'I love rugby but I am also a lapsed guitarist'
Q&A: Roy Adair
Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?
A: From my mother, father and older siblings, two things: you may be, or become, lucky in life, but you are no better than anyone else. Treat others how you would like to be treated yourself.
Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?
A: Get to understand your market and make sure you never think you understand it well enough to stop learning about it.
Q: What was your best business decision?
A: To diversify Belfast Harbour's portfolio into property development. This will be the foundation for the next growth phase and is hugely beneficial to the Northern Ireland economy.
Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career?
A: As an engineer, I would like to think I would have been a mad cap inventor, but more probably, I would have engaged in the world of economic theory.
Q: What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?
A: My last holiday was to Portugal and we are planning to go to Miami next.
Q: What are your hobbies/interest?
A: Golf is my main hobby but I am also a lapsed guitarist.
Q: What is your favourite sport and team?
A: It has to be rugby which can only mean Ulster.
Q: And have you ever played any sports?
A: I've tried most things over the years, but I was least bad at rugby which I managed to keep playing into my forties.
Q: If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?
A: For enjoyment, I like the Alan Furst novels set in and around the Second World War with a range of protagonists who respond to the circumstances they find themselves in.
Q: How would you describe your early life?
A: As the youngest by a long way (next in line, my brother Jim is 13 years older), people would say I was indulged, but hopefully not spoilt. Probably most importantly, my family was focused on the work ethic and I earned my first wage in the family shop at seven years of age - my father was not a believer in pocket money.
Q: Have you any economic predictions?
A: Brexit will be bumpy and will produce winners and losers, but ultimately our strongest suit is in Northern Ireland resilience and we will emerge successfully.
Q: How would you assess your time with Belfast Harbour?
A: An opportunity to be part of one of our most vital institutions and a chance to work with some of the finest minds and wonderful people the province has to offer. It didn't hurt that they seemed willing to tolerate me and that as a team we were able to build on the very strong foundations provided by our predecessors and create success.
Q: How do you sum up working in the industry?
A: In a word, addictive - the complexity of the multiple moving parts in the working environment and the strength of relationships with customers, suppliers and even competitors is, in my experience, unrivalled.