Equipping for Life for a better future

Ian Rainey: currently an EfL tutor in Malvern Primary School, Belfast

Ian has undertaken the role of EfL tutor in Malvern on a Wednesday.

Ian was born in Randalstown in1942. He went to Ballymena Academy and then Queens University where he did an Arts degree and also a Law Degree. After working for three years for Antrim County Council in the Court House on the Crumlin Road, he emigrated to South Africa in 1967.

In South Africa he joined DeBeers Consolidated Mines Ltd as a Legal Adviser for three years before joining a local bank (UDC). His bank sent him to the Wharton Graduate School in Philadelphia from which he joined Philadelphia National Bank as their World Wide Political Risk Consultant. Over a period of 5 years he visited some 31 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and Australasia assessing the political risk of lending to those counties. Ian lived for three years in the Philippines where he was responsible for Asia and Australia. He was moved to London where he was in charge of Europe and the UK.

Ian came back to Northern Ireland in 1990 as Managing Director at Belfast International Airport for three years. He then became Chairman of Belfast City Airport. He left there to set up MSL Executive Recruitment which he managed for 25 years before the company was acquired by 4C Executive Recruitment, where he became a Non-Executive Director.

Ian has excelled in various sports including rugby, squash and tennis. To focus just on his rugby achievements, while a schoolboy at Ballymena Academy he won an Honours Cap as the best ‘back’—the best forward that year was Willie John McBride who went on to play for Ireland and captain the British Lions. While at Queens University, he played against the following, all of whom went on to play for Ireland: David Hewitt, Ken Houston, Brian Marshall, Ken Kennedy and Jimmy Dick—all names that are very familiar to fans of Irish rugby.

Ian retired in late 2019. He is married to Juliet whom he met when on the Board of Trinity Bank in Dublin. They have 25-year-old twins, Kelly-Anne who lives in Madrid and Jonathan in London.

And what is Ian’s link with EfL? It began with a meeting with Brother David who came to preach at St Patrick's Church in Jordanstown and asked for volunteers for EfL. Ian spoke to him after the service and volunteered (David said he remembered him from their days at Q.U.B …).

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Equipping for Life, Ian Rainey