Kevin Houston OBE

Founder & Managing Director


Kevin is a highly experienced; multi-disciplined Managing Director with a proven track record of establishing and growing successful businesses over the past 21 years whilst balancing the need for ensuring good corporate governance and control. He also has significant International experience and connections.

Kevin’s early career includes over 20 years with a leading Irish Bank where he held a number of senior positions in Retail & Corporate Banking in both NI & London.

He is Managing Director of Houston Solutions, a niche business consultancy which utilises his extensive experience to assist organisations develop strategies for sustainable growth.

Kevin acts in Business Mentor, Interim Manager & Non-Executive Director roles for private clients and clients of Invest NI, Innovate NI & NI’s leading Borough Councils. He has provided relevant support to over 120 Micro Businesses & SMEs since 2010.

Accreditation:

  • Fellowship & Chartered Director Status by the Institute of Directors
  • Personal recognition through the award of an OBE in 2010 for services to business

Conor Houston

Director


Conor has provided trusted strategic advice to senior leaders across business, politics, the third sector and entertainment industry.

As a Director at Houston Solutions he has provided strategic advices to dozens of companies, including a global consultancy firm based in London.

Since 2015 he has also acted as a Consultant with the Centre for Democracy & Peace Building based in Belfast developing transformative large-scale programmes including EU Debate NI.

He is Governor of The Irish Times Trust which owns the Irish Times newspaper, providing a governance and influential role within the organisation.

Conor is the inaugural Chair of the Ireland Fund Young Leaders Belfast, which is part of the prestigious Ireland Funds global network.

Previously, as a solicitor advocate he represented clients to the Supreme Court of both the UK and Ireland and was involved in many high profile and pioneering cases. He also represented the legal profession on the Executive Board of the European Young Bar Association and was elected to serve on the Council of the Law Society of Northern Ireland.

He is a Fellow of the US State Department Rule of Law Programme, Fellow of the British Council Hammamet Conference and represented the UK at the Ship for World Young Leaders Conference in Japan.  Conor was part of the official NI delegation to the White House in 2017 to promote economic and cultural relations between the island of Ireland the US. In October 2017, he joined two Nobel Peace Prize winners on stage to address the One Young World Summit in Bogota, Colombia.

Brexit Experience

For two years, Conor has has been at the centre of developments regarding Brexit. His experience and signi cant contacts mean he is uniquely placed to advise businesses on how to navigate Brexit:

  • Developing and managing EU Debate NI on behalf of Centre for Democracy and Peace Building (November 2015 to date)
  • Hosting high-level discussions with leaders in business, politics and key sectoral stakeholders across UK and Ireland (including Prime Ministers, Ministers, party leaders, senior politicians, Ambassadors, diplomats, civil service, policy makers, etc)
  • Producing high level reports for assisting organisations with strategy (including the British Council in assessing the impact of Brexit on the Higher Education sector)
  • Developing a public engagement strategy – delivering over 20 public events, 2500 attendees and designing online resources accessed by 30,000 people
  • Giving evidence to the NI A airs Committee in Westminster
  • Delivering a lecture in 2017 at Harvard University on impact of Brexit
  • Providing weekly analysis and advices to a global consulting rm based in London on Brexit process