Belfast Waterfront unveils new managing director

Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd has appointed Catherine Toolan as managing director.

The new appointment comes after the opening of Belfast Waterfront’s new 7,000sqm conference facility in April this year.

The £29.5m investment from Belfast City Council, Tourism Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund, through the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland, is designed to help position Belfast as a destination of choice for business tourism.

In her new role, Toolan will lead a team of over 300 with a key focus on establishing Belfast Waterfront as a world-class conference and entertainment facility.

Building on the team’s success to date, Toolan will be responsible for driving growth, profitability and strategy for both venues with a target of generating £100m for the city over the next five years.

Speaking about Belfast Waterfront, Toolan said: “The venue is riding on a crest of a wave – it is already recognised in many quarters as a world–class facility but now it has the capacity and technological capabilities, together with the city’s exciting offering to successfully attract more large-scale international conferences and deliver a top quality entertainment programme for the city.”

Ellvena Graham, chair of the Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd Board, congratulated Toolan on her new appointment, saying: “On behalf of the Board, I would like to welcome Catherine to Belfast and look forward to working closely with her towards achieving our goals for the Waterfront and Ulster Hall and generating economic growth for the city.

“To have successfully recruited a candidate of such a high calibre and one whose skill set and experience fits our requirements perfectly, will only further strengthen our already highly experienced team.”

Since opening on 29 April this year, the venue has welcomed 38,000 guests through conferences, exhibitions, business briefings, gala dinners, graduations and entertainment events.

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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