Barry Phillips Meets... June Burgess

Posted in : Podcasts on 4 April 2018 Issues covered:

June Burgess headshotBorn in Whitehead June Burgess attended Belfast High School before studying  Landscape Architecture in Gloucester.

After a brief spell in Swansea as a surfer by day and a singer in a band at night she eventually relocated back to Northern Ireland to work as the lead consultant on the landscaping for Clarendon Docks a £3million state of the art re-development project.

In 2006 she established the national horse jumping trials in Northern Ireland which developed into an international event for a while afterwards covered by Sky sports and attracting competitors from all over the world.

In 2008 she and her husband began plans to change an old concrete car park on a street corner with Great Victoria Street into what was to become Belfast’s first contemporary look five-star hotel. The Fitzwilliam Hotel sports a Manhattan Manor House style in its 120+ bedrooms and remains to this day the preferred choice of clients for many of Belfast's most celebrated visitors.

Tune in to find out the one thing June would change about Northern Ireland first of all, how she smiles “with all four cheeks” and just how she prepared for her TEDx Talk at Stormont.

This article is correct at 09/04/2018

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