Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Officer awarded Public Finance Professional of the year

Published: 1st November 2016

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is celebrating the achievement of one of its Senior Management Team, Joan McCaffrey, who scooped the prestigious ‘Public Finance Professional of the Year Award’, at this year’s CIPFA Northern Ireland Awards Ceremony held on 11 October in Riddell Hall, Belfast.

Joan McCaffrey, who is the Director of Corporate Services and Governance for Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and was previously the Chief Finance Officer of legacy Omagh District Council won the prestigious award, in recognition of her outstanding service to public finance. Nominated by her colleagues in the Association of Local Government Officers (ALGFO) NI, Joan was commended on the night for the tremendous contribution she has made to local government throughout her career which spans some 34 years – a fitting tribute to an outstanding Officer whose career will come to a close in December of this year.

Joan, a Chartered Accountant by trade, commenced her employment in 1982 as Office Manageress with the then Omagh District Council in the former Gas Works based at Spillars Place. She swiftly moved through the ranks moving into the Finance Department in 1985 and becoming Chief Finance Officer in December 1986, the position she remained in until the formation of the new Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 1 April 2015, following which she was appointed to the post of Director of Corporate Services and Governance.

In presenting the Award to Joan, Brian Roberts FCPFA, CIPFA President, said the award was in recognition of a career entirely dedicated to the service of local government and by association to the public. He said her loyalty, dedication and willingness were all qualities which her peers and staff unanimously said described the person that was Joan. He added, “She always displayed a fierce loyalty to her staff and her leadership skills engendered that same sense of loyalty from those who were and are fortunate to work with her. Her sense of loyalty was also borne out by the fact she was willing to delay her retirement to ensure that the transition from the legacy Council to the new Council was as seamless as possible.”

In concluding, he said Joan had successfully undertaken the role of Deputy Returning Officer for the local government elections in May 2014 and had served two terms as Chair of the Association of Local Government Finance Officers, a role she was nominated to by her peers in recognition of her tremendous leadership skills. Joan’s breadth of experience and personal qualities combined, had made it an easy decision for the Assessment Panel in recognising her as the worthy recipient of the 2016 award.

For further information, please contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777.

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