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'Celebrating Success' At Stormont

Posted by Kirsty McQuoid on Saturday, September 14, 2013


More Women Managers in Northern Ireland (60%) Study Management Courses Than Their Professional Male Counterparts (40%)

Chief Executive of The Chartered Management Institute, (CMI) Ann Francke is arriving in Northern Ireland from London to host the prestigious ‘Celebrating Success’ annual awards ceremony at Stormont next week.  103 high-achieving managers from diverse organisations across the province are due to be officially commended for working towards Management and Leadership qualifications at gala event.

Event organisers, Northern Ireland’s leading Management and Leadership training consultancy Next Level Impact is delighted CMI Chief Executive Ann Francke is making her first official visit to Northern Ireland to host its annual ‘Celebrating Success’ awards gala.

Martin Rice, CEO of Next Level Impact, the event organisers says: “Chief Executive of Chartered Management Institute Ann Francke coming to Northern Ireland to address high-achieving managers here demonstrates how crucial NI’s role is within the UK economy.  We have some of the finest managers and leaders in the UK and it is with great honour that their efforts and talent is to be acknowledged and celebrated at Stormont by the head of the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.”

Ann Francke, CEO of CMI says: "We know better managers deliver stronger growth by helping teams and organisations succeed.  We also know qualifications improve managers' performance by enhancing their skills and confidence.  So I encourage business leaders in Northern Ireland to continue investing in your people to unleash their potential."

The prestigious gala event which takes place at Parliament Buildings on Friday 20th September will evidently congratulate more female managers than men in management roles on their recent success, as more women in management roles here in Northern Ireland choose to gain CMI recognised qualifications in the workplace compared to their male professional counterparts.  Of the 103 managers being presented the prestigious award, 60 of these, that’s nearly (60%) are women managers but Fiona Rice, Programmes Director at Next Level Impact is unsurprised by this trend.

Fiona Rice continues: “Each year more women managers than men in management positions choose our CMI professionally recognised Management and Leadership qualifications, recent CMI research reveals that male managers earned average bonuses twice as big as those of their female counterparts over the past 12 months, so this may explain the trend of why women in management roles here are placing more importance on their professional development than that of their male counterparts”.

Ann Francke will also present one manager with the highly prized ‘Star Award’.  This prestigious award will be presented to the manager who has used what they’ve learned on the programme to make a real difference within their organisation.

Latest CMI research shows that 90% of managers surveyed say their management qualifications improved their performance at work, of which 53% advised their Management and Leadership qualifications had helped them achieve a promotion.


For further information & photographs contact Kirsty McQuoid of PR’s ME on 07756842867

Notes To Editor:

·         Next Level Impact Ltd is a Belfast based company that delivers a broad range of tailored management and leadership programmes for organisations and individuals throughout Northern Ireland with it base in Belfast.  Next Level Impact is the first organisation in Northern Ireland to achieve Investors in People (liP) under the ‘new choices’ approach to assessment.  The company was presented with the prestigious award by Sir Reg Empey in 2010.  Website

·         Ann Francke is Chief Executive of Chartered Management Institute (CMI).  For more information about CMI and research findings used here view

·         Battle of the bonuses – CMI & Salary specialists XpertHR reveal male managers earned average bonuses twice as big as those of their female counterparts over the last 12 months - £6,442 compared to £3,029

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