Leading Businessman Receives Honorary Degree from Queen’s University Belfast

Leading Northern Ireland businessman Roy Adair, the former Chief Executive of Belfast Harbour Commissioners, will receive an honorary degree from Queen’s University Belfast.

Now retired from his role as Chief Executive of Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Mr Adair made a transformational contribution to Northern Ireland’s economic development, having overseen major investment into the harbour and Titanic areas of Belfast.

Under his leadership, Belfast Harbour has been instrumental in the economic success of Belfast. Mr Adair also played a significant role in the development and funding of Titanic Belfast, now considered one of the world’s leading visitor attractions. He graduated from Queen's University in 1980 with a first-class honours BSc in Mechanical Engineering.

Mr Adair said: “Attending Queen’s University was a springboard for my career and I have very fond memories of my time at university. Almost 40 years have passed since I graduated. Belfast was a very different city back then and I feel fortunate to have played a role in its development. It is a great honour to be recognised in this manner by Queen’s University and I congratulate all of the students who are graduating on their achievements.”

Having retired earlier this year, Mr Adair is currently providing advisory support to a range of organisations which include the Prince’s Trust, Business in the Community, Boys’ Model Bursary Fund, Belfast Harbour Commissioners and Ardmore Advertising.

In 2015, Mr Adair was awarded a CBE for services to the UK Ports Industry and voluntary service to business in Northern Ireland

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