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Posted by Kirsty McQuoid on Thursday, October 17, 2013
Northern Ireland’s First Ever Certified Business Advisers Awarded At Celebrating Success At Stormont


Two leading women business consultants, Women in Business NI members Rosemary Morrison of Directus NI and Fiona Rice of Next Level Impact are the first women ever to receive Certified Business Adviser status in Northern Ireland.  The women were awarded this prestigious title at ‘Celebrating Success’ awards gala in Stormont on Friday. CEO of Chartered Management Institute Ann Francke arrived in Northern Ireland from London to present the two women with this highly prestigious title. Women in Business CEO Roseann Kelly was also in attendance to congratulate both women on achieving this prestigious certified status.

Roseann Kelly CEO Women in Business NI says: “I am extremely proud that the first women ever in Northern Ireland to be awarded Certified Business Adviser status are two WIBNI members.  Both Rosemary Morrison of Directus NI and Fiona Rice of Next Level Impact have achieved a major milestone not only in their respective consulting careers, but they are leading way by shaping the consulting industry sector here in Northern Ireland being awarded this industry body recognition.  I very much enjoyed the Celebrating Success event at Stormont and would like to commend both Rosemary and Fiona on their success.”

CEO of Chartered Management Institute Ann Francke, arrived from London to present both women with this Institute of Consulting (a division within the CMI) award in Stormont on Friday. Over 100 high-achieving managers from diverse organisations across the province were officially commended for working towards various Management and Leadership qualifications at gala event but the event highlight was both these women being the first ever in Northern Ireland to achieve Certified Business Adviser status.

Rosemary Morrison of Directus NI, who celebrated 11 years in business this month, says:  I am delighted to have achieved Certified Business Adviser status with the Institute of Consulting and I am very proud to be one of only two women in Northern Ireland to be awarded this accredited status.  Continuing professional development and working to a professional standard (IC) has always remained at the core of my business and I believe this contributed to the success of Directus NI.  To now have this UK professional industry body acknowledge my consulting skills and experience is a great honour and endorsement.”

The prestigious gala evidently congratulated more female managers than men in management roles on their recent management and leadership qualifications, 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 awards, 60 of these, that’s nearly (60%) are women managers.

Ann Francke, CEO of CMI said: “We know better managers deliver stronger growth, so I encourage business leaders in Northern Ireland to continue investing in your people to unleash their potential. I congratulate all 103 managers here today for successfully achieving your professional qualifications and gaining the skills that will encourage your teams and organisations succeed”.

Below is link to view the publish piece in Women in Business NI

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