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Hastings Hotels director awarded MBE in Queen's honours list

By John Mulgrew

Published 15/06/2016

The Queen's birthday honours list has awarded Hastings Hotels director John Toner an MBE
The Queen's birthday honours list has awarded Hastings Hotels director John Toner an MBE

A Co Down hotel manager with five decades of experience in the industry was among those in the business world included in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Hastings Hotels director John Toner was awarded an MBE, following his 37 years with the hotel group.

The former Slieve Donard Resort & Spa general manager was given the award for services to hospitality and tourism in Northern Ireland.

Jackie Henry, senior partner of professional services firm Deloitte, was also given an MBE for her services to Northern Ireland's economy.

"I'm really pleased even to have been considered," she said.

"I'm especially delighted that Deloitte's work, and the contribution it has made to the growth of the economy in Northern Ireland, has been recognised.

"I did not expect it, not one bit. I'm thrilled with it."

Other business figures that were recognised in the Queen's birthday honours list included Mark Ennis, the chairman of Invest NI.

Mr Ennis was given a CBE for services to the economy and the community in Northern Ireland.

He was appointed chairman of Invest NI in 2012, and has been chairman of energy firm SSE in Ireland since 2010.

Sharon Polson, also with Invest NI, was given an MBE.

And Peter Lunn of Belfast jewellers Lunn's was also given the honour for services to commerce, charity and sport in Northern Ireland.

Issam Abbas Horshi, managing director of The White Horse Hotel, was given an MBE for his services to tourism.

Belfast Telegraph

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