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New Chief Executive appointed for Agency

04 July 2011

The Ulster-Scots Agency is has a new Chief Executive - Ian Crozier, who will take up his position at the Agency on Tuesday 5th July, 2011.

Ian has spent most of his career working at a senior level within the community and voluntary sector.  He has extensive experience in the fields of community development, culture and urban regeneration.  He has also important experience of the public service, having worked for several years as a Special Adviser in the Department for Social Development.


He is an experienced cultural activist who has brought many new projects to his local community in North Belfast, including the development of several successful community festivals, an Ulster-Scots society and a traditional drumming club.  He has worked extensively to promote community development and good relations through the medium of culture.


Ian Crozier has served on a number of important public bodies including the Belfast Harbour Commissioners and Laganside Corporation.  He is also a former chairman of the North Belfast Partnership and chaired the delivery body for the URBAN II European funding programme which delivered £10million to inner North Belfast.


He has also served for the last ten years as an elected member of Belfast City Council, where he has proven to be an extremely effective advocate on a range of issues.  He has chaired several key council committees including the Development Committee, which oversees culture and arts, tourism and economic development in the city.  He will be resigning his seat on the council to take up this appointment.


The Chair of the Agency Board, Tom Scott, OBE, has said that he and the Board members look forward to working with Ian in the ongoing work to promote the Ulster-Scots language and culture.  He also expressed his thanks to the outgoing interim Chief Executive, Hazel Campbell for her contribution to the work of the Agency over the past 18 months.