Trevor Ringland

Trevor Ringland
Co-Chairman of the NI Conservatives
In office
28 June 2013  2 July 2014
Serving with Irwin Armstrong
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Harry Cullen
Personal details
Born (1959-11-13) 13 November 1959
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Nationality British
Political party NI Conservatives
Spouse(s) Colleen Ringland
Children 3
Alma mater Queen's University Belfast
Profession Politician
Rugby Player
School Larne Grammar School
University Queen's University Belfast
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Ballymena RFC
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1981 – 1988
British and Irish Lions

Trevor Maxwell Ringland, MBE (born 13 November 1959 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish solicitor, former rugby player and politician. From June 2013 to July 2014, he served as Co-Chairman of the NI Conservatives. After attending Larne Grammar School, he read law at Queen's University Belfast.

Rugby career

Ringland made 31 competitive appearances for Ireland, scoring nine tries. The majority of his appearances came in the Five Nations, with the remainder coming in the 1987 Rugby World Cup.[1][2] He also represented Ulster and Ballymena.

In 1983 he toured New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions. Since retirement, he has coached at Ballymena and been a committee member of the Irish Rugby Football Union.[3]

Career outside sport

As rugby was an amateur sport during his career, Ringland is also a full-time solicitor for Macaulay and Ritchie. In 2006 he was appointed as a member of the new Northern Ireland Policing Board. His Policing Board profile states he is a director of Independent News & Media, Mediation Northern Ireland and The Ireland Funds.[4]

Ringland is also active with Peace Players International, an organisation devoted to promote inter-religious unity in Belfast through sport. Ringland and David Cullen won the 2007 ESPY Arthur Ashe for Courage Award.

Ringland was awarded an MBE for services to the community in Northern Ireland in the New Year Honours 2009.[5]

Political career

Ringland was Vice-Chairman of the Ulster Unionist Party's East Belfast Branch. On 24 February 2010 Ringland was adopted by the Ulster Unionist Party and Conservative Party as their joint candidate in East Belfast for the 2010 General Election.[6]

In September 2010, Ringland became involved in a controversy over the new leader of Ulster Unionist Party, Tom Elliott. Upon Elliott's election as party leader, Ringland publicly asked the new leader if he would be prepared to attend a Gaelic Football All-Ireland Final in Dublin if an Ulster team were to take part;[7] Elliott refused. On 4 October 2010, Ringland resigned from the Ulster Unionist Party,[8] he later joined the NI Conservatives.

NI Conservatives

In 2012 he was appointed vice-chairman (Political) of the NI Conservatives, and as the Party's spokesperson for social development, culture and leisure.[9] At the Party's AGM in Belfast on 28 June 2013, it was confirmed he was appointed as Co-Chairman of the NI Conservatives, serving alongside Irwin Armstrong, and primarily responsible for the Party's political brief.


  1. "Trevor Ringland". 1 October 2008.
  2. "Trevor Ringland". Retrieved 20 April 2010.
  3. "D'Arcy calls in the big guns". BBC Sport. 24 April 2002. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
  4. Northern Ireland Policing Board Archived 9 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. "Rugby star Ringland receives MBE". BBC Sport. 13 December 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
  6. "Tories and UUP agree candidates". BBC News. 24 February 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
  7. "Tom Elliott 'should make GAA gesture' – Ringland". BBC Northern Ireland. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
  8. "Former rugby star Ringland is to resign from UUP". BBC Northern Ireland. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
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