Principal and chief executive of Belfast Metropolitan College Marie Therese McGivern has been named Oustanding Business Woman of the Year at the Women in Business awards.
Ms McGivern was among 11 women recognised for their success and contribution to the community at the event.
Having led the institution from the edge of corporate collapse to financial stability, the citation praised her for achieving strong satisfaction levels and restored pride as well as representing the college and the province at speaking events around the world.
“We are delighted to honour these women this evening, they have demonstrated not only high levels of skill and business acumen, but the tenacity and determination required to succeed in their area of business,” said Imelda McMillan, Women in Business Chair.
“Although women are excelling in business they continue to face obstacles and unequal opportunity in the workplace. We encourage everyone to continue to tackle these issues through education, mentoring and discussion. The recently launched Gender Diversity Charter Mark was developed to enable organisations to identify and reflect on institutional barriers facing women that impact on their career progression, and help progress the overall diversity agenda.”