

Norman retired last year from the Northern Ireland Bureau after 11 years during which his role was to promote the NI Executive’s international strategy and build relationships across the Atlantic.

Co-operation Ireland Chairman Dr Christopher Moran said; “Attracting someone of Norman’s experience to the charity will help to develop our peacebuilding work and I am delighted to welcome him onto our staff.

“His contacts across North America will help to strengthen support for our cross border, cross community projects in Ireland and the UK as Brexit starts to be implemented and our role in building relationships becomes more critical.”

Norman Houston said; “Taking up this new role with Co-operation Ireland will give me the opportunity to work with some amazing people in an organisation that boasts the President of Ireland and Her Majesty the Queen as its patrons. I’m very excited about this new chapter and can’t wait to get started.”