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Dr Terry Cross OBE is presented with the award for Philanthropist of the Year by Gordon Milligan, IoD NI chairman.

Dr Terry Cross OBE is presented with the award for Philanthropist of the Year by Gordon Milligan, IoD NI chairman.

Ursula Lavery, winner of IoD NI International Director of the Year, is pictured with Steve Harper, executive director of International Business at award sponsor Invest NI.

Ursula Lavery, winner of IoD NI International Director of the Year, is pictured with Steve Harper, executive director of International Business at award sponsor Invest NI.

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Dr Terry Cross OBE is presented with the award for Philanthropist of the Year by Gordon Milligan, IoD NI chairman.

Business leaders representing Northern Ireland’s food and drink sector have been recognised at the 2021 Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) Director of the Year Awards.

Dr Terry Cross OBE of Hinch Distillery won the award for Philanthropist of the Year, while Ursula Lavery of Moy Park was presented with the International Director of the Year Award.

Winners of the prestigious awards were announced during a ceremony at The Merchant Hotel, Belfast.

“I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate all of our 2021 winners, who have yet again demonstrated the resilience and strength of Northern Ireland’s business community across a breadth of industries and sectors, despite what has been a most challenging time for business,” said Gordon Milligan, IoD NI chairman.

Seamus McGuickin, head of business banking at event sponsor AIB NI, said: “We are proud to continue our partnership with the IoD and to help showcase and support the numerous successful business leaders and entrepreneurs that have worked so hard to support the further development of our local economy.

“This has been an uncertain time for businesses right across the board, but it has been inspiring to witness how our business leaders have adapted accordingly and risen to the challenges they’ve faced.

“We would like to congratulate each of this year’s winners on their truly admirable accomplishments. It is of upmost importance that the achievements of Northern Ireland’s business community are celebrated, and we are delighted that the IoD Director of the Year Awards provide the opportunity to do just that.”


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