ACommercial Banker with Ulster Bank has been appointed Chair of the board of the Chartered Management Institute in Northern Ireland, (CMI).
Gemma Jordan, who works as a Senior Commercial Relationship Manager, is the first female to have been appointed to the role of Chair, a position she will hold for two years.
The CMI is the only chartered professional body for management and leadership and is the only body currently able to award individuals Chartered Manager status. Locally, CMI Northern Ireland acts as the professional development and networking platform for its 1,200 members and helps connect them with professional bodies, trade associations and other community partners in the region.
In her two-year term as Chair, Gemma hopes to work closely with the CMI board and members, helping them achieve their strategic objectives while also representing this region at the national board of The CMI.
Gemma has over ten years’ experience in the banking sector, joining Ulster Bank after achieving a first-class honours degree in Economics and Sociology from Queen’s University. Having trained as a chartered accountant through Ulster Bank, professional development has been of great importance to Gemma throughout her career and she is currently studying to become a Chartered Manager through CMI.
As a commercial relationship manager based in Belfast, a typical day for Gemma sees her supporting 100 businesses, providing them with the financial solutions they need to exceed their growth trajectory.
Along with this busy role, Gemma has also found the time to prepare for the Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership, and her Diploma in Lending Skills from the Chartered Banking Institute, both of which are being funded by Ulster Bank .
Gemma feels fortunate to be employed by an organisation where professional development is a key priority and wants to use her stint as Chair of the CMI in Northern Ireland to encourage members to continue to expand their skillset.
“I’m looking forward to beginning my first term as Chair of the CMI’s Northern Ireland board and working with members to create a professional body which promotes the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.
“I’m passionate about investing in professional development so the board and I have pledged to proactively encourage more members to think about achieving their chartership accreditations in the year ahead to help improve the standards of practice across our whole industry.”