With a career in newspapers spanning more than 30 years, Gary McDonald is among the Irish News' most experienced journalists. He has been the paper's Business Editor for 15 years, during which time he has picked up numerous awards for his work, including the CIPR Business Journalist of the Year on a record four occasions. Gary's gregarious nature means he is well suited to a role that goes beyond traditional reporting, where he often represents the company at a corporate level. This is best illustrated in his successful involvement in the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards.
A competitive Highland bag-piper, weekend hockey reporter and editor of the Ulster Scot, Banbridge-based Gary is far removed from what many regard as the stereotypical Irish News journalist.
However, he is a popular and valued member of staff, who exemplifies the title's pluralist ethos. Gary is also renowned for his healthy appetite for good food and stout.
RICHARD Williams, head of Northern Ireland Screen, which is best known for its involvement in the making of Game Of Thrones, is among a number of business people from the north recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
NORTHERN Ireland is finally doing "proper" tourism, with visitors from outside the region - whether from the Republic, Britain or overseas - eclipsing the bed nights and spend of those just visiting family and friends or holidaying at home.
BELFAST has been chosen as one of the first eight locations for a new BT "workplace of the future" hub as the telecoms giant bids to slash its UK estate from 300 offices to just 30 over the next five years.