Mid and East Antrim Councillor Noel Jordan has been elected chairman of UKIP Northern Ireland at the party’s annual general meeting.
The Carrickfergus Castle representative was appointed to the role when colleagues gathered at Belfast Loughshore Hotel.
Mr Jordan said: “I am honoured and proud that at the 2015 UKIP AGM and conference, the party membership had the faith to nominate and select me as UKIP Northern Ireland Regional Chairperson.
“There is a growing confidence within our membership that we are now a party that people are taking very seriously.
“As a relatively small and new party here in Northern Ireland, we are definitely punching well above our weight. People are beginning to embrace our positive vision for the future of this country.”
A former fire union representative, the local businessman was elected for the first time as a councillor at last year’s local government election.
He added “There was a great and enthusiastic turn out out of members in attendance who are united in their support for their party. It is also encouraging to note (as was reported on Saturday) that our membership is on the increase.”
Mr Jordan concluded on a note of optimism with regard to next year’s Assembly poll.
He said: “We look forward with confidence to the Northern Ireland Assembly elections and we look forward to playing our part in the leave campaign for the National referendum on EU membership. Onwards and upwards.”
At the meeting, the following party officers were also elected: Bob Stoker, vice-chairman; Alan Lewis, secretary; Belle Hanna,treasurer.
Members elected to serve on the Northern Ireland Management Committee were: Alan Love, Sharon Boyle, David Jameson and Joe Jordan.