A Queen’s University Belfast graduate and post-graduate, Rotha has had a career in the textile, the economic development and the food sectors. She currently has various investment interests primarily in the property sector.
Rotha is currently Chair of Northern Ireland Screen, the lead agency for the screen industry in Northern Ireland. In addition, Rotha holds several non-executive positions including Director of Northern Ireland Electricity Networks, Member of KPMG NI Advisory Board, QUBIS and a Belfast Harbour Commissioner.
Previously she was a shareholder and director of Variety Foods Ltd, a food service company supplying the Irish market; Head of Marketing in Moygashel Textiles, part of Lamont Holdings and Business Development Director, LEDU. Rotha was also a BBC Trustee, Pro Chancellor and Chair of Senate at Queen’s University Belfast and Deputy Chair of Invest Northern Ireland.
In 2006 she was awarded the CBE in recognition of her contribution to industry in Northern Ireland and in 2016 was made a Dame.