Finalists for the first ever Northern Ireland Women’s Awards are revealed

Creative Oceanic are proud to announce the first ever Northern Ireland Women’s Awards 2019 are taking place in Wellington Park Hotel Belfast on 26th June.

The Northern Ireland Women’s Awards honour the amazing breadth of talent and the hard work of female professionals and entrepreneurs across the country. The Awards celebrate the achievements of female entrepreneurs, business women, professionals, civil servants, charity workers and many others that make Northern Ireland a great and more equal place to live and work.

Thousands of nominations were cast by the public over recent months and the full list of finalists has now been compiled and made live.

Creative Oceanic has delivered award ceremonies for nearly a decade in cities around the world, including Belfast, Dublin, Toronto, London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester Leicester, Birmingham and is soon launching in New York. Creative Oceanic campaigns have awarded people in the hospitality, food, hair & beauty, SME business, independent retail and women’s sectors.

Irfan Younis, CEO of Creative Oceanic said: “We’re delighted to expand the Women’s Awards and bring them to Northern Ireland for the first time this year.

“The awards aim to celebrate the most dedicated, hard-working and successful women across Northern Ireland. We wish all the finalists the best of luck.”

The finalists for the Northern Ireland Women’s Awards 2019 are:

Contribution to Arts & Culture

Eibhlín de Barra – Belfast Children’s Festival (Young at Art) (Belfast)

Hazel Francey – National Museums NI (Belfast)

Nisha Tandon – Arts Ekta (Belfast)

Andrea Hayes (County Tyrone)

Deborah Collins – Visit Belfast (Belfast)

Eileen Branagh – Open Arts (Belfast)

Suzanne Lyle – Arts Council of Northern Ireland (Lisburn)

Roberta Larkin – Larkin Glass Art (Bangor)

Liz Weir- Storyteller in Residence (Co. Antrim)


Services to Accounting & Finance

Sinead Fox-Hamilton – Chartered Accountants Ireland (Belfast)

Rosemary Peters Gallagher – Moore Stephens (Belfast)

Dearbhail Beatty – Harbinson Mulholland (Belfast)

Maria Evans – Daly Park (Newry)

Fiona Braniff – Moore Braniff (Belfast)

Teresa Campbell – PKF-FPM Accountants (Belfast)

Alison Wallace – Irwin Donaghey Stockman (Coleraine)

Jenny Waugh – Hamilton Morris Waugh (Bangor)

Zara Duffy – Chartered Accountants Northern Ireland (Ulster)

Lesley Ann – Guardian Accountants (Newtownards)


Business Woman of the Year

Judith Totten – Upstream Positive (Belfast)

Karen Salters – SHS Group (Belfast)

Tina McKenzie – Grafton Recruitment (Belfast)

Brigid Derry – Derry Bros Shipping (Loughgall)

Patricia Casement – Trackars (Downpatrick)


Business of the Year

The Macklin Group (Belfast)

ASM Chartered Accountants (Belfast)

Survitec Group (Belfast)

Brightwater (Belfast)

Digital Twenty Four (Belfast)


Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year

Nuala Campbell – Titanic FX (Belfast)

Shelley Martin – 4Beauty Group (Belfast)

Deborah Lamberton – So27skincare (Derry)

Yolanda Cooper – We Are Paradoxx (Belfast)

Carol Rowney – Mrs R’ganics’ (Belfast)

Tonya Kidd-Beggs – Stories by Eliza Grace(Belfast)

Hilary McMurray – He-shi Tan (Belfast)

Lauren Montgomery – Minx Lash (Belfast)


Business Woman of the Year (less than 50 staff)

Aideen Duggan – Keenan Healthcare (Belfast)

Claire Hunter – Marine Hotel Ballycastle (Ballycastle)

Joanne Liddle – IPC Mouldings (Carrickfergus)

Avril Robson – Corick House Hotel & Spa (Clogher)

Claire Aiken – Aiken (Belfast)

Michelle Tyson – Tyson Wilson (Belfast)

Louise Houliston – Ninjadry (Dundonald)


Business of the Year (less than 50 staff)

The Fluffy Meringue (Clogher)

Marine Hotel (Ballycastle)

City of Derry Equestrian Centre (Derry)

TRP Services (Belfast)

Morrow Communications (Belfast)


Corporate Leader of the Year

Vicky Davies – Danske Bank UK (Belfast)

Donna Armstrong – First Trust Bank (Belfast)

Sara Venning – Northern Ireland Water (Belfast)

Lynsey Cunningham – Ulster Bank (Belfast)

Darina Armstrong – Progressive Building Society (Belfast)

Tracy Flannigan – CBRE (Belfast)

Ashleen Feeney – KPMG (Belfast)

Claire McFall – BDO Northern Ireland (Belfast)

Deborah Lange – Invest NI (Belfast)


Contribution to Civil Service

Julie Flaherty – Armagh City Council (Armagh)

Roberta Brownlee – Southern Health and Social Care Trust Northern Ireland (Portadown)

Deirdre Hargey – Belfast City Council (Belfast)

Lorraine Patrinos – GLL (Belfast)

Caroline Flynn – MAAPP (Belfast)

Kirsten McKevitt – Serious Crime Unit (Belfast)

Barbara Gray – PSNI (Belfast)

Jill Minne – Northern Ireland Civil Service(Belfast)

Susie McCullough – Ards and North Down Borough Council


Creative Industries Leader of the Year

Eimhear O’Neill – Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs (Belfast)

Siobhan Donaghy – Modern Democracy (Derry)

Eleanor McGillie – MGMPR (Caledon)

Moya Neeson – Morrow Communications (Belfast)

Jane Burnside – Jane D Burnside Architect (Ballymena)

Patricia Grogan – The Cut (Belfast)

Lisa Hetherington – Nor Lisa (Enniskillen)


Services to Charity / Third Sector

Heather Monteverde – Macmillan Cancer Support (Belfast)

Jacquie Richardson – Positive Life (Belfast)

Mimi Unamoyo – Northern Ireland Community of Refugees & Asylum Seekers

Liz Gibbons – The Cithrâh Foundation (Carrickfergus)

Jude McKelvey – Wooden Spoon (Belfast)

Sonya McMullan – Women’s Aid Federation NI (Belfast)

Doreen Armstrong – Let’s Knit and Crochet Together (Ballymena)


Food Entrepreneur of the Year

Leona Kane – Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil (Limavady)

Portia Woods – Toast the Coast  (Belfast)

Robyn McWhirter – Sweet Robyns (Belfast)

Kerrie Walker – New Found Joy (Lurgan)

Tricia McNeilly – Ötzibrew (Belfast)

Paula Heaney – Skinny Malinkys (Belfast)

Darlene McCormick – That Protein (Belfast)


CEO of the Year

Evelyn Collins – Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (Belfast)

Jacqui Dixon – Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council (Antrim)

Anne Donaghy – Mid and East Antrim Borough Council (Ballymena)

Emma Meehan – Down Royal Racecourse (Lisburn)

Norma Shearer – Training for Women Network (TWN)

Janice Gault – Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (Belfast)


Entrepreneur of the Year

Deirdre Lynch – Vector Improvements (Belfast)

June Burgess (Belfast)

Fiona Cameron – Altra Executives (Belfast)

Lindsey McCracken and Gemma Murphy  – Hayward Hawk Professional Services (Belfast)

Eve Beattie-EveVa (Belfast)

Sarah McAnallen – Ezi-Sock (Belfast)

Meta Auden  – Spectra Sensory Clothing (Ulster)


Services to Education

Marie – Thérèse McGivern – Belfast Metropolitan College (Belfast)

Fiona Dickson – CAFRE (Belfast)

Anne Heaslett – Stranmillis University College (Belfast)

Terri Scott – Northern Regional College (Ballymena)

Carolyn Davison – Southern Regional College (Armagh)

Gillian Armstrong – Ulster University (Ulster)

Geri Cameron – National Association of Head Teachers (NI) (Belfast)


Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Jemma McGrath – Makeupurlife (Belfast)

Jessica Wilson – Bold by Stand (Belfast)

Nicole Hollinger – Chapter 35 (Holywood)

Vicky Potts – Whitepot Studios (Belfast)


Family Run Business of the Year

Beannchor (Belfast)

Shortcross Gin (Downpatrick)

Mill Farm Cottages (Hillsborough)

DailyBake (Armagh)

Mash Direct (Comber)

Morelli Ice Cream (Coleraine)

Moran’s Retail (Belfast)

Apple Recruitment (Belfast)
Services to Law

Neasa Quigley – Carson McDowell (Belfast)

Deborah Archer – Cleaver Fulton Rankin (Belfast)

Tracey Schofield – A&L Goodbody (Belfast)

Emma Hunt – Mills Selig (Belfast)

Diane Nixon – Mossfield Chambers (Belfast)

Anne Marie Kelly – MKB Law (Belfast)


Services to Medicine

Imelda McGucken – CHARIS Cancer Centre (Cookstown)

Charlotte McArdle – Northern Ireland’s Chief Nursing Officer (Belfast)

Rose McCullagh- Southern Trust OPPC   (Belfast)

Cherie Armour – Ulster University (Ulster)

Dr Niamh Kennedy – Ulster University  (Ulster)

Tanya Moutray – Belfast Trust (Belfast)

Sandya Tirupathi – Belfast City Hospital (Belfast)


Digital Business of the Year

The Transfer Tutor Online Quizzes (Belfast)

Moment Health (Belfast)

Digital54 (Belfast)

Mash Direct (Comber) (Belfast)


Best Professional in Business

Gail Prentice-Jackson – Osborne King (Belfast)

Catherine Martin (Belfast)

Victoria Shanks – Kx Services at First Derivatives (Newry)

Julie O’Hagan – Dixons Contractors (Ballymena)


Rising Star of the Year

Deborah King Loughran – MJM Group (Newry)

Frances McKee – Pinnacle (Belfast)

Emma Kerr – GCD Technologies (Lurgan)

Anne Smyth – Electric Ireland-NI (Belfast)

Claire McGonigle – PWC (Belfast)

Adele McIvor – Workspace Group (Draperstown)

Terri Cassidy – Westville Hotel Group (Enniskillen)

Shona Burke  – Coop Funeral Care (Belfast)

Cara Marks – Hays (Belfast)

Paula Gallagher – Reed Global (Belfast)


Independent Retail Business of the Year

Opus One Salon (Ballymena)

Beechfield Flower Farm (Magherafelt)

DIGG Childrenswear (Belfast)

Chapter 35 (Holywood)

The Wardrobe (Ballyclare)

Aurora  (Belfast)

Sarah-Jane Boutique (Magherafelt)

Gasp Boutique (Armagh)

RoCo (Derry)

Verona Bridal (Magherafelt)


Services to Science & Technology

Dr Sharon Huws- Queen’s University (Belfast)

Jaine Blayney – Queen’s University (Belfast)

Máire O’Neill – Queen’s University (Belfast)

Karen Fraser – SERC (Belfast)

Carolyn Davison – Southern Regional College (Belfast)

Cathy Gormley-Heenan – Ulster University (Ulster)


Services to Sport

Caoimhe McLaughlin – Derry City Football Club Women (Derry)

Leah McCourt – MMA fighter (Belfast)

Dara Lynott, – British Taekwondo (Belfast)

Rebecca Shorten – GB women’s Rowing (Belfast)

Stephanie Meadow – Golf (Belfast)

Michelle Gormley-McLaughlin – City of Derry Rugby Football Club (Derry)

Ciara Mageean – Athlete (Belfast)

Michaela Walsh – Boxing (Belfast)

Kelly Gallagher – Skier (Belfast)

Carly McNaul – Boxing (Belfast)


Small Business of the Year

Zoe Baysting Art (Belfast)

Stables Flower Co (Coleraine)

Mayers Real Estate (Belfast)

SAND Marketing (Coleraine)

Tracy Jamison (Coleraine)

GOC Estate Agents (Belfast)

Bel-Tonz Studio (Carrickfergus)

Stable Lane Boutique (Coleraine)

Honeycomb Jobs (Belfast)


Woman of the Year

Sarah Ewart – Amnesty International (Belfast)

Michele Shirlow – Food NI (Belfast)

Anne McGlone – WillowBank (Belfast)

Sahra Mahmuud – SWAN (Belfast)

Heather Smart – Northern Ireland Fire Brigade (Belfast)

Katrina McDonnell – The Homeless Period Belfast (Belfast)

Kate Grant – Benefit Cosmetics (Belfast)

Hannah Shields – Mountain Climber (Belfast)

Margaret Ward – A Century Of Women (Belfast)


Social Leader of the Year

Karen Collins – AWARE (Belfast)

Cara Dallat – Craigavon Industrial Development Organisation (Co Armagh)

Emma Garrett – Mallusk Enterprise Park (Newtownabbey)

Anne-Marie McClure – Start 360 (Belfast)

Charlotte Dryden – Oh Yeah Music Centre (Belfast)

Jayne Taggart – Causeway Enterprise Agency (Coleraine)

Mary Nagele – Arts & Business NI (Belfast)

Frances McCandless – The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (Belfast)


Managing Director of the Year

Caroline Rafferty – Homecare Independent Living (Belfast)

Clare Maguire – Belfast One (Belfast)

Niamh Taylor – Digital Twenty Four (Belfast)

Susan Handcock  – Task Recruitment (Co.Down)

Nikki Larkin – LK Communications (Holywood)

Lorna Robinson – Cloughbane Farm Foods (Pomeroy)

Jayne Gibson – Inside Out Financial (Belfast)


Woman of Influence

Nuala Murphy – Lean In Belfast (Belfast)

Jayne Taggart – Causeway Enterprise Agency (Coleraine)

Melanie Christie-Boyle – Ballymena Business Centre (Ballymena)

Angela McGowan – CBI (Belfast)

Yvonne Galligan – Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics (Belfast)

Norma Shearer – The Women’s Network (Belfast)

Christine Boyle – Women in Business in Northern Ireland / Senergy Innovcations (Belfast)

Jenna Mairs – Young Leaders NI (Belfast)


Women Support Group of the Year

Northern Ireland Rural Women’s Network (Dungannon)

Women’s Resource and Development Agency (Belfast)

Women’s Centre Derry (Derry)

WOMEN’STEC (Belfast)

Belfast & Lisburn Women’s Aid (Belfast)

Waterside Women’s Centre (Derry)

Foyle Women’s Information Network (Derry)

Women Techmakers Belfast (Belfast)

GLOW   (Belfast)

The Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland Belfast (Belfast)

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