John McGrillen photo John McGrillen is Director of Development for the Belfast City Council where he is responsible for economic development, arts and tourism, plus all community and neighborhood development.

Prior to serving as Director of Development for the Belfast City Council, John was appointed Chief Executive of the Down District Council in September 1999.

In 1997, McGrillen was appointed Chief Executive of NI-CO, a Belfast-based international development consultancy company, which is involved in delivering projects on behalf of the World Bank, EU, United Nations and the Department for International Development in developing countries across the globe. During that time he worked extensively on development projects in Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union and Eastern and Southern Africa.

Prior to his work in development, McGrillen worked closely with some of Northern Ireland's largest manufacturers, including FG Wilson and Powerscreen where he played a key role in supporting the international expansion of those businesses.

McGrillen holds an MSc in Engineering Computation and an MBA in International Business and Industrial Development.