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Accolade: chief executive Roy Adair

Accolade: chief executive Roy Adair

Accolade: chief executive Roy Adair

Belfast Harbour's outgoing chief executive Roy Adair is to be given an international award for his work.

The Ireland-US Council will present its Cuchulainn Award to Mr Adair, for his work in developing and diversifying the harbour into areas such as property.

Mr Adair, who has been in his post for 12 years, previously held positions with Rothmans International, Flexibox International and the Northern Ireland Quality Centre, where he was the organisation's first chief executive.

Since he became chief executive in 2005, Belfast Harbour has invested almost £250m in capital projects.

Much of that has been spent on the City Quays project. That includes a series of office buildings, as well as a new Marriott AC hotel, which is currently under construction.

"The Ireland-US Council has always played a pivotal role in the development of trans-Atlantic trade links and relationships, something which will become even more valuable in the post-Brexit era," Mr Adair said.

"It has been my privilege to represent Northern Ireland and Belfast Harbour at council events, and while I am personally delighted to receive this award, I am very conscious that it is a reflection of the vision and acumen of the harbour's board and employees."

Brian W Stack, president of the council, said: "During his period in charge of the business in Belfast Roy Adair has overseen continued growth in port trade activities and the expansion of the real estate side of the business. This has seen the City Quays development emerge along the waterfront delivering much needed, top quality office space and hotel rooms for Belfast and the regional economy.

"The harbour has also invested in new and emerging industries, exemplified by the recent completion of the £20m Belfast Harbour Studios."

Belfast Telegraph