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Belfast Waterfront appoints new MD and sets £100m target

Catherine Toolan takes over from interim MD Geoff Fenlon, four months after the opening of new conference space

Pictured: Catherine Toolan, the new MD of Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall

Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall has appointed Catherine Toolan as managing director, setting her a £100 million target for the next five years.

Toolan will be responsible for driving growth for both venues, with the aim to generate £100m for Belfast by 2021.

She replaces interim MD Geoff Fenlon, with the new leadership change coming four months after Belfast Waterfront opened its new 7,000 sqm extension.

"I’m delighted to be joining such a talented team and I look forward to leading and supporting them on the next stage of our exciting journey," 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.”

Belfast Waterfront has welcomed 38,000 guests for conferences, exhibitions and other events since reopening in April this year.

Toolan's career history involves overseeing catering for the Olympic Games, as well as work on global projects in Asia and Rio de Janeiro.

Ellvena Graham, chair of the Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd Board, said: "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."

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