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

Inspiring women from Northern Ireland were awarded at the first ever Northern Ireland Women’s Awards 2019. The event took place in Wellington Park Hotel Belfast on 26th June.

The Awards honoured the talent and hard work of female professionals and entrepreneurs across the region.

It celebrated the achievements of female entrepreneurs, business women, professionals, civil servants, charity workers and others that make Northern Ireland a great and more equal place to live and work.

Creative Oceanic has delivered award ceremonies for nearly a decade in cities across the world. These include Belfast, Dublin, Toronto, London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester Leicester, Birmingham and is soon launching in New York. Creative Oceanic campaigns include the Northern Ireland Wedding Awards, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Awards, the Food Awards Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Hair and Beauty Awards. The Women’s Awards currently take place in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Cardiff, Dublin and now Belfast.

CEO Irfan Younis said: “Congratulations to all winners and finalists at the first ever Northern Ireland Women’s Awards 2019. We were delighted to host exceptional finalists who make such brilliant role models and are leading a new generation of women and girls to greater success and open doors. We look forward to growing this campaign and are excited to see it evolve over coming years.”

With 32 awards presented on the night, the winners are as follows:

Contribution to Arts & Culture: Eibhlín de Barra – Belfast Children’s Festival (Young at Art) (Belfast)

 Services to Accounting & Finance: Zara Duffy – Chartered Accountants Northern Ireland (Ulster)

 Business Woman of the Year: Brigid Derry – Derry Bros Shipping (Loughgall)

 Business of the Year: The Macklin Group (Belfast)

 Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year: Nuala Campbell – Titanic FX (Belfast)

 Business Woman of the Year (less than 50 staff): Michelle Tyson – Tyson Wilson (Belfast)

 Business of the Year (less than 50 staff):  City of Derry Equestrian Centre (Derry)

 Corporate Leader of the Year: Claire McFall – BDO Northern Ireland (Belfast)

 Contribution to Civil Service: Julie Flaherty – Armagh City Council (Armagh)

 Creative Industries Leader of the Year: Eimhear O’Neill (Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs)

 Services to Charity / Third Sector: Sonya McMullan – Women’s Aid Federation NI (Belfast)

 Food Entrepreneur of the Year: Portia Woods – Toast the Coast (Belfast)

 CEO of the Year: Anne Donaghy – Mid and East Antrim Borough Council (Ballymena)

 Entrepreneur of the Year: Fiona Cameron – Altra Executives (Belfast)

 Services to Education: Carolyn Davison – Southern Regional College (Armagh)

 Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Nicole Hollinger – Chapter 35 (Holywood)

 Family Run Business of the Year: Apple Recruitment (Belfast)

 Services to Law: Emma Hunt – Mills Selig (Belfast)

 Services to Medicine: Imelda McGucken – CHARIS Cancer Centre (Cookstown)

 Digital Business of the Year: The Transfer Tutor Online Quizzes (Belfast)

 Best Professional in Business: Victoria Shanks – Kx Services at First Derivatives (Newry)

 Rising Star of the Year: Adele McIvor – Workspace Group (Draperstown)

 Independent Retail Business of the Year: Beechfield Flower Farm (Magherafelt)

 Services to Science & Technology: Jaine Bleyney – Queens University (Belfast)

 Services to Sport: Caoimhe McLaughlin – Derry City Football Club Women (Derry)

 Small Business of the Year: Tracy Jamison (Coleraine)

 Woman of the Year: Katrina McDonnell – The Homeless Period Belfast (Belfast)

 Social Leader of the Year: Cara Dallat – Craigavon Industrial Development Organisation (Belfast)

 Managing Director of the Year: Caroline Rafferty – Homecare Independent Living (Belfast)

 Woman of Influence: Jenna Mairs – Young Leaders NI (Belfast)

 Women Support Group of the Year: GLOW (Belfast)


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