Educated at Queen's University, where he studied accountancy and economics before beginning his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr Billington also sits on the Agrifood Strategy Board, and represents Northern Ireland on the board of the leading UK-based agricultural lobbying body, the Agricultural Industries Confederation.
Lobbying to improve government policy for local businesses, he said, has been among his proudest achievements.
"I think working towards improving our business environment in Northern Ireland is the right thing to do, so it is nice to be recognised for that."
Heather Smart, Northern Irelands first female Firefighter- MBE for services to the advancement of women in the fire and rescue service.
Gareth McAuley, Northern Ireland defender- MBE for services to Football in Northern Ireland. Nick Potts/PA Wire.
Crusaders Manager Stephen Baxter- BEM for services to Football in Northern Ireland.
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UUP MLA Andy Allen- MBE for services to veterans and their families in Northern Ireland.
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Professor Anne Carlisle, vice chancellor of Falmouth University, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of her services to Higher Education and the regional economy.
Adrian McAllister, Deputy Chief Constable, Lancashire Constabulary. OBE for services to policing, criminal justice and child protection.
Finlay Spratt, chairman of the Prison Officers Association- MBE for public service and charity
PSNI Inspector Rosie Leech- MBE for services to Policing and the Community in Northern Ireland. Credit: PA
Brian Ingram, Director of the Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre near Bangor- OBE for services to vulnerable children and adults in custody.
PSNI Superintendent Brian Kee- Queen's Police Medal (QPM).