Colm McKenna

Picture of Board Member Colm McKenna
FSA Board Member for Northern Ireland and Chair of Northern Ireland Food Advisory Committee

Colm McKenna retired from the industry in October 2008, following a long and successful career in financial services, which included leadership positions in Corporate Treasury, International Banking, Trade Finance and Marketing. Since then, he has dedicated his energies to Board level leadership in the Northern Ireland Public Sector.

He currently holds the following roles:

  • Chairman of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust since October 2008.
  • Chairman of Northern Ireland Confederation for Health and Social Care (NICON) since December 2013
  • Chairman of BBC – NI Appeals Advisory Committee since May 2014. 
  • Chairman of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute since April 2014.
  • Chairman of the NI Assembly Secretariat Audit and Risk Committee, since December 2011 having served as Independent Member since 2009
  • Non-executive director  and Chair of ARAC of the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service since May 2011.
  • Chairman of Northern Ireland Public Sector Chairs Forum since April 2016

In his spare time, Colm is Chairman of Club Aontroma, the commercial/fundraising organisation behind Antrim GAA.  He lives in Glenavy, Co. Antrim with his wife Giuseppa and they have two grown up children and six grandchildren.

Paid employment, office or profession


Directorships, whether paid or not

Chairman - South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

Chairman - Agri Food and Biosciences Institute

Chairman - NI Assembly Secretariat Audit and Risk Committee

Non-Executive Director /Chair of Audit Committee - NI Courts and Tribunal Service

Chairman - BBC - NI Appeals Advisory Committee


Any business, professional or public activities or interests that provides a regular source of income, recognition or some other benefit



Membership of public bodies, trusteeship of a charity or other public or private trust, or membership, role or affiliation to clubs or organisations

Chairman Club Aontroma - Registered Charity - GAA related.

Member - Lámh Dhearg GAA Club

Member - Dunmurry Golf Club


Any shareholdings other than those held by a unit trust or similar arrangements where the Board member has no influence on the management of the shares

I hold a small number of Bank of Ireland shares.