The British Irish Chamber of Commerce has announced the appointment of Maree Gallagher as its new President.

Ms Gallagher, who previously served as the Chamber's Vice-President from 2020 to 2022, succeeds Paul W O'Connor and becomes the first woman to serve as President.

A qualified solicitor who advises clients on EU food and life sciences law and policy, Maree Gallagher has over 25 years of experience in the legal profession and is regarded as one of Europe's leading food law and crisis management experts.

Her qualification and experience will no doubt be of use in the months ahead as the EU and UK chart a way ahead on the implementation of the highly contentious Northern Ireland protocol.

Leading candidate in the race to succeed Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, has confirmed that she is considering plans to trigger Article 16 proceedings against the EU over the Protocol within days of her entering Downing Street in the event of her victory in the race.

"It is no secret that Brexit has created many, many challenges for British and Irish businesses doing business with each other. Our hope at the Chamber is that, through ongoing dialogue, we will assist companies struggling to navigate this complex landscape and pave the way for sustained growth in both markets," Maree Gallagher said on taking up the presidency of the Chamber.

"Given the economic headwinds economies across Europe are facing and the close economic ties between the UK and Ireland, this assistance has perhaps never been so important. As well as helping to foster those ties, I intend to use my time as President of the Chamber to help companies focus on the growing need for genuine ESG compliance," she added.

The Chamber has also appointed Jeanne Kelly, Founding Partner of Browne Jacobson Ireland, as the new Vice-President, while Daire Keogh, President of DCU, has been appointed to the board.