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Queen's birthday honours for Northern Irish people

11 June 11 10:17
Professor Peter Gregson

Fifty-three people from Northern Ireland have received recognition in the Queen's birthday honours list.

The vice-chancellor of Queen's University Belfast, Professor Peter Gregson, has been awarded a knighthood for services to higher education.

He oversaw the university's development as a member of an elite group of institutions committed to research.

Sir Peter said it was "enormously humbling" to receive the honour.

"Throughout my career I've been inspired by successive generations of students and by my peers around the world," he said.

"Any contribution I have made has been through the magnificent teams of people with whom I have been privileged to work, and with the support of my wife and family."

Sir Peter, who is married with three daughters, was appointed vice-chancellor of Queen's in 2004.

Others on the list include film and television producer Mark Huffam CBE and William Wright CBE the founder of Wrightbus.

Mr Huffam was awarded the CBE for services to the film and television industries. Having begun his career in Northern Ireland working on local election programmes, he has been active in the industry since 1983 and worked as a film producer for more than a decade.

Currently working in London, he was involved in the production of Saving Private Ryan.

In 2000 he co-produced Quills, which was nominated for three Oscars and four Baftas. He also produced Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Mamma Mia and Killing Bono.

Mr Huffam was responsible for the production of the Game Of Thrones fantasy series in Northern Ireland, one of the largest television series ever to be shot outside the US.

Mr Wright received his CBE for services to the bus industry after a career which has seen his company become one of the UK's leading manufacturers.

He founded Wrightbus in 1946 and was awarded the OBE in 2001. Since then the company has grown significantly and exploited new export markets, including Hong Kong.

Wrightbus has taken the lead in the development of the UK's first hybrid electric bus. Mr Wright stood down as company chairman in 2007 to pursue the development of hybrid technology.

Stanley Goudie, from Carrickfergus in County Antrim, lately chief inspector of the Education and Training Inspectorate at the Department of Education, was also awarded the CBE following a lifelong career in the education sector.

David McClurg, chairman of the Northern Ireland Police Fund, was given the OBE for services to the police. He is from Belfast and has been chairman of the fund since 2005.

It provides support to members of the police service who have been seriously injured by terrorism as well as helping the bereaved relatives of those killed in terrorist violence.

The chief executive of Lyle Bailie International, David Lyle, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours.

The advertising agency has won a number of high-profile awards for its work in promoting road safety.

"It's a real honour to serve the community in the area of road safety, because it is all about making a real and profound difference to people's lives," Mr Lyle said.

"It's also a real honour to contribute to one of Northern Ireland's major public policy successes, driven by consistent government strategies since 1995."

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