Business advisory firm, BDO Northern Ireland, today confirmed a new senior hire with the appointment of former banker Ivan McMinn as its first Business Development Director.


The well-known business professional has forged a successful career spanning more than three decades in the financial services industry and most recently headed up the business acquisition and corporate banking divisions of an international bank.


The appointment follows an active year which saw BDO Northern Ireland appoint its first non-executive Chair and expand its mix of professional accountancy, tax and advisory services to more than 1,000 local and international businesses.


Brian Murphy, Managing Partner of BDO Northern Ireland said:

“This is a timely and high calibre addition to our team. Ivan’s appointment will support us in our strategic growth plan and adds resource to support the senior team in engagement, network and learning from someone who shares our philosophy and approach to business.  


“This is an exciting period for Northern Ireland’s economy and, while there are challenges, businesses are rightly seeking to capitalise on the region’s competitive cost base, skillset and location. Having access to a wide range of advice is critical for sustained growth for all businesses. We are proud to support many of Northern Ireland’s most innovative and exciting businesses and look forward to expanding our services to more companies in the months and years ahead.”


A well-respected figure in the business community, Mr McMinn will take up the new position with immediate effect. He said:

“In previous roles I’ve worked alongside and forged a longstanding relationship with the team at BDO Northern Ireland. We share the same core values and passion for local business. When the chance came, joining BDO was an easy decision to make. I am excited to be continuing my career with talented professionals who value the relationships they build with individual entrepreneurs and business managers.


“My career has been built on assisting local family businesses to realise their growth aspirations. The expert teams at BDO Northern Ireland hold an in-depth understanding of the complex issues shaping the business environment and give clients the very best insights and guidance. I look forward to working alongside them in this new chapter of my career.”


BDO Northern Ireland is an award-winning accountancy practice that employs more than 170 people in the region.