New director of corporate services for Fane Valley

Claire Guinness
Claire Guinness

Fane Valley Group has announced the appointment of Clare Guinness as Director for Corporate Services.

She will be responsible for the M&A activity, corporate governance, board administration, human resources, health & safety and marketing/ communications across the group.

Prior to joining Fane Valley, Clare was regional business manager in Bank of Ireland. She had a successful career in corporate and business banking, which spanned 17 years, over which time she was based in both London and Dublin.

A graduate of banking and finance, from Loughborough University, Clare also earned a degree scholarship from Nat West Bank. A career in the banking world gave her a great opportunity to establish a deep understanding of businesses, while developing a sound assessment capability and managerial leadership skills.

Clare Guinness said: “Fane Valley has an excellent reputation in the market, and I see the preservation of that reputation as core to my role, be that through corporate governance, health and safety or HR.

“Ensuring that each of the 14 businesses in the Group will be adequately and professionally supported is critical. I hope to bring many years experience in corporate and business banking to the fore as Fane Valley continues to acquire new businesses and engage in corporate activity. With over half a billion pound of sales and over 2,100 staff, Fane Valley has significant financial strength and is a substantial contributor to the Northern Ireland economy.”

Trevor Lockhart, chief executive of Fane Valley, added: “We are delighted to finally welcome Clare to Fane Valley. It has been an extensive and very rigorous process recruiting for the role. Clare’s managerial experience and vast array of acumen in the business-banking world along with leadership and multi-departmental qualities made her stand out.

“Within Fane Valley we believe strongly on the continuous improvement of our products, processes and people, which has led to many significant achievements.

“The announcement is another indicative demonstration of the growing nature of the group.”