Six of the best as women win top Northern Ireland directors awards
Female business leaders have won six out of 11 awards recognising Northern Ireland's most successful company directors. And Des Moore, head of First Trust Bank, said the triumph of all 11 winners marked the importance of strong leadership during "political and economic flux".
Belfast City Council chief executive, Suzanne Wylie, was named public sector director of the year in the Institute of Directors (IoD) NI First Trust Bank Director of the Year Awards.
And Moy Park chief executive, Janet McCollum, was named large company director of the year. Tina McKenzie, the head of recruitment firm Staffline Ireland, was named mid-market company director of the year, while Norah Anne Barron of Pi Communications was SME director of the year.
Their success - and that of three other award-winning women - marked the first time that women have won the majority of the awards.
Other winners included Colin Williams of animation firm Sixteen South, named international director of the year, and Gareth Loye of M&M Contractors, who won the family business director of the year title.
IoD NI director, Linda Brown, said: "Each of this year's winning directors demonstrated these qualities and showed that the future of their companies and the Northern Ireland economy is in good hands."
Mr Moore added: "It was evident from the judging process that the skills which contribute to exemplary leadership - from visionary thinking to innovative problem solving - are embedded right across Northern Ireland's business spectrum. Now, more than ever, we need to nurture and harness these attributes so our local businesses can continue to grow their own organisation and the economy as a whole."