Council’s Chief Executive Anne Donaghy shortlisted for regional award

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Anne Donaghy.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Chief Executive Anne Donaghy has been announced as a finalist in this year’s Women in Business Awards.

She has been shortlisted for the prestigious Director of the Year accolade.

The awards celebrate, reward and acknowledge the hard work and achievements of some of the most successful, entrepreneurial and inspiring business women throughout Northern Ireland.

Now in their eighth year, the Women in Business Awards allow all sectors and industries to come together for an evening of celebration to recognise the best of homegrown talent and the valuable contribution that women make to the economic life of Northern Ireland.

Ms Donaghy has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Management and Leadership category.

She said: “I am honoured to have been shortlisted for this highly prestigious award.

“This is deserved recognition of the incredible work delivered by my 900-strong team, under the direction of all our Elected Members on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

“Working together with a clear focus on delivery for all our citizens, our council continues to lead the way in Northern Ireland local government transformation, with growing our local economy a key priority in Mid and East Antrim.

“This is a multi-award winning borough and a top performing area in terms of the delivery of services, including planning, recycling, the protection and enhancement of our natural environment, and a wide range of other frontline provisions.

“I thank our Elected Members and all of the staff at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council for their incredible work, vision and outstanding public service.”

The Local Government (Performance Indicators and Standards) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015 sets out statutory performance indicators and standards for Councils. Standards are set for each Council within Northern Ireland.

For 2017/18, these were set in the functional areas of Planning, Economic Development and Waste Management. MEABC currently ranks number one in NI for planning, has been the top or joint top performing council for over-performance on job targets for business start-ups over the past three years, and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has moved from sixth place to second place amongst councils in Northern Ireland in relation to the percentage of household waste sent for recycling.

Ms Donaghy has led the council’s contribution to the wider Belfast Region City Deal bid and, in recent months, has campaigned ardently for Northern Ireland to be chosen as a location for a Heathrow Logistics Hub.

This year’s Awards will be held at the Crowne Plaza, Shaws Bridge near Belfast, on Thursday November 8.

The Women in Business Awards celebrate, acknowledge and reward the hard work and achievements of some of Northern Ireland’s most successful entrepreneurs, business owners, senior managers and leaders.

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