James O’Kane

Chair

A Chartered Accountant by profession, James has extensive experience working in higher education.  He joined Queen’s University Belfast in 1994 as Director of Finance and was appointed Registrar and Chief Operating Officer in 1999, serving  in this role until he retired in April 2018. 

James also has significant experience in further education and health, having been Chair of Belfast Metropolitan College, the largest provider of tertiary education in Northern Ireland, and a Director of Belfast HSC Trust.  

James is a strong advocate of technology, innovation and knowledge transfer, and is currently a Director of Catalyst Inc.