NI: Solicitor Trevor Ringland appointed special envoy to US on Northern Ireland
Belfast solicitor Trevor Ringland MBE has been appointed by the UK government as the first special envoy to the United States on Northern Ireland.
Mr Ringland, a partner at Macaulay & Ritchie Solicitors, will be responsible for promoting Northern Ireland interests across the US, including in the administration, Congress and within the Irish-American community.
He will also tasked to work with US firms and investors with an interest in Northern Ireland to build on established links and support Northern Ireland’s long-term economic development.
Mr Ringland, also a former rugby union player who made 31 competitive appearances for Ireland, will report to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and the Prime Minister.
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said: “I am delighted that Trevor has accepted my invitation to take up this position to represent the UK government in Northern Ireland, working to support its best interests in the United States.
“This is an exciting new appointment and recognises Northern Ireland’s unique relationship with the United States and its people. I look forward to working with Trevor to harness all the opportunities that lie ahead.”
Mr Ringland added: “I am honoured to take up this role on behalf of the UK government.
“I very much look forward to supporting the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in ensuring the UK government’s policies on Northern Ireland are well represented to US audiences and playing my part in forging deeper political, social and economic ties between our two countries.”