‘Ilove rugby but i am also a lapsed gui­tarist’

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Q What’s the best piece of business (or life) ad­vice you’ve ever been given?

A From my mother, fa­ther and older sib­lings, two things: you may be, or be­come, lucky in life, but you are no bet­ter than any­one else. Treat oth­ers how you would like to be treated your­self.

Q What piece of ad­vice would you pass on to some­one start­ing out in business?

A Get to un­der­stand your mar­ket and make sure you never think you un­der­stand it well enough to stop learn­ing about it.

Q What was your best business de­ci­sion?

A To di­ver­sify Belfast Har­bour’s port­fo­lio into prop­erty de­vel­op­ment. This will be the foundation for the next growth phase and is hugely ben­e­fi­cial to the North­ern Ire­land econ­omy.

Q If you weren’t do­ing this job, what would be your other ca­reer?

A As an engi­neer, I would like to think I would have been a mad cap in­ven­tor, but more prob­a­bly, I would have en­gaged in the world of eco­nomic the­ory.

Q What was your last hol­i­day? Where are you go­ing next?

A My last hol­i­day was to Por­tu­gal and we are plan­ning to go to Mi­ami next.

Q What are your hob­bies/ in­ter­est?

A Golf is my main hobby but I am also a lapsed gui­tarist.

Q What is your favourite sport and team?

A It has to be rugby which can only mean Ul­ster.

Q And have you ever played any sports?

A I’ve tried most things over the years, but I was least bad at rugby which I man­aged to keep play­ing into my for­ties.

Q If you en­joy read­ing, can you rec­om­mend a book?

A For en­joy­ment, I like the Alan Furst nov­els set in and around the Sec­ond World War with a range of pro­tag­o­nists who re­spond to the cir­cum­stances they find them­selves in.

Q How would you de­scribe your early life?

A As the youngest by a long way (next in line, my brother Jim is 13 years older), peo­ple would say I was in­dulged, but hope­fully not spoilt. Prob­a­bly most im­por­tantly, my fam­ily was fo­cused on the work ethic and I earned my first wage in the fam­ily shop at seven years of age — my fa­ther was not a be­liever in pocket money.

Q Have you any eco­nomic pre­dic­tions?

A Brexit will be bumpy and will pro­duce win­ners and losers, but ul­ti­mately our strong­est suit is in North­ern Ire­land re­silience and we will emerge suc­cess­fully.

Q How would you as­sess your time with Belfast Har­bour?

A An op­por­tu­nity to be part of one of our most vi­tal in­sti­tu­tions and a chance to work with some of the finest minds and won­der­ful peo­ple the prov­ince has to of­fer. It didn’t hurt that they seemed will­ing to tol­er­ate me and that as a team we were able to build on the very strong foun­da­tions pro­vided by our pre­de­ces­sors and cre­ate suc­cess.

Q How do you sum up work­ing in the in­dus­try?

A In a word, ad­dic­tive — the com­plex­ity of the mul­ti­ple mov­ing parts in the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment and the strength of re­la­tion­ships with cus­tomers, sup­pli­ers and even com­peti­tors is, in my ex­pe­ri­ence, un­ri­valled.

Roy en­joyed play­ing rugby into his for­ties and is a fan of Ul­ster Rugby

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