Published Monday, 07 April 2014
Tina McKenzie will stand for election this May. (© Presseye)
Ms McKenzie, a senior executive in the employment services industry and mother of three, is a founding member of the party established after Basil McCrea and John McCallister split from the Ulster Unionist Party.
Announcing her decision to stand in the 22 May contest, Ms McKenzie said she wanted to promote a "united 21st century Northern Ireland".
She added: "I want to maximise the potential of Europe and will focus on getting the best for Northern Ireland not the best for any one community.
"I want to represent and promote our people, their talents, skills, commitment and drive to improve Northern Ireland and Europe."
The chairwoman said her party is clear about the benefits of remaining in Europe.
She added: "We must play our part in reforming Europe, driving forward growth and ensuring that we tap into the diverse range of funding and export opportunities which are available.
"We have an economy which has historically underperformed and with unacceptable levels of youth unemployment in particular.
"We want to stand on a clear agenda for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs."
Last year, in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Ms McKenzie revealed she was the daughter of a former IRA man, however, she said her politics were very different to those of her father.
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