Belfast Telegraph

Industrialists honoured

Northern Ireland business leaders were among those to be recognised in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Among them were Singularity founder and managing director Padraig Canavan, who was awarded an OBE in recognition of his contribution to business in Northern Ireland.

The vice president of Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and a prominent figure in the North West’s business community, Mr Canavan established technology company Singularity in Derry in 1994.

He developed the company into a multi-million dollar business and while the firm has set up additional offices in London, New York, Singapore, Hyderabad and Belfast, its global headquarters remains in Derry.

Also honoured was Michelin Ballymena’s former plant manager Graham Whitehurst, who received an MBE for services to business.

Mr Whitehurst began his career with Michelin in 1980 at the Stoke-on-Trent plant and, after working in France, moved to Ballymena in 1997. He became production manager in 2004 and a year later took over as factory manager until he left Ballymena in December 2009 for another role with Michelin in France.

Mr Whitehurst said the award was recognition for the whole Michelin Ballymena team and for the way in which they worked through all the difficulties of the recent economic crisis.

Belfast Telegraph