Belfast Telegraph

University honours business leaders

By Heather McGarrigle

Leading figures in Northern Ireland business are among those to be honoured with honorary doctorates by the University of Ulster.

Famous faces receiving the honour at the university’s summer graduation include Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, US Open Champion Graeme McDowell and actress Susan Lynch.

Receiving a DSc for services to business is Len O’Hagan, who has chaired the Belfast Harbour Commissioners since 2006.

He also chairs business consultants OHC Corporate Advisers Ltd, Rockingham Motor Circuit and the soon-to-open Metropolitan Arts Centre.

Mr O’Hagan is the deputy lieutenant for the County of Down and vice president of the Ireland US Council.

The hospitality industry is well represented, with Howard Hastings, managing director of Hastings Hotels and Bill Wolsey, owner of the Merchant Hotel and the Little Wing pizzeria chain, who are receiving the DSc for services to the hospitality and tourism industries and the DSc for services to entrepreneurship and business development respectively.

Strabane woman Chris Browne is the managing director of Thomson Airways and receives her doctorate for management leadership.

She developed the airline’s customer service strategy, increased customer satisfaction ratings and put it at the top of the chartered sector’s punctuality league tables.

Belfast Telegraph