New Board Members Of Short Brothers PLC

Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast has announced that Professor Richard Barnett and Mr Sean Dorgan have agreed to act as non-executive directors of Bombardier’s wholly owned subsidiary, Short Brothers plc.  The Board provides advice and consultation to Bombardier in Northern Ireland and is chaired by Sir George Quigley.

Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast specialises in the design, manufacture, and support of civil aircraft structures for Bombardier regional and business aircraft and engine nacelles for several aircraft engine manufacturers.

Sir George Quigley, Chairman of Short Brothers plc, said: “We are delighted that Professor Barnett and Mr Dorgan have agreed to act as Board Members of Short Brothers plc at the start of a year in which we celebrate our Centenary as the world’s oldest aircraft manufacturing company.  Both Directors bring very valuable capabilities and experience to the Board.  Our Northern Ireland operation which plays an important part in Bombardier’s continuing success in today’s demanding global environment, has demonstrated the ability to keep moving with the times and to match the best in terms of skill, technology and organisation”.

Professor Barnett has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ulster since 2006.  An economist by profession, he was appointed to the Professorship of Public Finance and Management in the University in 1990, becoming Dean of the Faculty of Business and Management in 1994 and then, in 2000, pro Vice Chancellor (Teaching and Learning).  He is also a Director of the Northern Ireland Science Park Foundation, a member of the CBI Northern Ireland Committee, and a member of the Northern Ireland Higher Education Council.  He takes on this year the role of Chairman of Universities Ireland.

Sean Dorgan has just retired after a very successful nine years as Chief Executive of IDA Ireland.  Prior to that he was Secretary General of the Department of Industry and Commerce (1991-1993); Secretary General, Department of Tourism and Trade (1993-1995); and Chief Executive, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (1995-1998).  Other appointments have included membership of the National Economic and Social Council, The Board of Forfás, and the Board of the Institute of Public Administration.  His current appointments include the Chairmanship of the Governing Body of Dublin Institute of Technology.

About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2007, were $14.8 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at

Note to editors
Short Brothers was registered in Battersea, England, as an aircraft manufacturer in November 1908.  In 1909 it was awarded the contract to build six Wright Flyers for the Wright brothers, which led to the company being described as the first aircraft manufacturer in the world.  It established a factory in Belfast in 1936, and became part of Bombardier Aerospace in 1989.  Further information on the centenary can be found at

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