This award recognises an individual who by their energy, enthusiasm and motivation inspires and empowers others to succeed. A role model, this individual drives change and leads with conviction and ambition to make a real difference.
WINNER - Patricia Reilly
School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
As School Manager, Patricia Reilly has shown exemplary leadership in managing a significant change process, especially in relation to the merger between the Schools of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work and that of Education in 2016. Restructuring her teams to support undergraduate, postgraduate and research work, she has also impressively managed the relocation of both academic and professional support staff.
Joining Queen’s 20 years ago as a Grade 2 clerical support worker, she has consistently demonstrated leadership example, leading to her promotion to School Manager.
Professor Brian G Falzon
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The Head of School, Professor Falzon also holds the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering/Bombardier Chair in Aerospace Composites at Queen’s and is an internationally renowned engineer who marries pioneering research with commercial knowledge.
Renowned for his work on the analysis, design, manufacture and testing of advanced composite aerostructures, mainly for lightweight aircraft, he launched the Advanced Composite Research Group (ACRG) in 2013 which has become the largest research group in the School, with a number of exciting projects in train.
Dr Panagiotis Manesiotis
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Dr Manesiotis joined Queen’s in 2013 and in a short space of time has designed a new MSc course that has rapidly evolved into a vibrant programme contributing to key School and Faculty targets, including internationalisation. Indeed, Dr Manesiotis has devised a number of initiatives to enhance Postgraduate Taught experience, including improved induction, career events and a new Staff Student Consultative Committee.
He has also opened up new areas of research at Queen’s, including the development of “plastic antibodies” with applications in healthcare, as well as materials for recycling phosphorus and nitrogen - of crucial importance for food security.
As Deputy Director of Finance, Anne McLaughlin led the delivery of the transformational change project, Procure to Pay (P2P). The P2P project was delivered during 2015-16, in a period of organisational change. Leadership of this project embraced a broad scope – the business areas within Finance Information Services, stakeholders across the University, suppliers and software providers.
Some of the many complex aspects of the changeover included the establishment of an e-marketplace; automated workflow; an intelligent invoicescanning solution; and training materials including online videos, working in partnership with the Leadership Institute.