Meet the Team

Andy Tough (Chief Executive)

Andy Tough (Chief Executive)

During the course of the past 37 years Andy has acquired substantial and varied experience in the Property Industry. He is an experienced valuer and in addition, he has acted for both Landlords and Tenants in the negotiation of rent reviews, as well as representing parties regarding Landlord and Tenant work. 

Before joining Inspire, Andy was Regional Portfolio Manager at Danske Bank, served as Chair on the RICS NI Board from 2015-2018 and is currently a Lay member of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Bar in Northern Ireland. Andy is also a Trustee on the Board of St John Ambulance NI.

In his role at Inspire Business Centre Andy will be responsible for the management of the Business Park, as well as driving the aims and aspirations of the Centre.

Lynn Jess

Lynn Jess

Head of Finance and Administration

Lynn has been at Inspire since 2006. She is responsible managing the day to day running of the Business Centre and is also the first point of contact for Tenants and Visitors on the Business Park.

lynn@inspirebusinesscentre.co.uk 

Direct Dial: 028 90557557

Charlene Kennedy

Charlene Kennedy

Administration Officer

Assisting with the smooth day to day running of the Business Centre

David Drysdale (Chairman)

David Drysdale (Chairman)

Alderman, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council (April 2015 – present)

David was appointed to the Inspire Board in January 2014 by the former Castlereagh Council. His career was spent in the Office Supplies with such companies as Olivetti Ltd before eventually running his own business from home. David is former Mayor of the old Castlereagh Council and currently Vice Chair of the LCCC Planning Committee.

David was elected Chairman by the Inspire Board in 2016 and has overseen a complete change management of the Board which involved recruiting people with property knowledge, financial and communication skills as was fitting to the business of a property rental company. As Inspire are governed by Charities Committee and wanting to assist the local community David negotiated a Garden Maintenance scheme with the NIHE. This helps the vulnerable and elderly in the Castlereagh area get a free once monthly grass and hedge cut over the summer months. 

Sheila Davidson (Vice Chair Inspire Business Centre)

Sheila Davidson (Vice Chair Inspire Business Centre)

Managing Director at Emeritus Communications Ltd (February 2012 – present

Sheila has been on the Board of Inspire Business Centre since January 2016 and has been privileged to be part of a team that has delivered an environment that supports jobs, businesses and a great working environment. As a public relations and public affairs professional, she has worked with leading companies including Tesco, Dale Farm, Tayto, Deloitte and Ulster Bank. 

Sheila also served on the Senate at Queens University and the Boards of Training and Employment Agency and Investors in People as well as Ulster Orchestra and Grand Opera House. Currently she is specialising in planning communications consultancy and brings a wealth of business, political and media experience to the Board. 

Neil Mills (Voluntary Company Secretary and Director)

Neil Mills (Voluntary Company Secretary and Director)

Owner, Neil Mills Property Management (2001 – Present)

Neil Mills was one of the Founding Directors of Inspire Business Centre and aided in the negotiation and purchase of the current site in 1994. 

Neil’s expertise is in the Auctioneering, Valuing, Estate Agency and Property Management Business. Neil currently focuses on Property Management and Consulting. 

Richard Johnston (Voluntary Board Member)

Richard Johnston (Voluntary Board Member)

Richard Johnston is an Economist with 20 years of experience of working in the Public, Private and Academic sectors. He provides data-driven research and policy advice to Ministers and Officials across a range of departments and Councils in Northern Ireland, as well as providing enterprise support to organisations and business. 

Richard is a regular commentator on economic issues, writing for Business magazines and delivering webinars for the Ulster Business School, Institute of Directors and NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Richard is currently focused on COVID-19 and Brexit, measuring impacts and devising policy supports to aid the NI economy to recover and grow.

David Wright (Voluntary Board Member)

David Wright (Voluntary Board Member)

David Wright has been a Voluntary board member since February 2020. David has worked in the Property market within Belfast for over 20 years, initially working for McKibbin Commercial and later CBRE. 

David’s expertise is centred around Office and Industrial Properties within Northern Ireland, acting on behalf of both landlords and occupiers.

Alan Wilson (Voluntary Board Member)

Alan Wilson (Voluntary Board Member)

Alan Wilson is a Senior Corporate Banking Manager at Danske Bank UK with over 13 years of experience in the Banking Industry. After graduating with a degree in Engineering, and having completed an internship in London with RBS, Alan enrolled into a graduate programme with RBS whilst completing his chartered accountancy qualifications. 

Alan began his career in Banking at the beginning of the first financial crisis in 2008, and feels that joining at that time “was a really good learning experience and provided good grounding for me, it’s given me a good base to move up the ranks at quite a fast pace”. 

Andrew Weir (Voluntary Board Member)

Andrew Weir (Voluntary Board Member)

Stephen Martin (Voluntary Board Member)

Stephen Martin (Voluntary Board Member)

Jenni Barkley (Voluntary Board Member)

Jenni Barkley (Voluntary Board Member)

Jenni is an HR professional with several years experience in this sector, having completed a BSc in Human Resource Management at the University of Ulster. She is also an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.