Richard Cairns

Current / Previous Job
Civil Servant. Previous: Constituency Office Manager and Caseworker
Date Joined Board
Other Boards / Positions
Antrim Grammar School - Governor Ballycraigy Primary School - Governor Steeple Nursery School - Governor
HR, Audit and Finance Sub Committees

Why did you decide to become a Board Member of Antrim Enterprise & what does your role as a Trustee entail?

I want to see some more entrepreneurial start-up businesses in Antrim and to contribute to growing this sector. More businesses mean more job creation, increased investment and more consumer spending in Antrim.

My role as a Trustee primarily involves setting strategic goals for Antrim Enterprise to assess risks and identify opportunities. I owe a fiduciary duty to Antrim Enterprise, making sure I act at all times in the best interests of the charity. This means participating in decisions, making my views known, and to constructively challenge officers on Antrim Enterprise performance

For anyone considering starting up what advice would you have for them?

Research your product/service/idea. Seek out authentic experience in starting up a business. Use the skills and experience of Antrim Enterprise to help shape your idea, and they will put you in touch with entrepreneurs who have gone through a similar process.

Most of all, have belief in yourself.

What are the main issues and barriers facing developing businesses today?

The fear of failure prevents many people from taking a step to running their own business. Not knowing who to turn to for advice.

Life outside current job/position on AEA board

I volunteer as a school governor for three Antrim schools – Antrim Grammar, Ballycraigy Primary and Steeple Nursery. Education is crucial, and I want to make sure I contribute to making sure our schools are run correctly.

I enjoy playing golf, and watching Ulster Rugby.

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