Despite his cherubim looks, business reporter Simon Cunningham is already on the wrong side of 30 and has the best part of a decade in journalism under his belt (hard to believe, I know).

His career kicked off in the Tyrone Courier in 2006 as a cub reporter, but he quickly rose to the role of deputy editor before joining the Irish News in the newsroom hub in 2010.

A transfer to the business desk followed at the tail end of 2012, and while not quite a corporate colossus just yet, Simon has certainly made a mark in the world of chief executives, PR spin and free lunches.

He’s even filed stories from Blackpool (on fracking), Brussels (those pesky eurocrats) and from the Philippines as work continues to rebuild the country in the wake of 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan.

Married to Vicki and with two pre-school children, when he’s not donning his tuxedo and bow tie to attend some of the annual clutch of corporate dinners and awards bashes, he also finds time to support his beloved Lisburn Distillery, despite their fall from top flight status.

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